Sunday, February 27, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 26th February 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 26th February 2011.
The last week of February on the Tay was again disappointing but this was down to bad weather with the river unsettled for most of the week. Conditions were extremely difficult with dirty water and fluctuating heights, which are not ideal for spring fishing. However the conditions for next week look much more promising at long last.

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.

26 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 22 pounds being landed at Lower Redgorton. 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 21 fresh spring salmon were caught. The best salmon of the week was the 22 pounds salmon from Lower Redgorton. The beats just above Stanley fished best as they suit very high water. Burnmouth reported 4 early in the week and the Linn pool in particular on Stobhall and Taymount continued to produce fish.
Stobhall angler David Yates had a great day to remember on Tuesday landing 3 spring salmon to 21 pounds all harling from the boat. Then at the end of the week Taymount had a couple of good days on the Linn pool. Campbell Durie and Johnny Stevenson were successful on Thursday.
Angela Summerville with her first ever Tay spring salmon on Taymount.
On Saturday Taymount landed 3 springers all from the Linn up to 14 pounds. Angela Summerville landed her first ever Tay spring salmon on a Tay lure and regular angler Jimmy Gibson caught a lovely 10 pounds salmon. Hopefully with the river settled and clear, prospects for the coming week should be excellent.
Jimmy Gibson with his 10 pounds spring salmon from the Linn pool.

The middle river reported 3 all from the Newtyle beat.

On the upper river reported 2 with the spring salmon coming from the Portnacraig beat in front of Pitlochry dam.

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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