Monday, June 24, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 22nd June 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 22nd June 2013.

The conditions last week were good on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with good weather and a little rain; a falling steady river and catches were maintained during the week. The weather is now much warmer and there is a good forecast for this week with a chance of little rain that hopefully will continue to give us great prospects and will maintain sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river.

Summer has now arrived and when settled conditions prevail sport can be magical as has proved this season so far with some outstanding catches and numerous spring salmon registered in the Tay system above expectation, let us hope the sport is maintained for the remainder of the season then it will certainly be one to remember in years to come. The catches for the season so far have increased by 75% up to the end of May and now May has produced a 90% increase on last year which is simply amazing news for the river. The Tay is currently fishing very well despite being low, salmon run the Tay every day of the year due to its vast volume of water and is certainly a good destination to catch a salmon; you will maybe catch a fish of your dreams after the emergence of some monster salmon. The river offers a variety of possibilities for all standards of anglers with ghillies only too keen to teach the novices and this mighty river can produce a memorable salmon for the keen fly fisher. Levels and temperatures have now risen hopefully to encourage more salmon to run the river and spread out. Pools can be easily covered from bank and boat with modern technology. Why not have a go and sample this magical river. The fishing is supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently the Blue bells are out along the river with also numerous other wild flowers. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 1, Stobhall 3, Taymount 12, Ballathie 5, Cargill 3, Islamouth 12, Lower and Upper Islamouth 13, Kercock 3, Murthly 1 22, Glendelvine 12, Murthly 2 24, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 3, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 5, Farleyer Lower 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 8.
Total: 141 Largest: Murthly 1 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Taymount 1, Cargill 2, Murthly 2 4, Dalguise 3, Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 12 Largest: Taymount & Dalguise 3lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone and there is a continuing emergence of some larger multi sea winter spring salmon up to around 20 odd pounds, which is superb news. Sea trout and Grilse are also starting to appear. The Upper reaches are now encountering more fresh salmon as warmer conditions appear. The Upper River registered 6 salmon from the Farleyer beats. Further news from the upper beats would be welcome for the report.

The Tummel system registered 8 salmon. The Tummel has been fishing very well however bright weather and salmon running through the Dam in numbers has curtailed sport. Currently there is now over 3000 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year. The Flying C seemed to be the favoured method for success at the Dam last week with Callum Imray, Dean Pepper, Brian Holmes and Duncan Judge all catching with this bait landing fish up to 16 pounds. Further salmon were also caught from the clubs Sawmill stream for Gordon Nichol and Brian Joseph.

On the Middle River 78 salmon were caught this past week and continues to fish very well. Conditions have become a bit more difficult however the beats are reporting seeing several salmon in the pools. A little water should spice things up again but early mornings and evenings remain productive. Dalguise had a couple for the week which included an 8 pounds fish on a flying C for Alan Bell and a 14 pounds beauty for Colin Henderson caught on a floating devon from the Bridge pool. On Dalmarnock Adrian Parr caught a sea liced 12 pounds salmon fly fishing just down from the road bridge.

Hugh Bolland was amongst the successful anglers on Dunkeld House catching a 12 pounds salmon on a Flying C in the Ivy Tree pool. Newtyle continued to do well landing grilse and salmon up to 18 pounds. Calum McRoberts had a great Tuesday morning landing 3 grilse from the St Mary’s stream on the fly. The Murthly beats had another superb week landing 46 salmon between them and Glendelvine caught 12 salmon as well.

Chris Stewart had a good day on Friday on the Upper Murthly beat catching a 14 pounds then getting a better one in the low twenties.

Peter Johnson caught Kercocks first grilse at 6 pounds and

Kenny Milne caught 2 salmon up to 18 pounds.

The Lower River had 49 salmon for the week. Islamouth was again successful and catches are gently improving week on week. At the end of the week Ian Gellatley, Arnot McWhinnie and Alan McCaig all had fresh salmon on the fly with the party landing 5 on Saturday morning. Ballathie and Cargill have started to do better as the river levels drop. Stobhall and Taymount continued to work away with success on most days with Taymount ending up with 12 for the week. A few more Sea trout have appeared with hopefully more to come.

The Isla registered 0 salmon.
It was certainly another superb week to remember with some great stories, at last some warmer weather and salmon caught with good conditions but now as we enter Summer with warmer weather and lower river levels the catches will hopefully be maintained over the coming weeks assuming the run continues and spread throughout the entire system. Please maintain the Catch and Release code for the river to protect our sport 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 to be included in the reports.

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