Friday, April 18, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire April 2014.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland is having its best week of the Salmon fishing season so far with over 100 spring salmon registered to date and more to come. The river temperature is rising steadily now and fly fishing is becoming a better option as we enter the upper 40's in Fahrenheit meaning floating lines and sink tips are the tactics.

This was Finnish visitor Kimmo Koskela playing a good spring salmon on the Catholes at Stanley on the fly.


A superb sea liced 7 pounds fish was successfully landed prior to release.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire April 2014.

The current salmon fishing week has got off to a superb start with 30 plus spring salmon registered on Monday including a 25 pounds fish from Murthly. Hopefully we are now heading for the best week of the year so far as temperatures rise and fish run freely up the system.

This was Peter Backhouse and Ken Fenton with a 12 pounds spring salmon caught in Pitlochrie pool at Stanley.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th April 2014.

Good catches continue as water levels ease further.
The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch spring salmon last week as water levels eased further. Catches were maintained as the river dropped steadily and the weather improved. A strong run of spring salmon continued on the river and there was the continued sign of some more bigger multi sea winter fish with more mid twenty pounds salmon landed. There were again good catches from around Stanley upwards but there were continued signs of fish spreading up river as catches improved in the middle and Upper River giving renewed optimism for the coming week. The catches were heartening and also better than last year for the time so hopefully it is a sign of another great spring for the river as the weather relents.
This past week saw water levels ease most of the week due to better weather and improved conditions and over 110 spring salmon were registered from the river with others caught as well but not registered.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 12th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Catholes Stanley 1, Upper Scone 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 10, Taymount 8, Ballathie 4, Cargill 13, Islamouth 10, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 6, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 5, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 5, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 3, Findynate 3, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 1, Keithick Mains 7, Coupar Grange 7, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3.
Total: 111 Largest: Cargill & Islamouth 22lbs

Lower Tay.
The lower river from Islamouth to just above Stanley again fished well all week. All these beats are registering a higher catch than last year, which is very encouraging for the river. The Stanley beats seem to be struggling now with higher water temperatures as fish can run a longer distance to get above the Catholes Weir. The Catholes beat had 2 fish for the week caught by Martin Moyers and John Dewar from just below the weir and Upper Scone landed a fish from Horsey caught by George Patterson in the boat. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks landing nearly 20 spring fish between them. Cargill also had a good week landing several salmon up to 20 odd pounds.

Successful anglers included David Saunders with a 12 pounder from the boat, Ben Frost with his first Tay spring salmon, Roy Frost with a superb 20 pounds sea licer, 15 year old Craig Mason landing 2 in a day and Andrew Stephen landing a 22 pounds beauty on Friday. The Islamouth and Meikleour beats have been catching consistently as well. The Meikleour beats caught fish up to 18 pounds on the home stretch. Down on Islamouth 10 springers were landed in the week with

Berny Morritt landing a superb 22 pounds fish and

Paul Dolman catching a 17 pounds fish from the Green bank on a Vision.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have continued to improve this past week as conditions have eased and the water temperature has climbed up a bit. Over the weeks to come this will inevitably improve further as the salmon run freely up the river with water levels easing. Kercock are now having better success with more fish being seen and the water dropping. Simon Duprey caught an 11 pounds fish and Robert McFarlane caught 2 up to 12 pounds from the beat. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats continue to fish well with improving conditions. Dunkeld House had a reasonable week with James Anderson catching a couple up to 15 pounds, Calum McRoberts caught an 8 pounds fish and

Saturday regulars Robert Harvey and Willie Cunning caught fish up to 16 pounds. Dalguise had a better week with 2 fish landed and 4 lost. Drew Laing caught a 10 pounds fish on the fly from the Otterstone and Larry Dunkley landed a 10 pounds fish on a Toby at the tail of the Otterstone. The Kinnaird beats also landed fish during the week.

Upper Tay.
This area is starting to see fish with Farleyer beats and Findynate catching. Bolfracks have also been catching odd fish with Perth angler Peter Backhouse catching a superb 23 pounds springer from the beat last week.

Tummel.
It has just been a matter of time before the Tummel featured in the catches but it kicked off a week ago with a few fish appearing at the Pitlochry Dam and more fish were caught last week. Successful anglers included Duncan Webster with a 14 pounds fish which was also caught at Dunkeld earlier in the season as it had been tagged, Paul McCarthy with a 16 pounds beauty caught on a Blair Spoon and

Kenny Horne with a 15 pounds fish on a spinner from Port-na-Craig. The beats below have been catching as well but they do not register their fish on fishpal unfortunately to see the true picture.

Isla.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht. Coupar Grange and Keithick Mains both had 7 fish for their week.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a 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.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

The Spring Salmon fishing has been excellent so far despite the big water levels with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come and the weather continues to settles down further to maintain it all.

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, April 13, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 14th April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 14th April 2014.

The Salmon fishing season is now in mid April on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we are at last getting better water conditions over the past week giving us great spring fishing with a continued good spring salmon run in reasonable numbers which is now spreading throughout the river as temperatures rise. The weather was more settled last week making life better as river levels receded making the pursuit of that magical spring salmon a bit easier and good catches were achieved in reasonable numbers with some larger multi sea winter spring salmon caught as well.

Dunkeld
Currently the river is falling back steadily (approx 4’ on the Ballathie gauge). Lower river levels below 4 feet in the coming days should enable the river to produce more top quality spring fishing and as the river levels ease the fish will run further and the catches will continue to spread. The weather is be reasonably settled over the next few days, which should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.

The weather is looking more settled this coming week with some rain and reasonable temperatures that should continue to settle the river back to a more manageable fishing height for everyone. The milder weather will certainly continue to give us more water and encourage salmon to run the river. The water temperature is creeping up to around 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 degrees Celsius. These are higher temperatures than last year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system with milder weather which has resulted in fish being caught well up the system, the milder weather and increased river levels will continue to encourage spring salmon to run. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will still be a few kelts about on many beats despite all the high water.

Caputh Bridge
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.

Tummel
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2014 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.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a 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.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

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. Guidance on good Catch and 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, April 6, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th April 2014.

Good catches continue as water levels ease further.
The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch spring salmon last week as water levels eased at long last. Catches improved further as the river dropped steadily and we had the best week of the season so far. A strong run of spring salmon continued on the river as the water cleared and eased a bit and there was the continued sign of some more bigger multi sea winter fish with more mid twenty pounds salmon landed. There were again good catches from around Stanley upwards but there were continued signs of fish spreading up river as catches improved in the middle and Upper River giving renewed optimism for the coming week. The catches were especially heartening after the prolonged bad weather but were also better than last year for the time so hopefully it is a sign of another great spring for the river as the weather relents.
This past week saw water levels ease most of the week due to better weather and improved conditions and over 120 spring salmon were registered from the river with others caught as well but not registered.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 5th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Catholes Stanley 1, Upper Scone 1, Pitlochrie 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 9, Taymount 16, Ballathie 4, Cargill 14, Islamouth 15, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 3, Kercock 5, Murthly 1 11, Glendelvine 4, Murthly 2 5, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 2, Keithick Mains 1, Coupar Grange 12, Portnacraig Pitlochry 7.
Total: 120 Largest: Taymount 24lbs

Lower Tay.
The lower from Islamouth to Stanley again fished well all week. All these beats are registering a higher catch than last year, which is very encouraging for the river. The Stanley beats seem to be struggling now with higher water temperatures as fish can run a longer distance to get above the Catholes Weir. Rupert Abbott caught a superb 15 pounds springer on the fly from Horsey earlier in the week on the Pitlochrie beat. The beats below Stanley have also found life extremely difficult over the past month or so with a few unwelcome visitors. Just above Stanley Stobhall and Taymount continue to fish very well with good catches and some tremendous fish. Both beats are now fishing well as salmon run the river in slowly rising temperatures. Taymount have now reached 100 fish for the season that is away ahead of last year.

They had another superb week with Andrew Spencer steeling the show with a magnificent 24 pounds spring salmon on the fly from the Linn Pool. Other successful anglers included Simon Marriott, Peter Chapman with 2 in a day, Andrew Spencer with a 12 pounds fish, Stephen Wilson, David Chapman landing an 18 pounds fish, Graeme Brooks landing a good fish on the fly and David Cameron completing a superb week with a 22 pounds beauty from the Linn Pool, his biggest fish to date. Ballathie and Cargill continue to have better weeks with fish running freely. Successful rods on Cargill included Jamie Walker with a 17 pounds fish, Justin Symborski, James Miller, Stewart Scott, Graeme Guest with his first ever fish at 9 pounds followed by a 16 pounds beauty soon after and

Rachel Symborski with a lovely springer on the fly. Islamouth had a great week as well with local rods doing well.

Jim and Allan Ferrie had some great sport on Saturday with the beat landing 5 fish.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have continued to improve this past week as conditions have eased and the water temperature has climbed up a bit. Over the weeks to come this will inevitably improve further as the salmon run freely up the river with water levels easing. The Dunkeld House beat had a quieter week but Jim McDonald caught a superb 18 pounds fish from the Gauge pool.

Newtyle had a couple with Graham Guest catching a cracking 16 pounds fish. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats are now catching on a regular basis, which will only improve over the weeks to come. Kercock managed 4 fish on Monday with another on Wednesday as they start to do much better after a lean start. Meikelour also did well on Monday with 3 fish but found it hard for the rest of the week.

Upper Tay.
This area is starting to see fish with Farleyer, Findynate and Upper Kinnaird catching.

Tummel.
It has just been a matter of time before the Tummel featured in the catches but it kicked off this week with a few fish appearing at the Pitlochry Dam. The beats below have been catching as well but they do not register their fish on fishpal unfortunately to see the true picture.

Steven Watt and Gordon Nichol were successful on the Club water landing 6 spring salmon up to 16 pounds and the first fish of 2014 ascended the fish ladder this week as well.

Isla.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht. Coupar Grange had a good week with 12 spring salmon.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a 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.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

The Spring Salmon fishing has been excellent so far despite the big water levels with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come and the weather settles down further to maintain it all.

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 7th April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 7th April 2014.

The Salmon fishing season is now in April on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we are at last getting better water conditions over the past week giving us great spring fishing with a continued good spring salmon run in reasonable numbers which is now spreading throughout the river as temperatures rise. The weather was more settled last week making life better as river levels receded making the pursuit of that magical spring salmon a bit easier and good catches were achieved in reasonable numbers with some larger multi sea winter spring salmon caught as well.

Islamouth.
Currently the river is falling back steadily (approx 5’ on the Ballathie gauge). Lower river levels below 4 feet in the coming days should enable the river to produce more top quality spring fishing and as the river levels ease the fish will run further and the catches will continue to spread. The weather is be reasonably settled over the next few days, which should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.

Pitlochry Angling water on the Tummel taken by Steven Watt.
The weather is looking more settled this coming week with some rain and reasonable temperatures which should help settle the river back to a more manageable fishing height for everyone. The milder weather will certainly continue to give us more water and encourage salmon to run the river. The water temperature was around 43 degrees Fahrenheit or 6 degrees Celsius. These are higher temperatures than last year. These conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system with milder weather and has resulted in fish being caught well up the system, the milder weather and increased river levels will continue to encourage spring salmon to run. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will still be a few kelts about on many beats despite all the high water.

The Tummel and Tay Junction taken by Jock Monteith.
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.

Ballathie.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2014 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.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a 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.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

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. Guidance on good Catch and 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, April 3, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fly fishing on the Tay system April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fly fishing on the Tay system April 2014.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland water levels have been dropping away slowly over the last few days and the catches have started to spread throughout the system as conditions relent and it makes the passage of salmon easier to run up the river. The conditions have improved dramatically for fly fishing on the river.

This was the scene at Pitlochry Dam today which is a very productive spring fishery.


Steven Watt form Perth certainly exploited the improving conditions and landed 4 spring salmon on the fly from the Pitlochry Angling Club stretch.

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