Sunday, April 25, 2010

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report fro Third week of April 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report fro Third week of April 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 24th April 2010.

After last week’s 71 spring salmon being reported this week was a bit disappointing with 53. A few others were caught as well and not registered making it a reasonable week in April with hopefully better to come.

The river dropped steadily throughout the week giving good conditions for spring fishing. The weather was a bit colder and there was rain on Friday, which put the river up a little for Saturday.

The river temperature remained at about 45F or 7C enabling salmon to run.
This week the catches were dominated by the upper parts of the lower and middle river, which is expected at this time of year with a rise in water temperature. The upper lower river beats did reasonably well also with an increase in catches due to the warmer water. We have not had a strong run as yet which hopefully will improve. It is absolutely imperative we continue to adhere to our catch and release policy to return all spring salmon to preserve what we have for the future. Thank you all for making this possible so far.

The lower river produced 20 out of the 53 spring salmon caught. The catches were sparse on the lower Tay above Perth with only 2 salmon caught below the Catholes weir. However the beats above Stanley did much better. The Salmon seem to be running hard through the lower stretches and then slowing down above the Catholes weir. The upper Scone beat caught 2 at Stanley with Bob Middleton landing a 9 pound salmon fly fishing on Monday. On Tuesday Bob was fishing up at Taymount and he caught a 12 and 25 pounds salmon which was not a bad couple of days spring fishing on the Tay. Taymount had a reasonable week with 5 salmon. Rodger Moore caught a lovely 15 pounds beauty on Stobhall on Thursday on a harled tube fly. Cargil, Ballathie and Islamouth all produced again this past week.

The middle Tay again continued to catch with 20 salmon for the week. This figure is conservative, as Glendevine, Lower and Upper Murthly would account for another 10 at least but do not report. The milder conditions and higher river levels should encourage fish to run up to the middle river for next week as well. Coupar Grange again faired well with 8 on the Isla. Kercock, Newtyle and Dunkeld House continue to report salmon on a regular basis.

Peter Sproston caught a lovely 13 pound salmon fly fishing in the Cathedral stream at Dunkeld House on a Cascade on Saturday.

Also on Saturday there was a 19 pound beauty landed at Newtyle.

The Upper River and Loch only reported 13 salmon for the week. The milder conditions have encouraged spring salmon to run further upstream.

Steve Watt with one of the 4 salmon he landed.
The Tummel accounted for 6 on Monday with Steve Watt accounting for 4 on the Pitlochry Angling Club Portnacraig beat.

Jim Kennedy also landed a lovely salmon on Monday at the Dam. Guest angler Willie McAdam from Perth had his first spring salmon off the clubs Sawmill stream at the bottom end of the Pitlochry town water. All the salmon caught on the Pitlochry Club water were caught fly fishing. Upper Kinnard have started to produce the odd salmon as well.

Many thanks for all the pictures everyone sent me of opening week spring salmon and thanks to all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences over the last season on the river. I would be most grateful if you to do the same this season by emailing to be included in this report.

Prospects for week commencing 26th April 2010.
As of Monday the river is settled and running at a good level.

The weather is to be much warmer this coming week and there is a chance of more rain during the week but hopefully this will not affect the river levels. Hopefully it will be a settled week, which should bring better catches especially after last week with some encouraging catches. Hopefully there will be a few more fish running to let the lower river have a chance.

The water temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 degrees Celsius with warmer weather to come, which will encourage salmon to run further upstream. The middle and Upper River should certainly benefit from this. Assuming the river continues to run at a consistent level there should be a better catch this coming week.

There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, spinning and fly fishing from the bank should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Springer. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2010 is that all spring salmon should be released, ie 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.

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 to be included in this report.

Tight lines.

To help you follow our guidelines I have included these helpful pointers.

How to SAFELY Release a Salmon
“The best method of releasing a salmon is to leave it in the water
and touch nothing but the hook with fingers or pliers.
“Whatever the method, care combined with speed, will give the fish the best chance of survival.”
Lee Wulff, Atlantic Salmon Journal Winter 1964/65

• Use barbless or pinched hooks
• Retrieve your fish quickly; release it immediately
• Keep the fish in the water
• Use rubber or knotless cotton net, if one must be used
• Cut the leader if necessary
• Remove the hook carefully
• Hold the fish gently in natural swimming position, facing upstream until it revives
• Don’t pump the fish. That is, don’t move the fish back and forth in the water.

How should hooks be removed?
Very Carefully
In quiet water, bring the wild salmon quickly within reach. Leaving the salmon in water and without squeezing it, remove the hook carefully with pliers or thumb and forefinger. If a net must be used, it should be rubber or knotless cotton. If necessary, cut the leader near the fly and spare the fish.

The Science of Live Release
“Peer-reviewed science supports live release as a proven and effective conservation tool.”
Dr. Fred Whoriskey,
ASF Vice-President, Research & Environment

Studies in North America and Europe have shown live release works, and in some instances Atlantic salmon have been angled 2 and 3 times.
Science has shown that virtually all Atlantic salmon will survive when released, as long as the angler uses the proper techniques, refrains from angling in overly warm water, and does not overplay the Atlantic salmon.
Like athletes sprinting on a track, Atlantic salmon build up lactic acid in their muscle tissues when they are being played.
The Key is Oxygen – The fish need oxygen in order to recover and continue their journey.
To recover, Atlantic salmon need:
• careful handling by the angler to reduce stress
• to remain in the water where they can breathe and reduce the oxygen deficit in their tissues
• to be held in an upstream position for water to flow more easily across their gills

Photographing Your Spectacular Live Release Salmon.

Use a photo partner:

* Digital camera: make settings on the camera before you begin fishing or use a point and shoot film camera. Give it to your partner before the angling session.

* Whether a digital camera or a film camera, tell your partner to fill the frame, and take several images.

* If it is a film camera, be sure there is film in the camera. This may seem to be a simple matter, but mistakes do happen...

Let your Partner get into Position:

* Tell him/her what you are going to do. Alert your partner before you take the fish out of the water.

Support the Atlantic salmon:

* Carefully take the barbless hook out of the fish’s mouth. With rod tucked under your arm, move one hand to the base of the tail. With your other hand, support the fish under the forward part of its body. Keep it in the water, with the fish pointed upstream to help its recovery.

* If a third person is present, give him or her the rod to hold, so you can concentrate on the wild salmon.

Take the Picture Quickly:

* With your photo partner warned, raise the wild Atlantic salmon partially out of the water for less than five seconds - or consider leaving it semi-submerged for the photo instead!

Return the Fish to Continue its Spawning Run:

* Support the salmon underwater in a natural position facing the current, handling it as little as possible. Give it time to recover. The goal is for the wild salmon to swim away on its own.

* Digital cameras offer the opportunity to adjust the film speed to suit conditions. In low light, such as evening, morning, heavy cloud, or deep shadow, consider setting the speed to 400, to take care of both movement and the low light. Experiment beforehand on speeds above 400, as many digital images become heavily pixilated at greater sensitivity.

* Remember to adjust the white balance for deep shadow, to warm the image.

* Today’s print films even at 400 speeds are superb. Use 400-speed film at dawn, dusk or in shadow.

* Don’t forget to smile! Your photo is a valuable memory.

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1 comment:

Martin Ritchie said...


Alan Mowat got the 19lber on saturday



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