Sunday, June 24, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 23rd June 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 23rd June 2012.

The catches were good last week until torrential rain on Thursday spoiled the end of the week virtually wiping out catches with a dirty spate. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 21 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 river rose rapidly from very heavy rain on Thursday and curtailed sport at the end of the week. The river should settle nicely for the start of the coming week and the fresh water should spice things up for some good sport. The quality was again exceptional with 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 110 salmon and 17 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 21 pounds caught on the Dunkeld House beat. Two areas of the river yet again dominated the catches with Islamouth landing 30 and Coupar Grange 32, which really shows the importance of a junction with another river and lower river levels holding salmon back. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River. Sea trout catches have improved as June progresses.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 23rd June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Ballathie 2, Cargill 5, Islamouth 7, Lower and Upper Islamouth 23, Kercock 7, Newtyle 7, Dunkeld House 12, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 2, Findynate 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Coupar Grange 32, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1.
Total: 110 Largest: Dunkeld House 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Luncarty 3, Benchil and Pitlochrie 8, Stobhall 1, Cargill 2, Lower Kinnaird 2.
Total: 17 Largest: Luncarty & Benchil and Pitlochrie & Cargill & Lower Kinnaird 3lbs

On the Lower River 37 salmon were landed. The catches from the lower river were disappointing apart from Islamouth that continues to enjoy fantastic sport. Unfortunately the spate at the end of the week wiped out catches on Friday and Saturday. Hopefully with some fresh water sport will pick up this coming week and extend throughout the whole lower river.

The Middle River registered 28. Most beats caught last week. Kercock, Newtyle, Dunkeld and Dalmarnock all caught in the week. Kercock landed 7 fish for the week with Donald Cameron catching 6 for his two days up to 12 pounds in weight. Newtyle had reasonable sport from fresh salmon running up the river with Bruce Campbell landing 2 up to 15 pounds on Monday and

Andy Gunns father landing a 6 pounds fish on a devon on Wednesday. Scott Gordon had a 13 pounds beauty from the Trap and Vic Harvey caught a 15 pounds fish both fly fishing on Thursday. Further up river at Dunkeld House there continues to be good sport. That was certainly the case on Thursday with a red letter day for Donald Cameron landing 4 salmon for his day up to 19 pounds on various methods. The beat finished with 6 for the day.

On Saturday Jim Ferrie landed a superb 21 pounds salmon when the rest of the river was struggling.

The Upper River produced 13. Dalguise had a reasonable week catching 8 until the rain came and unsettled the river. The other areas were disappointing but hopefully the extra water will improve sport for the coming week.

Paul Carter landed one of the few from Pitlochry fly fishing from the town bank on a self tied shrimp pattern. Salmon continue to stream through the ladder with over 2200 counted so far.

The Isla registered 32 all from Coupar Grange, which continues to enjoy tremendous sport.

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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