Sunday, June 3, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 2nd June 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 2nd June 2012.

The catches were good last week despite unsettled water on Friday due to heavy rain. The quality of spring salmon remained high with fish up to 29 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and it was the best reported catch of the season so far.

Settled conditions form the start of the week saw good catches on most days with cooler temperatures after the tropical weather the previous week. There was a bit of water from very heavy rain on Thursday but by the end of the week the water levels had fallen back to summer level. The quality was again exceptional with more multi sea winter salmon landed. The river temperature was around 60F or 16C. 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 128 salmon and 9 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 29 pounds caught on the Cargill beat. There was also a salmon of 20 pounds caught on a regular basis throughout the river. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River. Sea trout catches should now improve as June progresses.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 2nd June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Fishponds 1, Stobhall 1, Ballathie 7, Cargill 10, Islamouth 25, Lower and Upper Islamouth 13, Kercock 6, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 12, Upper Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 7, Coupar Grange 21, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1.
Total: 128 Largest: Cargill 29lbs
SEA TROUT: Luncarty 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 3, Catholes 1, Stobhall 1, Cargill 3.
Total: 9 Largest: Benchil and Pitlochrie & Cargill 4lbs

On the Lower River 57 salmon were landed. This was a far better week for the lower river due to the lower water levels despite the unsettled river on Friday. Islamouth again caught throughout the week accounting for 38 of the lower rivers fish and all on the fly. It is currently the Tay’s jewel in the crown and is probably the most productive beat in Scotland. On the last 3 days of the week John McElroys party landed 25 salmon with fish up to 21 pounds in weight. Ian Mitchell caught the 21 pounds salmon in the New Shot from the boat on Saturday and John McElroy landed a sea liced beauty weighing 18 pounds. Gordon Fleetwood, Steven Watt and Neil Tong also enjoyed great sport over the three days. Ballathie and Cargill had good weeks as well benefiting from lower water. On Ballathie Fred and Dorothy Harrison caught on most days and on Cargill it was a similar story apart from Saturday when the ladies struck again!
Claire Wylie landed a stunning 29 pounds sea liced salmon from the boat at Clocksden. Alistair Ross was also successful on Saturday landing a 15 pounds salmon on the fly.

The Middle River registered 22. At Kercock the week got off to a good start with John Taylor landing a 12 pounds salmon and on Wednesday
Ossie Johnstone caught a cracking 14 pounds fish. Also on Wednesday the beat had their first grilse weighing 4 pounds which is quite early considering the bulk of the grilse now run in August. Nick Parks had a good day as well landing 2 salmon. Newtyle had an excellent day on Thursday landing 4 fish with Calum McRoberts catching 3 of them on a devon weighing up to 17 pounds. Dunkeld House had a good week as well landing salmon on a regular basis. At the end of the week Gary Scott held a casting school that was well attended. Brian Archer, who attended the course, caught his first ever salmon weighing 7 pounds which was a great result.

The Upper River produced 28. At Upper Kinnaird the Llyod’s from South Africa had a good day on Tuesday landing 3 salmon.
Tim had a memorable first ever days salmon fishing landing 2 up to 16 pounds, but not to be out done, his father, Rob caught a 13 pounds fish on a Salmo. Lower Kinnaird also had a reasonable week.
Bernie Collett landed a lovely 15 pounds salmon fly fishing the Guay pool and S. Rutherford caught a lovely fresh salmon from the famous Junction pool. Dalguise had a better week further down stream. Farleyer continued to catch on most days keeping their good start for the season going. On the Tummel sport has tailed off for the mean time as salmon fly up through the ladder at Pitlochry and water levels drop away again. There are now over 1600 through the ladder, which is down slightly on last year, but the figure is catching up rapidly. One salmon was caught at the dam this week falling to Adam Thomson on the fly.

The Isla registered 21 all at Coupar Grange.

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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