Tollmuir Pool - Bogardo Beat

Tollmuir Pool - Bogardo Beat

Ghillie's Wise Words

This pool is best fished from the right bank and is fast becoming one of our very best places to catch a fresh-run salmon. The pool runs out of Martin's Cut into a 25 yard stream and riffle over gravel and cobble. The pool then deepens sharply into at least 10 feet of holding water and then through a squeeze between a short groyne on the right bank and a very large boulder embedded in the left bank. The tail of the pool is a fan shaped gradually shelving stretch of excellent sea trout water.

I often wonder why we don't catch more fish in this pool and I think the answer is that it is under fished. While it's not exactly a struggle to walk through the woods to the head of Tollmuir, there are other pools that are easier to access. My view is that this pool should be producing double the catch of salmon and a lot better than that of sea trout. There have been some very exciting catches and losses on this pool with most of the salmon taking in the immediate area of the 'squeeze'. One of these fish in 2009 was at least 20lbs.

Tollmuir Pool is named after the old toll-house which stood beside what is now the A90. When I first saw this pool in 1984 it was a gravel stream with virtually no holding depth. After major works in the 1990s, involving a complete reconstruction of the pool and strengthening of the banks, the natural scour of the river channelled its energy into making and holding depth. This is now a great pool at all water levels.