Sunday, March 13, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th March 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th March 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th March 2011.
The second week of March on the Tay was encouraging despite some cold and windy weather and good water levels. Conditions were difficult at times for spring fishing but catches were still achieved.

The river was settled during the week, which resulted in success for most of the beats especially on the lower river. The river temperature dropped slightly after a cold end to the week with snow and severe gales. The temperature dropped back to 38 degrees Fahrenheit or 3 degrees Celsius, which still meant fishing large spinning lures and flies slowly and at depth.

39 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 28 pounds being landed at Newtyle, Dunkeld by Allan Rennie . The number of unspent fish being caught seems to be dropping away, 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 24 fresh spring salmon were caught. The best salmon of the week was a 19 pounds salmon from Almondmouth. All lower beats contributed to the catch. Stobhall continued to figure in the catches. Gordon Howe caught a 12 pounds springer on Monday from the boat on the lower beat then Norman Laing caught a lovely 10 pounds fish on the top beat the following day. Feddie Sutherland caught nice fish at Catholes on Friday. The severe weather at the end of the week made life interesting. Firstly there was very high winds on Thursday and heavy snow on Saturday. The Pitlochrie beat had 2 spring salmon on Saturday.
Danny Fulton caught a 12 pounds spring salmon fly fishing at the tail of Horsey that shot down the Skellies but he successfully managed to coax it back to Horsey and land it after an epic battle. Then Eddie Slaven caught a 9 pounds springer spinning a Devon from the boat in the Wash House. Cargill also did well at the end of the week with 4 salmon.

Hopefully the river will remain settled and clear this coming week, which should make excellent prospects.

The middle river reported 5.
The best reported salmon of the week came from the Newtyle beat at Dunkeld weighing an impressive 28 pounds. Newtyle regular Allan Rennie caught the magnificent spring salmon harling in the Cotter pool and landed some distance down stream in the Boil. Other Salmon were reported from Miekleour, Kercock and Dunkeld House as well and there must have been the odd other fish from this area not reported.

On the upper river reported 7 with the spring salmon coming from mostly the Portnacraig beat in front of Pitlochry dam and one from Upper Kinnaird. On the Pitlochry Angling stretch Falkirk angler Rab Brown caught a lovely 14 lbs fish on a gold Toby spoon. Innes Smith caught a fresh 20 pounder fly fishing on a Monkey fly while fishing on the Pitlochry Bank on Wednesday. It is good to see multi sea winter fish being caught on the river especially on the fly. There has been nothing reported from Loch Tay.

The Isla reported 3 all from Islabank including a 20 pounds spring salmon.

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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