Monday, June 17, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 15th June 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 15th 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 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 15th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 2, Luncarty Summer and Autumn 2, Benchil and Pitlochrie 2, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 13, Ballathie 11, Cargill 5, Islamouth 7, Lower and Upper Islamouth 9, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 1, Meikleour House 1, Kercock 1, Murthly 1 8, Glendelvine 13, Murthly 2 17, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 3, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 8, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 5, Farleyer Lower 3, Portnacraig Pitlochry 8, Loch Faskally 11.
Total: 148 Largest: Dalmarnock 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Taymount 1, Murthly 2 6.
Total: 7 Largest: Taymount 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 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 9 salmon from largely from Farleyer and one from Findynate. Further news from the upper beats would be welcome for the report.

The Tummel system registered 19 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 2600 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year. Loch Faskally have now caught 65 spring salmon with fish up to 16 pounds coming off this week. Willie Candlish and Eddie Sommerville landed good fish on Tobies and Grilse were also caught. Sport on the Pitlochry Club water had slowed down until Friday when 6 were landed which was a complete surprise. Successful anglers included Saul MacKay and Kevin Maybury with 2 a piece up to 13 pounds and Frank Moscrop and Ian McLaren with fish on the fly. Paul Chappell landed a 13 pounds salmon on Saturday fly fishing on a Francis.

Other fish were landed on the clubs Sawmill stream during the week with Gordon Hanslip catching a cracking 12 pounds beauty on the fly.

On the Middle River 62 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. Lower Kinnaird had a reasonable week and also reported the odd grilse with salmon landed up to 17 pounds. On Dalguise Trevor Nicolson got up very early on Thursday and landed a salmon by 6 O’Clock on the fly from the Otterstone pool and Jim Hunter had an 11 pounds fish from the Bridge pool early on Saturday. Dalmarnock reported salmon up to 23 pounds during the week. Dunkeld House had a quieter week mainly due to a busman’s holiday at the end of the week to Islamouth! Newtyle continued their excellent season with fish up to 18 pounds. Earlier in the week Stuart McArthur caught on the fly as did Ian Hendry.

Ron Fraser caught a sea liced beauty from the Boil also fly fishing. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats continue to have an exceptional season with some memorable days this past week including 8 on Friday from Glendelvine and 5’s and 4’s form days on Murthly largely caught on fly.

The Lower River had 58 salmon for the week. Islamouth was again successful but not as productive as last year. This will change if the current conditions remain. Catches were improving this week with Jim Ferrie and Simon Furniss’s party working hard at the end of the week. 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. Gary Mitchell caught a 12 pounds fish from Horsey on Upper Scone. John Lessels and James McKay had good salmon out of the Skellies on Benchil. At Luncarty John Downie and Gary Waugh reported a couple of Grilse on Staurday. On Lower Redgorton Hugh Law landed his first salmon of the season and was unlucky to loose a 20 pounds fish as well from the Bleechings. 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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