Sunday, April 26, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 25th April 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 25th April 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has improved in recent weeks with good conditions for fishing and settled water levels have prevailed. April traditionally sees good spring runs and good conditions as fish spread throughout the system and this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks. Expectation remains high on the river for 2015 after consistent catches recently and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs as we go into May to give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver” as the last 2 years have proved.

Spring salmon were landed last week in continued better numbers with superb conditions in glorious spring sunshine. Good numbers were landed daily from all over as the river level receded and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. On the nature front the first Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows have arrived, Ospreys are being seen,
Ducks have their first brood of young and Sand Pipers are on the river banks.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 25th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes Stanley 3, Upper Scone 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 6, Taymount 7, Ballathie 1, Cargill 3, Islamouth 20, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Kercock 4, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 15, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 3, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 2, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 8.
Total: 107 Largest: Findynate 28lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Pitlochrie 1, Ballathie 1.
Total: 4 Largest: Lower Redgorton 4lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in reasonable numbers, which is understandable with the superb conditions making it ideal as fish are running harder due to the warmer water temperatures currently and fish are spreading throughout the river. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to still release all spring fish to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low and spring salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.

Unfortunately on the Lower Tay below Stanley there only been odd fish recorded but Sea Trout are starting to appear however in the Stanley area catches remained reasonable despite rising water temperatures. Lower Redgorton landed a couple of fish and Billy Tinlan caught his first Tay salmon weighing 9 pounds on Upper Redgorton. At Stanley there were 4 fish caught on the Catholes during the week.
Stuart Ross landed a couple fly fishing from the boat in the Black Stones and Catholes Stream. John Williams from the Northumberland Fly Fishers also caught in the Black Stones a fish of 10 pounds. Saturday saw Ian Kettles catch an 11 pounds fish from the Black Stones on a Toby. Stobhall and Taymount continued to battle away despite rising temperatures and land some good days.
On Monday Stephen Carnow on Stobhall caught a 20 pounds fish at the top of Lower Eels Brigs, he also had a 22 pounder, a superb sea liced hen from tail of the pool above the Findford stream. Both caught from the bank on a Toby Salmo.
Phil Walker’s party on Taymount “found relatively favourable conditions, with mostly bright, spring days, frosty mornings, and river levels dropping steadily until Saturday, when overnight rain raised the river by at least a foot, by lunchtime!” They had success on most days on the fly with Phil landing 2 fish himself from the March pool and Stank End weighing up to 10 pounds. Mark Emms caught fish up to 12 pounds from the Red Rocks and Majors Cast while Alistair Sheach caught a 15 pounds beauty on a wee black and yellow Monkey. Cargill and Ballathie reported fish running hard through their beats but found them difficult to tempt. It was “ a week of hard fishing at Cargill with some rewards.
Neil French had three springers and connected with others on the fly. Meanwhile Islalmouth continued to fish very well with 20 fish for their week all caught on fly. Early in the week catches were good as 12 fish were landed for Patrick Gordon’s party. John McElroy and Gordon Fleetwood’s party ended the week with steady catches as well with Neil Tong, John, Gordon and
Rodger Moore landing fish on fly to 15 pounds. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a tough week with only and odd fish. Robert Brown caught on his second cast in the Boxwood Tree pool on Monday.

The Middle river is seeing more fish and better results this past week and this should improve over the coming weeks in rising temperatures. Kercock had four fish for the week with plenty hooked and lost as well for good measure. Matt Blake caught a 14 pounder on a Collie Dog, Brian Gibson landed a 12 pounds fish on a Toby and there was success on the fly for Chris Jones and Ed Thomson. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats are having steady weeks as well with Murthly 1 having 5 on Monday that have still to be registered. Ian Scruton’s party had 3 fish on Thursday all on fly with Tony Megson,
Chris Moore and Ian landing fish up to 12 pounds covered in sea lice.
Newtyle had a tremendous week with 15 fish on the beat, 11 on the fly. Ron Fraser accounted for 4 on the fly up to 12 pounds. Gavin Fitzgerald from British Columbia landed a 10 pounds fish on the fly, his 1st Tay Salmon in 28 years! Other fish fell to Colin Adams, Jonathan Amos, Glyn Hall with 2, Kevin Reed caught 3, Paul Richardson and David Gardiner up to 16 pounds.
John Briddick caught the best fish of the week weighing an impressive 26 pounds on the fly from the Boil and that was his second days salmon fishing, not bad for a beginner! What a week. Dunkeld House chipped in with another good week with 10 fish landed and numerous others lost. Peter Sproston, Paul Mitchell enjoyed success over several days with fish up to 12 pounds.
Pauline Mitchell also got into the act with an 8 pounds fish.
John Olav from Norway caught on the fly from the Gauge pool. It was another good week for the beat. Dalmarnock recorded one fish in the week and should enjoy more success in the weeks to come. Dalguise are enjoying more success with 3 fish last week and the Kinnaird beats are doing likewise.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish on a regular basis as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it as the counter is now showing in excess of 150 with odd fish being caught in Loch Faskally. All the beats below the dam have been producing fish over the last week, which has been good news. At Pitlochry Dam 8 salmon were caught and fish landed each day during the week on the Angling club stretch. The week started off well for Matti Rautio and Callum Imray with fish on fly and spinner.
The fly again seemed to be the way to go with Ben Thompson, Adam Brougham and Graeme Stewart all landing fish up to 9 pounds. Steve Dora caught a cracking 15 pounds fish later in the week again on fly and Steve Watt weighed in with a couple during the week. Ian McLaren caught again in the clubs Sawmill stream below the dam beat.

The Upper area is also starting to see odd fish. Salmon were reported from the Farleyer and Findynate beats as they run up to Loch Tay including another 28 pounds whopper from the latter.

On Loch Tay fish are continuing to be caught in reasonable numbers. Reported fish have been quiet this past week.

The Isla is continuing to see salmon run the river however reports are lean.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river.

The Earn are also seeing a spring salmon run but nothing was reported.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is nearly into May and expectation is very high after previous seasons and poor overall catches last year. Last weeks catches hopefully encouraged everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions and an upturn in catches will continue. Tight lines!

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 27th April 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 27th April 2015.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now nearly into May on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have had a settled week with good conditions for the pursuit of that magical spring salmon with glorious spring sunshine. The weather is to change over the coming week with low pressure dominating, which hopefully will not deter the chances of producing good sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements. Catches have been consistently good and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding but as we go into the last few days in April hopefully conditions will remain favourable and there will be a further improvement in the run to give more success.
Currently the river settling back nicely with excellent conditions (about 2’5 and falling on the Ballathie gauge) to hopefully encourage more spring salmon to run.
The weather is to be far more unsettled over the next week with rain and much colder weather which maybe the last bite of winter. Spring salmon are now running hard up the river and spreading rapidly. The milder weather forecast at times and recent big spate triggered off salmon to run the river in improving numbers. Expectation remains very high. The unsettled weather forecast may raise river levels but hopefully not to unsettle the current excellent conditions and make ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature is slowly creeping up to around 54 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius but may drop with a colder forecast. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The colder weather has benefited the lower beats so far but that is changing rapidly as the fish are spreading so there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river after milder conditions prevailed last week.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The water temperature has warmed up slowly enabling floating lines to come out with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year on many beats.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for April and May is that all spring salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. It is vital the river system follows these guide lines to ensure the draconian new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation rules do not get extended in seasons to come.
The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative.
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Superb Spring Salmon fishing on Tay, Perthshire April 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Superb Spring Salmon fishing on Tay, Perthshire April 2015.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland is enjoying great spring salmon fishing success this April in superb blue sky weather with another 100 fish plus week on the cards. Unfortunately the good weather is about to end with rain forecast but the catches should be maintained hopefully for the weeks to come.
A panoramic view of the tail of the Catholes.
This was a 20 pounds fish caught by Stephen Carnow on Stobhall at the top of Lower Eels Brigs earlier this week, he also had a 22 pounder, a superb sea liced hen from tail of the pool above the Findford stream. Both caught from the bank on a Toby Salmo.
This is a good fish caught up on the Lower Murthly beat by Chris on the fly, several fish have been caught in this area this week and a few have still to be registered.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland April Spring salmon fishing on Tay, Perthshire 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland April Spring salmon fishing on Tay, Perthshire 2015.

Tayside has been encountering superb spring weather this week and conditions for salmon fishing have been simply superb. The mighty Tay in Perthshire has now gone well over 50 fish for the current week and is by far the most successful river in Scotland at the moment.
Blue sky spring day on the Catholes at Stanley.
Stuart Ross plays a lively fish hooked casting from an anchored boat in the Catholes Stream.
A happy angler showing off his catch prior to release. A fresh run 10 pounds Tay springer.
John Williams plays a good fish from the boat in the Black Stones, again on the Catholes.
A 10 pounds sea liced beauty prior to release. It was John's first ever spring salmon.
An amazing Tay sun set at Meikleour taken by Calum McRoberts.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire April 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire April 2015.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland has got off to another good start to a spring salmon fishing week with a good few fish caught on the first day of the week in improving weather.
Spring sunshine on the Catholes at Stanley.
Stuart Ross plays a spring salmon on the fly from the boat in the Black Stones on the Catholes.
A small sea liced springer is successfully landed prior to release back to the river. Well done Stuart.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 18th April 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 18th April 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has improved in recent weeks with good conditions for fishing and settled water levels have prevailed. April traditionally sees good spring runs and good conditions as fish spread throughout the system and this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks. Expectation remains high on the river for 2015 after consistent catches recently and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs as we go through April to give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver” as the last 2 years have proved.

Spring salmon were landed last week in continued better numbers with superb conditions in glorious spring sunshine. Good numbers were landed daily from all over as the river level receded and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. On the nature front the first Sand Martins have arrived, Ospreys are being seen and Sand Pipers are on the river banks.

Beat catches reported

(week ending 18th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Benchil 1, Upper Scone 1, Pitlochrie 1, Taymount 4, Cargill 6, Islamouth 12, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 7, Kercock 2, Glendelvine 4, Murthly 2 10, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 4, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 2, Coupar Grange 4, Ericht Fishing 3, Portnacraig Pitlochry 13, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 94 Largest: Taymount & Newtyle 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 3, Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 5 Largest: Upper Redgorton 3lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in reasonable numbers, which is understandable with the superb conditions making it ideal as fish are running harder due to the warmer water temperatures currently and fish are spreading throughout the river. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to still release all spring fish to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low and spring salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.

Unfortunately on the Lower Tay below Stanley there was no fish recorded however in the Stanley area catches remained reasonable despite rising water temperatures. Danny Fulton caught a 10 pounds fish on the fly from the Little shot at Benchil. Horsey was the expected hot spot on the Pitlochrie beat and it didn’t disappoint for Upper Scone as Alan McCaig landed a 9 pounds fish from the boat on Monday. Other fish were lost but John Lawson’s party had success on a superb blue sky day on Saturday. Young Cameron Watt had his first experience of salmon fishing landing 2 trout and unfortunately loosing a good fish at the tail of Horsey.
John McNeil caught a cracking 11 pounds fish casting a Vision from the boat in the same pool in the afternoon. Taymount and Stobhall had quieter weeks.
There was a notable first ever fish at Taymount for Carl Jarvis landing a superb 21 pounds beauty with his father and watchful eye of ghillie John Tait. Cargill had a fairly consistent week with fish landed most days. They reported “ a nice settled week of weather and a gradual falling river produced steady sport at Cargill.
We landed 6 lovely fresh fish and lost 7 more. Successful anglers were Andrew Callaghan, Trevor Bowmer, Stewart Scott, Mark McLould, Simon Fairley and Brian Scott. The majority of the fish came to the Toby but we did get some action on the fly.” Islamouth had another excellent week with 12 fish landed. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a reasonable week as well with several fish landed. At the start of the week Barry Odger landed a 7 pounds fish and Peter Grose caught a 6 pounds salmon from the Boxwood Bush with the Webb party. Later in the week 3 fish were landed in a day with Simon Drake, Colin Chisholm and owner Sam Mercer-Nairne all catching fish up to 19 pounds in Weight.

The Middle river is seeing more fish and this should improve over the coming weeks in rising temperatures. Kercock had a couple of fish during the week. The Glendelvine and Murthly beats are improving with better results. Murthly 2 had a 5 fish day on Thursday and Glendelvine had 3 on Thursday. Newtyle are seeing a few more fish as well which was good news.
Derek Strachan caught his largest Tay fish weighing 22 pounds from the boat early in the week and came back on Saturday to catch again. James Ross also did the same but with smaller fish, Phil Bissmire caught a 22 pounds beauty and Ken O Donnell caught a lovely 9 pounds fish on the fly from the Cotter. Dunkled House continued their good season so far with a few more fish with Neil Mitchell landing 2 fish up to 10 pounds and Mike Bowsker landing a 10 pounds fish on a Salmo from the Rock Pool. Rick Hardman caught a 20 pounds fish later in the week and several fish were lost as well. Fish seem to be running hard up the system and not taking the baits properly, its all part of the excitement of spring fishing! Dalmarnock have had better success as well and are seeing several fish going through the beat. Dalguise are seeing the fish running as well with odd successes. Their fishing hut has had a major refurbishment and are keen to see anglers fish the beat. Kinnaird is also catching a few fish.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish on a regular basis as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it as the counter is now showing in excess of 20 with odd fish being caught in Loch Faskally. All the beats below the dam have been producing fish over the last week, which has been good news. At Pitlochry Dam the Portnacraig beat had a good week with 13 fish. Gordon Hanslip and Ian Lindsay got the week off to a flying start with 2 fish a piece landed on Monday including a 20 and 18 pounds beauties on the fly. There after the week was steady with Martin Wilson, Graham Nicols, Ally Gowans and Saul MacKay all catching on fly.
Fly fishing seemed to be the way to go as Russell Boyd, Martin Wilson, Tom Monaghan and Rodger Collins all caught fish up to 16 pounds. The Angling clubs sawmill stream also saw fish landed with Ian McLaren catching a brace on the spinner.

The Upper area is also starting to see odd fish. Salmon were reported from the Farleyer beats as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are continuing to be caught in reasonable numbers. Fish n’ Trips reported a couple of fish this past week.

The Isla is continuing to see salmon run the river with the Coupar Grange beat producing on a more regular basis. They registered 4 for last week.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river with 3 recorded.

The Earn are also seeing a spring salmon run but nothing was reported.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is well into April and expectation is very high after previous seasons and poor overall catches last year. Last weeks catches hopefully encouraged everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions after big water and an upturn in catches will continue as last year proved. Tight lines!


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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 20th April 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 20th April 2015.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now well into April on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have had a settled week with good conditions for the pursuit of that magical spring salmon with glorious spring sunshine. The weather is to remain settled over the coming week but not as bright, which hopefully will not deter the chances of producing good sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements. Catches have been consistently good and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding but as we go deeper into April hopefully conditions will remain favourable and there will be a further improvement in the run to give further success.
Currently the river settling back nicely with excellent conditions (about 3’6 and falling on the Ballathie gauge) to hopefully encourage more spring salmon to run.
The weather is to be settled over the next week with more blue skies and spring sunshine. Spring salmon are now running hard up the river and spreading rapidly. The milder weather forecast at times and recent big spate triggered off salmon to run the river in improving numbers. Expectation remains very high. Settled weather will continue to drop the river back to a good level and make ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature is slowly creeping up to around 46 degrees Fahrenheit or 8 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The colder weather has benefited the lower beats so far but that is changing rapidly as the fish are spreading so there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river after milder conditions prevailed last week.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The water temperature has warmed up slowly enabling floating lines to come out with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year on many beats.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for April and May is that all spring salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. It is vital the river system follows these guide lines to ensure the draconian new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation rules do not get extended in seasons to come.
The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative.
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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