Sunday, October 7, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 6th October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the Week ending 6th October 2012.

The catches were good last week but hard earned again after more fluctuating water levels from heavy rain in the west early in the week and yet more annoying Hydro rises at the end of the week,
A nice little surprise on Saturday from the Tummel!
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 settled this week with some rain on Thursday 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 were reasonable after a 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
This one was from the Lyon!
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 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 Celsius. The river will be settled for the start of the week with more glorious autumn sunshine forecast 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.
View from Stanley down to Benchil.

There were 352 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 close to 30 pounds. The largest fish of the week was 26 pounds from Dalguise. Salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower River to the Upper River.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 6th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 43, Waulkmill 27, Lower Redgorton 38, Luncarty 2, Upper Redgorton 21, Fishponds 11, Benchil and Pitlochrie 13, Upper Scone 10, Catholes 2, Burnmouth 4, Stobhall 17, Taymount 37, Ballathie 23, Cargill 24, Islamouth 15, Lower and Upper Islamouth 4, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 4, Kercock 13, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 5, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 2, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 5, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lower Aberuthven 3, Keithick Mains 2.
Total: 352 Largest: Dalguise 26lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 2, Luncarty 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 1, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lower Aberuthven 10.
Total: 20 Largest: Waulkmill 4lbs

On the Lower River 291 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 43. The Stormont Angling club members are also picking up a few good clean fish on the fly and that can be a barometer for the river. Lower Redgorton continued where they left off last week with some good double figure days and fish up to 25 pounds. Waulkmill and
Fishponds also had productive weeks with some good days. Bill and Sandra Robbins had a reasonable week on Upper Redgorton working extremely hard for their successes. At Stanley Peter Fosters party enjoyed a good week landing 13 salmon with Oliver Beham catching the largest fish of the week weighing 23 pounds. Stobhall and Taymount had reasonable weeks with a highlight of 14 for Taymount on Saturday when all around them were finding it extremely difficult after yet another hydro rise from the Tummel. Ballathie and Cargill had good weeks picking up fish on most days.

The Middle River registered 36. This was a much better week with all the beats reporting success. Kercock had 13 fish for the week. The largest 18 pounds, was caught by Chris Palmer who also had one at 10 pounds. Some of the other anglers who got fish were; Roy McKeracker 3, the largest 16lbs. Dougie Mclean got 3, Stuart Mensley had 1 and Jim Lamb got 2. The Murthly beats continue to produce fish on a regular basis.
At Newtyle Damian Gunn landed an 18 pounds cock salmon fly fishing in the Boil which was the largest fish from the beat last week. Dunkeld House has also been producing on most days.

The Upper River produced 19. Dalguise had a good week and had a highlight of a 26 pounds fish on Saturday. The Farleyer beats continue to have success landing several more fish this past week.
Sunset at Stanley.

The Isla registered 2 from Keithick Mains.

The Earn registered 4 from the Aberuthven beats.

The Tay Conservation Dinner will be held at the Dunkeld Hilton Hotel on 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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