Monday, July 29, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 27th July 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 27th July 2013.

The conditions last week were more favorable on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with better weather; slightly lower water temperatures and some rain, a steady low water and catches improved during the week. The weather is now better and the forecast for this week will give us some more rain and hopefully encourage better sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river.
Summer has well and truly arrived with settled conditions making salmon fishing difficult with higher than normal water temperatures but 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 can be maintained for the remainder of the season then it will certainly be one to remember in years to come. The Tay is currently fishing better with improving conditions after low warm water, 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 however cooler temperatures and more rain will spice up the river and would certainly help to encourage more salmon to run. The salmon gods are hopefully going to bless us with that this week again and hopefully trigger off a good run of grilse and summer 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 have now risen and temperatures dropped to hopefully 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.

Anne Woodcock from Fishpal who will be hosting the Ladies days on the river next week. There are still a few places available.

August 25th -River Tay Lunch & Auction. More details.
All the tickets for the Lunch are sold but there will be a reserve list created for people that are still interested in case of call offs.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 27th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 4, Lower Redgorton 1, Fishponds 2, Benchil and Pitlochrie 4, Stobhall 2, Taymount 2, Ballathie 11, Cargill 14, Islamouth 6, Lower and Upper Islamouth 15, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 3, Meikleour House 3, Kercock 5, Murthly 1 2, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 4.
Total: 104 Largest: Ballathie 16lbs
SEA TROUT: Murthly 2 1, Newtyle 2.
Total: 3 Largest: Murthly 2 & Newtyle 2lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone despite extreme temperatures. Early mornings when the river is at its coolest or evenings are the best options. The Upper reaches are now struggling for salmon as warmer conditions dominate. The Upper River registered 2 salmon last week from Upper Kinnaird. Californian Kathy Wolfe caught her first ever salmon from the March pool on the fly on Friday.

The Tummel system registered 4 salmon. The Tummel has been fishing very well however bright weather and low water has stopped that. A bit of water has helped and Tony Brown proved that with a cracking 10 pounds salmon caught on the fly on a shrimp pattern. Salmon are still running through the Dam in numbers. Currently there is now over 4600 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year.

On the Middle River 36 salmon were caught this past week and continues to fish reasonably well despite things falling off a bit. Conditions have improved but are still 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 has spiced things up again but early mornings and evenings remain productive. On Dalguise Adam Joseph and Brian Lewis had a reasonable week in the current circumstances landing 4 salmon mainly on fly. Dalmarnock had a couple during the week while Dunkeld House accounted for 5. It was a quieter week on Newtyle with only one fish. The Murthly beats worked away landing 9. On Kercock Jim Lamb caught 2 salmon, an 8 pounds salmon and a 4 pounds grilse. David Guest had his first fish, a nice 6 pounds grilse. Roger and Larry Sheridan caught a grilse each, both weighing 5 pounds. 5 fish in total for the week-which was good given the sun and low river levels.

The Lower River had 61 salmon for the week. Islamouth was again successful with consistent catches for the week. Ballathie and Cargill have started to do much better as the river levels drop, which is expected for the beats in the current conditions with deeper gorge like pools. Both beats had excellent weeks with several fish lost as well. On Ballathie the Wilson party caught 11 for the week, while Cargill finished with 13. Currently any salmon that are running the lower river are going straight to Ballathie and favouring the beat. The lower beats are starting to catch odd fish but finding it difficult in the current conditions. Even Almondmouth are struggling proving the run has not really got going, as it would be catching in reasonable numbers.

At Stanley Tim Atkinson had a couple of fish and lost another good one from the Skellies on Benchil earlier in the week. Tom Jennings also caught on Benchil. More water from the week end should help the lower river for this coming week.

The Isla registered 0 salmon.

It was certainly a much better week with improved conditions and more fish were caught, the river must hope for yet more cooler weather and some rain with lower river levels to encourage salmon to run over the coming weeks 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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