Sunday, July 10, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 9th July 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 9th July 2011.
River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 9th July 2011.
The first week of July on the Tay were fairly disappointing after torrential rain and an eight foot spate but conditions improved for 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 on Saturday 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.

33 salmon were reported last week and 10 sea trout.

On the lower river 12 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. It was the first week back for the lower beats but the massive spate scuppered chances. Islamouth continues to be the most productive area on the lower Tay.

A summer salmon landed and released on the lower Tay on Saturday at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
Hopefully the river will remain settled this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects and improved catches.

The middle river reported 9. The current conditions are favouring the middle beats but more settled water levels would help. Newtyle and Dalmarnock had some fish during the week with hopefully more to come. More information from this area would be welcome to expand on this report in the future.

On the upper river 11 were reported, which is slightly disappointing after the sizable run up there recently and the fresh water. On Dalguise Ian Mountford, on his first visit to Dalguise, caught the only reported Salmon on the entire Tay system on Wednesday. Ian’s Sea-liced 10 pounds Salmon was caught at the Tail of The Island fly fishing with a sink tip line and an orange flame thrower fly. Lloyd Carnegie caught a beautiful 6 pounds sea-liced Grilse in The Tail of The Guay pool on Thursday. This was the first Grilse of the season for Dalguise. There were a lot a Salmon and Grilse showing in all the pools at Dalguise. The Grilse certainly have now arrived which is great news.
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. At Portnacraig Ronnie Blakely had a nice fish of 12 pounds fish while spinning on Friday then James Lapsley managed 2 fish in the morning of 14 and 8 pounds on Saturday.
The count at the ladder in Pitlochry now exceeds 4100.

The Isla reported 1 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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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great film Bob. Really impressive.

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