Sunday, February 17, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 16th February 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 16th February 2013.

The conditions last week were variable on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with more unsettled conditions but catches followed filling everyone with more optimism for the coming week. Last week there were difficult conditions with more heavy snow fall and snow melt making the river at times unfishable due to river levels being unsettled. The good news for this week is more settled conditions are to prevail with a colder weather forecast for the latter part of the week, which will settle river levels and maintain early spring sport.

Some highlights of Spring Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland in the week ending 16th February 2013.
The Spring Salmon fishing is never easy but when settled conditions prevail the sport can be magical as proved this past week with some outstanding catches despite some unsettled conditions on some days. Spring salmon were caught throughout the week up to 20 pounds in weight and throughout the river. At the top of the system

Derek Travis landed a superb 18 pounds spring salmon on the Tummel at Portnacraig in Pitlochry fly fishing from the bank. At Dalguise the spring season continued after the good start with a 13 pounds beauty for Kenny Tragham on a 40 g toby from the Bridge pool.

At Dalmarnock Robert Hall landed an 11 pounds springer from the boat on a Kynoch and Tam Dorrian caught a superb 14 pounds beauty on a salmo. At Dunkeld House some lovely spring salmon were caught with Steve Whitehead landing the fish of the week from the beat weighing 17 pounds from the Chestnut Tree pool in the boat. The Murthly beats accounted for some good spring salmon up to 20 pounds in weight.

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. On the lower river several spring salmon were landed during the week as a reasonable run continued. Islamouth caught during the week with Michael Gipson landind a 12 pounds springer from the Castle pool on Saturday. Taymount had a reasonable week with

Matthew Voce landing 2 salmon weighing 9 pounds and 13 pounds from the bank on a toby Salmo off the Linn Pool.

The Catholes again produced for Freddie Sutherland with his third springer of the year, a cracking 10 pounds beauty from the Back Dam.

On Upper Scone Guy Oliver landed a lovely springer from the boat in Aitken Head from the boat.

Further down stream Fishponds landed 3 spring salmon during the week on fly and spinner with Mr Christie accounting for a lovely 10 pounds beauty on Saturday. Lastly Lower Redgorton got off the mark with a superb springer for Mike Bridger harling a Rapala in the Hatton pool with Stuart Lean.

It was certainly a week to remember with some great springers caught despite unsettled conditions but now with more settled weather and river levels the spring catches should improve over the coming weeks assuming the run continues. It helps to be optimistic!

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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