Sunday, September 23, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 22nd September 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 22nd September 2012.

The catches were good last week but hard earned despite fluctuating water levels mainly due to Hydro rises, we are now looking for an improvement in catches as autumn arrives and an expected late run. The good news is that the weather is to remain reasonably settled this week after rain forecast on Monday passes through maybe creating a spate which should give 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 36 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue with a predicted spate early in the week that may liven up the resident fish and draw more fresh fish into the system for the coming week.
The sun goes done on another autumn day on the Tay.

Conditions were reasonable for the week but everyone had to work hard for success. River levels fluctuated from a few hydro rises however 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 water temperature has started to fall, which is expected at this time of year but not dramatically. Currently it is around 52 degrees Fahrenheit or 11 Celsius. The river will be settled for the start of the week with rain forecast for Monday and occasional rain throughout the week but assuming the river remains settled this should give excellent prospects for sport. The quality was again exceptional with 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 387 salmon reported which is the third week of 300 plus fish but last weeks catch was the most for a week so far this season. The largest salmon of 36 pounds was landed on the Farleyer beat and a further 32 pounds salmon was caught on Upper Redgorton, both fish were caught fly fishing which was superb news. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 45, Waulkmill 21, Lower Redgorton 24, Luncarty 7, Upper Redgorton 17, Fishponds 14, Benchil and Pitlochrie 13, Upper Scone 11, Catholes 2, Burnmouth 3, Stobhall 37, Taymount 39, Ballathie 21, Cargill 30, Islamouth 25, Lower and Upper Islamouth 9, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 7, Meikleour House 4, Kercock 12, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 7, Dalmarnock 4, Dalguise 3, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 6, Keithick Mains 8.
Total: 387 Largest: Farleyer Upper 36lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Dalmarnock 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lower Aberuthven 1.
Total: 7 Largest: Waulkmill & Fishponds 3lbs

On the Lower River 318 salmon were landed. All the lower beats are having reasonable success but they are having to work extremely hard using all sorts of methods to gain catches and are now looking for a strengthening of the autumn run to improve catches. A possible spate this week maybe what everyone is looking for to improve things further, let us hope that is the case? The top of the tide is helping Almondmouth gain good catches with 45 last week. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton had good weeks with regular tenants fishing the respective beats. On Lower Redgorton Jim Slaters party enjoyed success mainly with the fly with Dr Colin Jones catching on most days. They were finding that sunk lines were fairly effective as well as the customary sink tips.
A fish being returned from Fishponds.
Fishponds and Upper Redgorton also did fairly well. The Robbins party were on Upper Redgorton where
Hugh Robbins landed a 32 pounds autumn salmon from the Craigs fly fishing from the bank. Luncarty also had fish with Dougie Wangert landing 4 on Friday up to 18 pounds. On Upper Scone George Maison had a reasonable week landing several salmon on the fly off both beats. At Pitlochrie and Benchil Tim Greenfields party enjoyed success but had to work hard as on all the beats. Tim had a 15 pounds beauty on the first morning and fish of the week fell to David Boothroyd who landed a superb 18 pounds sea liced salmon on a devon from Horsey at Stanley on the Pitlochrie beat. Frank Muller landed 5 fish during the week up to 11 pounds. Stobhall and Taymount had excellent weeks. Stobhall had regular tenant Colin Corns fishing with a friend caught fish up to 25 pounds and despite only fishing 2 rods held their own with Taymounts larger party led by Nigel Gibbs. Ballathie and Cargill were amongst the fish as well throughout the week. Islamouth also did well especially at the end of the week with regulars catching 25 salmon for their 3 days mainly on the fly with Neil Tong, Martin Ferrie and Ian Mitchell all catching.

The Middle River registered 44. Most beats contributed to the catches but they were finding it hard work and are preying for water to move fish up to their beats. Their wishes maybe granted this coming week. Kercock had 12 salmon for the week up to 17 pounds with Stuart Tindall, Tracy and Stan Wood,
Matt Blake, Rob Bramwell, Keith Lovell and David Webster all on the score sheet. The Murthly beats found it hard going but Isabel and Ian Scruton both landed salmon on Saturday with Donald Tritton on Murthly 1. At Dunkeld House Gavin Mackie had a lovely surprise within 15 minutes of starting on Thursday landing a 25 pounds whopper from the boat. It was the perfect tonic after a frosty start to the day as autumn temperatures start to drop. At Dalmarnoch David Brown had a 15 pounds salmon and Stuart Allison landed on at 18 pounds.

The Upper River produced 17. More water again would liven up the upper areas. Farleyer are celebrating again with a record catch for the season and some very big salmon as well. They only need one more fish to reach 100 salmon for the season which is twice the 5 year average! Well done all but even better was another monster salmon from the beat. This one was caught fly fishing by
Paul Mclanachan and was estimated at 36 pounds from measurements. The massive salmon was caught in the Junction pool with the Lyon and took an hour and a half to land on 12 pounds line! Great stuff and hopefully a picture will follow. A few fish were caught on the Kinnaird beats during the week with
Billy Henry amongst the successful anglers.

The Earn is starting to see a good few fish running now with
Jim Fisher doing well on the lower reaches landing several sea liced salmon fly fishing. Paul Young also enjoyed success with the assistance of Jim during the week. More water here will help the upper areas around Crieff.

The Isla registered 8 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 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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