Sunday, June 30, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 29th June 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 29th 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 rain especially on Tuesday 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 Tay is currently fishing very well despite being low, salmon run this mighty river 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 nature along the river is tremendous with numerous 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!”

Duncan Glass winning the first Tay Conservation award in 2009 at the Tay dinner.
A special mention should go out to Duncan Glass who recently was awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary service to Salmon Conservation on the River Tay. Well done Duncan from everyone on the river.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 29th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 4, Lower Redgorton 4, Catholes 1, Stobhall 11, Taymount 5, Ballathie 5, Cargill 10, Islamouth 2, Lower and Upper Islamouth 5, Kercock 8, Murthly 1 3, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 9, Dunkeld House 8, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3, Loch Faskally 3, Ruan Ruarie 2.
Total: 98 Largest: Waulkmill 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 7, Benchil and Pitlochrie 4, Taymount 1, Cargill 3.
Total: 16 Largest: Lower Redgorton 4lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone and there is a continuing emergence of some larger multi sea winter salmon up to around 20 plus 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 Upper Kinnaird and Farleyer beats.

Steve Green enjoyed a first day success with Jock Menteith catching a cracking salmon on the fly from Upper Kinnaird. 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 3500 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year. On Loch Faskally sport has slowed down as the salmon bolt to upper reaches however Campbell Dixon and Jason Tumatc caught fish up to 12 ½ pounds this week. Down the system at the Dam Duncan Judge was successful again this week with a 9 pounds fish on the fly and Brian Joseph had a terrific fish at 17 pounds late on Wednesday night. Further up on the Garry, Scott Henderson caught 2 salmon up to 14 pounds on Ruan Ruarie on flying c.

On the Middle River 38 salmon were caught this past week and continues to fish very well despite things falling off a bit. 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. Lower Kinnaird worked away all week with reasonable catches.

This was a lovely contribution from Sandip Datta fishing at Lower Kinnaird on Saturday. “My wife and I had a great day on Lower Kinnaird on Saturday. We had the valuable guidance of head ghillie Martin Edgar on our side, who's fantastic company an knowledge added greatly to the day. My wife started things off by landing a nice 7 pounds grilse in the Ash Trees pool and had great pleasure for the next 3 hours winding me up. However she soon quietened down when I landed a lovely 12 pounder from the same pool on the last cast of the day. Both fish were returned unharmed and all had a great day. Thanks again to ghillie Martin Edgar, we will be back soon. Thanks Sandip. Donald Cameron landed an 8 pounds fish on Dalguise in the Bridge pool as well as loosing another couple of fish. On Dunkeld House the 100th salmon of the season was passed as Donald Cameron landed a 13 pounds fish on a flying c from the Rock pool, then Jim McDonald and Richard Harman had fish up to 14 pounds.

Jim Ferrie had a superb 14 pounds fish on a size 10 cascade from the Lady pool on Saturday. Newtyle had another successful week with several salmon landed. David Cargill and Allan Rennie were amongst the fish on Monday.

Brian Night landed 2 fish on Tuesday up to 9 pounds and Rodger Worth had a superb 14 pounds fish on fly from the Boil. Later in the week Gavin Ford caught a 16 pounds sea liced fish from the St Mary’s stream on fly. The Murthly beats found life a bit quieter this week but still managed a superb 24 pounds off the no 2 beat.

Kercock had eight for the week with Mrs Liz Stewart, Donald Cameron, Jamie Turner, Gordon Stewart and Jim Witherspoon all catching.

The Lower River had 47 salmon for the week. Islamouth was again successful but under the normal expectation for the time of year and conditions. Ballathie and Cargill have started to do better as the river levels drop. Cargill had a 5 on Monday up to 20 pounds and Ballathie faired better at the end of the week with 4 on Saturday. Stobhall and Taymount continued to work away with success on most days. Dougie MacGregor caught a 10 pounds salmon fly fishing on the Catholes on Saturday. The lower beats are starting to pick up more salmon now and most of the beats will be back on the river fully boated this or next week. A few more Sea trout have appeared with hopefully more to come but very late.

The Isla registered 0 salmon.

Lady Plastow caught a fresh 10 pounds fish on the river Ericht recently and it was high 10’s all round! She caught the salmon using a 10 foot trout fly rod, a 10 pounds cast and on a size 10 fly. Well done, good story.

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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