Sunday, September 18, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 17th September 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 17th September 2011.

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 17th September 2011.
The second week of September on the Tay continued as the previous week but with an improved catch, which was a bit disappointing due to difficult conditions caused by fluctuating river levels and a slow down in fresh salmon running the river. Hopefully the river will settle for the current week and give us good prospects for the coming days with a much more improved weather forecast. The grilse run has not happened in any numbers and after the remarkable summer fish we await the autumn run now.

The river temperature settled around 55 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius giving the river favourable conditions.

271 salmon were reported last week.

On the lower river 227 fresh salmon were caught. The lower river is consistently producing however with difficult conditions last week the catches were again hard earned. Quite a number of old salmon have been dropping back down the river over the last couple of weeks giving the lower beats resident fish which is a good foundation for the autumn fishing. Hopefully now there will be a start to a good autumn run to continue to the end of the season and give all the beats some good sport. Best salmon of the week was caught at Cargill and weighed 40 pounds. Several other good quality salmon continue to be caught throughout the river weighing in the 20 pounds range.
Hopefully the river will remain settled and continue to drop for this coming week, which should make for excellent prospects and improved catches.
Chris Harris with an autumn salmon from the Horsey pool ay Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

The middle river reported 39. The current conditions of higher river levels should push more fish up into the middle river. 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 5 were reported, which was disappointing from recent weeks after the current spates and fresh water would have helped salmon filter up to the upper beats.
The count at the ladder in Pitlochry is now over 6400, 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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