Sunday, October 21, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 20th October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 20th October 2012.

The catches were reasonable last week but hard earned again after the river had another small spate and the colour slowly came out of the lower river from the Isla, we are now looking for an improvement in catches as the river settles back for the last 10 days in October and an anticipated late run. The good news is that the weather is to remain settled this week 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.

Conditions improved after rain but everyone had to work hard for success. River levels fluctuated from a spate in the middle of the week however excellent catches for the first week of the extension were maintained throughout the beats taking part. 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. It was noticeable on Friday that fresh fish were running hard through the river 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 46 degrees Fahrenheit or 8 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.
Superb autumn colours at Stanley Mills.

There were 295 salmon reported which was another good week for the river despite the unsettled water levels. 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 caught by 8 year old Cally Hay. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 20th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 12, Waulkmill 11, Lower Redgorton 1, Luncarty 14, Upper Redgorton 11, Fishponds 28, Benchil and Pitlochrie 12, Upper Scone 12, Catholes 4, Burnmouth 6, Stobhall 16, Taymount 43, Ballathie 24, Cargill 15, Islamouth 18, Lower and Upper Islamouth 8, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 15, Kercock 12, Newtyle 10, Dunkeld House 3, Dalmarnock 4, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 2, Edradynate 2, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Lower Aberuthven 2.
Total: 295 Largest: Upper Redgorton 26lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 9, Benchil and Pitlochrie 3, Upper Scone 3, Burnmouth 1, Cargill 2, Lower Aberuthven 10.
Total: 28 Largest: Lower Aberuthven 4lbs

On the Lower River 235 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 river settles down. 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. There have been good runs up the Almond, Shochie and Ordie was has depleted the lower beat resident stock but fresh salmon continue to be caught as they run up the river.
Fishponds had a fair bit of success throughout the week landing salmon up to 24 pounds. At Luncarty Ian Kettles party enjoyed good sport on Monday and Wednesday with John Mollison landing a couple of cracking fish weighing 18 and 16 pounds. Upper Scone hard regular rods back to fish in the extension period and had reasonable success. Gary Perks caught several salmon but it was the one that got away caused the talking point. On Saturday he hooked a very large fish in Horsey, which jumped a couple of times but took a last run and came off. Gary and experienced ghillie Dave Barwick estimated the beast at over 30 pounds. Gary is still shaking! On the Stanley fishing beats Alistair Sheachs party landed a few earlier in the week with Nick Turner landing 3 fish up to 14 pounds which were mostly fresh run. Later in the week Simon Harrops party enjoyed reasonable success with young
Louis Abbott landing his first salmon, which was one of three up to 14 pounds. Catholes also reported during the week with 3 salmon landed on Thursday by John Lessels and Bob Hunter. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks and reported several fresh run salmon. Ballathie and Cargill did not disappoint landing good catches and also the usual large salmon in the low twenties.
Paul Dolman with a 10 pounds sea liced fish on the fly from Islamouth.
Islamouth are finishing off the season strongly with good days throughout the week and a great day on Friday with 12, which were largely sea liced.

The Middle River registered 44. This was another good week with all the beats reporting success. The Miekleour beat had another good week with another good catch on Friday with 9. Kercock also had a successful week landing several salmon with Paul Howell landing a 20 pounds salmon amongst a few others to his rod. Other successful anglers included Bruce Cooper, Robin Batchelor and
Craig McNichol landing good fish, which were largely fresh. At Murthly there was a good few days at the end of the week for Ian Scrutons party landing the best part of 20 salmon for 3 days with a few sea liced fish in the total which was very welcome and encouraging. Newtyle were also reporting sea liced salmon with
Lewis Gunn landing his first salmon on Tuesday, a 4 pounds grilse.

The Upper River produced 14. 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 Earn registered 2 from the Aberuthven beats. Now the Earn has been in spate more Earn fish are expected.

The Tay Conservation Dinner was held at the Dunkeld Hilton Hotel on Saturday 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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