Sunday, February 6, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th February 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th February 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th February 2011.
The first week of February on the Tay was very disappointing but this was down to the stormy weather we experienced especially at the end of the week where Friday and Saturday were wiped out by a big and dirty river.

The river was settled at the start of the week, which resulted in success for some of the lower beats as well as some middle 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.

13 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 21 pounds being landed at Dunkeld House and a 20 pounds salmon landed at Taymount. 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 9 fresh spring salmon were caught.
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 by Mike Mugglestone. Perth and District angler Jim McKay had a memorable day on the Stobhall beat on Tuesday landing 2 spring salmon of 8 and 9 pounds from the boat with Ghillie Bob Campbell. Burnmouth reported 4 salmon on Tuesday as well. The river is settling back after the spate, which should make good prospects for the coming week.

The middle river reported 4 spring salmon which also included the largest Tay spring salmon of the season so far. A lovely 21 pounds springer fell to Simon Furniss on the Dunkeld House stretch. Newtyle continued their good start to the 2011 season with a further 2 salmon this past week falling to Liam Doherty and Nigel Holmes.

On the upper river did not report any this week but after the high water this will change no doubt. Dalguise have reported 3 spring salmon so far this season and the best one, a fresh 13 pounds beauty was caught by Wan Indra in the tail of the Bridge pool.

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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