Saturday, February 9, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 9th February 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 9th February 2013.

The conditions last week were far better on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with more settled conditions and catches followed filling everyone with renewed optimism. Previously we experienced cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, then a thaw and a massive flood but last week everything settled down and an excellent week followed with several spring salmon landed throughout the river. The good news for this week is more settled conditions are to prevail after some snow early in the week then a colder weather forecast will settle river levels and maintain early spring sport.

Highlights of the past week on the river.
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 and this should improve over the next few weeks if we hold on to settled weather. The week started slowly with unsettled water levels but by midweek the catches improved dramatically with spring salmon landed up to 25 pounds. The catches were mainly on the lower river which is understandable with colder weather as the fish travel slowly through the river however there were exceptions with a few caught further upstream as well. On Saturday Alan Greene caught a 12 pounds spring salmon on the fly at the Dam. Lower Kinnaird had a 16 pounds spring salmon on Friday to get their season up and running. Upper Kinnaird had 2 salmon on Saturday with
Jim Andrew landing a 19 pounds beauty. The Dunkeld area proved fruitful with Dalmarnock, Dunkeld House, and Newtyle all catching. On Dunkeld House Steve Whitehead landed a 17 pounds cracker in the Chestnut pool on a Champagne Charlie from the boat on Friday. The week was finished with Iain Hogg landing an 11 pounds salmon from the Gauge pool.
At Newtyle there was a memorable 25 pounds springer caught fly fishing by Duncan Goldsmith which will be a good early runner in the Malloch Trophy for the Tay. Murthly and Glendelvine were also successful.

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 started with the river settling. Cargill got their season going with James Duncan landing an 8 ½ pounds springer with others also landed in the week. Taymount had a cracking 16 pounds beauty falling to Robin Whiteford in the Linn pool. On the opposite bank Stobhall had a memorable week landing several salmon up to 16 pounds as well. Perth and District members enjoyed great sport over their 3 days landing 5 spring salmon. Also successful on Stobhall was Willie Melrose with a 12 pounds salmon from the famous Linn pool. Burnmouth had a couple during the week getting their season underway. On Catholes Stevie Hogg from Edinburgh caught a superb 14 pounds beauty in the Back Dam spinning from the boat. Ian Kettles caught a superb 13 pounds springer on Saturday spinning from the boat in the Wash House on the Pitlochrie beat.
On Upper Scone Neil Gallacher landed a spinger on a harled fly in Pitlochrie pool and Ed Baxter caught a 14 pounds beauty in the Wash House. At Fishponds Sandip Datta caught a lovely 13 pounds salmon on Saturday.

It was certainly a week to remember with some great springers caught 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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