Sunday, September 30, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 29th September 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 29th September 2012.

The catches were good last week but hard earned again and fluctuating water level continued mainly due to Hydro rises, the expected spate did not materialize and we are now looking for an improvement in catches as October arrives with an expected late run. The good news is that the weather is to remain reasonably settled this week after some rain forecast early in the week giving us 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 28 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue.

Conditions were reasonable after a small rise in levels from rain early in the week but everyone had to work hard for success. River levels fluctuated from a few hydro rises however excellent catches followed especially in the lower reaches. 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 482 salmon reported which is the most for a week so far this season. Large salmon continue to be caught week on week and this week was no exception with several salmon weighing close to 30 pounds. The largest fish of the week was 28 pounds from Dunkeld House. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 29th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 57, Waulkmill 20, Lower Redgorton 64, Luncarty 10, Upper Redgorton 20, Fishponds 23, Benchil and Pitlochrie 17, Upper Scone 9, Catholes 1, Catholes Left Bank 1, Burnmouth 5, Stobhall 44, Taymount 37, Ballathie 22, Cargill 24, Islamouth 21, Lower and Upper Islamouth 12, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 6, Meikleour House 8, Kercock 17, Murthly 2 19, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 7, Dalmarnock 4, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 10, Upper Kinnaird 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 4, Keithick Mains 6.
Total: 482 Largest: Dunkeld House 28lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 7, Luncarty 6, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 3, Taymount 2, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 1.
Total: 22 Largest: Luncarty 5lbs

On the Lower River 387 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. The very lower part of the river including Almondmouth up to Luncarty are enjoying great sport as low water has held salmon up in the beats resulting in excellent catches for the week. Further up river catches are harder to achieve but still good results were earned with effort. Almondmouth had a good week registering 57. Further upstream lower Redgorton had a superb week with 64 reporting lots of fish in the beat and mostly sea liced salmon caught.
Gilbert Fenwick had a very enjoyable week landing 37 salmon to his own rod mainly fly fishing. Malcolm Tennant, Ian Muir, John, James and Patrick Reeve all caught as well with the largest fish of 23 pounds being caught by Johnny “Hogz” Muir in the Hummel hole. Gilbert lost 2 very large fish on the fly in the Bleachings with 1 being at his feet after having it on for a good 20 minutes, he said it was his biggest ever on the fly and it was a very deep fresh hen in the high twenties. Certainly a week to remember and thanks Stuart Lean for the information and the picture. Waulkmill and Fishponds had reasonable success as well with
Brian Joseph landing a lovely 19 pounds salmon from the Fishponds with Iain Kirk on the fly. Luncarty also did well with Alan McCaig, Dougie Wangert and Mark Reynier all enjoying success. Further up at Stanley catches were hard earned as the fresh fish did not appear to move up in any number from the lower reaches however success were still reported. On Pitlochrie and Benchil Alistair Sheach’s party caught on each day with Jake Malcolm making a welcome return catching 3 salmon, Peter Annan landing 2 beauties up the 18 pounds at the tail of Horsey and Tommy Muir landing a 20 pounds salmon from Benchil on Saturday. Donald Norman’s party enjoyed their best week for several years on Stobhall with 44 caught by various means and Taymount had a good Saturday landing 12.
Cargill and Ballathie enjoyed reasonable sport throughout the week and Islamouth continue to catch every day.

The Middle River registered 69. This was a much better week with all the beats reporting success. Kercock landed 17 fish last week with many more hooked and lost. The largest was 18 pounds and was one of two caught by Andrew Turner. Brian Ogden, Bryn Gifford and
John Sherbourne all caught with Bryn catching his first salmon at 13 pounds. Father & son, Bryn & Paul Hughes caught 6 between them. Murthly 2 enjoyed a good week with 19. Calum McRoberts enjoyed a good day on Newtyle landing salmon up to 26 pounds on a copper Toby on Tuesday. Up at Dunkeld House Peter Sproston continued his run of good fortune and landed a great 28 pounds cock fish from the rock pool on the Dunkeld House beat, it measured 41" long and 23" girth.
On Dalmarnock Mike Sutton had a cracking 23 pounds salmon from the Rams Horn in the boat.

The Upper River produced 20. Farleyer continued their success last week catching the 100th salmon of the season on the beat and then catching a few more for good measure, this is now a record catch in recent years, well done all. Mike Roberts achieved this feat and a special presentation was made to him.
The Kinnaird beats continue to have success landing several salmon throughout the week. Salmon are being caught in the very upper reaches as well over the last few weeks such as the Garry but they are not reported.

The Isla registered 6 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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