Sunday, October 17, 2010

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the final week in October 2010.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the final week in October 2010.

The final 5 days of the 2010 season on the river recorded 583 salmon, which was another good week for the river. A good few other salmon were caught as well this week but not registered.

Spectacular Autumn scenery on the last days of the Tay Salmon season.

The river was running at about 3 feet at the start of the week on the lower river and gently dropped back as the week progressed. There was a consistent daily catch of around 100 fish every day but the salmon proved harder to catch in the last few days as the water dropped away.

A salmon about to be landed on the Fly on the lower Tay.

This week the lower river dominated the catches and the middle river faired reasonably after the rises in river levels the previous week. There was a consistent run of grilse and autumn salmon. Thank you all who adhered to our catch and release policy to return as many salmon as possible over the season to preserve what we have for the future.

A typical late run grilse caught on the last day of the Tay season on the lower river at Stanley.

The lower river produced 454 out of the 583 salmon caught. All the lower beats caught as the salmon ran up the river with favourable river levels. The salmon seem to be continuing to run through the lower stretches as they have done all autumn. Even up to the last day fresh sea liced salmon were caught. There are resident salmon in all the pools as well, which was great to see. Let us hope there is a successful spawning securing a good run for the future. All the lower beats had good returns for the past week with a more spread out catch and all posting very good results. All the lower beats have enjoyed a good autumn with catches well above the 5 year average. Quite a few bigger salmon were caught as well with fish in the upper teens and twenty’s regularly reported.

The best salmon reported was a 34 pounds hen fish from the lower Cargil beat landed by Alistair Sheach from Kirkcaldy.

The middle Tay caught 87 salmon for the week, which was much better, but this was missing catches from the Murthly area, which would add at least another 50 or so. All the beats in this area of the river have been catching.

The Upper River and Loch reported 36. Kinnaird and Dalguise finished well with a good few days. There are now over 4400 salmon through the Pitlochry fish ladder which is on a par with the 5 year average.

The Aberuthven water on the Earn reported 6 last week. There is a good run of salmon and grilse in progress on this river with all the recent rain. Hopefully the Earn will have a good end to the season, which ends at the end of the month.

Many thanks for all the pictures and information everyone sent me the season (ghillies and anglers) and also to all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences. I would be most grateful if you continue to send me information by emailing me at to be included in this report.

The sun goes down on another Tay season.

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