Sunday, February 26, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 25th February 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 25th February 2012.

The catches remained quite slow this week but the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 17 pounds in weight.

Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay.
Good conditions prevailed for the week except for Wednesday when the river rose from heavy rain in the west. Success was limited but the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The end of the week saw more encouraging results. The river temperature rose to around 44F or 6C due to milder weather and this encouraged salmon to run and spread the catches. The rise in temperature has not helped the lower river below Stanley, but Salmon continue to be caught in the middle and Upper River with others caught and not registered meaning fish are running through rapidly and progressing upstream which encourages everyone.

21 salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 17 pounds being landed on the Taymount beat. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

On the Lower River Catholes continues to have success with John Lessels and Kenny Johnson landing 8 pounders in the famous Slap pool under the weir during the week. Islamouth again produced this past week with Ian Kettles and
John McElroy landing good fish at the end of the week. Ken Mackie landed his first Tay spring salmon from the Ballathie beat fly fishing an Icelandic Snelda pattern.

The Middle River around Murthly seems to be the hot spot with the milder conditions as salmon bolt through the lower areas and have a first rest here. This area will be currently the favourite to land the first Tay monster of the season with March fast approaching.
The Murthly and Glendelvine beats again produced good spring salmon this past week with Glendelvine landing 2 springers in quick succession on Saturday for Charlie Duncan and John McLay. At Dalmarnock Rodney Armour and Andrew Dellacasa were successful.

The Upper River produced odd fish as well with the Pitlochrie Angling club stretch at Portnacraig starting to feature. Alan Greene caught a lovely 15 pounds springer on a Monkey and George Portis had a 9 pounds fish on a Benchil Tiger both at the Dam fly fishing. The Sawmill stream yielded a 9 ½ pounds salmon for Brian Joseph and Perth angler Steven Watt landed an 8 pounds salmon from Tomdachoille on the opposite bank.

The Isla is also featuring now with salmon running freely up the system. Spring salmon were landed at Coupar Grange and Islabank.

Celebrate a Tay spring salmon with a Dalmore Tay Dram and contribute to the future of this mighty river as a percentage of the proceeds go to projects to improve the river.

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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