Sunday, May 29, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 28th May 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 28th May 2011.

River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 28th May 2011.
The last week of May on the Tay was disappointing due to very unsettled conditions at the start of the week with very big water for the time of year but towards the end of the week things settled down giving some better sport. Hopefully the river will remain settled from the recent rain and give us good prospects for this coming week.

The river was unsettled for a lot of the week and the river temperature dropped to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius giving the river unfavourable conditions

57 spring salmon were reported last week and 18 Sea trout.

On the lower river 11 fresh spring salmon were caught. The river temperature is coming up now encouraging the salmon to run hard. Sea Trout are running as well now giving the lower beats some good sport. Catholes Ghillie, Jimmy Chim enjoyed some good sport on Wednesday on the Catholes beat at Stanley catching an 11 pounds fresh Salmon and 4 Sea trout up to 3 pounds in a morning on a flying C. Visiting Angler Tony Wood from Bishop Auckland caught a lovely 9 pounds salmon at Benchil below Stanley on a Rapala on Friday and his party had another salmon the previous day from Loch Faskally again on Rapala. The big water did not suit the lower Tay this past week with very limited catches. The water height did not suit Islamouth however Neil Tong managed a couple of the beat in 2 days including a 10 pounds fish on a Devon.
Hopefully the river will remain settled this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects and improved catches.

The middle river reported 13. The current conditions are favouring the middle beats with a good run and good water levels. Newtyle celebrated their 60th salmon of the season on Saturday. Not only have they been catching good salmon Allan Rennie landed a superb 8 pounds sea trout on Monday.
On Tuesday John Philips caught a 13 pounds fish harling and on Thursday Craigie landed a 10 pounds salmon. Dalmarnock and Dunkeld House also caught this past week.
More information from this area would be welcome to expand on this report in the future.

On the upper river 33 were reported, this was far more encouraging and shows the spring salmon are reaching the top of the system with all the big water we have had recently. Lower and Upper Kinnaird had success including a 23 pounds fish from the upper beat.
At Dalguise John Cranston caught a 10 pounds Salmon by the Rowan Tree in The Otterstone Pool on Tuesday on a black and gold devon. Fellow angler, Brian Joseph, expertly netted the Salmon. It was weighed and safely returned to the river to continue its journey. On the Tummel the Pitlochry Angling stretch continued to produce especially at the Dam landing 12 salmon during the week and 5 on their Ruan Ruarie beat on the Garry. The Pitlochry Angling Club have now caught 100 salmon this season whish is fantastic. The club water on the River Garry is starting to fish well. Scott Henderson managed a 10 pounds fish on a Red Flying C. Scott had another fish about 8lb on a Black Flying C. Wendy Halliwell managed a fresh fish of 10 pounds on Wednesday. Damian Fison landed a 12 pounds fish on fly and Nick Webster who had two excellent fish about twelve pounds on a Flying C on Thursday. At the Dam Perth Angler Steven Watt continued to have success landing 6 salmon in 3 days up to 14 pounds.
Visiting angler Graham Nicols also landed 2 beauties on Friday on the Portnacraig beat. On Lower Tummel William Goodwin had an excellent day. He proceeded to catch two 12 pounds fish in Killiehangie Pool and a beautiful 14 pounds fish at the tail of Green Bank. Innes Smith reported two fish of 4 and 5 pounds from the clubs Sawmill stream. These fish are the smallest salmon reported this season and maybe signal the first of the grilse. Ally Gowans caught at the dam with a 12 pounds fish on Saturday Jimmy Ross also caught on Portnacraig. It was a week to remember.
There are now about 2000 through the Dam as of Sunday.

The Isla reported 0.

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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