Monday, January 31, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 29th January 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 29th January 2011.

Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 29th January 2011.
The second week of the Tay season was very similar to the corresponding week last year with 27 spring salmon caught as opposed to 28 last year. A few others were caught but not recorded. It has been a slow start but certainly a positive one.

The river was settled and dropping all week, which resulted in success for some of the lower beats as well as some higher beats. Very cold water meant ideal conditions for the lower river. The river temperature was 36 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius which meant fishing methods of spinning and fly fishing were slow and deep.

27 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 20 pounds being landed at Taymount and two 18 pounds salmon landed at Dunkeld House and Coupar Grange respectively. There are still 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 14 fresh spring salmon were caught and most beats contributed.
The best salmon of the week was a 20 pounds beauty from the Taymount beat caught in the Aldrens from the boat on a Kynoch. This was a day to remember for Andy and Clair Cowburn. Another good springer was caught by Greig Thomson from Dundee with a lovely 17 pounds fish from Stobhall. Ghillie John Bennett was lucky at Luncarty with a couple of good fish from the boat. Catholes also had a couple during the week as did Upper Scone. Neil Lauchlin landed a lovely 13 pounds fish from the boat on the Benchil beat. Lastly James McKay caught a memorable spring salmon on his last cast on Saturday on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley.
Last week also marked the retiral of George Maitland on the Taymount beat after 40 years service. I am sure we will all with him well.

The middle river reported 11 spring salmon which also included 3 salmon from the Isla at Coupar Grange.
2 fresh spring salmon came off the Newtyle beat at Dunkeld to fly fishing enthusiasts Thomas Black and Stan Baird, the latter landing a 14 pounds fish. Kercock and Dunkeld House also landed 2 salmon a piece last week.

On the upper river 2 springers were reported and both were caught at Dalguise.

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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