Sunday, August 30, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 29th August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 29th August 2015.

The summer salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is about to end as we go into Autumn and it has been improving steadily after an excellent spring period with varying conditions for fishing, unsettled water levels due to inclement weather for the time of year and hydro influence. We have had an excellent late spring period with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. The current trend continued in June but slowed up for a few weeks but now there are good signs of improvement week on week as we approach autumn if we get settled conditions. Recent rains have given the river plenty of fresh water and this has triggered off an improvement in the summer run. The spring period ended some time ago but steady conditions have spread fish throughout the system in the last few months, this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks as we go deeper into summer and approaching autumn. This past month confirmed the end of the 2015 spring run but the river is holding a good stock of fish especially in the middle areas and some of these fish are now drifting back down to the lower river. We now are seeing a developing summer and possibly autumn run of salmon and grilse. 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 Autumn to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Late spring and summer salmon were landed last week in reasonable numbers due to fresh water from yet more rain and unsettled levels by and large all week. We recorded another good catch similar to the previous week and hopefully that will bring even more success this coming week. There was good cloud cover and it was warm. Fish were landed daily from all over as the river levels fluctuated and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. Rain during the week may have spiced things up again and should give excellent conditions for the coming week. Grilse are running in better numbers with more caught and in excellent condition. On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Kingfishers dart past, Ducks have young and Sand Pipers are on the riverbank. It is a magical time of year with the wild flowers in bloom as well. It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported (week ending 29th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 15, Waulkmill 7, Lower Redgorton 12, Luncarty 4, Upper Redgorton 3, Fishponds 12, Stanley Pitlochrie Benchil 4, Upper Scone 4, Stobhall 3, Taymount 13, Ballathie 4, Cargill 8, Islamouth 14, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 6, Kercock 17, Glendelvine 5, Murthly 2 13, Newtyle 10, Dunkeld House 9, Dalmarnock 4, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 2, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 3, Lower Aberuthven 2, Ericht Fishing 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1.
Total: 184 Largest: Kercock 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 4, Upper Scone 2, Taymount 1, Newtyle 1, Farleyer Lower 1.
Total: 10 Largest: Upper Scone 5lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in steadily improving numbers and conditions at times making it ideal as fish run harder due to the warmer water temperatures and fish are spreading throughout the river. Bigger and fresh water may have encouraged more to run. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to observe the TDSB recommendations to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low from the sea and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn. 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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. 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.

The Lower Tay below Stanley were seeing more fish recorded again this past week, also the beats just above the Stanley area were doing well as fish continue to race up the system. Almondmouth are catching more fish, as it is a barometer at this time of year of fish running the river. They caught 15 and fish are being caught on the Stormont Angling club water as well encouraging everyone. Lower Redgorton, Waulkmill, Upper Redgorton and Fishponds also registered fish in better numbers with 34 caught between them in the week with more fish running and showing.
Fishponds did much better in the week with Calum from Scotia Fishing landing several salmon on fly and spinner. An American visitor,
Mr Weinsz from Ohio enjoyed a good day landing 3 fish up to 17 pounds.
Upper Redgorton finished with 3 in the week with John Davenport landing a 5 pounds grilse.
Luncarty also enjoyed success with Dougie Wangert landing 2 fish and on Saturday Charles Martin caught a nice grilse fly fishing from the boat. Upper Scone and Stanley had quieter weeks but caught most days. Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat was fishing well. Will Kingstone caught a grilse form Aitkenhead on the Benchil beat. Taymount and Stobhall had steady weeks with 16 between them. Ballathie and Cargill are having better success but would like stable conditions as the rest of the river to improve catches.
American visitors enjoyed success on Friday from Cargill with Becky Reinheart landing her first Tay fish. Hector Rawson’s party caught 8 fish in the week up to 13 pounds. Islamouth had another consistent week with fish landed most days that included Hugo Llewelyn landing an 11 pounds fish from the Castle Stream on the fly. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a good day on Saturday with 6 fish landed up to 15 pounds.
Scott Connelly had a great day landing 3 fish.

The Middle river is fishing reasonably well with consistent catches but would like a settled river to do better. Kercock had another reasonable week with 17 fish.
Jim Lamb enjoyed success landing fish up to 17 pounds. Murthly and Glendelvine had a quieter week with 13 fish.
Newtyle had a good week with 10 fish taking them up to 200 fish for the season; successful anglers included Ronnie Fraser catching fish up to 17 pounds on the fly, Kevin McIntosh and Mike Bowsher. Dunkeld House had a better week with nine fish and lady anglers were doing well with
Ailsa and
Sharon Rice both landing good fish up to 13 pounds. Jim MacDonald also caught a 7 pounds fish from the Gauge pool.
Dalmarnock had 4 fish in the week and had a Ladies Spey casting day with Janet Braisted’s party. The Kinnaird beats were catching with six fish from the lower and upper beats and Dalguise reported a fish.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish but in far lesser numbers as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it with the counter is now showing near 5000. All the beats below the dam including East and West Haugh have been producing fish over the last week or so, which has been good news. Brian Joseph caught a 5 pounds grilse from the Port-na-craig beat.

The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. Five salmon were reported from the Findynate and Farleyer beats during the week as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are running and must be staring to go up the Dochart but nothing was reported last week.

The Isla is seeing salmon run and caught however no fish were registered.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river in bigger water with 2 reported.

The Earn were also seeing salmon and Sea Trout run with odd fish being reported from Lochlane & Laggan.

The Salmon fishing season is now going into Autumn and expectation remains high after great catches recently and poor overall catches last year. Late spring catches have been tremendous and June continued to encourage everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Recent rain and fresh water is encouraging more salmon to run the river and catches are on the up so let us hope with improving conditions the upturn 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 31st August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 31st August 2015.

The Salmon fishing season is now about to enter September on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have had some debatable summer weather and plenty fresh water to help us in the pursuit of that magical salmon with some occasional warmer conditions. The weather is at to be settled over the coming week with a chance of a little rain, but hopefully this will not deter the chances of producing good sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to have a go. Catches have remained steady last week despite some unsettled conditions in the week with quality salmon caught and as we go into Autumn hopefully conditions will remain favourable and there will be a further improvement in the run to give even more success.
Currently the river is fairly settled after the recent heavy rain and is falling back generally with excellent conditions (around 3’ 6 on the Ballathie gauge). This hopefully may encourage more salmon to run.
The weather is to be settled for the week with occasional rain at times and but hopefully some excellent conditions for all week. In other words sunshine and showers to cover all the boxes! We have been seeing summer conditions prevail but with more water than usual which may just help sport in the long term for all. The tremendous spring run is long gone and warmer conditions have enabled spring salmon to run hard up the river and spread rapidly but the arrival of summer and Autumn fish is improving to maintain sport after recent rains. The milder weather forecast at times and recent bigger water triggered off salmon to run the river in improving numbers. Expectation remains very high. The general forecast will settle river levels and hopefully maintain sport and make reasonable summer fishing conditions. The water temperature after fresh water and is just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Salmon. The water temperature has warmed up 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 from June to the end of 2015 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
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.
Return rates are at an all time low from the sea and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn.
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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. 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.
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, August 27, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Late Summer Fly Fishing on Tay, Perthshire August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Late Summer Fly Fishing on Tay, Perthshire August 2015.

We are now in late summer on the Tay, Perthshire with yet more inclement summer weather and unsettled conditions due to extremely low pressure for the time of year. Catches are at a premium but the Tay is still holding its head up producing over 100 salmon for the week so far and the fly is proving effective on many beats.
A lovely evening picture looking down Horsey to Benchil at Stanley.
Hugo Llewelyn with a lovely 11 pounds salmon caught on Islamouth from the Castle Stream on the fly.
A 14 pounds summer salmon caught on the fly from Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 22nd August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 22nd August 2015.

The summer salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has been improving steadily after an excellent spring period with varying conditions for fishing and unsettled water levels due to inclement weather for the time of year and hydro influence. We have had an excellent late spring period with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. The current trend continued in June but slowed up for a few weeks but now there are good signs of improvement week on week as we approach autumn. Recent rains have given the river plenty of fresh water and this has triggered off an improvement in the summer run. The spring period ended some time ago but steady conditions have spread fish throughout the system in the last few weeks, this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks as we go deeper into summer and approaching autumn. This past month confirmed the end of the 2015 spring run but the river is holding a good stock of fish especially in the middle areas and some of these fish are now drifting back down to the lower river. We now are now seeing a developing summer and possibly autumn run of salmon and grilse. 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 Summer to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.

Summer salmon fly fishing action from the Tay.
Late spring and summer salmon were landed last week in reasonable numbers due to fresh water from yet more rain and settled levels by and large all week. We recorded another good catch on the previous week and hopefully that will bring even more success this coming week. There was good cloud cover and it was warm. Fish 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. Rain during the week may spiced things up again and should give excellent conditions for the coming week. Grilse are running in better numbers with more caught and in excellent condition. On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Kingfishers dart past, Ducks have young and Sand Pipers are on the riverbank. It is a magical time of year with the wild flowers in bloom as well. It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported (week ending 22nd August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 33, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 11, Upper Redgorton 4, Fishponds 1, Stanley Pitlochrie Benchil 9, Upper Scone 3, Stobhall 16, Taymount 14, Ballathie 2, Cargill 6, Islamouth 19, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 11, Murthly 2 6, Newtyle 11, Dunkeld House 4, Dalmarnock 2, Lower Kinnaird 5, Findynate 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Ericht Fishing 4, Loch Faskally 6.
Total: 176 Largest: Almondmouth 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Newtyle 1.
Total: 5 Largest: Newtyle 3lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in steadily improving numbers and conditions at times making it ideal as fish run harder due to the warmer water temperatures and fish are spreading throughout the river. Bigger and fresh water may have encouraged more to run. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to observe the TDSB recommendations to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low from the sea and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn. 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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. 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.

The Lower Tay below Stanley were seeing more fish recorded again this past week, also the beats just above the Stanley area were doing well as fish continue to race up the system. Almondmouth are catching more fish, as it is a barometer at this time of year of fish running the river. They caught 33 including a 22 pounds fish on Saturday and fish are being caught on the Stormont Angling club water as well encouraging everyone. Lower Redgorton, Waulkmill, Upper Redgorton and Fishponds also registered fish in better numbers with 19 caught between them in the week with more fish running and showing. On Upper Redgorton Greg Hutchins and David Black both caught grilse in the Fire Shot. Upper Scone had 3 fish in the week. On Stanley Benchil and Pitlochrie were both fishing well with fly the successful method. John Morrison, Andrew Dobbie, Danny Fulton and Tweed Ghillie Rod Dixon all caught on Fly. Taymount and Stobhall had good weeks with over 30 fish off both beats. Brian Giles was one of the successful anglers on Stobhall. Cargill and Ballathie had a hard week with conditions not suiting the beats. Cargill had 6 fish up to 15 pounds with young anglers enjoying sport.
15 years old David Sinclair caught his first salmon weighing in at 14 pounds and followed it up with a 15 pounds cracker, both safely returned. James Annesley had a nice fresh fish from the pot shot and Steve Curnow had a bit of bad luck losing two good fish. Islamouth had another consistent week with 19. Early in the week Tim Greenfield, John Muir, Kath and Brian Giles and Jack Mosely all caught fish on the fly.
Upper Islamouth and Meikleour also did well with the fly with fish landed up to 17 pounds.

The Middle river is fishing reasonably well with consistent catches but would like a settled river to do better. Kercock had another reasonable week with 11 fish. Murthly and Glendelvine had a quieter week with 6 fish.
Newtyle had a good week with 11 fish, successful anglers included Peter Austin, Mike Parson, David Leishman, David Gardner and Andrew Watkins. Dunkeld House had a quiet week with only four fish,
which included a superb 21 pounds fish for a German visitor. Dalmarnock had 2 fish in the week with Lee Fisher landing a 16 pounds fish from the Stepps pool. The Kinnaird beats were catching with 4 fish from the lower beat.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish but in far lesser numbers as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it with the counter is now showing in excess of 4400. All the beats below the dam including East and West Haugh have been producing fish over the last week or so, which has been good news. Gordon Nichol and Andy Khakoo had grilse from the Sawmill stream below the town. Loch Faskally reported 6 fish with Carlos and Gonzalo Valdelomar, Pete McIlroy, James Hyslop and Steven Kennedy catching fish up to 10 pounds on various types of Tobies.

The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. One salmon were reported from the Findynate beat during the week as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are running and must be staring to go up the Dochart but nothing was reported last week.

The Isla is seeing salmon run and caught however no fish were registered.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river in bigger water with 4 reported.

The Earn were also seeing salmon and Sea Trout run with odd fish being reported from Lochlane & Laggan.

The Salmon fishing season is now into summer and expectation remains high after great catches recently and poor overall catches last year. Late spring catches have been tremendous and June continued to encourage everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Recent rain and fresh water is encouraging more salmon to run the river and catches are on the up so let us hope with improving conditions the upturn 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 24th August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 24th August 2015.

The Salmon fishing season has now into the last week of August on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have had some debatable summer weather and plenty fresh water to help us in the pursuit of that magical salmon with some occasional warmer conditions.
The weather is to remain unsettled over the coming week with a chance of more rain, but hopefully this will not deter the chances of producing good sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to have a go. Catches have remained steady last week despite some unsettled conditions in the week with quality salmon caught and as we go through Summer hopefully conditions will remain favourable and there will be a further improvement in the run to give even more success.
Currently the river is fairly settled after the recent heavy rain and is falling back generally with excellent conditions (around 3’ on the Ballathie gauge). This hopefully may encourage more salmon to run.
The weather is to be unsettled for the week with rain later at times and but hopefully some excellent conditions for a few days. In other words sunshine and showers to cover all the boxes! We have been seeing summer conditions prevail but with more water than usual which may just help sport in the long term for all. The tremendous spring run is over but warmer conditions have enabled spring salmon to run hard up the river and spread rapidly but the arrival of summer fish is improving to maintain sport after recent rains. The milder weather forecast at times and recent bigger water triggered off salmon to run the river in improving numbers. Expectation remains very high. The general forecast may unsettle river levels but hopefully maintain sport and make reasonable summer fishing conditions. The water temperature after fresh water and is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Salmon. The water temperature has warmed up 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 from June to the end of 2015 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
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.
Return rates are at an all time low from the sea and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn.
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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. 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.
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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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Fly Fishing on Tay, Perthshire August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Fly Fishing on Tay, Perthshire August 2015.


Clips of salmon fly fishing on the Pitlochrie beat of the Tay, Perthshire August 2015. A grilse and summer salmon successfully landed and released in the Woodside below Stanley Mills.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 15th August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 15th August 2015.

The summer salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is improving steadily after an excellent spring period with varying conditions for fishing and unsettled water levels due to inclement weather for the time of year and hydro influence. We have had an excellent late spring period with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. The current trend continued in June but slowed up for a few weeks but now there are good signs of improvement week on week as we approach autumn. Recent rains have given the river plenty of fresh water and this has triggered off an improvement in the summer run. The spring period has ended but steady conditions have spread fish throughout the system in the last few weeks, this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks as we go deeper into summer and approaching autumn. This past month confirmed the end of the 2015 spring run but the river is holding a good stock of fish especially in the middle areas and some of these fish are now drifting back down to the lower river. We now are now seeing a developing summer and possibly autumn run of salmon and grilse. 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 Summer to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Late spring and summer salmon were landed last week in better numbers due to fresh water from yet another spate and more settled levels as the week went on. We recorded an improving catch as the week went on which was a 30% plus increase on the previous week and hopefully that will bring even more success this coming week. There was good cloud cover and it was warm. Fish 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. Rain during the week may spiced things up again and should give excellent conditions for the coming week. Grilse are running in better numbers with more caught and in excellent condition. On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Kingfishers dart past, Ducks have young and Sand Pipers are on the riverbank. It is a magical time of year with the wild flowers coming out everywhere with Rhododendrons and Azaleas in bloom and Lupines everywhere as well as many others. It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported (week ending 15th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 32, Waulkmill 10, Lower Redgorton 9, Luncarty 6, Upper Redgorton 4, Fishponds 3, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 10, Pitlochrie 6, Stobhall 11, Taymount 19, Ballathie 2, Cargill 14, Islamouth 26, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 6, Kercock 8, Glendelvine 10, Murthly 2 14, Newtyle 9, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 4, Lower Kinnaird 6, Upper Kinnaird 2, Farleyer Upper 5, Farleyer Lower 2, Ericht Fishing 18, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 244 Largest: Waulkmill & Lower Kinnaird 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Stobhall 5, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 4, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lower Aberuthven 1.
Total: 23 Largest: Glendelvine 4lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in steadily improving numbers and conditions at times making it ideal as fish run harder due to the warmer water temperatures and fish are spreading throughout the river. Bigger and fresh water may have encouraged more to run. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to observe the TDSB recommendations to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low from the sea and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn. 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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. 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.

The Lower Tay below Stanley were seeing more fish recorded this past week, also the beats just above the Stanley area were showing signs of improvement in warm water temperatures as fish race up the system. Almondmouth are catching more fish, as it is a barometer at this time of year of fish running the river. They caught 32 and fish have been caught on the Stormont Angling club water as well encouraging everyone. Lower Redgorton, Waulkmill, Upper Redgorton and
Fishponds also registered fish in better numbers in the week with more fish running and showing. Upper Scone had fish most days the Swiss anglers having success.
On Stanley Kenny Hyslop got the week off to a good start with a grilse on the fly from the Long Shot on Benchil and Tweed angler Aaron Nichol had a grilse later in the week from Aitken Head. On the Pitlochrie beat Gordon Hanslip and Gordon Nichol from Pitlochry had success on the fly from Horsey and the Woodside. On Saturday Derek Strachan and Neil Tong landed fish up to 10 pounds. Taymount and Stobhall had a steady week with 30 fish between them. A local party was fishing Taymount and had fish all week and on Stobhall Alistair Sheach had success later in the week with fish on fly and spinner. Ballathie and Cargill also had success with Cargill having 2 days of six fish landed. Most fish were caught on the fly and weighed up to 16 pounds.
Gary Lees-Buckleys party had a great day on the fly landing several good quality sea liced fish. Islamouth had a much better week with 26 fish. Kelly and
Graham Katon caught good fish up to 14 pounds and Spencer Daws had fish on the fly up to 15 pounds. Meikleour and Upper Islamouth had good success in the week as well with the fly being the most productive method.

The Middle river is fishing reasonably well with consistent catches but would like a settled river to do better. Kercock had another reasonable week with 8 fish. Murthly and Glendelvine continue to do well with 24 fish. Newtyle had a good week with 9fish caught.
Successful rods included Peter Rhodes, Harvey Burniston, John Mitchell, John Laybourn, Jim Carle and Stuart McArthur catching grilse and salmon up to 10 pounds.
Dunkeld House had a quiet week with only one fish.
Dalmarnock had 4 fish in the week with Brendan Quinlan catching a couple of fish up to 11 pounds. The Kinnaird beats were catching most days including a 20 pounds fish from the lower beat.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish but in far lesser numbers as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it with the counter is now showing in excess of 4000 with rising temperatures, which is ahead of last years total at the same time. All the beats below the dam including East and West Haugh have been producing fish over the last week or so, which has been good news. The regular anglers have been having more success this past week with Gordon Nichol, Andy Khakoo, Brian Joseph and Gary Waugh all catching fish up to 12 pounds mostly on fly. Loch Faskally reported a couple with Allan Hall and David McKerron catching fish up to 12 pounds.

The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. Five salmon were reported from the Farleyer beats during the week as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are running and must be staring to go up the Dochart but nothing was reported last week.

The Isla is seeing salmon run and caught however no fish were registered.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river in bigger water with 18 reported.

The Earn were also seeing salmon and Sea Trout run with odd fish being reported.

The Salmon fishing season is now into summer and expectation remains high after great catches recently and poor overall catches last year. Late spring catches have been tremendous and June continued to encourage everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Recent rain and fresh water is encouraging more salmon to run the river and catches are on the up so let us hope with improving conditions the upturn 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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