Sunday, March 11, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 10th March 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 10th 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 20 pounds in weight.

Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay.

Good conditions prevailed for the week with lower temperatures at the start and then much milder on Friday and Saturday. Success was more consistent as March arrived and the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature dropped to 42F or 6C for the first few days then rose to around 45F or 7C at the end of the week 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 49 salmon reported with the largest salmon of 20 pounds being landed on the Ballathie, Newtyle and Portnacraig beats respectfully. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

On the Lower River 30 salmon were registered. Islamouth consistently caught during the week as spring salmon hesitate at the mouth of the Isla. They had a notable day on Thursday landing 5 fresh salmon. Iain Wilkie and Davis Orr were amongst the successful anglers. Stobhall and Taymount had success as well this past week landing fish up to 17 pounds. On Stobhall the Blundell and Watters parties enjoyed their spring fishing trip to the area and on Taymount the Ladies were lucky with Angela Summerville and
Sandra Robbins catching spring beauties. Ballathie and Cargill are starting to produce on a regular basis.
Scott Crawford caught a 16 pounds springer fly fishing the Manse Bay on Cargill and the Mitchell party had a cracking 20 pounds salmon off Ballathie on Saturday.

The Middle River registered 11 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. There was a first ever salmon from this area, which was good to see. Glendelvine continue to have a good spring and on Thursday
John Hastie landed his first ever salmon weighing 9 pounds from the boat. Newtyle at Dunkeld had a good week landing 6 spring salmon up to 15 pounds.

The Upper River produced 6 registered fish with spring salmon coming from Kinnaird, Farleyer and consistently from Portnacraig on the Tummel.
Bankfoot angler Billy Davidson had 2 off the Dam fly fishing up to an impressive 20 pounds on a self tied tube named a Horsey Dog.

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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