Sunday, July 22, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 21st July 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 21st July 2012.

The catches improved last week despite a mid week wash out after yet another torrential downpour on Wednesday. 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 22 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 continue to 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 171 salmon and 16 sea trout reported with the largest salmon an impressive 22 pounds on the Cargill beat. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 21st July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 16, Waulkmill 2, Luncarty 4, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 8, Upper Scone 4, Catholes 2, Burnmouth 2, Stobhall 9, Taymount 6, Ballathie 6, Cargill 12, Islamouth 5, Lower and Upper Islamouth 33, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 1, Kercock 12, Murthly 2 6, Newtyle 10, Dunkeld House 9, Dalmarnock 6, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 4, Edradynate 1, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 4.
Total: 171 Largest: Cargill 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 1, Cargill 6, Murthly 2 4, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Cargill 5lbs

On the Lower River 112 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 continued their recent success with a steady week but lower water would help them further. The beats further up are now producing on a regular basis.

Fly fishing action from the Tay.
Pitlochrie and Benchil had a good week with Tom Jennings enjoying success on Benchil on Saturday. Stobhall and Taymount had caught in the early part of the week and Ballathie and Cargill consistently landed salmon throughout the week with Cargill catching 7 on Tuesday plus a 22 salmon on Thursday mostly to the Lidster Party. Islamouth was returning to its early season successes landing 33 for the first 3 days of the week. There is a real feeling if the weather settles down and the river runs at a consistent height the sport will be tremendous, as there seems to be a good run on.

The Middle River registered 44. All the middle beats are enjoying good sport but yet again settled water would help more. Kercock had a good week especially on Saturday landing 6 salmon. Steve Banks had an 8 pounds salmon, Jeff Biggams caught three fish with the biggest weighing 11 pounds and Fergus Critchley had his first ever fly fishing which, was a 4 pounds grilse. The Murthly beats are having reasonable sport as well but would like more settled water to show their full potential.
Newtyle had an encouraging week with Mark Parris and Graham Fyfe landing salmon fly fishing in the boil. Nick Baird also had success with the fly in the Cotter catching a 14 pounds salmon. Earlier in the week Calum McRoberts landed 3 grilse fly fishing in the Trap and St Marys stream. Dunkeld House continued their good spell landing 9 throughout the week. Dalmarnock also had a reasonable week.

The Upper River produced 15. The upper beats continue to enjoy sport. Dalguise, Kinnaird and Farleyer all caught this past week. On the Tummel grilse are being caught on a regular basis. The Pitlochry Angling club produced a few salmon this past week with Innes Smith, John Graham, Steve Dora, Dave McPherson and the Joseph’s all catching mostly on fly salmon up to 10 pounds.

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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