Sunday, September 2, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 1st September 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 1st September 2012.

The catches were good last week despite more unsettled conditions, a large spate and dirty water from very heavy rain at the start of the week. The good news is that the weather is to be settled this week giving excellent prospects so we can maintain good sport as grilse and top quality salmon continue to run the river in numbers. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 30 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with at last good weather is forecast for the coming week.

Conditions were difficult especially at the start of the week and everyone had to work hard for success. River levels fluctuated during the week from unsettled weather with low pressure dominating but improved on Friday and Saturday and good catches followed. 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 and will continue that way with good weather. 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 235 salmon and 9 sea trout reported with the largest salmon of 30 pounds landed on the Cargill beat. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 1st September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 16, Waulkmill 21, Lower Redgorton 10, Luncarty 15, Upper Redgorton 5, Fishponds 15, Benchil and Pitlochrie 13, Upper Scone 15, Catholes 2, Burnmouth 12, Stobhall 9, Taymount 19, Ballathie 14, Cargill 17, Islamouth 5, Lower and Upper Islamouth 9, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 2, Kercock 6, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 3, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 4, Edradynate 2, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 4, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2.
Total: 235 Largest: Cargill 30lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Upper Scone 2, Lower Kinnaird 3.
Total: 9 Largest: Waulkmill & Lower Kinnaird 3lbs

On the Lower River 197 salmon were landed. Almondmouth had a good day on Friday with 10 salmon landed but ideally would like more settled conditions and lower water. Salmon have also been caught on the Stormont Angling club water with
Neil Tong landing an 18 pounds beauty on Saturday. The lower beats are now picking up with good catches coming from Waulkmill, Lower and Upper Redgorton and Luncarty. On Friday 26 salmon were hooked on Waulkmill and Fishponds with only 14 landed, still it was great sport full of excitement! Upper Scone and Benchil and Pitlochrie had good weeks also with the Hodgkins and Hinchliffes doing well on the latter beat. On Wednesday Emily Hodgkins had a memorable day landing her first ever Salmon weighing 14 pounds then promptly had another at 12 pounds. On Friday Colin Hinchliffe landed an 18 pounds salmon then in the afternoon his sister
Sarah out did him with a cracking 19 pounds beauty from Pitlochrie pool. Saturday saw another first for
Laura Gilmour ably assisted by Andy Hodgkins landing a superb 15 pounds salmon from Aitken head on Benchil. Great to see the fairer sex having success on the river. Catholes saw some sport on Saturday for Samantha and Sandip Datta both landing salmon. Sandip caught a lovely 15 pounds fish from the Slap fly fishing. The bigger water helped Burnmouth account for 11 salmon on the last two days of the week. Stobhall and Taymount had good success throughout the week. Ballathie and Cargil also had good weeks and continue to be amongst the larger salmon. Cargill landed the largest fish this past week weighing an impressive 30 pounds. This magnificent Tay beauty was landed by
15 year old Henry Johnstone. Well done Henry. There is a real feeling with the weather settling down and the river running at a consistent height that sport will be tremendous, as there seems to be a good run on.

The Middle River registered 20. The bigger water seems not to have helped but hopefully this coming week with better conditions catches will improve. Kercock landed salmon up to 13 pounds during the week with
Stewart Scott landing an 8 pounds fish and Kenny Milne Jnr landing the 13 pounds salmon.
Jon Wood landed Newtyles 100th salmon of the season and Brandon Bryant had more success on the beat after his 29 pounds beauty last week landing a 10 pounds fish in the Cotter on the fly.

The Upper River produced 18. Here the bigger water seems not to have helped but fish were still landed. On Kinnaird there was a first for Mr Kelton from the Guay pool weighing 7 pounds. Salmon have been hard to come by at Pitlochry but William Waugh sorted that on Saturday landing 2 at Portnacaig on fly and spinner. The counter now stands at 4500 at the Dam.

The Isla registered 0.

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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