Sunday, March 4, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 3rd March 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 3rd March 2012.

The catches were much improved this week and the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 24 pounds in weight.

Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay.

Good conditions prevailed for the week but the temperatures were extremely mild for the time of the year. Success was more consistent as March arrived and the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature rose to around 45F or 7C due to milder weather and this again 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.

The best week so far with 37 salmon reported with the largest salmon of 24 pounds being landed on the Dalguise beat. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

On the Lower River 20 salmon were registered. Catholes continues to have success with John Lessels landing a superb 17 pounds spring salmon on Tuesday along with Freddie Sutherland catching a 12 pounds salmon.
Ian Kettles capped the week with a lovely 8 pounds springer on Saturday fly fishing in Erics and Danny Fulton caught a 12 pounds fresh fish fly fishing on the Slap. Also on Saturday, there was a first ever salmon for Robert Block landing a 9 pounds fish on a harled fly on the Pitlochrie pool fishing with ghillie Davie Seaton of Upper Scone. Stobhall and Taymount continued their early season success. Les Hutchison led the way with a 17 pounds salmon at Taymount and ghillie Bob Campbell had a similar sized springer on Stobhall. Islamouth continued to catch during the week with local angler Steven Watt landing a 12 pounds salmon on Friday fly fishing as the water level dropped back to a better height for wading.

The Middle River registered 8 and again produced fish with the milder conditions as salmon bolt through the lower areas and have a rest here. Most of the beats caught this week. Gordon Pollock landed a memorable 22 pounds spring salmon fly fishing on the Dalmarnock beat on a copper bodied Willie Gunn. On Newtyle Brian Flowers caught his first ever spring salmon weighing 13 pounds from the boat. Murthly, Meikleour and Dunkeld also caught.

The Upper River produced 7 registered fish as well, with the Pitlochrie Angling club stretch at Portnacraig, Dalguise and the Farleyer beats featuring. The largest spring salmon this week was an impressive 24 pounds on the Dalguise beat caught by
Steve McMorrine fly fishing in the Guay pool. What is even more surprising was that it was taken on a size 10 Dizzie Lizzie fly, yes a size 10 in early March! This must be an early contender for the Malloch Trophy. Further upstream the Tummel has been catching spring salmon. There were 3 springers landed on Portnacraig on Saturday. Alan Greene caught 2 at 10 and 14 pounds and Gary Weir landed a third weighing 12 pounds all fly fishing. Steve Watt had a superb day landing 3 spring salmon on Wednesday fly fishing on the Portnacraig beat and Tomdachoille up to 17 pounds. Tomdachoille landed 4 salmon on Wednesday and a few other salmon have come off the Tummel this past week, which is a great early start for the spring season.

The Isla registered 2 with salmon running freely up the system both at Coupar Grange including an impressive 17 pounds fish.

Celebrate a Tay spring salmon with a Dalmore Tay Dram and contribute to the future of this mighty river. Dalmore distillery have created a unique expression of their single malt whisky and a generous donation from each bottle sold will be gifted to the Tay Foundation to support their work to protect and improve the river.

Many thanks for all the pictures everyone sent me of 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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