Sunday, February 3, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 2nd February 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 2nd February 2013.

The conditions last week were not ideal on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. Previously we experienced cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, and then last week we had a thaw, which caused a massive flood that lasted most of the week. These extremes again reflected in the catch returns for the week with disappointing returns however with more settled conditions now prevailing for the coming week the river levels and temperatures should drop giving some renewed optimism for the coming week.

The Spring Salmon fishing is never easy but as mentioned all ready with more extremes in the weather catches were curtailed yet again this past week. There were exceptions and some good spring salmon were landed throughout the system. At the start of the week
Bill Thomson caught a cracking 11 pounds spring salmon from the Ferry Pool at Dunkeld on the Newtyle beat on his first visit. Also on the same day the Upper Kinnaird beat accounted for 2 salmon weighing up to 17 pounds then on Thursday
Jim Andrew caught a cracking 11 pounds beauty from the Channel on the same part of the river. It was not easy on the river last week with mostly fluctuating water heights and a fair bit of colour curtailing sport. Things improved towards the end of the week with heights easing and the colour coming out of the river. This was the case on Friday on the Catholes as Freddie Sutherland landed a lovely 14 pounds spring salmon from the Back Dam against the odds. The conditions were even better on Saturday and Upper Scone got off the mark with a lovely 9 pounds fresh springer landed by John Tuckwell from the boat in Aitken Head.

Ghillie Dave Barwick nets a spring salmon form Aitken Head on the Benchil beat of the Upper Scone fishings.

A proud John Tuckwell after a difficult week due to the adverse conditions.

Dalguise also caught on Saturday with 2 spring salmon weighing up to 9 pounds. The conditions are set to improve further this coming week with a colder forecast that will settle the river and hopefully produce some more spring sport.

It was certainly a week to remember weather wise again and for the odd springer caught but now with a more settled water and forecast the spring catches should improve over the coming weeks assuming that continues. It helps to be an optimist!

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on to be included in the reports.

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