Sunday, March 27, 2011

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

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

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 26th March 2011.
The last week of March on the Tay was encouraging despite big water at the start of the week due to snow melting off the hills with higher temperatures. Conditions were difficult at times for spring fishing but catches were still achieved especially at the end of the week.

The river was rising on Monday and unsettled on Tuesday but by Wednesday and Thursday it was settled nicely and it gave good conditions for the end of the week, which resulted in success throughout the river. The river temperature climbed to 41 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius, which still meant fishing large spinning lures and flies slowly and at depth was still the thing to do.

52 spring salmon were reported last week, which was the best week of the season so far with the best salmon of 25 pounds being landed at Islamouth on Friday by Iain Mitchell harling in the boat. The number of unspent fish being caught seems to be dropping away at last, 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 22 fresh spring salmon were caught.

The best salmon of the week was a 21 pounds salmon from Taymount, which was caught by Bob Hughes on Friday from the Linn Head harling in the boat. Taymount faired well throughout the week with 5 spring salmon. On Monday it was Ladies day at Taymount but alas the fair sex blanked due to the rising river due to snow melt. By Tuesday the river was starting to settle back and Islamouth were catching, Unlet the ghillies were keeping the catch figures up with Glen Kedward landing salmon from the boat with comrade Brian Brogan. By Thursday the catches started to improve with more consistent landings. Barry Phillips caught a lovely 12 pounds springer on a Devon on Taymount at Stankend and Ray Gardiner had a 14 pounds beauty on a harled Tomic at Lower Redgorton. On Friday Islamouth had a notable day for Iain Mitchell in Particular. Firstly he landed a 17-½ pounds beauty fly fishing from the boat then went harling and landed a 25 pounds Tay monster. Catches improved further on Saturday with the Pitlochrie beat landind 3 spring salmon and loosing 2 others. Danny Fulton landed 2 first thing in the morning one after the other in Horsey fly fishing and Ian Kettles got another in the world famous Pitlochrie pool harling a Tube fly. Most of the lower beats contributed to the catch despite unsettled water at the start of the week. Hopefully the river will remain settled and clear this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects.

The middle river reported 13. Meikleour, Kercock Newtyle and Dunkeld house all featured. Allan Rennie continues to have success at Newtyle landing a 10 pounds fish on Tuesday.

On the upper river 5 were reported. Upper Kinnaird reported their first salmon of the season, as did Upper Farleyer who caught 2 during the week. Pitlochry continue to catch as well. There has not been anything officially reported from Loch Tay but I understand there have been quite a few spring salmon landed. Hopefully some details will filter through.

The Isla reported 12 all from Islabank and Coupar Grange including a 19 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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