Ryehill Fishings lie to the north east of Coupar Angus amongst the beautiful and quiet countryside of east Perthshire. Access is excellent with Dundee lying approximately 19 miles distant. There are local facilities both at Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie, …
Ryehill Fishings lie to the north east of Coupar Angus amongst the beautiful and quiet countryside of east Perthshire. Access is excellent with Dundee lying approximately 19 miles distant. There are local facilities both at Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie, whilst the city of Perth, lies only some 15 miles west.
To compliment the fishing, golf may be enjoyed on any of the local courses nearby, including the championship course at Rosemount and three courses at Alyth. The area is also renowned for traditional sport which can be taken on local estates.
Locally, there is a good range of hotels offering excellent facilities for fishermen, alternatively there are numerous holiday cottages and bed and breakfast establishments available within the district.
THE RIVER TAY SYSTEM
The River Isla forms one of the major tributaries to the River Tay system, which includes a catchment area of 2,800 sq miles, passing through some wonderful highland scenery and rich rolling farmland to pass through the ancient city and the North Sea, beyond Dundee.
The system of which the Isla forms a major tributary is well renowned for producing some of the most exciting and consistent salmon fishing to be had in Scotland. The river enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of fish caught with a particularly productive autumn run. Through the efforts of the Tay Foundation, the estuary nets no longer operate, allowing salmon and grilse to run the river unhindered.
The season runs from 15 January to 15 October.
The fishings extent to approximately 650 yards of single bank fishings. Bounded by the fishing of Coupar Grange the water provides interesting opportunities for sport. The beat fishes from the junction of the Isla and Ericht, following the course of the water downriver to the beat boundary at Coupar Grange. The fishings offer a really interesting mix of shallow streamy water and deepholding pools. The water is of modest width and is easily fished, either by wading or bank fishing.
There are four pools on the beat. The Junction, The Three Amigos, The Bandstand and The Croy.
Until 2008, the fishings were only utilised on an informal basis and no accurate records were maintained.
The fishing tenant has collected considerable data about all fish caught. During 2010 season, his computer crashed and the details of some 20 fish was lost. However, a catch of 63 fish was reported to T.D.S.F.B.
This shows an annual average catch of 54 fish.
The majority of fish are caught on the fly with a catch and release policy.
RIVERBANK AND ACCESS
There is an unrestricted servitude right of access for vehicular and pedestrian traffic leading from the public road over the private road to the fishings and from thereon a pedestrian right. In addition to the salmon fishings, an area of 0.7 acres has been retained for the construction of a car park.
The river bank and trout fishing rights are not included within the sale.
THE TAY DISTRICT SALMON FISHERIES BOARD
The Board has been in place for over a century and administers the river. Its policies have included the improvement of access of salmon to spawning tributaries and habitat and stock enhancement, as well as the employment and superintending of water bailiffs. The Board is elected by the proprietors.
The annual levy for 2012 is as follows:
The Fishery Board Assessment is £1220 (based on 61% of the rateable value of £2000).
The beat has been let to a syndicate, one of whom has described the fishings as “some of the best fly water on the Tay system when the water conditions are right!” There is no ghillie.
Special Area of Conservation: River Tay
The River Isla lies within the Strathmore and Fife nitrate vulnerable zone.