Salmon Fishing East Haugh River Tummel Scotland

Salmon Fishing Scotland - River Tummel - East Haugh Beat - River Tay Perthshire

        Salmon fishing on the East Haugh beat on the river Tummel, Pitlochry, Perthshire,Scotland  

The Salmon Fishings

Salmon fly fishing and also trout fishing is very accessible on the East Haugh beat as access to the best fishing areas is good. Anglers will require chest waders to cover the water effectively at normal water heights.There is a fishing hut on each bank which may be used by regular tenants by prior arrangement.  If using these facilities please leave them as clean and tidy as you found them and make sure that they are locked on departure.

Fresh fish enter the River Tummel from the River Tay in early January, but as salmon will not ascend the fish ladder at Pitlochry until late April, there is a build-up of fish in the beats below the dam in the early part of the season.

Because of the size of the River Tummel, in the Spring, many anglers are deterred from fly fishing for salmon. However, more salmon are caught by fly fishing at this time of year than by other methods.   

In the summer months, late evening and early morning fly fishing for trout,sea trout, grilse and salmon can be productive. When fly fishing for sea trout the occasional grayling may be caught, grayling tend to be few in number in the River Tummel but this is made up for by their size. Grayling of 1 Kilo being not uncommon.

 Fishing Policy

The number of let rods on East Haugh is limited to 6 and any legal method of fishing is permitted.  For salmon ,fly fishing is the preffered method.  It is the policy of the owners to give booking priority to the previous year’s tenants. The owners retain 1 rod per day throughout the season.



The River Tummel being a fast flowing river anglers are advised to provide their own buoyancy aid (or life jacket), and eye protection, a hat and a wading staff .


2005was an exceptional year when 105 salmon and grilse were caught, the bulk of these being before the end of July.   The 2010 season produced a below average catch of spring salmon.  The good grilse and  sea trout catches from July to the end of the season compensated to some extent for this. In common with other East Coast rivers we had our best sea trout catch in 24 years for very little rod effort. Fly fishing for trout was very productive but they are not included in returns.


Left bank  -  Approximately 1.5 miles north of Ballinluig, a track is located in a cutting to the left of the dual carriageway directly opposite the sign-posted road junction to East Haugh.  (A metal gate is positioned at the entrance).  200 yards along this track there is a turning area and a parking area. Access to the river is via a pedestrian  crossing over the railway. This is about the middle of the beat and the pool adjacent to the hut is Peg Legs Corner. Please do not park at the turning circle adjacent to the crossing.

 Right bank -Access is from the Pitlochry to Ballinluig road on the west side of the river. Take the track to Tomdachoille Farm and the right fork (avoiding access through the farmhouse grounds).  Please leave all farm gates in the position you find them. Please park adjacent to the fishing hut. The bottom of the beat may be accessed by the track alongside the field.  A parking area is set aside at Moulinearn Pool adjacent to the track. Please do not drive onto farm land, obstruct accesses or park on agricultural ground.  


Conservation of stocks


The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board is promoting a voluntary catch and release programme as detailed below.   

Start of the Season to 31 May:

  • All salmon should be released alive.
  • Anglers should not fish with worms during this period.

From 1 June to end of Season:

  • All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
  • All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
  • No more than one clean fish weighing less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.

  • Anglers should not use worms in September or October.

Worming in June, July and August

During the months of June, July and August the Board requests that worming should only be undertaken with Circle hooks or Shelton release hooks which are designed to help prevent deep hooking. Contact the Board for details of suppliers.


General Conditions

Tenants are expected to observe the country code and to fish in a sporting manner.  




Bookings will be reserved for a period of 7 days. Should full payment not be received within this period, the booking will lapse.   Refunds due to cancellation will only be made if the fishing can be re-let,  a charge of 10% will be deducted from the refund to cover administration. 

Cheques  made payable to:-   D.C.  REID

ADDRESS:     2 Barkhill Road, Linlithgow, EH49 6HL. UK   

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