Sunday, August 26, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 25th August 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 25th August 2012.

The catches were much improved last week despite more unsettled conditions, fluctuating levels and dirty water from very heavy rain showers made life difficult. The weather is to continue unsettled but will hopefully not disturb the river too much so we can 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 24 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 continue 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 217 salmon and 9 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 24 pounds landed on the Murthly 2 beat. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 25th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 36, Waulkmill 15, Lower Redgorton 8, Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 3, Benchil and Pitlochrie 15, Upper Scone 8, Catholes 3, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 16, Taymount 15, Ballathie 4, Cargill 8, Islamouth 10, Lower and Upper Islamouth 10, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 7, Kercock 5, Murthly 2 11, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 5, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 7, Upper Kinnaird 5, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 2, Keithick Mains 5, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2.
Total: 217 Largest: Murthly 2 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 1, Taymount 1, Dunkeld House 1, Lower Aberuthven 2, Keithick Mains 1.
Total: 9 Largest: Waulkmill & Taymount & Keithick Mains 3lbs

On the Lower River 157 salmon were landed. Almondmouth continued to be the dominant lower Tay beat with 36 fish landed over the week. Waulkmill also had a good week with 15 fish. Benchil and Pitlochrie had a reasonable week landing 15 salmon up to 18 pounds. Further upstream Taymount and Stobhall had good weeks considering the conditions. Cargill and Ballathie caught but would like lower river levels to achieve better results. Islamouth had a reasonable week but again would do much better with settled river levels. 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 32. This was a much better week but settled conditions would see better results. Highlight of the week was a magnificent 24 pounds salmon from Murthly 2 beat on Stenton. Kercock had five salmon for the week with Brian Fawcett landing a 7 pounds salmon and also a 4 pounder, Terry Harper caught a 10 pounder ,and Dick Leonard landed 2 salmon weighing 7 pounds and 11 pounds. Dick Leonard is a regular on the Tay for 40 years and has not been keeping well so it was fitting for him to catch this past week. Successful rods on Newtyle included John Wood with a nice fish from the Ferry pool on Tuesday. Up at Dalmarnock Philip Daniels landed a fresh grilse on Friday, which was one of 5 landed throughout the week.

The Upper River produced 23. The increased water levels have helped fish run into the upper reaches and the catches have improved again this week. The Kinnaird beats continue to have success. The upper beat saw
Roy Parker and Chris Parker enjoy catches up to 12 pounds and on the lower beat Ben Clarke landed a lovely salmon fly fishing in the New pool. The Farleyer beats continue their record breaking season.

The Isla registered 5 from Keithick Mains.

The Earn registered 0.

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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