Sunday, July 29, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 28th July 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 28th July 2012.

The catches improved last week with settled conditions to give the best rand if that recorded catch of the season so far but everyone had to work hard to gain this. The weather improved thankfully and we need that to remain to maintain good sport this week as grilse and top quality summer salmon continuing to run the river. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 23 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with good prospects for the coming week.

Conditions were good throughout the week but still everyone had to work hard for success. River levels dropped during the week and have now settled back nicely. The water levels remain just above summer level encouraging salmon to run the river and a strengthening of the run is expected to improve catches further. 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 213 salmon and 15 sea trout reported with the largest salmon an impressive 23 pounds on the Almondmouth beat. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 28th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 35, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 8, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 7, Upper Scone 6, Catholes 1, Stobhall 9, Taymount 13, Ballathie 11, Cargill 10, Islamouth 15, Lower and Upper Islamouth 14, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 6, Meikleour House 1, Kercock 7, Murthly 2 25, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 3, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 9, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 2, Weem 1, Farleyer Upper 2, Farleyer Lower 1, Keithick Mains 4, Portnacraig Pitlochry 4, Loch Faskally 3.
Total: 213 Largest: Almondmouth 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Benchil and Pitlochrie 1, Stobhall 1, Taymount 2, Lower and Upper Islamouth 4, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 1, Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 13 Largest: Taymount & Lower and Upper Islamouth 4lbs

On the Lower River 134 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 and a best day of 12 on Monday; they also had the largest fish of the week weighing 23 pounds. Waulkmill, Lower Redgorton, Fishponds and Upper Redgorton all produced fish but as the salmon start to slow down their catches will improve more over the coming weeks. Upper Scone and Pitlochrie and Benchil had reasonable weeks catching on most days. On Upper Scone George Maison enjoyed good success at the end of the week on the fly landing 2 from the Long Shot on Benchil then catching a cracking 17 pounds salmon from Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat on Saturday. On the opposite days Tom Jennings party also enjoyed success. Sam Halliday landed his first ever salmon on Monday on a spinner then on Wednesday caught his first ever salmon fly fishing from the boat in Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat. Tom Jennings also landed salmon on the fly and spinner. Taymount and Stobhall caught consistently throughout the week landing salmon on most days. Kath Giles enjoyed a good day on Tuesday landing salmon on the spinner and fly on Taymount. Sport was improving at Ballathie and Cargill with dropping water levels.
Rob Campbell from South Africa had an eventful week on Cargill landing salmon up to 16 pounds and loosing several others. Islamouth had another good week landing several salmon fly fishing. 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 and this will strengthen over the next few weeks.

The Middle River registered 47. All the middle beats are enjoying good sport but are praying from continued settled conditions. Kercock had 7 for the week with Richard Goddard catching his first on fly at 7 pounds, Robert Sneddon had a bigger fish at 15 pounds and Graham Fyffe with a 17 pounds beauty. Murthly 2 enjoyed a good week landing 25 salmon for the week from the Upper beat and Stenton.
At Newtyle Ian Hendry and Mark McGillivray caught their first salmon from the beat.
At Dalmarnock Billy Marsland landed 2 salmon up to 16 pounds on Tuesday from the boat with ghillie Gordon Pollock.

The Upper River produced 28. The upper beats continue to enjoy sport with salmon and grilse running through the system and all the upper beats are benefiting from this registering salmon on a regular basis. Dalguise enjoyed a good start to the week landing 5 on Monday. The Kinnaird beats continue to enjoy good sport landing salmon up to 13 pounds this past week mostly on fly. Further salmon were landed from Edradynate, Weem and the Farleyer beats. The fish ladder on the Tummel at Pitlochry is now over 3500 and salmon continue to be caught on the club water at Portnacraig.

The Isla registered 4 salmon all from Keithick Mains.

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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