Sunday, July 8, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 7th July 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 7th July 2012.

The catches were good last week under the circumstances of continual unsettled conditions from yet another dreadful summers weeks weather. If the weather settles the potential of good sport 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 28 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 fluctuated from day to day after more heavy rain showers. 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 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 107 salmon and 18 sea trout reported with the largest salmon an impressive 28 pounds sea liced beauty caught by Robert Russell on the Upper Scone Benchil beat just below Stanley. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 7th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 8, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 4, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 3, Fishponds 3, Benchil and Pitlochrie 3, Upper Scone 3, Stobhall 5, Taymount 1, Ballathie 3, Cargill 1, Islamouth 6, Lower and Upper Islamouth 8, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 2, Kercock 5, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 7, Edradynate 3, Farleyer Upper 9, Farleyer Lower 4, Upper Aberuthven 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 13, Loch Faskally 4.
Total: 107 Largest: Upper Scone 28lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 6, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 2, Benchil and Pitlochrie 2, Upper Scone 1, Catholes 3, Ballathie 1, Dunkeld House 2.
Total: 18 Largest: Lower Redgorton & Benchil and Pitlochrie & Catholes & Ballathie & Dunkeld House 3lbs

On the Lower River 50 salmon were landed. This was a more encouraging for the week as the catch 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 and further upstream Lower Redgorton had success with Howard Jones enjoying good sport on the fly. Fishponds and Waulkmill also caught fly fishing fresh salmon up to 15 pounds with a few being lost as well as the salmon run quickly through the lower reaches. Perth and District members had success at Upper Scone with Robert Russell landing a fish of a lifetime on Benchil weighing an estimated 28 pounds from the Plain Water on a flying C. On Pitlochrie and Benchil fly fishing accounted for 3 salmon during the week. Further above Stanley, Stobhall had a reasonable week but the higher water did not help Cargill and Ballathie. Islamouth produced a few fish but could also do with the river levels dropping and settling. On Islamouth at the end of the week a Norwegian enjoyed good sport with Bjorn Wicklund landing a superb 25 pounds beauty caught on the fly in the Longhead pool and colleague Anders Hoen, catching his first Tay salmon weighing 16 pounds fly fishing from the boat in the Newshot pool.

The Middle River registered 23. The middle beats produced on a regular basis throughout the week. At Kercock there was 5 caught during the week.
Tony Griffiths accounted for two salmon fly fishing with the biggest a lovely sea liced 12 pounds salmon. Both fish fell to a Tay Raider fly.
At Newtyle Calum McRoberts was successful catching an 11 pounds beauty on a Rapala.
A salmon from Dunkeld.
Further upstream Dunkeld House continued their good spell landing 6 for the week. Dalmarnock also did well especially at the start of the week catching 3 on Monday and Tuesday.

The Upper River produced 33. The upper areas are certainly benefiting from all the rain and good water levels with the Edradynate and Farleyer beats continuing to enjoy good sport. The Tummel has seen sport increase with the water coming up, the Portnacraig beat below the dam caught several salmon during the week.
Gordon Nichol caught salmon 4 days in a row, which is good going and Steven Watt caught 3 to his own rod on Saturday all fly fishing. The counter is now way over 3000 at the Pitlochry Dam.

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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1 comment:

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I really thought Salmon is not that big. I thought it is small since when I but sardines that is Salmon it is small. Hahaha ! I am so weird.

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