Monday, March 2, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire March 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire March 2015.

The Tay in Perthshire spring salmon fishing season has entered March with great expectation after disappointing catches so far. This current week has got off to a reasonable start in fairly cold conditions as the river settles back from a weekend spate. March traditionally is a very good month especially on the lower river with cold water holding the spring salmon up and giving all the lower beats a great chance of a spring salmon before they run to the upper reaches.

This was Brian "HARLING" Brown with a superb 9 pounds fish caught in the famous Pitlochrie pool at Stanley today with the Upper Scone fishings.
Not content with catching one spring fish he duly caught another in the same afternoon with the assistance of ghillie Davie Seaton weighing an impressive 25 pounds. Not a bad afternoon for both anglers and great to see Pitlochrie pool producing spring salmon as it was one of the most prolific pools on the Tay in the spring when the spring dominated catches. There was another fish caught from the pool in the morning as well.
Andrew Rivers with a lovely fresh spring salmon from the Back Dam last week on the Catholes.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 28th February 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 28th February 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is improving slowly week on week with good conditions for fishing in cold weather and settled water levels despite a couple of rising river levels last week. Milder weather with rain combined with high tides improved the run and catches increased slightly. Expectation is high on the river for 2015 after successful springs in 2014 and 2013 and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs and catches as we go into March 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 better numbers as cold weather returned and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. The last few days in the week saw better numbers landed and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. There seems to be a lack of kelts as well which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.

Salmon have been caught in the lower river this past week in better numbers, which is understanding with the cold conditions making it ideal as fish are running slowly due to the cold water temperature currently. The beats around Stanley traditionally lead the way in these conditions in early spring and should be a barometer for the runs and that has proved the case so far. The beats at Stanley are leading the way as expected with consistent catches coming from Stobhall, Taymount, Burnmouth and Catholes but in disappointing numbers for those beats at the time of year. There was a small run of smaller fish on Friday with the heaviest fish only weighing 11 pounds. Further down river a sole fish was registered on Lower Redgorton on Saturday. The Catholes beat produced 4 fish for the week with Andrew Rivers landing a 9 pounds fish on Tuesday as well as a bigger fish being lost.
Later in the week Peter Fine landed a couple up to 10 pounds from the Woodside and Back Dam on a Toby while Mark Hickson caught an 8 pounds fish in the Woodside on the same bait. Burnmouth saw some good action as well with Steven Watt and Alum Williams being successful. Stobhall and Taymount had a fish a piece with
Angela Summerville landing a superb 12 pounds fish off the top beat in the boat on a Vision. Ballathie continued their steady start with
Mike Fertacz landing a lovely 10 pounds fish on Tuesday.
Donald Brown got Cargills season up and running with a 10 pounds fish from the boat on Friday.
Islamouth continued their steady start with a few more fish this past week up to 20 pounds in weight. Andy Hindhaugh caught a cracking fish there from the boat on a Kynoch on Saturday.

On Upper Islamouth and Meikleour Calum McRoberts reported “a falling spate and improving river conditions was looking good for the end of last week and we landed fish on both Friday and Saturday weighing 11lbs for Mr Stewart and 13lbs for Mr Stephens. A few more fish were being seen as well.
After a big spate on Sunday the river is falling back now and with no significant rainfall due this week we are hopeful for further fish in the next few days.” Further upstream Murthly reported another spring fish and Newtyle recorded an estimated 20 pounds fish for Stuart Bowmen on a Toby Salmo early in the week.
Dunkeld House recorded a 35 pounds fish for Mark Ogilvie early in the week that caused a big splash on the river. The fish was landed from the boat and continued their good start to 2015.
Up at Dalmarnock Sandip Datta was just back from Thailand and was out braving the elements on the Tay to land a superb 18 pounds springer from the boat on a harled Tomic with Colin McFadgen on Saturday. Upper Kinnaird had another fish in the week and up on the
Loch Fish n’ Trips registered another couple of fish on Saturday with David Burns landing a 16 pounds fish along with a 7 pounds first ever spring salmon.
The Spring Salmon fishing season has entered March 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 up to 35 pounds in better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions an upturn in catches will appear 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 2nd March 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 2nd March 2015.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now entering March on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been encountering cold winter weather but still several anglers have braved the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon. The weather is looking fairly unsettled over the coming week and colder, 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 are slowly improving and the quality of the salmon caught have been outstanding but as we go into March conditions will hopefully remain favourable and there will be an improvement in the run as happened in the last couple of years.
Currently the river unsettled due to heavy rain (around 8’ on the Ballathie gauge) over the weekend hopefully encouraging more spring salmon to run.
The weather is to be colder with some snow and reasonably unsettled over the next week. 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 forecast at times last week triggered off more water and combined with very high tides encouraged salmon to run the river improving catches. Expectation remains very high. Colder weather will settle the river back to a good level and made ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature is around 38 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The colder weather has benefited the lower beats so far but hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river after milder conditions prevailed last week. There will no doubt be 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. 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.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January – 1st April 2015 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.
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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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 21st February 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 21st February 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has improved this past week with good conditions for fishing in very cold weather and settled water levels at the end of the week. Milder weather with rain combined with high tides improved the run and catches increased. Expectation is high on the river for 2015 after successful springs in 2014 and 2013 and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs and catches as we get close to March 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 much better numbers as cold weather returned and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases.
The last few days in the week saw better numbers landed at long last and the quality of the salmon caught was simply outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. There seems to be a lack of kelts as well which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.

Salmon have been caught in the lower river this past week in better numbers, which is understanding with the cold conditions making it ideal as fish are running slowly due to the cold water temperature currently. The beats around Stanley traditionally lead the way in these conditions in early spring and should be a barometer for the runs and that has proved the case so far. The beats at Stanley are leading the way as expected. Further down river the Redgorton beats recorded their first fish of the season that was heartening. The Lower beat had a 7 pounds fish and
John Lessels caught the first springer off the Upper beat on Friday. At Stanley the Pitlochrie and Catholes beats featured on most days. Upper Scone caught a superb 19 pounds fish from Pitlochrie pool on Friday. Sally Bateson caught her first ever salmon from the boat early in the week and Stuart McArther caught a cracking fish on the fly from Horsey on Saturday. The Catholes fished reasonably well last week in good conditions. Another first was achieved by
Will Dawson landing a 10 pounds fish in the Little Head and George Gifford missed out on an outstanding picture of a beauty in the same pool due to ghillie pilot error! Saturday saw 2 fish off the beat including a 25 pounds corker for John Dewar fishing on his own in the Woodside with a Toby. He said it was a fight and a half taking numerous long runs and a fish of a lifetime. Well done John. Brain Stobie landed a much smaller fish in the Back Dam from the boat. Further up river Stobhall and Taymount continued their excellent start with 5 fish between them. The higher water will bring the Linn pool back into contention after the water came back up and that should produce several fish in the next week or so.
It certainly featured this past week with Andrew Spencer, Brendan Tumility and Stuart Miller all landing good springers there on the Taymount days and
Iain McLeod being successful with Stobhall.
Ballathie had a great fish fish for 10 year old Henry Mountford weighing 16 pounds under the watchful eye of ghillie Gary McErlain.

Islamouth had a better week with a couple of fish including a superb 21 pounds fish for Arnot McWhinnie from the boat. Charlie Martin also caught from the beat with a Toby Salmo.
On upper Islamouth and Meikleour Calum McRoberts reported “fresh water and milder weather last weekend, brought an improvement in sport during the week and confidence was high that we would catch a springer during the week. I'm happy to say that on Friday, we were proved right when we landed a 9lbs springer from Islamouth. Water height is great for us at the moment, so hopefully this might be the start of more regular sport.”

Further upstream Glendelvine reported their first fish, a 16 pounds beauty and Upper Kinnaird had a fish on Thursday. On the Loch Fish n’ Trips have been reporting salmon on a regular basis from early running salmon. Successful anglers included Marco Chicarella with 2 fish in a day up to 17 pounds in very challenging conditions, Brian Docherty and Bob Boyle also caught from the Loch.

The Spring Salmon fishing season has now nearly completed February 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 up to 25 pounds in better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions an upturn in catches will appear 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 23rd February 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 23rd February 2015.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now nearing the end of February on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been encountering very cold winter weather but still several anglers have braved the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon. The weather is looking a bit more unsettled over the coming week and colder, 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 are slowly improving and the quality of the salmon caught have been outstanding but as we go into March soon conditions will hopefully remain favourable and there will be an improvement in the run as happened in the last couple of years.
Currently the river has been steady due to colder weather (around 5’ on the Ballathie gauge) over the last few days after an increase river levels last week encouraging spring salmon to run.
The weather is to be colder with some snow and reasonably unsettled over the next week. 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 forecast last week triggered off more water and combined with very high tides encouraged salmon to run the river improving catches. Expectation remains very high. Colder weather has settled the river back to a good level and made ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature is around 38 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The colder weather has benefited the lower beats so far but hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river after milder conditions prevailed last week. There will no doubt be 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
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January – 1st April 2015 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.
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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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing in the Little Head Catholes, Tay, Perthshire 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing in the Little Head Catholes, Tay, Perthshire 2015.


Footage of 2 spring salmon caught on the Tay in the Little Head pool of the Catholes at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland in February 2015.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland First ever Springer on the Tay, Perthshire 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland First ever Springer on the Tay, Perthshire 2015.

The recent days have seen a small improvement in the spring run of salmon with hopefully lots more to come.
The Catholes under the Stanley Weir, a prime spot in early spring to catch that elusive springer.

Will Dawson hooks his first ever salmon in the Little Head on the Catholes. Nervous times!!!

A superb 10 pounds beauty is successfully landed. Well done Will.

A watchful Dipper on the sidelines.

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