Monday, August 31, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Salmon Fishing on the Tay at Stanley 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Salmon Fishing on the Tay at Stanley 2009.

This is a video of Michael Watts playing a lively salmon in the Aitken head pool of the Benchil beat of the lower Tay just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching August Salmon on the Tay 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching August Salmon on the Tay 2009.

These are all Salmon recently caught on the Upper Scone beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

James Mckay from Perth caught this lovely salmon in the Aitken head pool on the Benchil beat just below Stanley on a Rapala. The salmon was released back to the river.

This is Swiss angler Silvio Erne proudly holding a lovely fresh 12 pounds salmon caught in the corner pool on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley caught earlier in August and in lower water!

Silvio Ernes party with a fresh 10 pounds salmon out of the corner pool again on the Pitlochrie beat.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 29th August 2009.


Last week reported 144 Salmon and 8 Sea Trout which was a far better catch despite yet again unsettled conditions. We had unsettled weather during the week with heavy down pours making the river rise and fall on a regular basis. August is now being reported as the wettest on record. There is now plenty of water in the river encouraging salmon to run.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There does now seem to be a good spread of Salmon throughout the district and at last a far stronger run with Grilse in the main stem of the river.

Best salmon of the week were 18lbs summer salmon off the Cargil beat and Upper Scone beat.
Other notable catches included 8 in one day off the Kercock beat on Friday and 6 off the Benchil and Pitlochrie beat on Tuesday.
The river in general has picked up this last week which is heartening after a lean spell over the last few weeks

This past week saw a spread of catches throughout the river which certainly looks good for the coming weeks. The Grilse run still has improved but hopefully will get better in the coming weeks. Encouragingly there are quite a lot of good summer salmon running the river.

The river temperature has now dropped just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius due to all the rain.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that all hen salmon and sea trout caught should be returned and large male salmon over 15 pounds to preserve sport for the future. It goes without saying that all red fish should returned as well.

Newtyle ghillie,David Steele, with his 11lber taken from the Lairds Bank on 27th August 2009. The fish was returned.
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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far
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Prospects for the week commencing 31st August 2009.

The river now has plenty of water with all the rain and is running at a good height. Unfortunately the weather for this coming week looks unsettled again. Hopefully any showers will not be too heavy to alter the river levels.
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The run has strengthened so prospects look much better going into September this coming week.

The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius with all the rain and fresh water.

The river is running at a good height which will allow salmon to run the entire river Tay.

There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching Tay Salmon this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured.. The rise in river temperature should encourage baits spun upstream and retrieved quickly.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for Catch and Release in 2009 we now recommend that every angler should release all hen salmon caught each day and all Sea Trout. We also recommend that all male salmon over 15 pounds should be released and certainly any red fish . Salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Playing Autumn Salmon at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Playing Autumn Salmon at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland 2009.

Video of James Friendship playing a good salmon on the spinner in the Aitken Head pool of the lower Tay beat below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Salmon at Benchil below Stanley on the river Tay August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Salmon at Benchil below Stanley on the river Tay August 2009.

Today (28/08/2009) was another successful day on the Benchil beat of the lower tay just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. We caught 4 salmon and lost as many as well.

This is James Friendship into a good salmon spinning from the Aitken Head pool on the bank first thing in the morning.

The fresh salmon was landed after a good fight. The 11 pounds sea liced salmon took a flying c. James then hooked another 3 salmon but did not land any of them. That's fishing for you.

Graham Maunder with a lovely fresh grilse caught on a flying c from the Ship Linn pool on the Benchil beat.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Catch and Release on the Tay 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Catch and Release on the Tay 2009.

Video of an Autumn Salmon being released on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing on the Tay 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing on the Tay 2009.

The wet weather continues this August making it feel like late September. There are signs of a few more salmon running the Tay and hopefuuly all the water will encourage more over the rest of the autumn period.

This was Mike with a fresh Grilse from the Horsey pool of the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland caught on a Flying C from the bank.

Earlier in the day he hooked a lively salmon in the Wash House pool from the boat on a devon.

The fresh 12 pounds salmon was successfully landed and then returned to the river.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing at Stanley Perthshire Scotland 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing at Stanley Perthshire Scotland 2009.

Video of Mike playing a good salmon in the Wash House pool of the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Grilse on the Tay at Benchil, Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Grilse on the Tay at Benchil, Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland August 2009.

Graham May from Plymouth was in the right place this afternoon (26/08/2009).

Graham was half way down the Aitken Head pool on the Benchil beat of the lower Tay just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland when he hooked a lovely fresh Grilse on a Flying C.

Minutes later he was into another sea liced grilse which he returned to the river.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Autumn Salmon on the Pitlochrie beat of the Tay.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Autumn Salmon on the Pitlochrie beat of the Tay.

At last a day to remember in August 2009 on the river at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. There were six salmon taken today (25/08/2009). All the salmon were fresh run except one and 3 out of the six were returned.

This is the party leader Graham May playing a Grilse in the Horsey pool on a flying c from the bank.

Nearly at the net after a lively fight.

Myself and Graham with the 7 pounds grilse.

The fish is carefully returned to the river.

Richard Street with a lovely fresh grilse from the Horsey pool caught on a flying C.

Graham Maunder with a fresh grilse taken on a coster in front of Stanley Mills in the Tarr Tank pool of the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon 2009.

Video of Dougie Owen from Plymouth playing a lively autumn salmon in the Wash House pool of the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Autumn Salmon on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Autumn Salmon on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland August 2009.

Dougie Owen had a memorable morning in the boat on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland today(25/08/2009). For good measure Dougie is 89 years young!
All the salmon were caught in the Wash house pool spinning from the boat.

This was his last fish of the morning which took a devon and ran down through the fast water at the tail of the pool. We had to land the fresh 11 pounds salmon down river in front of Stanley mills.

Dougie playing another good salmon on a devon from the boat.

This was an older fish weighing 12 pounds which was carefully returned to the river.

Dougie hooks his first salmon of the morning on a flying C.

The fresh 9 pounds salmon played very hard.

In the net at last. The fresh hen salmon covered in sea lice was returned.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Salmon Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Salmon Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland 2009.

Richard Street of Devon Country Barns caught this lovely fresh 17 pounds salmon on a Flying C on Saturday (22/08/2009). Richard caught the prize salmon on the Waulkmill beat of the lower Tay not far above Perth. This was his first ever Tay salmon and it was carefully returned to the river.


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Salmon at Luncarty on the Tay in Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Salmon at Luncarty on the Tay in Scotland.

Anglers from Cumbria had a tremendous days salmon fishing on the Tay at Luncarty, Perthshire, Scotland on Saturday (22/08/2009).
They caught 10 salmon between 9 and 4 pounds spinning after a big spate the previous day. Several of the salmon were returned to the river. They also caught 3 sea trout and returned them all. Well done.



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Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 22nd August 2009.


Last week reported 101 Salmon and 8 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite yet again unsettled conditions. We had unsettled weather during the week with heavy thundery down pours making the river rise and fall on a regular basis. There is now plenty of water in the river encouraging salmon to run.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There does now seem to be a good spread of Salmon throughout the district.

Best salmon of the week were 17lbs summer salmon off the Stobhall and Upper Islamouth beats.
Other notable catches included 10 in one day off the Luncarty beat on Saturday.
Ballathie and Cargil continue to fare well with good days during the past week.

This past week saw a spread of catches throughout the river which certainly looks good for the coming weeks. The Grilse run still has not improved but hopefully will get better in the coming weeks. Encouragingly there are quite a lot of good summer salmon running the river.

The river temperature has now dropped just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius due to all the rain.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that all hen salmon and sea trout caught should be returned and large male salmon over 15 pounds to preserve sport for the future. It goes without saying that all red fish should de returned as well.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far
.

Prospects for the week commencing 24th August 2009.
The river now has plenty of water with all the rain and is running at a good height. Unfortunately the weather for this coming week looks unsettled again. Hopefully any showers will not be too heavy to alter the river levels.
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Stronger runs are expected as we go into the last week in August.

The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius with all the rain and fresh water.

The river is running at a good height which will allow salmon to run the entire river Tay.

There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching Tay Salmon this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured.. The rise in river temperature should encourage baits spun upstream and retrieved quickly.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for Catch and Release in 2009 we now recommend that every angler should release all hen salmon caught each day and all Sea Trout. We also recommend that all male salmon over 15 pounds should be released and certainly any red fish . Salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland The Malloch Challenge Trophy.

Salmon Fishing Scotland The Malloch Challenge Trophy.

Now we are about to enter the Autumn period of the Salmon fishing season this is a reminder that the Malloch Trophy is back for this season in Scotland.
It is awarded to the angler who catches and returns the largest Atlantic Salmon fly fishing in Scottish waters.
The details are listed below. Tight lines.

MALLOCH CHALLENGE TROPHY



The most prestigious and historic trophy in the Scottish angling world, The Malloch Challenge Trophy has been reinstated from the opening of the 2009 salmon fishing season after an absence of 10 years.

The magnificent silver model of a leaping salmon, which for decades was the most coveted and keenly contested award in Scotland, has been acquired by The Tay Foundation under the Chairmanship of John Milligan. It will again be awarded annually to the angler catching the heaviest salmon of the season on any Scottish River. The new criteria for the Trophy will reflect the Tay Board’s promotion of Conservation in that the fish which must be caught on a fly must also be released alive back into the water.

History:

The Malloch Challenge Trophy is named after the Perth-based manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle, Mallochs of Perth – one of the most legendary names in Scottish tackle history. Its founder was P D Malloch, one of the greatest authorities of his day on salmon.

The Malloch Trophy was first awarded in 1972 for a 43lb fish caught on the Tweed by Lady Burnett and last awarded in 1999 following a run of 28 consecutive years for a 33lb fish caught on the Spey by Mr J Montupet; during this time the winning fish came from a variety of rivers including the Dee, Spey, Tweed, Tay and Naver. 2 ladies apart from Lady Burnett have been winners of the trophy with fish from the Tweed (33lbs) and the Spey (35lbs).

After 1999 the trophy was not presented and remained locked in a cupboard for over 10 years and was lost to the salmon fishing world until the Tay Foundation was able to acquire it.

Secretary to the Malloch Trophy:

Robert Rattray of CKD Galbraith has been appointed as Secretary for the Malloch Trophy. Entries should be submitted in line with Challenge Trophy critera and the final decision will be made immediately after the end of the season by a committee.

Criteria for application for the Award are detailed below.



Entry forms are available below or can be obtained from the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board office on 01738 583733 or mobile no 07974 360787.



Malloch Challenge Trophy Entry Details

Criteria

* Entry form: The Malloch Trophy entry form must be duly completed and signed as required and returned to the Malloch Secretary as soon as possible and no later than one month after capture (except in the case of a November capture, where the entry form must be returned by c.o.b. on Wednesday 9th December 2009). For entry form click here.

* The fish must be a bone fide wild Atlantic Salmon; must be caught on recognised artificial fly tackle and artificial fly in an approved manner; and must then be returned safely to the water.

* Full details including fishing tackle used (rod, reel, line, leader and fly) should be recorded as should the date, place and time of capture.

* Witness/Photograph: The capture must be verified by a minimum of one independent witness and wherever possible with accompanying photographic evidence.

* Weight: Ideally the salmon should be carefully weighed in either a weigh-net or with scale and net, the weight of the net being deducted. The weigh-net or scales should be available for independent testing if required. Alternatively Sturdey’s formula will be used to assess the weight of the fish in the event that the fish cannot be weighed.

* Measurement: An accurate measurement of the length (from nose to fork of tail) and girth (around the body just forward of the dorsal fin) should be taken with a tape measure. These measurements must be verified by the independent witness/es

All entries will be considered by the Malloch Challenge Trophy committee after the last salmon fishing rivers close on the 30th November 2009 and must be notified/received not later than c.o.b. Wednesday 9th December 2009.

The Malloch Challenge Trophy Committee is made up of representatives from the regions in Scotland and the Chairman of RAFTS. The Committee’s decision in all matters is final and no correspondence will entered into subsequent to the award winner being annnounced.

The winner will be announced not later than the 17th December 2009.
The winner and their guests and representatives of the Trust on whose river the fish was caught, will be invited as guests to the Annual River Tay Dinner.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Large Summer Spate on the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Large Summer Spate on the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Today (20/08/2009) we had a lot of rain in the district and the river rose dramatically to 9 feet. Will this bring in the Grilse at long last?


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay August 2009.

Peter Thomas with a cracking 12 pound salmon caught fly fishing in the long shot pool of the lower Tay beat at Benchil just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. This was one of two fish Peter caught during the morning fly fishing from the bank.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing at Stanley on the Tay Autumn 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing at Stanley on the Tay Autumn 2009.

This is a video of Mike Straton fly fishing in the Horsey pool of the Pitlochrie beat of the river Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fred Buller Fly Fishing on the Tay.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fred Buller Fly Fishing on the Tay.

Video of Fred Buller fly fishing on the Tay on the Benchil beat of the lower Tay just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. Fred is the Author of the famous book on massive Atlantic Salmon called the "Domesday book of giant Salmon".
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Fred Buller Fly Fishing on the Tay 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fred Buller Fly Fishing on the Tay 2009.

Today 17/08/2009) I was privileged to have Fred Buller Fly Fishing in the boat with me. Fred in his 80's is the author of the famous book on massive atlantic salmon. The book called the "Domesday book of Giant Salmon" is a must for true anglers of Atlantic Salmon.



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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 15th August 2009.


Last week reported 89 Salmon and 11 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite yet again unsettled conditions. We had unsettled weather during the week with heavy thundery down pours making the river rise and fall on a regular basis.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There does now seem to be a good spread of Salmon throughout the district however we are expecting a much stronger run in the coming weeks.

Best salmon of the week were 17lbs summer salmon off the Stobhall beat just above Stanley.
Other notable catches included 5 in one day off the Upper Islamouth beat on Tuesday and 5 on Saturday off the Taymount beat.

This past week saw a spread of catches throughout the river which certainly looks good for the coming weeks. The Grilse run will get better in the coming week but encouragingly there are quite a lot of good summer salmon running the river.

The river temperature is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that all hen salmon and sea trout caught should be returned and large male salmon over 15 pounds to preserve sport for the future. It goes without saying that all red fish should de returned as well.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far
.

Mr Robin Hereford with his first Tay salmon, a long tailed sea-liced five-pounder, taken fly fishing from the Trap at Newtyle on 12 August 2009.

Prospects for the week commencing 17th August 2009.
The river is now at a good height with the weather looking more settled for this coming week which may make a real difference. Hopefully any showers will not be too heavy to alter the river levels.
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Stronger runs are expected as we go into the third week in August. Hopefully this will be the week which is now well overdue.

The water temperature is about 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius.

The river is running at a good height which will allow salmon to run the entire river Tay.

There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching Tay Salmon this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured.. The rise in river temperature should encourage baits spun upstream and retrieved quickly.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for Catch and Release in 2009 we now recommend that every angler should release all hen salmon caught each day and all Sea Trout. We also recommend that all male salmon over 15 pounds should be released and certainly any red fish . Salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Smoked Salmon Award.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Smoked Salmon Award.

Great taste is own reward

This was an article in the local paper on Saturday. Well done the Dunkeld Smokehouse.

Master smoker Ronnie Ross (left) and Rob Gower display some of the smoke-house’s produce.

A PERTHSHIRE company is celebrating after winning a pair of Great Taste Awards.

Dunkeld Smoked Salmon has been granted a one-star Gold Great Taste Award for its wild smoked salmon and a two-star gold for its organically-reared sea trout.

It already has a gold award for farmed smoked salmon, given last year by organisers, the Guild of Fine Food.

Joint owner Rob Gower said, “We are delighted with these further awards.

“Winning a Great Taste Award recognises the craft and dedication that goes into making superb food and drink.”

The business is a traditional and artisan smoke-house situated in Dunkeld, on the banks of one of the world’s best salmon rivers, the Tay.

The smokehouse was established over 30 years ago primarily to smoke anglers’ own fish, although the retail side of the business has grown steadily over the years.

The business smokes salmon sourced from Scottish waters and sustainable Loch Duart farmed salmon, as well as the sea trout reared in the Shetlands.

Bob Farrand of the Guild of Fine Food said, “Lovers of fine food and drink only pay for the best if they’re certain what they’re buying is the best.

“Every food with a Great Taste Award gold has been independently proven to be just that.”

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Summer Salmon on the Tay August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Summer Salmon on the Tay August 2009.

There was more suitable conditions today on the Benchil beat of the lower Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. The river height was down to one foot three.
Firstly Mark Emms hooked a lively fresh salmon fly fishing from the boat in the Long Shot.

The sea liced cock salmon was safely landed. This is Mark and his son Markus with the fresh salmon.

Jimmy Gibson landed this lovely 10 pounds hen salmon from the boat in the Todd holes pool on a toby Salmo which was carefully returned to the river.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Fly Fishing 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Fly Fishing 2009.

This was the team today (13/08/2009) on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. Stevie McGrandles caught a small Grilse fly fishing in the Kirkie stream.
We had a bit of bad luck today because Allan Shanks broke with a big summer salmon in the Kirkie stream fly fishing from the bank and George Brown lost 2 salmon spinning a toby, one at his feet!


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Young Anglers.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Young Anglers.

It is so important to encourage new blood into our sport of Salmon fishing and in particular to salmon fly fishing.
This was my daughter Ellie learning the first steps of Spey Casting with the casting expert Andy Murray at Kelso on the river Tweed last Sunday.

Ellie learned very quickly the roll cast over right and left shoulder with the aid of a light Loomis rod and Andy's guidance. Notice the concentration watching the D loop forming before the cast. Her sister Bethany took the pictures.


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Salmon Fishing Scotland August Salmon Fishing 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Salmon Fishing 2009.

This was Salmon Fly Fishing from an anchored boat in the long shot pool of the Benchil beat of the lower Tay below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Local angler James McKay caught this lovely 10 pounds salmon yesterday on a flying C despite rising water on the Benchil beat in the Lundie Stream. The salmon was carefully returned.


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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 8th August.



Last week reported 91 Salmon and 12 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite yet again unsettled conditions. We had unsettled weather during the week with heavy thundery down pours making the river rise and fall on a regular basis. To cap matters the Hydro sent down a foot of water on Friday

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There does now seem to be a good spread of Salmon throughout the district however we are expecting a much stronger run in the coming weeks.

Best salmon of the week were 16lbs summer salmon off the Stobhall beat and Pitlochrie beat.
Other notable catches included 7 in one day off the Ballathie beat of which 6 were summer salmon and 5 on Saturday off the Waulkmill beat.

This past week saw a spread of catches throughout the river which certainly looks good for the coming weeks. The Grilse run will get better in the coming week but encouragingly there are quite a lot of good summer salmon running the river.

The river temperature is around 62degrees Fahrenheit or 17 degrees Celsius.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that all hen salmon and sea trout caught should be returned and large male salmon over 15 pounds to preserve sport for the future. It goes without saying that all red fish should de returned as well.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far
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Ian Lamont with his first ever Tay salmon - weighing 7lb - taken fly fishing in the Cotter on Newtyle on 1st August 2009. His second Tay salmon followed later in the day a 4lb sea-liced grilse. Iain returned both his fish.

Newtyle ghillie, David Steele, releasing a 6lb salmon from the steps pool on Newtyle. David's fish was taken on a Vision 110 from the boat.

Prospects for the week commencing 10th August.
The river is now at a good height however the weather looks unsettled for this coming week which may make life difficult. Hopefully the showers will not be too heavy to alter the river levels.
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We are expecting stronger runs as we go into the second week in August. Hopefully this will be the week.

The water temperature is about 62 degrees Fahrenheit or 17 degrees Celsius.

The river is running at a good height which will allow salmon to run the entire river Tay.

There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching Tay Salmon this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured.. The rise in river temperature should encourage baits spun upstream and retrieved quickly.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for Catch and Release in 2009 we now recommend that every angler should release all hen salmon caught each day and all Sea Trout. We also recommend that all male salmon over 15 pounds should be released and certainly any red fish . Salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Fly Fishing on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotand.

Salmon Fishing Scotland August Fly Fishing on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotand.

This was Robin Menzies with a fresh 15 pounds Salmon caught fly fishing in the Kirkie Stream on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.


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Friday, August 7, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Summer Salmon on the Tay Fly Fishing.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Summer Salmon on the Tay Fly Fishing.

This is the picturesque Benchil beat of the lower Tay just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Mick Sanders with a lovely fresh 7 pounds salmon caught fly fishing in the long shot pool of the Benchil beat. Scottish Ghillie George Stewart has just netted the salmon before it was released back to the river.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing at Stanley on the Tay Autumn 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing at Stanley on the Tay Autumn 2009.
This was Mick Sanders Fly Fishing in the Long Shot pool of the Benchil beat of the lower Tay below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
Mick caught a lovely 7 pounds salmon fly fishing from the bank and a sea trout. Both fish were returned.


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Monday, August 3, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Big Salmon on the Tay.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Big Salmon on the Tay.

This was Derek Clark and Ghillie David Godfrey on the Cargil beat of the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with a big Tay Salmon weighing 26 and a half pounds caught on a Toby Salmo.
The Tay has produced some big Salmon this year. Could a Tay salmon win the famous Malloch Trophy for the largest Salmon caught on the fly this year?

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