The Steps, Willy's & Tom's - Bogardo Beat

The Steps, Willy's & Tom's - Bogardo Beat

Ghillie's Wise Words

Immediately downstream of Tollmuir Pool is a series of caulds, streams and runs giving life to a section of river above, through and below the final bend in the river before the single bank section. In low water this stretch, all fished from the south bank, can produce grilse and sea trout, especially at dusk and dawn.

This is a high energy part of the river with a steep gradient, and in low water the lively current, tumbling over rocks, provides much needed oxygen for salmon and sea trout under stress from high water temperatures and low oxygen. It also provides opportunities for the stealthy angler to winkle out a grilse or sea trout from the bubbly 'soda water' below the rocky caulds. In places there is depth, even sufficient to hold a salmon, but plenty for a low lying grilse or sea trout. Fishing these short and streamy pockets offers a chance to experiment with the hitched or dibbled fly. Good fieldcraft, a readiness to experiment with across & down or the upstream nymph and an understanding of how fish behave in low water are the essentials for success here.  The best time to fish these streams is in the half light of early morning and late evening.

Please don't cross to the far bank (N) anywhere downstream of Tollmuir Pool.