Sunday, January 22, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Opening Week Salmon Fishing Report January 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Opening Week Salmon Fishing Report January 2012.

The 2012 Salmon Season opened on the Tay on Monday past with great publicity in the press and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river high exposure.

There were opening day events throughout the Tay district with the larger ceremonies taking place at Dunkeld and Kenmore. Steve Lomas, Manager of St Johnstone FC and former Manchester City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder, opened the salmon fishing season on the Tay at Dunkeld House in front of a large gathering on Monday. The ceremony was organised by the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist and Angling Associations and was supported by the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board marking the start of the 2012 season. MP’s and MSP’s were also in attendance and the event was televised by STV news.

Some video footage of the Opening Day ceremony at Dunkeld on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

After all the excitement of the opening day ceremonies it was down to the real act of fishing and the first whole week of the season. I am pleased to say the river got off to a flying start with some good spring salmon landed and there was a great feeling of expectation. There has been far less Baggots and Rawners this year and a good number of Kelts which has meant a good spawning season.

Good conditions prevailed for the week, which resulted in success for beats throughout the river as well as some higher beats. The river temperature of around 40F or 4C meant salmon could be expected anywhere in the system rather than only on the lower river as in the past couple of years and this proved to be the case for the opening week.

20 salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 22 pounds being landed by former Islamouth ghillie Brian Brogan on the opening day.
This won him the coveted Redford Trophy for the largest opening day fish. 2 other fresh salmon were also landed on the Islamouth beat on the opening day. A few other top quality early run spring salmon were landed during the week. Stobhall had a good opening week landing 4 springers. Tommy Andrew and David Cargill landing 2 cracking salmon on Saturday despite a rising river.
Ghillie John Bennett had a 17 pounds beauty on Benchil, John Murray landed a fresh salmon from the famous Pitlochrie pool on Upper Scone and Alum Williams had the first salmon from Lower Redgorton. It was also encouraging to see a couple of spring salmon being caught in the upper river at Edradynate and Findynate. Spring salmon have also got up to the Isla with Coupar Grange landing a couple in the week.

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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