Sunday, July 3, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 2nd July 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 2nd July 2011.

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 2nd July 2011.
The last few days of June and first two days of July on the Tay were fairly disappointing with good water conditions especially at the end of the week. Hopefully the river will remain settled from the recent rain and give us good prospects for this coming week. One encouraging report was the first few grilse being seen and caught. Hopefully this will be the start of a good grilse run sprinkled with good quality summer salmon.

The river was more settled at the end of the week after unsettled levels in the middle of the week and the river temperature settled around 59 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius giving the river favourable conditions.

37 salmon were reported last week and 9 sea trout.
On the lower river 23 fresh 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. The lower beats caught a few salmon over the week but this should improve if the river drops further in the coming week. The lower end of the river will be fully operational from Monday with all the boats back onto the river for the autumn period. Islamouth continues to be the most productive area on the lower Tay.
Hopefully the river will remain settled this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects and improved catches.

The middle river reported 5. The current conditions are favouring the middle beats but more settled water levels would help. More information from this area would be welcome to expand on this report in the future.

On the upper river 9 were reported, which is slightly disappointing after the sizable run up there recently.
On Dalguise Glenn Baikie caught a fantastic fish of 16 pounds from The Casting Platform, Bridge Pool on Thursday. It was only his third cast after lunch and after an epic fight his salmon was carefully netted, measured and safely returned to the river. Glenn from Hertfordshire is a regular visitor to Dalguise, this is the largest salmon he has caught to date. Glenn was fishing with a copper 30g Salmo lure.
There are still good numbers in the Tummel but they will be more wary now and a bit more difficult to catch. Encouragingly grilse are now being caught on the Tummel and Upper Tay as the first ones run to the outer areas of the system.
The count at the ladder in Pitlochry now exceeds 3800.

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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