Sunday, October 28, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 27th October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 27th October 2012.

The catches were reasonable last week but hard earned again after the river fell away with no rainfall but some of the days on the river were spectacular with bright late sunshine giving us some memorable views of autumnal colours and some cracking fresh salmon were also caught. The weather is to remain settled this week for the last 3 days of the season with little or no 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 26 pounds in weight, this was again encouraging and hopefully will continue.
The light is about to fade on another Tay Salmon fishing season on Wednesday.

Conditions were good but everyone had to work hard for success. River levels dropped throughout the week without any hydro influence for a change and excellent catches for the second week of the extension were maintained throughout the beats taking part. It must be mentioned that the Canoe Tay Decent caused mayhem for the river on Saturday but every effort will be made to sort this one for next year by the Tay Board. We all must get on together and the river benefits all types of activities but fishing and 500 craft coming down the river at the same time does not work! The water levels are still falling and fresh salmon continue to run the river, which is heartening.
Fresh fish were running hard through the river still at this late point as sea liced salmon were caught right up as far as the middle stretches. The water temperature has started to fall, which is expected at this time of year but not dramatically. Currently it is around 44 degrees Fahrenheit or 6.5 Celsius. The river will be settled for the start of the week 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 275 salmon reported which was another good week for the river. 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 26 pounds from Upper Redgorton. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 27th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 6, Waulkmill 4, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 10, Fishponds 12, Benchil and Pitlochrie 16, Upper Scone 15, Catholes 2, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 32, Taymount 36, Ballathie 35, Cargill 12, Islamouth 6, Lower and Upper Islamouth 20, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 5, Meikleour House 5, Kercock 18, Newtyle 15, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 8, Dalguise 10, Upper Aberuthven 1.
Total: 275 Largest: Upper Redgorton 26lbs
SEA TROUT: Taymount 2, Lower Aberuthven 8.
Total: 10 Largest: Lower Aberuthven 3lbs

On the Lower River 208 salmon were landed. All the lower beats are having reasonable success but having to work extremely hard using all sorts of methods to gain catches and this has been pretty much the case since September. 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 catches.
The Fishponds and Upper Redgorton had good weeks catching a good few salmon that were by and large fresh run. Upper Redgorton yet again had the largest fish of the week, which weighed in at 26 pounds on Monday. Not content with that they promptly landed a 24 pounds fish the next day. Upper Scone and Stanley also had reasonable weeks landing just over 30 fish for the week. Fresh fish were caught on these beats as well. Stanley welcomed Ghillies from fellow big four rivers the Dee and Spey with Mark Melville having success on the fly. Interestingly on Friday it was a size 10 fly that proved effective despite river temperatures dropping away. On Saturday on Benchil
Terry Lynch landed his first ever salmon on the fly weighing 21 pounds from the long shot. Not a bad start for Terry, the spinning kit will be second choice now! On the Catholes regular visitors Bob Hunter and John Lessels landed salmon on Thursday. Stobhall and Taymount had excellent weeks again landing several fresh salmon. Ballathie had an excellent week with the lower water suiting them. Islamouth continued its excellent season and must have been one of the most productive beats on any river in Scotland.

The Middle River registered 56. This was another good week with all the beats reporting success. Kercock did well throughout the week landing several salmon of which fresh salmon featured heavily.
Jim Dickson and Mark Thomson were amongst the successful rods landing some cracking salmon. Newtyle had a reasonable week and landed sea liced salmon as well.
Successful rods included Jon Wood landing a cracking fish fly fishing the Boil, Malcolm Anderson, Calum McRoberts, Peter Dobson, Andy Kerr and Brandon Bryant.
Further upstream Dalmarnock also landed a few fish with fish up to 18 pounds.

The Upper River produced 10 salmon all from Dalguise, which was a good week.

The Earn registered 1 from the Aberuthven beats. Fresh fish are also running the Earn.

The Tay Conservation Dinner was held at the Dunkeld Hilton Hotel on Saturday 20th October with a good turn out raising valuable revenue for the Tay Board Hatchery. Over £20,000 was raised on the night and thank you all very much for taking part. Long Service awards went to Bill Sutherland of Baldarroch, John Tait of Upper Redgorton and Jimmy Last of the Waulkmill beat.

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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