Sunday, February 5, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 4th February 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 4th February 2012.

The catches were quite slow this week but the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 24 pounds in weight. Saturday was a good day on the river with 9 caught, which was encouraging. 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 cold weather especially at the end of the week. Success was limited but the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature dropped to around 37F or 2C due to colder weather and this probably slowed the salmon down and favoured the lower river. However at least 3 spring salmon were caught in the middle river with others caught and not registered meaning a few are still running through and progressing upstream.

16 salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 24 pounds being landed by Alan Foster from Falkirk on Saturday on the Islamouth beat. This was one of 4 landed on the beat on the same day and all the fish carried long tailed sea lice. The Stanley beats continued to produce fish.
Catholes had 3 with Glasgow angler Freddie Sutherland landing 2 beauties on Tuesday and Danny Fulton landing a 10 pounds springer fly fishing the famous Slap on Saturday.

Charles Savage landed a 19 pounds cracker of Friday on the Pitlochrie beat from the boat in front of Stanley Mills. Hopefully with more settled and colder weather continuing this coming week catches will improve. Fish have run on up the river with the recent milder conditions and it was good to see Kercock, Dunkeld House and Dalmarnock landing their first fish of the season. Glendelvine also had their first fish of the season landing 3 during the week.
The East Haugh Hotel sent this same report. “Rachel Davis, farmers from Kettering, caught her first salmon in January 2012 having bid in a the BASC Auction – the prize donated by East Haugh House Hotel, Pitlochry was 2 days Salmon fishing for 4 rods on the hotel water Dalmarnock on the Tay.”

“A total novice to salmon fishing the female pheromones worked their magic to produce a spanking long tailed sea liced springer to her rod! This was the first clean fish of the season for the Dalmarnock Beat. The fish was successfully released by the Ghillie and Rachel and her friends celebrated into the night back at East Haugh House Hotel with a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a well earned prize for the first fish of the season.” Thank you for your contribution.

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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