Right bank of the Tay opposite Scone Palace. Download a pdf beat map by clicking here.
Availability in 2019
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This beat is on the lowest reaches of the Tay, where the river is big and powerful and affected by the tide. Check tide times before fishing, and take great care when wading. Use a wading stick and lifejacket.
The great width of the river, and high banks behind, mean that you will often find the regulars here overhead casting with 18ft rods!
From top end (at the fishing hut) downstream, the pools are as follows: Grainhead - Back of the Island - Top of Woody Hole - Tail of Woody Hole - Flats ( all fly only), Bunkers to Quarry Mill (fly or spinning).
Fishing on Grainhead Stream has specific protocol regards queuing and not entering the river in front of other anglers, please ensure this is followed (if in doubt, ask).
Fish tend to run through, around an hour or two before and after high tide (some fishing time may be lost at high water). The current through most of the beats is quite fast so sinking lines or skagits work best. Try using WetCel 2 lines or 3-4 sinking lines with 1" to 2" tube flies: Willie Gunn, Orange, Black & Silver, Yellow & Black, Allies Shrimp.
In lowish water the fish tend to be on the Muirtons side with the current flow, but in high water fish are spread out and more to the Rome Croy side.
Woody Hole fly fishing should be done very carefully as the banks are eroded and can be slippery.
A 20-pounder caught at Muirtons by Chris Connolly on a 2" red-and-gold floating devon minnow. Kept in the net while hooks removed, and then held facing the current until it was strongly kicking and released to swim away.
Spinning is allowed from the white post downstream, and a ruby-red floating devon is worthwhile with bouncing betty leads, flying C's red and black. Also worth a try is Sawmill Stream at top of the North Inch, by the golf course, this is fly or spinning, and is good fly water when the water is low enough to wade out.
- Fly fishing only in Cleekum, Grainhead Stream and Woody Island to the white marker post below Woody Hole.
- During the periods 5 February to the first Monday in May, and from 29 June to 20 August inclusive, fishing on the Grainhead Stream is allowed after 6pm only.
- Anglers spinning from the white marker post downstream to Pen and Ink Croy (opposite Catmoor Burn) must give way to fly fishers on either bank.
Head towards the North Muirton district of Perth and park in Gilsay Place or at the designated car park next to the football pitches off Bute Drive.