Sunday, September 9, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 8th September 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 8th September 2012.

The catches were good last week and there was settled conditions, we are now looking for an improvement in catches as autumn arrives. The good news is that the weather is to remain reasonably settled this week giving excellent prospects so we can maintain good sport as grilse and top quality salmon continue to run the river. The quality of salmon remained high with fish up to 24 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with a good weather forecast for the coming week.

Conditions were good for the week but everyone had to work hard for success. River levels dropped steadily during the week and reasonable catches followed. The water levels continue just 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 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 303 salmon and 8 sea trout reported which is the first week of the season with over 300 reported and the largest salmon of 24 pounds was landed on the Benchil beat on Upper Scone. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported

On the Lower River 253 salmon were landed. All the lower beats are having reasonable success but they are having to work very hard and are now looking for a strengthening of the autumn run. The top of the tide is helping Almondmouth gain good catches with 52 last week. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton had good weeks with Lower Redgorton having a red letter day on Monday catching 14. Amongst the successful anglers on Redgorton
John McElroy enjoyed sport on the fly. Fishponds and Upper Redgorton also had reasonable weeks but had to work hard to gain success. Luncarty also enjoyed good sport with Gerard Kelly having a good day on Friday landing 4 to his own rod. Upper Scone and Benchil and Pitlochrie landed 26 between them with
James Moss landing the fish of the week weighing 24 pounds from Benchil. On the Pitlochrie beat Charles Savage enjoyed a good afternoon on Horsey landing 2 salmon up to 13 pounds fly fishing from the boat. Also on the same beat
Sasha Lousada landed her first ever salmon which was dedicated to her father who died earlier this year and was greatly missed by all. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks with Alistair Sheach’s party doing well on Taymount. There was a get together of an old party, which saw Ross Harper, Doug Allan, Lewis Moonie, Geordie Maitland and John Lindsay all back on the beat. Many tails were enjoyed and some memorable salmon were landed throughout the week. The river height is improving for Ballathie and Cargill who look for lower river levels but success was still attained during last week. Islamouth worked away during the week and
Rupert Wace was amongst the successful anglers landing a 14 pounds salmon on Saturday from the Newshot in the boat on the fly.

The Middle River registered 32. On Kercock 8 salmon were landed during the week with the highlight being
James Stewart landing a 7 pounds salmon on his 70th birthday, which was a present from his sons and daughters. Well done James and many more of them! Murthly 2 enjoyed good sport at the end of the week and Glendelvine had a good day on Saturday landing 8 salmon many of them carrying sea lice. At Newtyle Ian Hendry enjoyed a good day on Monday landing 2 salmon up to 7 pounds. Dunkeld House and Dalmarnock enjoyed limited success with
Phil Smith landing his first ever salmon on Dalmarnock harling from the boat.

The Upper River produced 15. Fish continue to be caught in the Upper areas but more water would probably help improve things. Kinnaird continues to enjoy good sport. Salmon were caught up to 19 pounds on the fly over the week with Patrick and Barry Blower catching on the lower beat. Odd salmon are still running the Tummel with Gary Moir landing a fresh grilse at Portnacraig on the Pitlochry Angling club stretch.

The Isla registered 3 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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