Monday, August 22, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 20th August 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 20th August 2016.

The salmon fishing season on the Tay in Perthshire is now in Summer although the weather has not been ideal at times but a run is developing and catches are improving as we are now in mid-August after another steady July despite some unsettled conditions at times. The river has had fresh water and is hovering around or just above summer levels despite some heavy localized rain giving reasonable conditions at times for fishing plus warming temperatures are seeing catches maintained. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 with now over 2500 fish recorded so far plus hopefully settled weather will continue with an improving run in August to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Summer salmon and now improving grilse numbers were running and landed throughout last week with more unsettled weather and catches have continued to spread with higher river temperatures. It was a steady week despite more turbulent conditions at times with around 180 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was a 23 pounds beauty on Upper Redgorton. Spring has now transferred into summer and steady runs are coming into the river plus better weather is making fishing easier with lower water and a bit of fresh water last week may have encouraged more fish to run the river as the summer run develops. The fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size overall and now summer awaits with Autumn not far away.

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Many wild flowers are in bloom but a good few are now past their best for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.

Beat catches reported (week ending 20th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 17, Waulkmill 9, Lower Redgorton 8, Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 8, Fishponds 4, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 3, Pitlochrie 1, Stobhall 13, Taymount 14, Ballathie 8, Cargill 6, Islamouth 12, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 5, Kercock 16, Delvine Burnbane 1, Glendelvine 2, Murthly 2 11, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 6, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 2, Farleyer Lower 4, Ericht Fishing 2.
Total: 177 Largest: Upper Redgorton 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Lower Kinnaird 2lbs

The majority of the salmon were caught in the lower river in early spring, which is understandable with the cold conditions but that has changed with warmer water allowing fish to run further giving improving results up the river including fish from Loch Tay, Loch Faskally and beyond now as fish spread in the system. The lower river is now the barometer for the runs as they enter the river with water temperatures around 60F, plus fish are now starting to be caught in greater numbers in the lower river with the developing summer run.

This past week saw a more fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats encouraging everyone as a summer run starts to develop in earnest. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing improving sport as the summer run enters the river and now earlier run fish have started to drop back towards their final destinations of Almond, Shochie and Ordie which can only help sport in this area. The beats just above the tide have started to produce fish on a regular basis with Almondmouth now starting to show good daily catches and amassing 17 last week. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton caught 17 between them. Luncarty saw improving sport with Dougie Wangert and Tom Allan both catching on the beat on Monday. Fishponds and Upper Redgorton had fish during the week with a notable day on the Craigs for the Upper Redgorton boys with fish caught at 23, 18 and 9 pounds.
Stanley and Upper Scone had quieter weeks with only 6 between them however lady angler Sharon Pollock caught her heaviest fish at 21 pounds from the Plain Water on Benchil.
Richard Sims also caught at Benchil on the fly from the Long Shot. Taymount and Stobhall had steady weeks with Tim Greenfield, Jim Coates and young Andrew Barker all catching later in the week. Ballathie and Cargill amassed 14 fish between them in the week. There seems to be lots of fish in the beats but they are hard to tempt.
Steve Curnow had a grilse earlier in the week, Paul Clarke had a good fish on the fly from the Grey Stones and Bridge Stream, Jason Holt had his first Tay salmon and Donald MacLachan caught a good fish in the Cradle. Islamouth continues to fish well with Ian Muir, Tim Greenfield, Andrew Barker and Brian Giles all being successful on fly earlier in the week. Meikleour and Upper Islamouth continued their recent success with 5 in the week up to 14 pounds.

The middle river has slowed down with rising river temperatures over recent weeks but the recent rain must help in the weeks to come. Kercock had a superb week with 16 fish which included 10 on Saturday.
Billy McInnes was one of the successful rods. Delvine and Burnbane had one in the week and Glendelvine had a couple. The Murthly beats continue to do well with 11 coming from the number 2 beat. Newtyle had 4 in the week and Dunkeld House had a better week with 5 which included 3 fish for Carl and 7 pounds fish for
Peter Buckley. 6 came from Dalmarnock with Chris Hart, Robin Scott, John Cross and Stuart Graham all catching grilse on fly. Dalguise had 5 for their week with Rickis party enjoying success catching fish up to 16 pounds. The Kinnaird beats had 6 during the week.
The upper river was seeing sport with a fish caught on the Farleyer beats and recent fresh water should improve activities in the weeks to come.

The Tummel is continuing to see limited sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club but unfortunately nothing was recorded last week and there is now over 5700 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally and fish are running the Garry. This is a high figure in recent years caused by the temperature coming up quickly earlier in May and encouraging the fish to run.

The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht with 2 fish reported last week from the lower Ericht.

Fish have been reported running the Lyon as well but low water levels have curtailed sport. No news from that part of the river last week.

Fish have also been running the Earn but no fish were reported last week.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is over and we are now in Summer as we progress through August and expectation of a developing summer run. Last week’s catches were again heartening and more fish are running with warmer weather and some fresh water. Let us hope this is a sign of an upturn in catches as we go deep into August. It has been a reasonable start with well over 2500 fish recorded so let us hope the season lives up to every one’s expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 22nd August 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 22nd August 2016.

The Salmon fishing season on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland is now well into August and we have had better weather last week with some rain and varying conditions for anglers with unsettled river levels at times mostly due to hydro rises to enjoy the elements in pursuit of that magical salmon. Hopefully that will improve and maintain catches in the coming week. The summer run has started with grilse sprinkled in amongst some heavy summer salmon and the prospect of improving catches continues to be maintained from last month giving a much better week after conditions settled. The weather is looking more settled in the coming days with the chance of a little rain which will hopefully not unsettle conditions and continue to benefit and enable a greater chance of producing some sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Wild flowers are still visible but some are over again for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.
Currently the river has settled back after more heavy showers in the week and continues at a height just above summer levels (Just above 2’ on the Ballathie gauge) and hopefully will remain settled at a lower level for the Tay.
The weather has been more unsettled earlier last week but hopefully will settle down to good conditions which should improve this coming week. Some heavy downpours have given the river some water from rain last week but the river has dropped back to just above summer levels again with better weather forecast. This current week looks better at the start with some rain forecast later. Calmer weather will settle the river back to good levels and make ideal summer fishing conditions. The water temperature is hovering around or just above 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius last week and should remain at that level in the current weather conditions. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature has risen encouraging more salmon to run resulting in fish being caught well up the system. The middle river is currently the hot spot in the warmer conditions and this confirms historical results in the past but as the temperature rise and fish run further the catches will spread. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be a bit quicker with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. 20 pounds main line with a 15 pounds leader plus favoured lures include Devons, Toby Salmos, Vision 110’s and Rapalas, for spinning and smaller Temple Dogs, Tubes, normal dressed flies and Monkies for fly fishing. The Tay is a large river but modern lines such make turning over and casting larger flies easier and the fish tend to be near the bank in larger waters. Floating lines and sink tips are now on the agenda as we go over the magical 48 degrees and into summer. Harling is also a favoured method on the river to cover the lies for the less experienced.
The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative.
Popular hotels to stay in the area are the Tayside Hotel in Stanley, Ballathie House, The Meikleour Arms, The Anglers Inn in Guildtown, Murrayshall Hotel, Scone and the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
The Tay in Perthshire is a prime spring salmon fishing destination so why not give it a go?
Finally, you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2016 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
Salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. It is vital the river system follows these guides to ensure the draconian rules do not get extended in seasons to come.
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.


Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 13th August 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 13th August 2016.

The salmon fishing season on the Tay in Perthshire is now in Summer although the weather has not been ideal at times but a run is developing and catches are improving as we are now in mid-August after another steady July despite some unsettled conditions at times. The river has had fresh water and is hovering around or just above summer levels despite some heavy localized rain giving reasonable conditions at times for fishing plus warming temperatures are seeing catches maintained. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 with now over 2500 fish recorded so far plus hopefully settled weather will continue with an improving run in August to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Summer salmon and now improving grilse numbers were running and landed throughout last week with more unsettled weather and catches have continued to spread with higher river temperatures. It was a steady week despite more turbulent conditions at times with around 180 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was a 25 pounds beauty on Cargill. Spring has now transferred into summer and steady runs are coming into the river plus better weather is making fishing easier with lower water and a bit of fresh water last week may have encouraged more fish to run the river as the summer run develops. The fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size overall and now summer awaits with Autumn not far away.

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Many wild flowers are in bloom but a good few are now past their best for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.

Beat catches reported (week ending 13th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 27, Waulkmill 8, Lower Redgorton 5, Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 7, Fishponds 6, Benchil 4, Upper Scone 5, Pitlochrie 8, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 19, Ballathie 4, Cargill 10, Islamouth 15, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 14, Kercock 6, Murthly 2 16, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 1, Upper Kinnaird 4, Edradynate 1, Findynate 1, Farleyer Lower 3, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1.
Total: 181 Largest: Cargill 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Taymount 1.
Total: 2 Largest: Taymount 3lbs

The majority of the salmon were caught in the lower river in early spring, which is understandable with the cold conditions but that has changed with warmer water allowing fish to run further giving improving results up the river including fish from Loch Tay, Loch Faskally and beyond now as fish spread in the system. The lower river is now the barometer for the runs as they enter the river with water temperatures around 60F, plus fish are now starting to be caught in greater numbers in the lower river with the developing summer run.

This past week saw a more fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats encouraging everyone as a summer run starts to develop in earnest. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing improving sport as the summer run enters the river and now earlier run fish have started to drop back towards their final destinations of Almond, Shochie and Ordie which can only help sport in this area. The beats just above the tide have started to produce fish on a regular basis with Almondmouth now starting to show good daily catches and amassing 26 last week. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton caught 13 between them. Luncarty saw improving sport with Peter French and David Berrie both contributing. Fishponds and Upper Redgorton continued their recent good spell with 13 fish.
Fishponds enjoyed success with an American party faring well and Miceal Bothwell catching a superb 16 pounds beauty. Upper Scone had regular success with the Gallacher brothers catching on Benchil and Pitlochrie. The fly proved to be the successful method on Stanley with 12 fish grassed in the week from bank and anchored boat.
American angler from Washington DC George Clarke had not caught a Tay salmon proceeded to lay that ghost to rest by catching 5 grilse in Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat wading from the bank. Neil Barcock from Cumbria had a good few days landing a couple from Benchil and Pitlochrie up to 11 pounds. Dennis Mortram caught a lovely grilse casting from the boat in the Long Shot and David Berrie had an 11 pounds fish from the Plain water on Benchil. Taymount and Stobhall had over 20 in the week with Jim Ferrie, Simon Furniss and Martin Deacon enjoying success on the last 3 days of the week using various methods due to the adverse conditions.
Ballathie and Cargill had around 15 in the week with young Dyllan Dunbar landing a superb 25 pounds fish on Cargill. Gary Leas Buckley party enjoyed success on the fly catching fish up to 18 pounds from bank and boat. Islamouth had 14 in the week and are fast approaching 400 for the season so far. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a far better week at last with 14 fish. The week got off to a flyer with Robert Dale landing a 20 pounds fish from the Boxwood. Simon Littlejohn caught on the fly from the Castle pool.
There was a first fish also for a nine year old Aaron Goodman which was a great result as Dad and Grandad were watching on. Superb stuff!

The middle river has slowed down with rising river temperatures over recent weeks but the recent rain must help in the weeks to come.
Kercock had a steady week with 6 fish which included success for Tony Griffiths with 2 fish on the fly up to 15 pounds. The Murthly beats have been catching as well with the upper beat and Stenton being a consistent productive area for Tony Blacks guests. Newtyle, Dunkeld House, Dalmarnock, Dalguise and the Kinnaird beats continue to catch but in lesser numbers in recent weeks.

The upper river was seeing sport with a fish caught on the Edradynate, Findynate and the Farleyer beats and recent fresh water should improve activities in the weeks to come. A fish was also recorded on the Loch for Fish n’ Trips.

The Tummel is continuing to see limited sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club but unfortunately nothing was recorded last week and there is now over 5650 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally and fish are running the Garry. This is a high figure in recent years caused by the temperature coming up quickly earlier in May and encouraging the fish to run.

The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht however no fish were reported last week.

Fish have been reported running the Lyon as well but low water levels have curtailed sport. No news from that part of the river last week.

Fish have also been running the Earn with Lochlane and Laggan recording a fish.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is over and we are now in Summer as we progress through August and expectation of a developing summer run. Last week’s catches were again heartening and more fish are running with warmer weather and some fresh water. Let us hope this is a sign of an upturn in catches as we go deep into August. It has been a reasonable start with well over 2500 fish recorded so let us hope the season lives up to every one’s expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 15th August 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 15th August 2016.

The Salmon fishing season on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland is now well into August and we have been encountering yet more unsettled weather last week with some rain and varying conditions for anglers with unsettled river levels at times to enjoy the elements in pursuit of that magical salmon. Hopefully that will improve and maintain catches in the coming week. The summer run has started with grilse sprinkled in amongst some heavy summer salmon and the prospect of improving catches continues to be maintained from last month giving a much better week after conditions settled. The weather is looking more settled in the coming days with the chance of a little rain which will hopefully not unsettle conditions and continue to benefit and enable a greater chance of producing some sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Wild flowers are still visible but some are over again for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.
Currently the river has settled back after more heavy showers in the week and continues at a height just above summer levels (Just above 2’6 on the Ballathie gauge) and hopefully will remain settled at a lower level for the Tay.
The weather has been more unsettled earlier last week but hopefully will settle down to good conditions which should improve this coming week. Some heavy downpours have given the river some water from rain last week but the river has dropped back to just above summer levels again with better weather forecast. This current week looks better at the start with some rain forecast. Calmer weather will settle the river back to good levels and make ideal summer fishing conditions. The water temperature is hovering around or just above 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius last week and should remain at that level in the current weather conditions. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature has risen encouraging more salmon to run resulting in fish being caught well up the system. The middle river is currently the hot spot in the warmer conditions and this confirms historical results in the past but as the temperature rise and fish run further the catches will spread. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be a bit quicker with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. 20 pounds main line with a 15 pounds leader plus favoured lures include Devons, Toby Salmos, Vision 110’s and Rapalas, for spinning and smaller Temple Dogs, Tubes, normal dressed flies and Monkies for fly fishing. The Tay is a large river but modern lines such make turning over and casting larger flies easier and the fish tend to be near the bank in larger waters. Floating lines and sink tips are now on the agenda as we go over the magical 48 degrees and into summer. Harling is also a favoured method on the river to cover the lies for the less experienced.
The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative.
Popular hotels to stay in the area are the Tayside Hotel in Stanley, Ballathie House, The Meikleour Arms, The Anglers Inn in Guildtown, Murrayshall Hotel, Scone and the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
The Tay in Perthshire is a prime spring salmon fishing destination so why not give it a go?
Finally, you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2016 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
Salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. It is vital the river system follows these guides to ensure the draconian rules do not get extended in seasons to come.
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Grilse on Tay, Perthshire 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Grilse on Tay, Perthshire 2016.

Conditions on the Tay, Perthshire have not been ideal this week so far due to more water and a heavy peat stain in the water however catches have improved and that is down to a stronger run of grilse entering the river.
American Angler George Clarke had never caught a salmon on the Tay before after several attempts but it did not take long for him to hook a grilse on the fly in Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat yesterday.
A happy chap with a cracking fresh beauty.
Not content with one, George immediately hooked another on in the same pool.
Another cracker. George went on the catch another later in the afternoon. Well done and superb sport!


Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Monday, August 8, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 6th August 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 6th August 2016.

The salmon fishing season on the Tay in Perthshire is now in Summer although the weather has not been ideal at times but a run is developing and catches are improving as we have now entered August after another steady July despite some unsettled conditions at times. The river has had fresh water and is hovering around or just above summer levels despite some heavy localized rain giving reasonable conditions at times for fishing plus warming temperatures are seeing catches maintained. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 with now over 2500 fish recorded so far plus hopefully settled weather will continue with an improving run in August to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.

Summer salmon and now improving grilse numbers were landed throughout last week with more unsettled weather and catches have continued to spread with higher river temperatures. It was a steady week despite more turbulent conditions with around 130 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was a 24 pounds beauty on Lower Redgorton. Spring has now transferred into summer and steady runs are coming into the river plus better weather is making fishing easier with lower water and a bit of fresh water last week may have encouraged more fish to run the river as the summer run develops. The fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size overall and now summer awaits with Autumn not far away.

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Many wild flowers are in bloom but a good few are now past their best for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.

Beat catches reported (week ending 6th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 4, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 13, Upper Redgorton 5, Fishponds 2, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 7, Pitlochrie 3, Stobhall 21, Taymount 8, Ballathie 8, Cargill 7, Islamouth 9, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 11, Delvine Burnbane 1, Glendelvine 2, Murthly 2 10, Newtyle 1, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 1, Findynate 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1, Loch Faskally 1.
Total: 129 Largest: Lower Redgorton 24lbs

The majority of the salmon were caught in the lower river in early spring, which is understandable with the cold conditions but that has changed with warmer water allowing fish to run further giving improving results up the river including fish from Loch Tay, Loch Faskally and beyond now as fish spread in the system. The lower river is now the barometer for the runs with water temperatures around 60F, plus fish are now starting to be caught in greater numbers in the lower river with the developing summer run.

This past week saw a more fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats encouraging everyone as a summer run starts to develop in earnest. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing improving sport as the summer run enters the river and now earlier run fish have started to drop back towards their final destinations of Almond, Shochie and Ordie which can only help sport in this area. The beats just above the tide have started to produce fish on a regular basis with Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill catching around 20 fish between them including a 24 pounds fish from Lower Redgorton. This figure would have been a lot higher had it not been another week unsettling conditions putting the river up and down on a daily basis. Upper Redgorton and Fishponds are seeing improving catches with a few fish between them. On Upper Scone George Mason had a good week catching on the Pitlochrie and Benchil beats with fly and spinner landing fish up to 20 pounds. On Stanley Jock Monteith and John Morrison both landed fish from Kirkie on the Pitlochrie beat on the fly.
Morris Green caught a lovely fresh grilse casting a fly from the boat on the Long Shot at Benchil. Stobhall and Taymount had around 30 between them with the rods on Stobhall having a very successful week. Ballathie and Cargill had 15 fish between them but could do with lower water to improve catches.
On Cargill Charlie Miller enjoyed success with a good day earlier in the week catching fish up to 16 pounds. Islamouth had 9 in the week while Upper Islamouth and Meikleour amassed 4 which included a grilse for Melrose angler James Henderson on the fly in the Castle Pool.

The middle river has slowed down with rising river temperatures over recent weeks but the recent rain must help in the weeks to come.
Kercock had a steady week with 11 fish which included success for Chris Proven on the fly and husband and wife team Sandy and Sam Datta both caught during the week.
Delvine and Burnbane had 1 in the week with Jim McDonald landing a 10 pounds fish on a spinner. The Glendelvine and Murthly beats continue to pick away on a regular basis. Newtyle, Dalmarnock and Dalguise all managed a fish in the week but an improvement in the grilse run should see more sport.
On Newtyle Gareth Wynn caught his first ever salmon on the fly from the Cotter weighing 13 pounds which was caught on the Saturday of the previous week. Jon Amos caught a grilse in the Boil.
There was another first on Dalmarnock for an American visitor catching a fresh grilse. 4 Fish came from the Kinnaird beats in the week.

The upper river was seeing sport with a fish caught on the Findynate beat and recent fresh water should improve activities in the weeks to come. A fish was also recorded on the Loch for Fish n’ Trips.

The Tummel is continuing to see limited sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club with 1 landed last week and there is now over 5500 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally and fish are running the Garry. This is a high figure in recent years caused by the temperature coming up quickly earlier in May and encouraging the fish to run. Recent water saw success for Geoff Byron on the fly from the Pitlochry beat but there has not been a lot of rods fishing recently. Loch Faskally also reported a fish in the week.

The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht however no fish were reported last week.

Fish have been reported running the Lyon as well but low water levels have curtailed sport. No news from that part of the river last week.

Fish have also been running the Earn but no fish were reported.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is over and we are now in Summer as we enter into August and expectation of a developing summer run. Last week’s catches were again heartening and more fish are running with warmer weather and some fresh water. Let us hope this is a sign of an upturn in catches as we go into August. It has been a reasonable start with well over 2500 fish recorded so let us hope the season lives up to every one’s expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 8th August 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 8th August 2016.

The Salmon fishing season on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland has now entered August and we have been encountering yet more unsettled weather again last week with some rain and varying conditions for anglers with unsettled river levels at times to enjoy the elements in pursuit of that magical salmon. Hopefully that will improve and maintain catches in the coming week. The summer run has started with grilse sprinkled in amongst some heavy summer salmon and the prospect of improving catches continues to be maintained from last month giving a much better week after conditions settled. The weather is looking more settled in the coming days with the chance of some rain which will hopefully not unsettle conditions and continue to benefit and enable a greater chance of producing some sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Wild flowers are still visible but some are over again for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.
Currently the river a bit unsettled after more heavy showers in the week and continues at a height just above summer levels (Just above 2’ on the Ballathie gauge) and hopefully will remain settled at a lower level for the Tay.
The weather has been more unsettled earlier last week but hopefully will settle down to good conditions which should improve this coming week. Some heavy downpours have given the river some water from rain last week but the river has dropped back to just above summer levels again with better weather forecast. This current week looks better at the start with some rain forecast. Calmer weather will settle the river back to good levels and make ideal summer fishing conditions. The water temperature is hovering around or just above 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius last week and should remain at that level in the current weather conditions. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature has risen encouraging more salmon to run resulting in fish being caught well up the system. The middle river is currently the hot spot in the warmer conditions and this confirms historical results in the past but as the temperature rise and fish run further the catches will spread. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be a bit quicker with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. 20 pounds main line with a 15 pounds leader plus favoured lures include Devons, Toby Salmos, Vision 110’s and Rapalas, for spinning and smaller Temple Dogs, Tubes, normal dressed flies and Monkies for fly fishing. The Tay is a large river but modern lines such make turning over and casting larger flies easier and the fish tend to be near the bank in larger waters. Floating lines and sink tips are now on the agenda as we go over the magical 48 degrees and into summer. Harling is also a favoured method on the river to cover the lies for the less experienced.
The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative.
Popular hotels to stay in the area are the Tayside Hotel in Stanley, Ballathie House, The Meikleour Arms, The Anglers Inn in Guildtown, Murrayshall Hotel, Scone and the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
The Tay in Perthshire is a prime spring salmon fishing destination so why not give it a go?
Finally, you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2016 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
Salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. It is vital the river system follows these guides to ensure the draconian rules do not get extended in seasons to come.
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

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