Saturday, January 24, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire January 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire January 2015.

Spring Salmon fishing in January can be hard going especially if it is very cold as this past week but the rewards can be there for those who brave the elements. This week got off to a promising start on Monday but since then it has been fairly lean pickings.
The winter sun starting to rise on the Wash House pool at Stanley on another very cold January morning.

Derek Wangert plays a good spring salmon from the Wash House having hooked it in the boat further out in the river.

The reward, a superb early run Tay spring salmon of 14 pounds caught spinning a devon.

A cracking 16 pounds springer being returned by Upper Scone ghillie Dave Barwick from the Aitken Head pool on Benchil. Arnot McWhinnie caught this fish from the boat earlier in the week.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland January Spring Fishing on the Tay 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland January Spring Fishing on the Tay 2015.

The salmon fishing week got underway today in typical winter January weather. It was very cold but the sky was blue and it was dry. This is the view from the Catholes Weir.

Tina Fleming was enjoying her first ever days salmon fishing and she came to the Tay not realising how special spring salmon fishing is to many.

Beginners luck enabled Tina to land a superb fresh run 8 pounds salmon from the Back Dam pool of the Catholes. Well done Tina a unique achievement.

Willie Cummings and Simon Furniss with the Redford Trophy after their superb 19 pounds opening day spring salmon.

This was a cracking 18 pounds salmon caught on Dunkeld House today. The catches have been heartening so far this season with a few others caught today as well. Last year at this time we had massive water from very heavy rain so it will be interesting to see what is caught this year in much better conditions.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fishing Report for first few days of Tay, Perthshire 2015 season.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fishing Report for first few days of Tay, Perthshire 2015 season.

The river Tay opened last Thursday undeterred by the dreich conditions, scores of anglers flocked to the banks of the river Tay 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 is invaluable.
There were opening day events throughout the Tay district with the larger ceremonies taking place at Dunkeld and Kenmore.
At the Dunkeld Hilton Hotel the Paul Young, Fishing Broadcaster and Celebrity formally opened the river with the symbolic first cast in front of an enthusiastic crowd despite the inclement weather after Tay chairman Bill Jack had raised all the issues and introduced the new season on the mighty river. The ceremony was organised by the Hotel in conjunction with the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist and Angling Associations and was supported by the Tay Foundation. A good crowd witnessed the event with television coverage by the BBC and STV news plus double page articles in the national press.
William Jack, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said new legislation which came into effect last week requires all salmon caught by anglers before April to be released back into the water.
He said: “It is encouraging to note that the provisional figure for salmon reported caught on the Tay by anglers to the end of March in 2014 is the highest since 1986.
“It is fair to assume that catch and release in the last few years has contributed to this improvement. It is vital that we retain our spring conservation measures, and the new legislation will help formalise this.”
He added: “Now that releasing fish during this period is a statutory requirement, we look forward to consistent conservation up and down the system. The new season heralds an important milestone in the protection of early-running spring salmon.”
David Summers, board director, said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the improvement in spring salmon catches in the last couple of years, so there is a great sense of anticipation as to what the spring fishing of 2015 is going to be like.
“The new conservation measures are widely welcomed by anglers and ghillies and will not affect this enthusiasm. Quite the contrary.”
“Fishing is often perceived as a traditional pursuit of a select few, when the reality is that a growing number of people from all walks of life and of all ages are participating in, and enjoying, this activity.”

In a second opening ceremony, further upriver also in dreich conditions, a large crowd of anglers and local residents gathered at the Kenmore Hotel in Perthshire before a pipe band led them to the water’s edge where they waited for the season to be officially opened.
Liz Grant, provost of Perth and Kinross, poured a dram into the river before the fishing got under way.
The pouring of whisky is a symbolic gesture to keep the salmon “in good health”.

The Opening day saw 3 spring salmon registered despite the wild weather and they all came from the middle river as lower down the river was rising quickly and colouring from snow melt.
A superb 19 pounds salmon caught by Willie Cummings at Dunkled House won the Redford Trophy, for the heaviest salmon caught and safely released from the River Tay on opening day. The Trophy was first fished for in 1986. It was named after the late Ian Redford of Errol, the then co-owner of the Newtyle beat who tragically died the year before. Another opening day fish came from the same beat and other fish were registered on Dalmarnoch and Lower Kinnaird. On Friday morning the river was starting to fall from a high over over 9 feet on the Ballathie gauge after much colder weather came into the district. Conditions were far from perfect but fish were caught.
Farlows from London had come up to fish the first few days at Stanley and had organised a good opening day ceremony with fishing director Brian Fratel fronting the celebrations. It was only fitting that he should experience a memorable afternoon on the Catholes at the Back Dam landing 2 fresh spring salmon of 10 and 12 pounds and loosing another. There was obviously a small run creeping up the river and Brian ran into them despite the high water. Linn pool saw the same run with Stobhall and Taymount benefiting as well.
Meikleour had celebrated the launching of their new boat with Claire Mercer Nairne toasting the new boat 'Lady Violet' and gave good wishes to all anglers on the river for the season ahead. John Ferguson, who built the boat and virtually all the boats on the river over the last forty years also attended and their season underway as well with a 10 pounder on Friday and Calum McRoberts reported “Conditions on the opening day were far from ideal with a rising water throughout the day and very strong winds, which were particularly problematic in Islamouth Pool, which is usually our spring hot spot! Although overhead conditions improved during the day, the fishing was quiet with only a few kelts for our day. Much better conditions on Friday and I'm delighted to report that Father Eddie McGhee opened our scoring with a 10lb'er from Islamouth Pool. We had a good team of experienced rods out on Saturday, but had only a few kelts to show for our efforts. Water conditions look better for next week and we're hopeful for improved sport.”
Stobhall and Taymount figured highly in the opening days with good conditions for the Linn pool in particular. Stobhall reported a couple of fish and Taymount did the same with the fish of the opening few days falling to
Chris Davidson a superb 22 pounds beauty.
Frank Ross also caught an 8 pounds spring beauty. Hopefully with some settled conditions over the week to come a good few more spring salmon will be landed to get our season off to a flying start.

The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day’s celebrations. All in all it was a truly memorable opening so let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations.


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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 19th January 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 19th January 2015.

The Salmon fishing season is well and truly started now on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been encountering some cold winter weather over the last few days after some milder conditions put the river up making life fairly difficult on Opening day but still several anglers braved the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon. The weather hopefully has eased but will remain very cold, which should help and give the river 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 due to harder weather (6’ on the Ballathie gauge).
The weather is to continue cold over the next few days. 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 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 38 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.5 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. 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. 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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Friday, January 16, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fishing Season Opens for 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fishing Season Opens for 2015.

The Tay salmon fishing season is well and truly underway despite some very cold weather and difficult conditions for fishing with very high water.

This was a small clip from our local paper the Dundee Courier written by Steve MacDougall.
The traditional toast of “tight lines” was made by anglers up and down the River Tay as they celebrated the opening of the salmon fishing season on January 15. Fortified with a dram and to the sound of bagpipes, fishermen turned out at ceremonies at Kenmore, Dunkeld and Meikleour despite atrocious weather.
Photo shows angling broadcaster Paul Young before the first cast at Dunkeld.
At Stanley Farlows had a traditional opening ceremony organised by their fishing director Brian Fratel pictured below.
Conditions for fishing at Stanley were not good with very high water however as the river settled today Brian struck on the Catholes in the Back Dam. Fishing on his own he landed 2 fresh spring salmon estimated at 12 and 10 pounds and lost another at the net. Well done Brian and thank you for 2 great days.


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Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay, Perthshire Opening Ceremonies 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay,Perthshire Opening Ceremonies 2015.

Video of some of the Opening ceremonies.

Coverage of the Tay Opening day ceremonies in Perthshire at Dunkeld and Stanley with speeches from Tay chairman Bill Jack and Angling correspondence David Profumo.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon fishing season opens on Tay, Perthshire 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon fishing season opens on Tay, Perthshire 2015.

The dawn rises on the 2015 Salmon Fishing Season on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland.
The salmon fishing season has been declared open as dozens of anglers lined the banks of the River Tay despite the inclement weather.
Traditional ceremonies were held to mark the first flies and spinners being cast on stretches of the river.

At the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel Scottish television actor and fishing show presenter Paul Young was given the honour of making the first cast.

William Jack, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said new legislation which came into effect last week requires all salmon caught by anglers before April to be released back into the water.
He said: “It is encouraging to note that the provisional figure for salmon reported caught on the Tay by anglers to the end of March in 2014 is the highest since 1986.

“It is fair to assume that catch and release in the last few years has contributed to this improvement. It is vital that we retain our spring conservation measures, and the new legislation will help formalise this.”

He added: “Now that releasing fish during this period is a statutory requirement, we look forward to consistent conservation up and down the system.The new season heralds an important milestone in the protection of early-running spring salmon.”

David Summers, board director, said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the improvement in spring salmon catches in the last couple of years, so there is a great sense of anticipation as to what the spring fishing of 2015 is going to be like.

“The new conservation measures are widely welcomed by anglers and ghillies and will not affect this enthusiasm. Quite the contrary.”
A superb first fish of the season for Willie Cummings weighing 19 pounds.
Mike McDiarmid, president of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Perthshire is one of the country’s premier fishing locations and the Tay is famous across the world.

“Fishing is often perceived as a traditional pursuit of a select few, when the reality is that a growing number of people from all walks of life and of all ages are participating in, and enjoying, this activity.”
The quiet before the storm at Dunkled.
A large crowd of anglers and local residents gathered at the Kenmore Hotel in Perthshire before a pipe band led them to the water’s edge where they waited for the season to be officially opened.

A dram was poured into the river by Liz Grant, provost of Perth and Kinross, before the fishing got under way.

The pouring of whisky is a symbolic gesture to keep the salmon “in good health”.

Other traditional ceremonies took place up and down the river including the launching of a new boat at Meikleour and David Profumo opening the river at Stanley for the Farlows party from London.
Brian Fratel of Farlows and David Profumo gather the troops prior the the march to the river at Stanley.


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