Sunday, August 28, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 27th August 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 27th August 2011.

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 27th August 2011.
The last full week of August on the Tay was again encouraging with better conditions giving the river another good week. Hopefully the river will remain settled for the current week and give us good prospects for the coming days. The grilse run is still weak but are being seen and caught but the run of top quality summer salmon remains remarkable.

The river temperature settled around 56 degrees Fahrenheit or 13 degrees Celsius giving the river favourable conditions.

322 salmon were reported last week.

On the lower river 252 fresh salmon were caught. The lower river is consistently producing as the conditions improve and the river level drops. Almondmouth had another good week with daily catches up to 18 salmon and all the lower beats have picked up fish on a regular basis. Double figure days were also achieved on Cargill with 10 on Monday.

Jim Ferrie enjoyed a good day on Benchil on Monday landing a 14 pounds salmon on a spinner then catching a superb 13 pounds salmon on the fly from the boat. Jim remarked the salmon on the fly fought harder than any salmon he had caught recently in Russia. That seems to be the general opinion of everyone this year as we continue to see a run of top quality salmon. The grilse are still absent in any number. At the end of the week Billy Matthews form Berwick enjoyed more success on the Benchil beat on fly and spinner.

Hopefully the river will remain settled and continue to drop for this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects and improved catches.

The middle river reported 55. The current conditions are at last favouring the middle beats with more settled water levels. The middle beats are seeing more grilse now, which is promising.
Allan Rennie continues to have success at Newtyle landing his twelfth salmon of the season fly fishing.
Most beats 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 15 were reported, which was an improvement from recent weeks after the current spates and fresh water as the salmon filter up to the upper beats.
The count at the ladder in Pitlochry is now over 6000, which is superb news for future years.

The Isla reported 0.

The Earn 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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