Sunday, May 8, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 7th May 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 7th May 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 7th May 2011.
The first week of May on the Tay was again encouraging with settled water and ideal conditions for spring fishing and by the end of the week we got some fresh water due to more unsettled weather which produced some top quality salmon throughout the river. There has again been some top quality fly fishing throughout the river as well with superb conditions and enjoyable weather. Hopefully the river will settle from the recent rain and give us good prospects for this coming week.

The river remained settled for the entire week but a bit unsettled on the Saturday, and the river temperature remained around 52 degrees Fahrenheit or 11 degrees Celsius.

93 spring salmon were reported last week; this was the best spring week so far this year. This was again superb news for the Tay with more salmon caught and even more confirmation of multi-sea winter salmon running the river.

On the lower river 58 fresh spring salmon were caught. The river temperature is coming up now encouraging the salmon to run hard. The lower part of the Tay is certainly witnessing this with limited catches however above Stanley catches continue to improve.
Islamouth, Cargill, Ballathie, Stobhall and Taymount continue to catch throughout the week with some excellent sport. 35 salmon were caught on the Islamouth beat this week and all caught fly fishing which was excellent sport and unrivalled on the river. Perth angler Steven Watt had a tremendous first three days on the beat landing several salmon on small shrimp flies. John McElroy, Neil Tong and Gary McErlain all got into the act as well off the Meikleour bank. At the end of the week Donald Rastick was among the party that had more success landing a lovely 12 pounds salmon on Friday.
Cargill continued to have success this past week as well,
Sanjay Chataroo enjoyed his trip to the Tay landing 2 spring salmon fly fishing in a couple of days, Brian McLeod and
Stewart Jennet also caught good salmon up to 22 pounds.
Lower down the river Stuart Lean caught a fresh salmon in the Bleachings on the lower Redgorton beat at night on a floating line and a size 12 sparsely dressed cascade at 7pm fresh off the tide covered in sea-lice. He then caught 2 sea trout for good measure. This is the first sign of sea trout in the river with hopefully more to come.
Hopefully the river will remain settled this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects.

The middle river reported 18, which was encouraging. This is a conservative total as the Murthly and Glendelvine beats are not reporting. After the temperature has come up the spring salmon are now running freely into the middle Tay with encouraging numbers being seen on a daily basis. The heaviest salmon of the week came from Dalmarnock weighing an impressive 24 pounds. Also successful anglers on the beat were Paul Davies and Stuart Laing.
Sandip Datta and my fiancé Samantha Gallacher were fishing on Dalmarnock beat last Tuesday. We both had a red-letter day. I managed to land a 24 pounds sea liced fish on a 1-inch copper cascade tube from the Clacken Taggert pool in the morning.
Sam then lost a fish on the fly in the same pool as she was heart broken, as she had never caught a spring salmon. Then in the evening under the watchful eye of our excellent ghillie Colin she managed to hook and land a 10 pounds sea liced Springer again in the same pool. It meant so much to her and she broke down in tears of joy. She had been fishing hard the previous 3 days with no success. This is a day we will not forget in a long time.
Newtyle had a reasonable week as well with John Watson and Steven Hogg being amongst the catchers and all fly fishing.
All of the Tay middle beats including Meikleour, Kercock, Newtyle, Dunkeld House and Dalmarnock are having success and this should continue over the next few weeks. More information from this area would be welcome to expand on this report in the future.

On the upper river 15 were reported, this was far more encouraging. Lower Kinnaird, Edradynate, Farleyer and Findynate all had success. On the Tummel the Pitlochry Angling stretch continued to produce especially at the Dam. There are now over 1000 through the Dam as of Sunday and the first salmon was reported from Loch Faskally.
Graeme Lightbody notched up the 65th fish caught on Pitlochry Angling Clud waters this season. Early on Saturday morning on the Pitlochry bank Graeme caught a lovely 9 pounds sea licer. On Thursday Neil MacLellan was successful landing 2 salmon on the Pitlochry bank up to 13 pounds and earlier in the week Colin Bateman had a fish of about 10 pounds all fly fishing.
Malcolm Bennett, Dalguise regular, caught a 6 pounds fresh run silver sea liced Salmon on Friday, at Sarah’s Spot, on a size 6 Cascade.
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 2 from Coupar Grange.

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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