Friday, October 30, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland G. Loomis Fly Fishing on the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland G. Loomis Fly Fishing on the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.






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Salmon Fishing Scotland G. Loomis Fly Fishing.

Salmon Fishing Scotland G.Loomis Fly Fishing.

Recently I have been lucky enough to be appointed a Pro Guide for G.Loomis on the river Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. G Loomis have some of the best fly rods in the world. I will be posting more about G Loomis over the next few weeks as there are some new rods available for next year and the launch of a new web site.



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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Pheasant Hunting in Highland Perthshire, Scotland October 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Pheasant Hunting in Highland Perthshire, Scotland October 2009.

These are some pictures from a Pheasant shoot yesterday near Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland in very wet conditions.

These are the hills at Dungarthill estate near Dunkeld.


My Labrador Cassie coming up for a breather after being under the bracken.

The weather has been so mild recently and the game crops are still green. This is a field of artichokes that is over 6 feet tall in places. This is perfect cover for pheasants but not so good for beaters to navigate.

The line of guns at the end of the drive.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Red Deer Hunting at Invercauld, Braemar by Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Red Deer Hunting at Invercauld, Braemar by Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland 2009.

Recently I was fortunate to go Stalking on the Invercauld Estate on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

A view of the hill from the roadside not far from Glenshee Ski Centre on Invercauld Estate.

Red Deer hinds running on the hill after a Stag.

Michael the Stalker looks for a possible Stag.

The all important shot to make a clean kill.

Success after a long Stalk throughout the day.

The Pony carries the Stag back down the hill.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing on Tweed.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing on Tweed.

Yesterday I was lucky to be invited down to the river Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

This was the main pool on the Tweedhill beat not far from Berwick at the bottom end of the Tweed being fished by my host Mike Sanders. There had been a lot of salmon in this pool but a 4 inch rise in the river level had taken most of them away further upstream. It is very unusual for the river to be so low at this time of year and for so many salmon still to be in the lower Tweed.

This was further up the Tweedhill beat.

Later in the afternoon I went further upstream to the Tweedmill beat to see Andy Murray who ghillies there. This is the famous Cauld. The Tweedmill beat is opposite Tillmouth. They had caught 19 salmon during the day.

This is the famous Border Maid pool which is shared with Tillmouth. Andy and I had a cast for the last hour but nothing was obliging, just a few pulls hence the bad light in the picture.

"My best fish so far!" A 21lb sea-liced cock salmon caught by Jeff Slater of Duncan House, Kelso on 18th August on the Tweedmill lower Tweed beat.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

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

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

This was the Autumn scene in Perthshire, Scotland recently.

The view down Horsey towards the Skellies and Benchil below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

The Skellies with the mist rising up off the river after a frost.

This is the view down river on the top beat at Taymount or Stobhall towards Kill Moo and Stank End.

Innernytie Sands.

Looking upstream at the top of the Alderns, the Cubby Holes and Willies Stone at Taymount and Stobhall.

Malcolm Anderson from Crieff with a 27 pounds salmon off the Ballathie beat caught recently on a devon. The Salmon was carefully returned.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Report for last few days of 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Report for last few days of 2009.

Tay Reports

Report for the last 4 days to the 15th October 2009.


The last 4 days of the 2009 season reported 208 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout which was reasonable catch for the season so far despite the tough year on the Tay. The weather was settled with a high pressure giving us perfect river conditions.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There was a spread of Salmon throughout the district as all the beats were catching but not in the usual numbers for the time of year.

Quite a few good fish were caught this past week yet again which is quite heartening. Best salmon of the week was a magnificent 28lbs salmon off the Upper Murthly beat caught from the boat by Robin Melville and carefully returned. Robin Melville had a memorable last few days on the 2009 Tay season catching a 28, 25 and a 20lbs salmon all of which were returned. Mike Smith on the Burnmouth beat at Stanley had a 25lbs salmon as well from the boat which was returned. Despite the poorer runs this year the Tay can still produce the really big salmon.

Several beats recorded good individual catches for the last 4 days. These included 26 from Waulkmill, 27 from Stobhall, 19 from Taymount, 15 from Ballathie and 15 from Cargill.

Many thanks to all who have sent me their individual experiences over the season.

The river temperature has now dropped to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius.

There is no doubt the river has had a very hard season and a number of anglers have responded by returning the majority of the salmon they caught. The Tay would like to thank you for that which will hopefully show benefits for the future.


Sarah Bird with a perfect 20lb hen salmon which took a black flying C at 'The Boil' on Newtyle. The fish was returned.


Brian Archer from Somerset caught this 25lb salmon on a copper Toby at Meikelour. It was returned safely.


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Released to Spawn.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Released to Spawn.

Video of a Tay Salmon being released to spawn. The 2009 season is now over on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. It has been one of the hardest seasons on record and it is fitting that this video shows a 14 pounds salmon going off into the depths of the silvery Tay to lay its eggs for the future.
Everyone who works on the river Tay would like to thank everyone who has released salmon back to the river over this past difficult year. Hopefully with increasing endeavour over the future the Tay will come back to its former greatness.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland 2009 Salmon Season comes to a close on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland 2009 Salmon Season comes to a close on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

These are some pictures from the final day on the river Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Fishing from the boat anchored in Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley.


Blair Bank, Scottish Ghillie from the Brae Water beats on the Spey plays a sea trout in Horsey on a rapala.

The view up to the Stanley Mill with the autumn sunshine.

The Upper Scone boat harling in Aitken head on the lower Tay Benchil beat below Stanley.

The light starts to go on the Horsey pool.

The 2009 season is over and the sun sets.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Autumn Salmon on the Tay October 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Autumn Salmon on the Tay October 2009.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Release on the Tay October 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Release on the Tay October 2009.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing 2009 in October Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing 2009 in October Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.







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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing on the Tay October 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Autumn Salmon Fishing on the Tay October 2009.

Autumn has certainly arrived on Tayside in Scotland over the last few weeks and the leaves are turning to all the golden colours. The views can be spectacular at this time of year with just a little sun.

This is the view down the Skellies towards the lower Tay beat at Benchil below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

This is looking up from Benchil towards the village of Stanley.

Graeme Davies fly fishing in the Kirkie Stream today where he caught and returned a lovely 11 pounds salmon.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Tweed Quality Salmon Flies.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tweed Quality Salmon Flies.

Now the Tay season is drawing to a close the Salmon attention switches to the river Tweed in the Scottish Borders.


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spinning for Autumn Salmon on the Tay 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spinning for Autumn Salmon on the Tay 2009.

Video of Bill Gibson playing an autumn Tay salmon on the Benchil beat on the lower Tay.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Spinning for Autumn Salmon 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spinning for Autumn Salmon 2009.

This was the morning action on the lower Tay beat at Benchil below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Allan Marr plays a Grilse spinning a Toby Salmo from the Boat in the plain water.

Allan lands the fresh salmon.

Allan plays another fresh grilse from the boat in the Todd holes pool of the Benchil beat.

The fresh run 7 pounds Grilse was covered in sea lice. The salmon was carefully returned.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland October Salmon Fishing 2009 at Stanley Perthshire, Scotland on the Tay.

Salmon Fishing Scotland October Salmon Fishing 2009 at Stanley Perthshire, Scotland on the Tay.

This was some of todays action on the Lower Tay beat at Benchil below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Bill Gibson plays a good salmon in the Ship Linn pool on a flying C spinning from the boat.

Bill's salmon weighed 15 pounds and was released back to the river.

Moments after landing a good salmon Bill was playing another. This time on a rapala.

Bill with the salmon.

Graeme Davies playing a lively salmon on a rapala in the long shot at the end of the day.

Graeme plays the salmon carefully watched by Scottish Ghillie Geordie Stewart.

The Salmon was successfully landed and then returned to the river to complete a good day.

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