Sunday, March 18, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 17th March 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 17th 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 24 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 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. 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.

This was the best week so far with 54 salmon reported with the largest salmon of 24 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 25 salmon were registered. The Lower River below Stanley is struggling with the high river temperature for the time of year but there was a notable exception on the Upper Scone beat where James Mathers landed his first ever salmon weighing 10 pounds assisted by ghillie Davie Seaton. Taymount and Stobhall continue to do well just above Stanley.
Malcolm Green landed the largest spring salmon of the week from Taymount weighing 24 pounds. Stobhall were consistent throughout the week landing 6 salmon up to 17 pounds with the fly proving popular.
Danny Turner landed an 8 pounds fish on Saturday from the Linn Head on Stobhall. Islamouth had another good week landing salmon every day.

The Middle River registered 18 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.
John Mitchell caught a lovely 16 pounds spring salmon on Saturday fly fishing in the Cotter on the Newtyle beat at Dunkeld. Gordon Stewart was amongst the successful anglers on Kercock with a cracking 16 pounds salmon.

The Upper River 9 registered fish with spring salmon coming from Farleyer, Edradynate and Dalguise. Malcolm Bennett caught a memorable 18 pounds springer fly fishing the Bridge pool at Dalguise with a Conehead Flame Thrower. The Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry Dam continued to produce fish this past week.
Neil Sproull was successful at the Dam landing a lovely fresh salmon fly fishing and also Les Dargie caught a salmon at 8 pounds.

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

The Earn registered 1 from Lochlane and Laggan.

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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