Sunday, April 8, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 7th April 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 7th April 2012.

The catches improved last week despite the inclement weather and possibly would have been much better if the river had been more settled due to the melting snow and rain but the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 21 pounds in weight.

Reasonable conditions prevailed for the week despite fluctuating river levels and more typical weather for the time of year. Success was reasonable as expected in early April with catches throughout the week and the quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature dropped as expected to 46F or 18C 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 was 64 salmon reported with the largest salmon of 21 pounds caught on the Upper Murthly beat. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

On the Lower River 33 spring salmon were reported from Almondmouth to Islamouth. The lower water would have improved conditions for the areas just above the tide such as Almondmouth. Peter Gifford landed a lovely fresh 12 pounds springer fly fishing on the Catholes in the Black Stones casting from the boat. Stobhall and Taymount continue to produce excellent spring sport on fly and spinner landing salmon up to 20 pounds.
Graham Brookes, Gordon Bisset, David Flack and Tuomas Rytkonen were amongst the successful anglers on Taymount.
Cargill had success as well this week with Claire Wylie landing a lovely 11 pounds salmon. Islamouth also had a good end to the week with locals Jim Ferrie, Simon Furniss and Sandra Robins landing good fish fly fishing from boat and bank.

The Middle River registered 17 salmon that was a good improvement on the previous week and several others were caught in this area and not registered including at least 6 from Glendelvine. The upper Murthly continued to catch consistently with also the largest salmon of the week weighing 21 pounds.
At Kercock David Bryce landed a 7 pounds springer on Friday. Adam Joseph had a lovely springer from the Gauge pool on a Salmo at Dunkeld House fishing’s. Newtyle and Dalmarnock also had success.

The Upper River produced 10 salmon from Dalguise, Kinnaird, Farleyer, Edradynate and Portnacraig on the Tummel. John Cameron caught a lovely 20 pounds Salmon in The Guay Pool on Dalguise fly fishing with a Cascade tube fly.
At Kinnaird Greg Stephens landed his first ever salmon from the Guay pool weighing 14 pounds which delighted everyone on the beat and on Monday Hugh Coulson landed an impressive 18 pounds beauty in the Junction pool. Portnacraig continued to be productive with Billy Davidson catching 3 spring salmon on Monday on the fly. Other successful anglers included Gordon Hyslop with a lovely 16 pounds springer on a Monkey and Clint Doig with an estimated 19 pounds beauty on a Posh Tosh.

The Isla registered 4 all from 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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