Sunday, July 15, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 14th July 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 14th July 2012.

The catches were good last week under the circumstances considering a mid week wash out after yet another dreadful summers week’s weather. The weather has settled thankfully and the potential of good sport this week is very high with an increase in grilse and top quality summer salmon continuing to run the river. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 26 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with good prospects for the coming week.

Conditions varied throughout the week with the unsettled weather. River levels came up dramatically from more heavy rain showers in the middle of the week but have now settled back nicely. The water levels remained above summer level encouraging salmon to run the river and a few more grilse are now appearing in the catches. The river will be settled 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.

Summer Salmon fly fishing on the Tay.

There were 150 salmon and 22 sea trout reported with the largest salmon an impressive 26 pounds on the Dalmarnock beat just above Dunkeld. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported.
(week ending 14th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 21, Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 2, Luncarty 2, Fishponds 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 6, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 3, Taymount 5, Ballathie 8, Cargill 5, Islamouth 13, Lower and Upper Islamouth 5, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 2, Meikleour House 2, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 4, Murthly 2 18, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 7, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 3, Lower Kinnaird 6, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 14.
Total: 150 Largest: Dalmarnock 26lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 2, Luncarty 9, Benchil and Pitlochrie 2, Catholes 2, Taymount 1, Meikleour House 1, Lower Aberuthven 1, Keithick Mains 1.
Total: 22 Largest: Luncarty 6lbs

On the Lower River 77 salmon were landed. This was a more encouraging catch for the week and it was spread throughout the whole lower river from Almondmouth to Islamouth. All the lower beats had success and if conditions settle this will improve over the coming weeks as the run strengthens. Almondmouth caught consistently with good days at the start and end of the week. Jayne and Simon Rutherford enjoyed their week at Waulkmill. Francis Jennings had success on Pitlochrie and Benchil landing a lovely fresh grilse fly fishing from the boat in the Long Shot on Benchil. Stobhall and Taymount caught on most days with salmon up to 23 pounds landed. Ballathie and Cargill caught well at the start of the week but increased river levels did not help them at the end of the week. Islamouth had a much better week landing consistently and enjoying a good day on Saturday catching 7.

The Middle River registered 43. The middle beats produced on a regular basis throughout the week. Kercock had four fish for the week with Jeff Biggams landing two at 8 pounds and Gary Harkin, who ghillies on the beat had a good evening on Saturday landing salmon weighing 10 and 22 pounds both on the fly. The Murthly beats have been fishing well with Murthly 2 landing 18 for the week from the Upper beat and Stenton. Dunkeld House continues to enjoy good sport on most days. Further upstream at Dalmarnock Gordon Pollock caught the largest salmon of the week weighing 26 pounds harling with a Tay lure.
Earlier in the week young Euan Johnston landed his first ever salmon weighing 9 pounds with the aid of his Grandfather John.

The Upper River produced 30. The upper areas are certainly benefiting from all the rain and good water levels catching consistently. The Kinnaird beats, Dalguise, Farleyer, and Edradynate all enjoyed success. On the Tummel the Pitlochry Angling club stretch has had a revival with the increase of river levels and salmon running hard up the system to the headwaters with no temperature barriers at this time of year. Several salmon were caught below the dam during the week with Gordon Nichol, Steve Watt, Wan Hussein, Duncan Webster and Saul MacKay landing fish up to 12 pounds mostly on fly. Currently over 3000 fish have ascended the ladder.

The Isla registered 0.

The Earn registered 1 from Upper Aberuthven.

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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