Sunday, August 7, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 6th August 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 6th August 2011.

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 6th August 2011.
The first week of August on the Tay was reasonable despite tricky conditions for the week. Hopefully the river will settle for the current week after heavy weekend rain and give us good prospects for the coming days. The first grilse are being seen and caught and there is a run of top quality summer salmon.

The river temperature settled around 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 degrees Celsius giving the river favourable conditions.

109 salmon were reported last week.

On the lower river 91 fresh salmon were caught. The lower river is now starting to produce results as the conditions improve and the river level drops. It was a frustrating week with fluctuating river heights otherwise catches would have been better. Almondmouth had another reasonable week considering the conditions and all the lower beats have started to pick up fish on a regular basis.
The Stanley beats, Taymount, Stobhall, Ballathie and Cargill are fishing much better and Islamouth continue to dominate the lower river catches.
Hopefully the river will remain settled and continue to drop for this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects and improved catches.

Bob Hunter landing a lovely salmon from the Benchil beat at Stanley.

The middle river reported 11. The current conditions are favouring the middle beats but more settled water levels would help. The middle beats are seeing more grilse now, which is promising. Most beats had some fish during the week with hopefully more to come. This was a personal report from Dr Sandip Datta of 2 successful days he had on the middle Tay last week. We were fishing Dalguise on Thursday and I caught a lovely 16 pounds sea liced summer salmon at the Island. The fish gave a great account of itself and was safely returned.
On Friday we were fishing on Dalmarnock. My finance Samantha had a lovely sea liced 10 pounder, just above the Clackentaggert pool. In the afternoon I managed to land a nice 4 pounds grilse. Both fish were safely returned. We had a great day under the expert guidance of ghillie Colin Mcfadden. We are already planning our next visit back to the Tay. Thanks Sandip.
More information from this area would be welcome to expand on this report in the future.

On the upper river 7 were reported, which is slightly disappointing but after the current spate and fresh water catches will improve.
The count at the ladder in Pitlochry is now over 5500, which is superb news for future years.

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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