Sunday, August 19, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 18th August 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 18th August 2012.

The catches were reasonable last week despite unsettled conditions, three different river rises and very peaty water for several days made life difficult. The weather has now improved thankfully for the start of this coming week and we need that to remain to maintain good sport this week as grilse and top quality summer salmon continuing to run the river in numbers. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 33 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with good prospects for the coming week.

Conditions were difficult throughout the week and everyone had to work hard for success. River levels fluctuated during the week from unsettled weather with low pressure dominating. The water levels are now well 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 but rain is forecast so hopefully this will not spoil things too much. 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 162 salmon and 8 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 33 pounds landed on Lower Redgorton, a 29 pounder from Newtyle and a 27 pounds salmon was reported from Lower Kinnaird. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported

On the Lower River 116 salmon were landed. Conditions were far from ideal but most of the beats caught throughout the week. Almondmouth landed 20 for their week but will be praying the river levels drop to maintain good sport. Lower Redgorton also had reasonable sport, which included a 33 pounds salmon being landed by David Mustarde on a floating devon. Upper Scone had a good week under the circumstances with Swiss visitors, the Erns having success on most days.

John Millar caught 2 salmon on Pitlochrie and Benchil at the end of the week visiting from Dumfries. Neil Barcocks party from Cumbria also had reasonable success on Luncarty and Catholes. Simon Furniss and Jim Ferries party made the best of Taymount landing 16 throughout the week.
Cargill also made the best of the conditions catching 16 during the week with the highlight of 8 year old Ross Jones catching a 12 pounds beauty.
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 21. Most beats caught but conditions made life very difficult. Newtyle had a quieter week but did catch a 29 pounds salmon from the Boil on Thursday evening. Brandon Bryant was the successful angler landing the beauty fly fishing from the bank. On Dalmarnock Tom Westacott was amongst the successful rods landing 2 salmon up to 16 pounds.

The Upper River produced 25. This was a better week and with more water in the river catches should be maintained. The Kinnaird beats had a successful week catching on most days.
There was another good salmon landed on the beat estimated at 27 pounds by Jim Coventry under the assistance of Geoff Allan.

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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