Sunday, January 29, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 28th January 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 28th January 2012.

After all the excitement of the opening week ceremonies it was down to the real act of fishing and the second whole week of the season. The catches were quite slow this week but the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 18 pounds in weight. 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 with the exception of Thursday when the river rose rapidly from rain on Wednesday but it settled back for the end of the week. Success was limited and most fish came from the lower river around Stanley. The river temperature dropped to around 38F or 3C due to colder weather and this probably slowed the salmon down and favoured the lower river. However 2 spring salmon were caught in the Dunkeld area meaning a few are still running through to the middle river.
Ray Gardiner with a 9 pounds spring salmon caught harling in the Girnal on the Lower Redgorton beat.

12 salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 18 pounds being landed by Alan McCaig on Upper Scone and also Ian Kettles landing one of the same weight on Catholes on Saturday.
Alan McCaig with a magnificent 18 pounds Tay Springer.

Stobhall continue to show everyone the way by landing another 3 spring salmon this past week taking their total to 7 for the season. Hopefully with more settled and colder weather this coming week catches will improve. Fish have run on up the river with the recent milder conditions and it was good to see Newtyle and Dalmarnock landing their first fish of the season.

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Many thanks for all the pictures everyone sent me of opening week spring salmon and thanks to all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences over the last season on the river. I would be most grateful if you to do the same this season by emailing to be included in this report.

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