Ladies Charity Day – Tay
Coaches Cliff and Anne arrived Friday to the Meikleour & Upper Isalmouth beat to see at first hand how much the river had dropped (summer low). Working with head ghillie Glen, the afternoon was spent planning the morning session, including places for wading and boats to fish. Glen highlighted taking spots and suitable areas for beginners.
Friday evening the ladies met up and it was a chance to sample the lovely food at the estates own pub/restaurant – The Meikleour Arms. We were spoilt for choice with the menu designed by their female head chef. The food was excellent and the new wine list delightful. Meikleour Arms are a well deserved winner of a Trip Adviser 2014 award.
It was a early start on Saturday for coaches Cliff and Anne. 6am and a welcome mug of coffe whilst assembling 7 rods, along with all the fishing paraphernalia required for the day. Ladies started arriving from 8am for a 8.30am start.
After coffee and a welcome introduction from our host – Claire Mercer-Nairn, we were ready to go fishing. Ladies went off in the boats to their fishing spots, both boats were beautifully adorned with freshly cut flowers from the estates garden. It was not long before fish were seen, tentative pulls of the line, one of the girls connected with a fish and sadly lost it.
Beginners travelled to the upper beat and enjoyed some wonderful bird spotting – 5 Kingfishers chasing each other and Ospreys. The beginners area was perfect for an introduction to salmon fishing. A shingle, sandy bay with plenty of space behind and a shallow, level river bed, perfect for the ladies to learn how to wade in safety. With conditions like this it was not long before the ladies were confident to remove their wool and fish with a fly.
A welcome glass of fizz for the ladies as they arrived back to the fishing hut at lunch-time. Dishes for lunch were prepared by Meikleour Arms Hotel head chef, using local produce – see pictures.
Ladies fished the afternoon session and again saw fish, tentative pulls of their lines, but sadly no fish were caught.
This day would have not been possible without the kind generosity of Claire & Sam Mercer-Nairne. Thank you