Sunday, April 22, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 21st April 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 21st April 2012.

The catches were more difficult last week due to unsettled water levels from Tuesday especially below the mouth of the Isla on the lower river however the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 20 pounds in weight.

Unsettled conditions prevailed for the week with fluctuating river levels and more typical weather for the time of year. By the end of the week the water levels were much higher. Success was reasonable despite adverse conditions with catches throughout the week and the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature remained around 46/48F or 8/9C due to the colder weather but this did not stop salmon running and spreading the catches especially for the Upper areas. Salmon continue to be caught from top to bottom in the river with others caught and not registered meaning fish are running through rapidly and progressing upstream which encourages everyone.

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

On the Lower River 23 were landed. The torrential April showers did not help the lower river this past week as it raised the river and made it dirty due to the Isla becoming very dirty. The beats closest to the Isla were not affected so badly but as the dirty water goes down and mixes the whole river is becomes coloured. That happens by the end of Taymount and Stobhall at the Linn pool. No salmon were caught below this point this week. Stobhall and Taymount continued their good spring catching salmon up to 18 pounds. Cargill and Ballathie caught but found conditions difficult. Islamouth however again proved the place to be with consistent catches throughout the week. Patrick Gordon's party did well at the end of the week under very difficult conditions and landed 6 salmon fly fishing. Amongst the successful anglers
Chris Hume landed an 11 pounds salmon from the Castle pool and John Rich caught 2 salmon weighing 8 and 14 pounds.

The Middle River registered 17. The area just above Isalmouth was successful this week especially with the Isla becoming dirty. The Meikleour Home beat caught 5 on Thursday.
At Kercock David Makin caught a 7 pounds salmon and
Kenny Milne had a lovely 16 pounds salmon on Thursday.
On Saturday Berwyn Morris landed his first spring salmon from Newtyle weighing 15 pounds from the Steps pool. Further up river at Dunkeld Iain Howie caught a 13 pounds spring salmon on a fly out of the Cutty earlier in the week. The day had been donated to the Game Conservancy and Iain and David Stephen ended up with a very good reward for their generous donation. Also Brian Lewis landed a 15 pounds springer caught on a flying c in the Mousetrap. The increase in the river levels should now benefit this area for improved sport over the next few weeks.

The Upper River produced 10. The Tummel is now producing consistently and again with more water will catch far more over the coming weeks. Fish up to 20 pounds were landed at the Portnacraig beat below Pitlochry Dam. Successful anglers included Roy Maddox, Rab Brown and David Bryce. On Lower Kinnaird a delighted Alex Ramsay caught his first ever River Tay salmon weighing 11 pounds in the Guay pool.

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:

Anonymous said...

Where has Kenny Milne's chuckle-muscle gone?
Looks like he's had a happiness by-pass.

Stumpy Boater

ps. Nice fish.

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