Sunday, June 10, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 9th June 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 9th June 2012.

The catches were good last week despite unsettled water on Friday due to some heavy rain. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 21 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and it was the best reported catch of the season so far for the second week in a row.

Settled conditions form the start of the week saw good catches on most days with cooler temperatures following the success of the previous week. There was a bit of water from very heavy rain on Thursday and Friday unsettling the river and curtailing catches but by the end of the week the water levels still remained at summer level. The quality was again exceptional with 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 134 salmon and 12 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 21 pounds caught on the upper Tay Edradynate beat. 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 9th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 2, Luncarty 2, Fishponds 1, Stobhall 5, Taymount 3, Ballathie 3, Cargill 5, Islamouth 13, Lower and Upper Islamouth 17, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 4, Kercock 3, Dunkeld House 8, Dalmarnock 9, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 13, Edradynate 1, Farleyer Upper 3, Keithick Mains 3, Coupar Grange 23, Portnacraig Pitlochry 7, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 134 Largest: Edradynate 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Luncarty 1, Fishponds 4, Benchil and Pitlochrie 1, Ballathie 2, Cargill 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lower Aberuthven 1.
Total: 12 Largest: Luncarty & Ballathie & Cargill 3lbs

On the Lower River 51 salmon were landed. This was another good week for the lower river due to the lower water levels despite the unsettled river on Thursday and Friday. Islamouth again caught throughout the week accounting for 30 of the lower rivers fish and all on the fly. It continues to be the Tay’s most productive beat landing 9 on Tuesday. On Friday Peter Gifford caught a lovely 8 pounds salmon from the Castle pool on the fly in his half term break. There was a better spread of catches this week with more fishing from the lower reaches at last which is encouraging. Lower Redgorton, Fishponds and Luncarty caught fish during the week. Further up river Stobhall and Taymount had better weeks. Ballathie and Cargill continued their recent success in the low water.

The Middle River registered 24. Kercock had a quieter week but

Jeff Jukes caught a lovely 10 pounds fish and

Douglas McIntosh landed a 9 pounds salmon both fly fishing earlier in the week. At Dunkeld House Ray Baileys party had a successful week landing several fish up to 14 pounds on fly and spinner.

Salmon from the Dunkeld house beat.
Dalmarnock had a good week as well landing fish on most days.

The Upper River produced 33. The upper river continues to enjoy good sport. Edradynate produced the largest salmon for the river at 21 pounds this past week. Lower Kinnaird had another productive week landing several salmon and Dalguise did well particularly at the start of the week. Salmon continue to stream through the fish ladder at Pitlochry with the total over 1700 now. Despite the very low water at Portnacraig salmon were still caught there this past week. Successful anglers included Robert Spiers, David Cronshaw and Lee Thompson landing fish up to 13 pounds.

The Isla registered 26 from Coupar Grange and Keithick Mains.

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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