Sunday, April 1, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 31st March 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 31st March 2012.

The catches were disappointing this week possibly due to the very bright unseasonal summer like conditions but the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 20 pounds in weight.

Good conditions prevailed for the week with amazing weather for the time of year. Success was reasonable as expected in late March with good catches on Monday but with no improvement later in the week which was unexpected after good catches in the previous week but the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature rose as expected to over 50 or 10C due to the summer like weather and this again encouraged salmon to run and spread the catches especially for the Upper areas. The rise in temperature has not helped the lower river below Stanley, however a few 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.

There was 50 salmon reported with the largest salmon of 20 pounds caught on the Upper Farleyer beat. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

On the Lower River 20 salmon were registered. The Lower part of the river produced more fish again this week against the odds of higher river temperatures. A Finnish party was successful fly fishing on the Lower Scone beats at Waulkmill and Goldcastle under the watchful eye of Ian Kirk. John Jennings was also successful on the river below Stanley landing an 8 pounds spring salmon on the Benchil beat fly fishing. Stobhall, Taymount, Cargill and Ballathie all caught but not in any quantity disappointingly this past week. Islamouth again proved the hot spot as salmon hesitated at the mouth of the Isla. Earlier in the week
David Ballingall caught an 11 pounds salmon from the Castle pool in an eventful day and later in the week Ian Mitchells party had to work hard for success. There is no doubt the fishing was not easy this past week on the lower river.

The Middle River registered 7, which was disappointing. More information from this area would be welcome.

The Upper River produced 23 and that was good for the time of year and proves salmon are running hard to the upper reaches. The Kinnaird and Farleyer beats are having a great time landing spring salmon on a regular basis. Both beats had 7 between them on Monday and worked away quietly for the rest of the week. Kinnaird have had 14 for March, which is excellent considering their average for the month is only 1.2! Early in the week the Pang party were successful on Lower Kinnaird. The Portnacraig beat for Pitlochry Angling Club continues to produce spring salmon.
Billy Davidson from Bankfoot had a day to remember on Wednesday landing 3 Spring salmon before lunch fly fishing from the town bank. Other catchers included Neil MacLellen, David Harris and local Davie Stewart landing salmon up to 19 pounds.

The Isla registered 0.

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:

Togiak River Salmon Fishing said...

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