Sunday, October 14, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 13th October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 13th October 2012.

The catches were reasonable last week but hard earned again until heavy rain caused the river to rise dramatically to 14 foot and this curtailed catches at the end of the week, we are now looking for an improvement in catches after the spate as the river settles back for the last two weeks in October and an anticipated late run. The good news is that the weather is to remain reasonably settled this week with some rain 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 22 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue.
The current scene on the river with the autumnal colours at Stanley.

Conditions were reasonable until the torrential rain but everyone had to work hard for success. River levels fluctuated from a few hydro rises early in the week however excellent catches followed especially in the lower reaches. The spate on Friday virtually wiped out catches at the end of the week but it may prove to be a good thing for the river as a whole and redistribute the catches. The water levels are high presently but falling back encouraging salmon to run the river and a strengthening of the run is hoped for 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 48 degrees Fahrenheit or 9 Celsius. The river will be settled for the start of the week with more glorious autumn sunshine forecast for Monday and 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.

The late autumn sunshine is giving us some spectacular scenery as the leaves turn on the trees so do not forget your cameras for those photo opportunities and not forgetting that memorable Tay salmon.

There were 282 salmon reported which was another good week for the river despite the loss of 2 days. Large salmon continue to be caught week on week and this week was no exception with several salmon weighing just over 20 pounds. The largest fish of the week was 22 pounds from Ballathie. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported

(week ending 13th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 20, Waulkmill 8, Lower Redgorton 9, Luncarty 7, Upper Redgorton 8, Fishponds 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 8, Upper Scone 4, Catholes 2, Burnmouth 3, Stobhall 49, Taymount 38, Ballathie 24, Cargill 15, Islamouth 4, Lower and Upper Islamouth 9, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 9, Kercock 11, Murthly 2 13, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 6, Lower Kinnaird 16, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 2, Farleyer Lower 2, Lower Aberuthven 2, Keithick Mains 5.
Total: 282 Largest: Ballathie 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 1, Taymount 1, Lower Aberuthven 1.
Total: 4 Largest: Taymount 4lbs

On the Lower River 211 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 after the big spate. The very lower beats have not been catching as many fish as earlier in the month due to the river coming up but are still producing reasonable catches. The spate at the end of the week wiped out any catches. Dougie Wangert was quick off the mark on Friday as the river rose rapidly and caught 2 salmon and lost one at Luncarty. Earlier in the week Kenny Scott landed 3 salmon on Luncarty on Monday up to 16 pounds.
A salmon being played at Stanley with the late autumn sun shining.
At Stanley Charles Savages party enjoyed some hard earned sport with Charles, Mick Sanders, Steve Jones, Michael Watts and John Simister all landing fish. Bob Hunter enjoyed success on the Catholes by landing a couple of salmon up to 16 pounds with the aid of ghillie Jimmy Chim. Stobhall was the place to be this past week as Ray Baillie’s party proved having 4 superb days landing 49 salmon up to 20 pounds on various methods. Ballathie also had some good days landing salmon up to 22 pounds as did the opposite bank, Cargill.

The Middle River registered 37. This was another good week with all the beats reporting success. Meikleour have been doing well recently and capped this with an excellent 9 fish on Thursday. Kercock had a great start to the week landing 8 on Monday and then worked away for the rest of the week.
Their best fish of the week was a superb 20 pounds salmon caught by Peter Chapman on Monday. The Murthly beats having doing reasonably well over the last couple of weeks.
At Newtyle Hans Abrahamsson, fishing the Tay for the first time this past week, landed fine fly caught hen fish from the Cotter. Hans is on a personal crusade to catch a salmon on Scotland's "big 4" rivers and having landed fish on the Spey and the Dee earlier this year has now added the mighty Tay to his tally.

The Upper River produced 27. The upper areas continue to catch and the spate should help them as the water should make fish move up the system. Dalguise and the Kinnaird beats had reasonable weeks. Farleyer continue to improve on their record breaking season.

The Isla registered 5 from Keithick Mains.

The Earn registered 2 from the Aberuthven beats.

The Tay Conservation Dinner will be held at the Dunkeld Hilton Hotel next Saturday 20th October 2012. Tickets are still available for this prestigious event.

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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