Dalmarnock – Salmon Fishing on the River Tay

If you’re looking for the wonders of salmon fishing in Scotland then look no further. It’s all here at Dalmarnock in glorious Perthshire, the home of the River Tay and its many systems, and of some of the very best and most varied river, loch and sea fishing to be found anywhere in Scotland. Amidst stunning scenic splendour found only in Scotland with an abundance of wildlife to be seen everywhere along the way.

Dalmarnock is one of the largest and most prolific salmon fishing beats on the River Tay. On both banks, three miles downstream from the confluence of the Tay and Tummel, between the scenic delights of Dunkeld and Pitlochry. Combine this with the award winning hospitality and Scottish fishing breaks presented by your hosts, East Haugh House Hotel, Scottish Fishing Hotel of the Year winner from 2009 to 2014 – and some wonderful self catering accommodation owned by the hotel – and you have the perfect Tay salmon fishing experience for leisure and corporate clients alike.

Features at a glance:-

– 4 year average of approximately 100 salmon per season
– 3 miles of superb double bank fishing, 15 named pools
– Fishing hut with wood burner WC, tea, coffee, cooking facilities
– 2 Tay Boats
– Tackle Hire
– Spey casting tuition, Personal Ghillies
– Day rods and weekly exclusive lets
– Prices from £25 – £100 per rod per day and 2 for 1 offers available in the Spring.
– Award winning hotel and self catering accommodation
– Ideal for corporate groups and corporate days out
– Max 12 rods


First 2 photos of 16lber and last picture 18lb Sea Licer caught by Chalie Hagarty

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Learney House, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

Looking for a fine Scottish estate that provides a variety of shooting, fishing and other activities. Learney House may be just what you are looking for.

Learney House is situated on the 3,500 hectares Learney Estate in beautiful Royal Deeside. Built in 1747 as a country mansion, Learney House has panoramic views over the Dee valley and south Aberdeenshire. This traditional Scottish Baronial House lies in scenic woodlands, just 3 km north of the village of Torphins.

Learney House is the perfect setting to explore the many and varied activities and tourist attractions in North East Scotland as indicated below.

  • Deer Stalking and Game Shooting
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Hill walking
  • Castle trail
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Photo Safari
  • Whiskey trail
  • Team building
  • Gliding
  • Quad biking
  • Pony trekking


Learney House is sympathetically and tastefully restored. The rooms are furnished in a comfortable, traditional country house style with all the benefits of modern amenities. The house sleeps up to 11 people.

  • 1st floor self contained flat – self catering
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Dinner Bed & Breakfast
  • Any of the above + Activity

The 1st floor flat comprises:

  • 2 standard twin-rooms
  • 2 family rooms (double + single bed)
  • 1 small single room
  • 3 bathrooms/toilets
  • Lounge with open fireplace, TV/DVD
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dinning facilities for up to 11 people

The ground floor comprises:

  • Hall with wood burning stove
  • Large drawing room with open fireplace
  • Dining room, seating up to 12 people

South West River Fly Fishing with Neil Keep

River Fly Fishing Tuition and Guided days are available across the Southwest on all manner of waters from freestone spate rivers to beautiful chalkstreams and for a range of species including brown trout, grayling, salmon and seatrout.

Below are just a few examples of river days, get in touch with details of what you would like to do and I can put together venues and costs for you.

Really Wild River Days

Fly Fishing Tuition & Guided Fly Fishing days on over 3 miles of a truly wild small stream near Bath with brown trout running to over 2lb and chub to 4lb.

A lovely mix of shallow runs and deep pools, this small stream holds loads of surprises but is very overgrown so don’t expect to be using the overhead cast much, it will all be about roll casts, side casts and the bow and arrow cast. Short rods and short casts are the order of the day.

You will need to be reasonably fit as the banks are steep in places and access into the water can be a little tricky but well worth the effort.

This fishing is all about stealth and stalking the quarry, so if you fancy river fishing with a challenge then this day is for you.

Given the right conditions there is also a reasonable Mayfly hatch through May and June.

All tackle for the day is supplied if required or bring your own if you prefer. All you will need is a valid environment agency rod license and chest waders if you have them, although I can arrange for the supply of waders if required.

A guided day on this river with instruction will cost £130.00 for one person or £180.00 for 2 people or ½ day for one person at £80 and £110 for 2 people.

Available in season from 1st April to 15th October.


Salmon and wild trout fishing on the beautiful River Exe near Exmoor

I now offer guided fishing for salmon and trout on the River Exe. The fishing can be on a purely guided basis or with instruction on casting and fishing techniques if required.

The river holds a good head of wild trout, with excellent runs of salmon given the right water conditions. The water also holds some decent grayling.

Being a spate river, the water levels can rise rapidly and may become un-fishable. If this occurs I can offer still water fishing as an alternative, should you desire.


Trout 1st March until 30th September

Salmon 14th February until 30th September

Prices – £150 a day or £85 a half day.

If you require overnight accommodation for your fishing trip or want to spend a few days exploring the beautiful countryside further, luxury bed and breakfast is available close to the river at Three Acres Country House. You can contact them on 01398 323730 or visit their website at www.threeacrescountryhouse.co.uk

So if you fancy catching some wild fish on the river, please get in touch to book a guided session with me.

How to be Asked Again (How to be the Perfect Shooting Guest) by Rosie Nickerson


As the new shooting season approaches some lucky readers may be receiving their first invitations for a British driven game shooting day.

To the inexperienced Gun, that first time out on a shooting day can be quite daunting, in fact, down right nerve-wracking.

How to respond to your host’s invitation, what clothes to wear, what cartridges to use and how many do I need, what time do I need to turn up, can I bring my dog, how does the day run, elevenses and the shoot lunch protocols, tipping………. so much to remember and so many minefields to be tripped up in.

Author Rosie Nickerson, the daughter of shooting author Sir Joseph Nickerson who wrote the classic, “A Shooting Man’s Creed” has been involved with shooting since she was a small child. She has written for Country Life and the The Field. Ms Nickerson provides an easy to read, authoritative, often tongue in cheek and light-hearted glossary of the rules and protocols associated with British shooting.

The book is skilfully illustrated with wonderfully descriptive cartoons by artist, Oliver Preston who has been a cartoonist for The Field since 1995.

Too big to be a pocket-size aide-memoire in the shooting field, How to be Asked Again would however be a delightful and most useful addition to any sporting person’s coffee table book collection or library for that light, bedtime read before one descends into dreams of the upcoming shooting days.

Highly recommended for novice Guns and a useful refresher for those more experienced.

1 Day River Fly Fishing Course with Neil Keep


A day’s fly fishing course on the river Otter designed for those who currently fly fish still waters and who would like to try river fishing or river fly fishers who would like to improve their skill set.

When: Sunday 19th July 2015 from 9.00 a.m. To 4.30 p.m.

Where: At The Deer Park Hotel, Weston, Honiton, Devon. EX14 3PG.

The course will cover:

* Fly fishing tackle for rivers and setting it up.

* Safety when wading.

* Fly casting on rivers.

* Basic river entomology and fly selection.

* How to read a river. (Watercraft)

* River fly fishing techniques.

* Fish welfare.

 Included for the day will be: 

* Bacon rolls, tea / coffee on arrival.

* Riverside picnic lunch.

* All tuition with qualified instructors.

* Use of any equipment if required.

* Fishing permit for the day.

Cost for the course is £120.00 per person payable in advance to secure a place.

All you need to provide on the day is a valid Environment Agency rod license, clothing to suit any weather eventuality, a hat and some form of eye wear, Polaroid’s or similar if you have any.

You will also need some waders but if you are stuck for these please get in touch and I will see if I can arrange some for you. 

Accommodation is available on site at the hotel at £95.00 double B&B or £75.00 single B&B with a 3 course evening meal at £30.00 per person.

If you would like any further information or to book a place, please do not hesitate to contact Neil on 01761 472656 (evenings are best) or by email at enquiries@neilkeepflyfishing.co.uk