Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Review 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Review 2012.

FishTay have reported 6679 Salmon and Grilse for the 2012 fishing season. In terms of the salmon and grilse catch, the 2012 season total shows an 8.3 % increase on 2011 and a 7 % increase on the 5 year average for FishTay beats. Catches reported per month through the season were as follows Jan 38, Feb 97, Mar 280, Apr 310, May 474, Jun 578, Jul 810, Aug 904, Sep 1598 and October 1590. The spring period Feb to May, showed a 3.5 % increase on 2011, summer period, Jun to Aug a 1.6 % decrease on 2011, and the autumn period, Sept and Oct, an 18.9 % increase on 2011. Another aspect of the catch was the continuation of larger multi sea winter salmon being caught throughout the Tay system in the 20 to 30 pounds class plus a few over 30.
A superb spring salmon from Newtyle.
To provide some context it has to be said the 2012 salmon rod catch was in fact reasonable although everyone had to work extremely hard to achieve these results plus inclement weather in August did not help matters. The end of the season was heartening with a substantial increase especially in the extension period, which was with a feeling that a real autumn run had not taken place and was reflected by all the big rivers. Fresh salmon were still running the river right up to the last day and the extra 2 weeks gave the local economy a much needed boost. The river can not be complacent about these figures as we expect a lot more and every effort must be made to take the river forward to the levels of the past and put the mighty Tay in its rightful position of being the premiere salmon fishing destination in the world. It should be pointed out there are a number of beats that do not report catches on the FishTay website and the full rod catch for the River Tay in 2012 will be quite a bit higher than shown on the FishTay website.
The 2012 Salmon Season opened on the Tay with great publicity in the press and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river high exposure.

Some video footage of the Opening Ceremony.

There were opening day events throughout the Tay district with the larger ceremonies taking place at Dunkeld and Kenmore. Steve Lomas, Manager of St Johnstone FC and former Manchester City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder, opened the salmon fishing season on the Tay at Dunkeld House in front of a large gathering on Monday. The ceremony was organised by the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist and Angling Associations and was supported by the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board marking the start of the 2012 season. MP’s and MSP’s were also in attendance and the event was televised by STV news.

Month by month review to follow.

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