Sunday, March 25, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 24th March 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 24th March 2012.

The catches were again much improved this week with the best catch of the year so far and the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 28 pounds in weight.

Good conditions prevailed for the week with mild weather for the time of year. Success was more consistent as expected in March with good catches on Monday and Saturday throughout the river and the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature was around 45F or 7C due to milder weather and this again encouraged salmon to run and spread the catches. On Saturday afternoon the temperature was getting close to 47F or just over 8C. The rise in temperature has not helped the lower river below Stanley, however more fish were caught below Stanley this past week and 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.

This was the best week so far with 81 salmon reported with the
largest salmon of 28 pounds caught fly fishing by Danny Fulton on the Taymount beat. Malcolm Craven caught another large fish of 24 ½ pounds at Cargill. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

On the Lower River 51 salmon were registered. This was a large improvement. There were more salmon were landed below Stanley that was much more heartening for the Lower beats, they have had a lean time due to the high river temperatures for the time of year. It seems we are at the end of April rather than March! Big Multi Sea winter salmon have started to appear as well which is even more exciting. Danny Fulton caught a superb salmon on Saturday on Taymount estimated at 28 pounds fly fishing from the bank at the Sharks Fin. The fish measured 42 inches and will be an early Malloch Trophy contender.
Another big beauty came from Cargill weighing 24.5 pounds landed by Malcolm Craven.
Hopefully this is the start of some memorable fish for the mighty Tay.
More spring salmon were caught below Stanley this week with Upper Redgorton having success.
Greggor Nimmo caught an 18 pounds springer on a Rapala on Saturday from the boat under the guidance of ghillie Mike Hay. Also on Saturday two 12 pounds spring salmon were caught fly fishing on Benchil by Jim Ferrie and Rob Fairclough. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks again landing several salmon. Successful anglers on Stobhall included Pete Murray and Setterfield and on Taymount John Hutcheon, David Budd, and
Ian Kettles all had springers to remember. Cargill and Ballathie worked away as well with Tim Greenfields party landing 4 fish on Wednesday. Islamouth continued a good month landing several throughout the week.
Tom Borthwick amongst the successful anglers landing a 13 pounds beauty on a harled Rapala.

The Middle River registered 13 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. On Newtyle Stephen Roberts landed a 16 pounds fish fly fishing on Monday from the boil. More information from this area would be welcome.

The Upper River produced 16 registered fish with spring salmon coming from Kinnaird, Farleyer and the Tummel. Local anglers Steven Watt and Alum Williams caught spring salmon fly fishing on Farleyer earlier in the week. The Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry is producing on a daily basis now with spring salmon running right up the system. Successful anglers included Kenny Horn, George Renwick, Brian Joseph and Gordon Nichol landing fish up to 20 pounds and mostly fly fishing.

The Isla registered 1 with salmon running freely up the system at Coupar Grange.

The Earn registered 0

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 has 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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1 comment:

Fishing Blog said...

Some nice fish there boys! Fish on!

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