Sunday, May 27, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 26th May 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 26th May 2012.

The catches were reasonable last week despite very warm and bright weather. The quality of spring salmon remained high with fish up to 22 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging.

Settled conditions form the start of the week saw a good catch on Monday but as the very warm weather appeared on Tuesday catches became more difficult as the week progressed. By the end of the week the water levels had fallen away and the river temperature had come up dramatically. Prospects for the coming week should be better with much better weather including some cloud and a little rain. Success was reasonable throughout the week despite the very warm conditions that would have affected the anglers and the fish! The quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature rose rapidly to around 60F or 16C due to the very warm weather but this did not stop salmon running and spreading the catches. 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 92 salmon and 10 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 22 pounds caught on the Cargill beat. There was also a salmon of 20 pounds caught on a regular basis throughout the river. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River. Sea trout catches should now improve with warmer weather forecast.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 26th May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 3, Stobhall 5, Taymount 2, Ballathie 6, Cargill 2, Islamouth 10, Lower and Upper Islamouth 15, Kercock 2, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 3, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 5, Farleyer Upper 5, Coupar Grange 16, Portnacraig Pitlochry 10, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 92 Largest: Cargill 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 5, Stobhall 2, Cargill 1.
Total: 10 Largest: Waulkmill & Cargill 5lbs

On the Lower River 43 were landed. This was a far better week for the lower river due to the continued settled water levels. Islamouth again caught throughout the week accounting for over half of the lower rivers fish and all on the fly. The week started off well with 8 landed on Monday then steadily ticked away for the rest of the week. Angus Johnston’s party finished the week off well despite the very bright conditions. The lower river levels have helped Lower Redgorton as salmon run off the tide and hopefully there will be an increase in Sea trout numbers this coming week. At the start of the week Stobhall, Taymount, Ballathie and Cargill caught but again the bright weather took its toll towards the later part. The lower water levels should suit Ballathie and Cargill over the coming weeks and it continues to be the big fish part of the river with Cargill landing the largest fish this week weighing 22 pounds caught by Mr Williams.

The Middle River registered 10. The brighter conditions didn’t help the middle area but there were still success stories. At Kercock Kenny Milne caught an 11 pounds fresh fish and
David Hudson caught his first Tay spring salmon weighing 15 pounds. At Newtyle
John Coupland landed 2 spring salmon in under half an hour on Tuesday up to 10 pounds. Further upstream Jim Ferrie and
Peter Sproston were successful at Dunkeld House Hotel. Peter landed 2 throughout the week; an 8 pounds fish from the Lady’s pool and a cracking 8 pounds fish from the Cathedral stream fly fishing from the boat.

The Upper River produced 23. This was a drop from the highs of last week but still very encouraging. Upper Farleyer continued to have success.
At Lower Kinnaird Mark Sabin had a lovely 8 pounds sea liced fish fly fishing the Junction pool on Tuesday. The beat finished with 5 salmon for the week up to 20 pounds in weight. It was a quieter week at Pitlochry as salmon stream through the dam with the counter at over 1000 with the warmer conditions. Marc Wriggleworth landed 2 salmon on the fly on Tuesday and Gordon Hanslip, Anthony Rusher, Davy Stewart and Steven Watt reported other successes. Jimmy Ross also opened his account with a 10 pounds salmon on the fly.

The Isla registered 16 with Coupar Grange doing very well landing salmon up to 20 pounds.

The Earn registered 0.

The Tay Conservation Dinner will be held at the Dunkeld Hilton Hotel on Saturday 20th October 2012.

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 is sending of salmon and thanks to all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences on the river. I would be most grateful if you would continue to do the same by emailing to be included in this report.

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