Monday, February 8, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 6th February 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 6th February 2016.

Spring salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has now entered February with improving conditions for fishing in colder weather and settling water levels and catches are improving. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 after successful springs in 2015, 2014 and 2013 and hopefully settled weather will continue with an improving run in February to give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver”.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 6th February)
SALMON & GRILSE: Fishponds 1, Catholes 3, Upper Scone 1, Pitlochrie 2, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 2, Taymount 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Upper Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Burnmouth 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Bournemouth 3lbs

Spring salmon were landed mostly at the end of last week with colder weather and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. The week improved from Thursaday with 16 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was an 18 pounds fish from Meikleour. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and very cold weather is not making fishing easy. The spring fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size.
The majority of the salmon have been caught in the lower river, which is understandable with the cold conditions and only odd fish running. The beats around Stanley traditionally lead the way in these conditions in early spring and should be a barometer for the runs. Fishponds got off the mark with a fresh run 12 pounds fish.
The Stanley beats were the most productive with John Tuckwell landing an 11 pounds fish from Pitlochrie pool on Upper Scone fishings.
Further success came in Pitlochrie pool on Stanley fishings with Freddie Sutherland landing an 11 pounds fish in adverse conditions on Friday using a Toby Salmo.
The Catholes produced 3 fish in the week with Danny Fulton landing a superb 17 pounds fish on Saturday. Calum King also accounted for a couple of fish off the beat as well in the Back Dam. Burnmouth opened their account with a 9 pounds fish meanwhile the Linn pool proved productive for Taymount and Stobhall.
On Taymount 84 year old Arthur Muirhead landed a superb 10 pounds fish from the Green bank on the fly and Jim Ferrie landed a good fish from the boat.
Slightly further upstream Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a couple of fish including an 18 pounds beauty from the Islamouth in the boat. Upper Kinnaird reported a single fish and a fish was registered on the Earn at Lochlane and Laggan.

The Spring Salmon fishing season has now entered February and expectation is very high after previous good springs. Last weeks catches were heartening after the slow start and bad weather. Let us hope this is a sign of an upturn in catches as last February proved.

The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day’s celebrations. It has been a reasonable start so let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 8th February 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 8th February 2016.

The Salmon fishing season is well and truly started now on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland as we have entered February and we have been encountering some cold winter weather and milder conditions with heavy rain which has put the river up making life fairly difficult with limited opportunities for anglers to brave the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon. Spring salmon have started to run the river and catches are improving over the last few days. The weather hopefully will ease over the coming week which should help and give the river more settled conditions and benefit the river to give a greater chance of producing some sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.
Currently the river is running high but falling away slowly after the milder weather last week (just below 8’ on the Ballathie gauge).
The weather is to become colder over the next week with some sun as well! Colder conditions certainly benefit the river at this time of year slowing the spring salmon run down and giving everyone a chance to catch as they run up the river slowly. The milder weather prior to the start and last week gave us more water and would have encouraged salmon to run the river. Colder weather will settle the river back to a good level and make ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature was around 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4.5 degrees Celsius and may fall below that level in the coming days. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature may come back further with the colder forecast for the week ahead but there have been salmon running throughout the system after milder conditions prior to the opening day and resulted in fish being caught well up the system. The lower river around Stanley seems to be the hot spot currently in the colder conditions and this confirms historical results in the past. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will no doubt be quite a few kelts about on many beats and possibly some later run fish, which have yet to spawn. Should you require guidance on salmon identification at this time of year please see this link for some help.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be slow and deep with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. 20 pounds main line with a 15 pounds leader plus favoured lures include Devons, Toby Salmos ,Vision 110’s and Rapalas, for spinning and Temple Dogs, Tubes, larger flies and Monkies for fly fishing. The Tay is a large river but modern lines such as Skagits or iflights make tuning over and casting larger flies easier and the fish tend to be near the bank in larger waters. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience.
Popular hotels to stay in the area are the Tayside Hotel in Stanley, Ballathie House, The Meikleour Arms, The Anglers Inn in Guildtown and the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
The Tay in Perthshire is a prime spring salmon fishing destination so why not give it a go?
Finally, you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January – 1st April 2016 is that all spring salmon must be released, i.e. the Tay has a policy of 100% mandatory release of all salmon caught under the new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the release of salmon as it is a now legal requirement during this period even if a fish has died. The Board's bailiff team will be enforcing this new legislation.
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

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Fishing on Tay, Perthshire, Scotland February 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Fishing on Tay, Perthshire, Scotland February 2016.

This past week has at last seen an upturn in weather conditions and water levels for spring salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire and catches have improved dramatically with some top quality spring salmon being landed. This was especially in the Stanley area of the lower Tay which produces good spring sport early in the season in cold water conditions.
Danny Fulton hooks a good fish in the Woodside of the Catholes at Stanley.
Anxious moments as he plays a lively spring fish prior to being netted.
The prize, a superb fresh run sea liced 17 pounds beauty photographed prior to release.
A superb 11 pounds springer caught by John Tuckwell in Pitlochrie pool at Stanley on Upper Scone Fishings.
Arther Muirhead with a lovely 10 pounds spring salmon caught on the fly from the Green Bank on the Linn Pool just above Stanley on Taymount.
Freddie Sutherland plays a lively fish in Pitlochrie pool at Stanley.
A cracking 11 pounds fish prior to release.

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire 2016.

Conditions have improved slowly on the Tay in Perthshire increasing the chances of landing a greatly sought after spring salmon. A few more fish have been landed today giving everyone optimism for the weeks to come.
New Ghillie on Meikleour John Ross with a superb 18 pounds fresh run spring salmon caught in the Islamouth from the boat.
Calum King with a 7 pounds springer caught in the Back Dam on the Catholes at Stanley.
Calum McRoberts with a cracking spring fish caught at Meikleour.
Spring fishing is on the up!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire February 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire February 2016.

The Tay in Perthshire has seen adverse conditions recently with heavy rain causing more floods however the water is slowly dropping back and conditions are improving fast.
This was an early run male spring salmon caught in Pitlochrie pool at Stanley today weighing approximately 15 pounds.
Last light looking down Pitlochrie pool with conditions improving to give better prospects for the end of the week on the Tay.
A recent map produced by Sue@SueRudge.com of the Catholes and Pitlochrie beats at Stanley. A superb early spring location to fish steeped in history.

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 30th January 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 30th January 2016.

The river Tay opened on the 15th January undeterred by the very cold conditions, scores of anglers flocked to the banks of the river to mark the opening of the salmon season with great publicity in the press and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river extremely high exposure that was invaluable. It has been a reasonably quiet start to the season probably due to the massive water throughout December and now January.

The first week has seen very cold conditions continue with settled water levels and good conditions for fishing up until a week ago on Friday when milder weather and rain caused a spate which lasted until into the current week. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 after successful springs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and hopefully settled weather will reappear over the weeks come and give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver”.
Odd Spring salmon were landed last week despite the adverse weather and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. Three fresh spring salmon were recorded last week. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and fluctuating weather is not making fishing easy. Once the river settled after all the big water Fish have appeared in reasonable numbers. There are a few kelts and some late run autumn fish from last year.
The Linn pool was the hot spot early last week with 2 fish falling to the Taymount rods on Monday, Frankie and Chris Davidson both landed superb fresh run spring salmon up to 16 pounds carrying sea lice. As we go into February hopefully this will be a sign of more good salmon to come and encourage all. The other springer came from Meikleour fishings on Islamouth caught by Calum McRoberts, it was also carrying sea lice.
There was another bit of interesting information from Meikleour owner Claire Mercer Nairn who went to visit the TDSF Hatchery at Almondbank. She went to catch-up with Steve Keay, the manager of the kelt reconditioning program. This was part of her report. “As you may know the Tay Salmon Fisheries Board manages a restocking program on carefully selected areas of the river system. This method of restocking is unique in Europe. The kelts (which would have otherwise died) are treated and fed to grow and produce eggs repeatedly over a number of years (Steve’s champion fish was Dolly, who died at the age of 14 having spawned 11 times!).
Today, Steve taught me how to start kelts feeding in fresh water, which was fascinating. When salmon enter the river, having gorged themselves at sea, they more or less stop feeding and their digestive organs shrink and go into sleep. This evolutionary behaviour is partly to prevent this big predatory fish from eating their own juveniles. To recondition kelts, you must first try to put a little bit of food in their system to wake the digestive system up. Then after a couple of weeks, the feeling of hunger will kick-in again and they will be able to feed themselves and hopefully grow like they would do at sea.
What work best is cooked peeled prawns at the end of a long stick. Gently and patiently wiggle the stick and wait for the kelt to take the prawn, like they would do it with a lure. Thank you Steve to let me feed your babies and taking some time showing me the great job you do!”
This is an extremely important part of our management system on the Tay which we would love to expand further in years to come and that has never been more apparent over the last couple of months with all the massive spates causing irreparable damage. If you get a chance, the hatchery is well worth a visit. Thank you Claire for your report.

The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day’s celebrations. It has been a reasonable start so let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

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