Sunday, June 17, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 16th June 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 16th June 2012.

The catches were much improved last week with settled water and we achieved the best weeks catch for the season so far. That is now the best week on week catch three weeks in a row, which is excellent news for the river. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 22 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with good prospects for the coming week.

Settled conditions form the start of the week saw good catches on most days with cooler temperatures following the success of the previous week. The water levels remained at summer level but this did not stop salmon running this mighty river and a few grilse are now appearing in the catches. The quality was again exceptional lots of sea liced fish caught and more multi sea winter salmon landed. 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 186 salmon and 19 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 22 pounds caught on the Lower Kinnaird beat. Two areas of the river dominated the catches with Islamouth landing 46 and Coupar Grange 43, which really shows the importance of a junction with another river and lower river levels holding salmon back. This can also be seen in a smaller way at Kinnaird as they landed 14 below the junction with the Tummel. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River. Sea trout catches have now improved as June progresses.
This week also saw the Olympic torch pass along the banks of the river Tay at Perth and carried by a Tay Ghillies wife.

Well done Jane Campbell from Stanley.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 16th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Benchil and Pitlochrie 1, Stobhall 11, Taymount 5, Ballathie 9, Cargill 13, Islamouth 25, Lower and Upper Islamouth 21, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 1, Kercock 5, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 6, Dalguise 6, Lower Kinnaird 14, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 1, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 4, Coupar Grange 43, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 186 Largest: Lower Kinnaird 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 6, Benchil and Pitlochrie 5, Taymount 1, Newtyle 6, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 19 Largest: Lower Redgorton 4lbs

On the Lower River 85 salmon were landed. This was another good week for the lower river due to the lower water levels and a settled river. The lower parts did not figure in salmon catches but still had a few sea trout as the run improved. Warmer weather would help. James McKay landed the only salmon below Stanley from the Skellies on the Benchil beat. Stobhall and Taymount had much better weeks as the first Grilse make their appearance. Cargill and Ballathie also did well this past week landing salmon up to 19 pounds. Islamouth continues a superb spell of consistent weeks with 46 salmon for the week and all caught fly fishing. Earlier in the week the Meikleour party had good success with Steven Hogg from Edinburgh landing 2 on Monday and Jane Mercer Nairne enjoying a good day on Wednseday landing 2 from the boat in Donnits and the Long Head. At the end of the week Martin Deacon landed a 17½ pounds beauty also in Donnits and other members of the party including Jim Ferrie and Simon Furniss caught fish up to 20 pounds.

The Middle River registered 26. Most beats caught last week with Saturday seeing a good run going through the river and the middle part benefiting from it. Kercock, Newtyle, Dunkeld and Dalmarnock all caught in the week. Kercock had 5 fish, which included Alex Hendery with a 7 pounds salmon, and Ian Bain landed 2 up to 14 pounds in weight. At Newtyle James Holder had a lovely 10 pounds salmon fly fishing the Cotter on Saturday. Dunkeld House had a reasonable week with Sandra Robins being successful with the fly.

The Upper River produced 32. Dalguise had a reasonable week and further upstream Lower Kinnaird continued their previous successes landing 14 salmon for the week.

The story of the river came from Kinnaird with John Mackie landing not one but 4 salmon on his first days salmon fly fishing on the Tay. Apparently salmon were jumping everywhere and John did the rest with the aid of Jock Monteith. Fantastic result and the envy of a few that have still to achieve a first fish on the fly. Charles Brown also caught a fresh 15 pounds salmon from the Junction pool. The beats further up river still enjoyed success despite the low water with Farleyer, Edradynate and Findynate all catching. Activities on the Tummel have slowed down with the lack of water but there is now over 2000 salmon through the Pitlochry fish ladder. Andrew Williamson however did catch a 10 pounds salmon on the fly at the dam and odd fish came off the Angling clubs Sawmill Stream.

The Isla registered 43 all from 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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