Sunday, February 20, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th February 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th February 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th February 2011.

The third week of February on the Tay was again very disappointing but this was down to bad weather that we experienced with the river never settling. Conditions were extremely difficult again with dirty water on the lower river for nearly every day during the week.

The river was never settled during the week, which resulted in little success for most of the beats however there were some memorable days for a few anglers. The river temperature came up slightly to 38 degrees Fahrenheit or 3 degrees Celsius, which meant fishing large spinning lures and flies slowly and at depth.

13 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 15 pounds being landed by Jimmy Ross, Pitlochry Angling Club president, fly fishing on the Portnacraig beat. This was their first spring salmon for the season and may signal fish now filtering upstream to a few upper river stretches. The number of unspent fish being caught seems to be dropping now, suggesting that the high water of recent weeks may have signaled the beginning of the end as far as spawning goes. However, it's worth remembering that any kelts, baggots or rawners encountered should be treated with the same amount of care as we would a fresh fish when returning them to the water.

On the lower river 10 fresh spring salmon were caught. The best salmon of the week was a 13 pounds beauty from the Cargill beat caught by ghillie David Godfrey on a rapala. Most of the fresh fish caught came from the Taymount and Stobhall stretch as that seemed to be the first area of the lower river where salmon enjoyed some clearer water.
Again the ghillies showed the way on these beats with Bob Campbell and Cohn O’Dea catching fresh spring salmon. Taymount finished the week well on Saturday with 2 springers.
Steve Kettlewell landed an 11 pounds salmon from the Linn pool on a Toby Salmo and the boat in Finford Head harling, caught a 7 pounds fish.
Hopefully the river will settle and clear, which should make better prospects for the coming week.

The middle river reported 1 from the Kercock beat on Monday.

On the upper river reported 2 with the first spring salmon coming from the Portnacraig beat in front of Pitlochry dam. Hopefully this will be the first of many this season.
Angling Club president Jimmy Ross caught the 15 pounds springer fly fishing from the Green Bank on the theatre side of the river. Also on the upper river, Mel Thomson caught a fresh 7 pounds spring salmon on the Dalguise beat from the boat in the Guay Pool on a favourite spring lure, the pink and pearl Tomic.

The Earn season has now been opened but they have also been encountering coloured water being a low-lying river with slow flow in places. However on a positive note Kinnkell Bridge landed their first spring salmon last week and again all the Earn beats will be hoping conditions improve.

Many thanks for all the pictures everyone sent me of spring salmon and all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences this and 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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