Monday, July 8, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 6th July 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 6th July 2013.

The conditions last week were good on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with good weather and a little rain; a falling steady river and catches were improved during the week. The weather is now much warmer and there is a good forecast for this week with little chance of rain but hopefully this will continue to give us great prospects and will maintain sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river.
Summer has well and truly arrived and when settled conditions prevail sport can be magical as has proved this season so far with some outstanding catches and numerous spring salmon registered in the Tay system above expectation, let us hope the sport is maintained for the remainder of the season then it will certainly be one to remember in years to come. The Tay is currently fishing very well despite being low, salmon run this mighty river every day of the year due to its vast volume of water and is certainly a good destination to catch a salmon; you will maybe catch a fish of your dreams after the emergence of some monster salmon. The river offers a variety of possibilities for all standards of anglers with ghillies only too keen to teach the novices and this mighty river can produce a memorable salmon for the keen fly fisher. Levels and temperatures have now risen hopefully to encourage more salmon to run the river and spread out. Pools can be easily covered from bank and boat with modern technology. Why not have a go and sample this magical river. The fishing is supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently the nature along the river is tremendous with numerous wild flowers. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Summer Events on the Tay.
August 5th & 6th-Ladies Days on Benchil and Newtyle. More details.
August 25th –River Tay Lunch & Auction. More details.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 6th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 11, Lower Redgorton 9, Benchil and Pitlochrie 4, Stobhall 8, Taymount 8, Ballathie 9, Cargill 10, Islamouth 15, Lower and Upper Islamouth 11, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 1, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 9, Murthly 2 4, Newtyle 7, Dunkeld House 3, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 3, Farleyer Upper 2.
Total: 124 Largest: Lower Redgorton & Stobhall & Murthly 1 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 6, Benchil and Pitlochrie 4, Burnmouth 1, Newtyle 1, Lower Kinnaird 3.
Total: 15 Largest: Lower Redgorton & Lower Kinnaird 4lbs
TROUT: None reported
Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone and there is a continuing emergence of some larger multi sea winter salmon up to around 20 plus pounds, which is superb news. Sea trout and Grilse are also starting to appear. The Upper reaches are now encountering more fresh salmon as warmer conditions appear. The Upper River registered 5 salmon from the Upper Kinnaird and Farleyer beats. A bit of rain and increased water levels would help the upper areas. Further news from the upper beats would be welcome for the report.

The Tummel system registered 0 salmon. The Tummel has been fishing very well however bright weather and salmon running through the Dam in numbers has curtailed sport. Currently there is now over 3700 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year.

On the Middle River 34 salmon were caught this past week and continues to fish well despite things falling off a bit. Conditions have become a bit more difficult however the beats are reporting seeing several salmon in the pools but bright conditions and falling river levels are not helping. A little water should spice things up again but early mornings and evenings remain productive. Lower Kinnaird worked away with salmon up to 12 pounds. On Dalguise well known Tay Angler, Craig Cowan hooked and landed a cracking 11 pounds fish from the Bridge Pool on a 30g Copper Salmo, fished upstream. Great determination, as Craig had earlier hooked and lost a fish in the same spot! Also another was fish hooked and “long distance” released by Dee angler John, a member of Nigel Sheraton’s party. At Dalmarnock Adrian Parr landed a sea liced 12 pounds salmon fly fishing. On Dunkeld House fishing’s Stan Nicol enjoyed his birthday with 3 salmon up to 12 pounds on flying C.

On Newtyle Jennifer Ramsay celebrated her 50yh birthday prematurely by landing her first ever fly caught salmon weighing 15 pounds from the steps pool.

On Friday Steven Blair, now from Perth Australia caught his first ever salmon weighing 10 pounds. The Murthly beats continued to work away catching salmon on most days. At Glendlvine Keith Arthurs from Sky Sports Tight Lines caught his first ever salmon and it was a Tay salmon on the fly. Simply superb and hopefully we will see it on the TV soon.

At Kercock George Deacon caught an 8 pounds salmon on a flying c in the Dungeon, Callum Imray had a 15 pounds fish and Scott Connachan had a nice 12 pounds salmon, Scott has had two visits to the Tay at Kercock and caught on both occasions.

The Lower River had 85 salmon for the week. The lower river is now producing more salmon as the river drops away and the lower beats get back into full swing with all the boats back in operation. Islamouth was again successful but under the normal expectation for the time of year and conditions. Ballathie and Cargill have started to do better as the river levels drop which is expected. Cargill had a good week. Keith Arthurs Sky team visited the beat and were successful on the couple of visits earlier in the week. Taymount and Stobhall continued to do well throughout the week. At Stanley the Skellies was the place with 4 salmon coming from that area in the week up to 17 pounds. John Morrison had a good day on the Pitlochrie beat landing a 14 pounds sea liced beauty from the Woodside and breaking with another heavier fish. The lower water is starting to favour the lower beats and Almondmouth has started to register a few fish, which will improve if these conditions prevail. The Bleechings has been the place on Lower Redgorton with a few caught on fly in the week. It is an extremely productive low water pool on the Tay.

The Isla registered 0 salmon.

It was certainly another superb week to remember with some great stories, at last some warmer weather and salmon caught with good conditions but now as we enter Summer with warmer weather and lower river levels the catches will hopefully be maintained over the coming weeks assuming the run continues and spread throughout the entire system. Please maintain the Catch and Release code for the river to protect our sport for the future.

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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