Sunday, January 23, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 22nd January 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 22nd January 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon fishing report for week ending 22nd January 2011.
After all the excitement of the opening day ceremonies it was down to the real act of fishing and the first whole week of the season. It was a slow start after the massive river last weekend with the big thaw and torrential rain however by the end of the week some good spring salmon were landed and there was a great feeling of expectation.

The dirty water last weekend cleared by Wednesday making good conditions for the end of the week, which resulted in success for some of the lower Tay beats as well as some higher beats. Very cold water meant ideal conditions for the lower river. The river temperature was 36F or 2C which meant fishing methods of spinning and fly fishing were slow and deep.

12 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 16 pounds being landed on Dunkeld and at Pitlochrie. There are a number of other salmon in the river from a late run at the end of the year, which makes identification difficult at times. These salmon should be handled extremely carefully as with springers to ensure their survival and hopefully enabling them to spawn.

On the lower river fresh spring salmon were caught at Stobhall, Upper Scone, Pitlochrie and Benchil and on Upper Redgorton. Keith Greenweel caught his first spring salmon from the Linn pool on the Stobhall beat on Friday on a toby. John Murray caught 2 springers in 2 days on Upper Scone, the best one weighing 12 pounds from Aitken Head on Saturday. The Pitlochrie beat at Stanley caught 2 on Saturday. Ian Kettles landed a superb 16 pounds salmon from the Wash House on a devon and Danny Fulton caught a sea liced 12 pounds fish in Horsey fly fishing with a tube fly. Jock Tait got off to a good start on Upper Redgorton with 2 springers, the best one was a 12 pounds fish on a harled tube fly landed by Jim Kilgour.
Ian Kettles playing a 16 pounds spring salmon at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

The middle river featured as well after the spate. Dunkeld House got off to a good start with 2 lovely salmon including a 16 pounds springer. Kercock and Newtyle caught their first salmon. Mr Rory Campbell, on his birthday caught a 12lb Springer on the fly from the Fiddlers Pool at Newtyle, Dunkeld.
A good spring salmon from the Dunkeld House beat on Saturday.

On the upper river Dalguise got of the mark on Saturday. There have not been any reports from Loch Tay as yet.

Many 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 me at to be included in this report.

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