Monday, August 12, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 10th August 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 10th August 2013.

The conditions are improving and more favorable on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with better weather; slightly lower water temperatures and more rain, a steady low water and catches have improved again this past week with around 250 salmon registered. The weather is now better and the forecast for this week of sunshine and showers will hopefully encourage better sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river.

Summer action on fly and spinner taken recently.
Summer is still here but with cooler river temperatures and some rain hopefully making settled conditions to improve sport 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 well 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. Cooler temperatures and recent rain have spiced up the river and helped encourage more salmon to run. The salmon gods are hopefully going to bless us with 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 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. The auction and silent auction offer some great lots.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 10th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 28, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 3, Luncarty Summer and Autumn 1, Catholes Summer and Autumn 3, Fishponds 4, Benchil and Pitlochrie 4, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 21, Taymount 16, Ballathie 14, Cargill 28, Islamouth 12, Lower and Upper Islamouth 19, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 3, Meikleour House 9, Kercock 15, Murthly 1 5, Glendelvine 6, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 15, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 9, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2.
Total: 244 Largest: Dalguise 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Taymount 1, Murthly 2 1.
Total: 3 Largest: Murthly 2 3lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone after rain and cooler river 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 0 salmon last week.

The Tummel system registered 2 salmon from Portnacraig. The Tummel has struggled with bright weather and low water. Calum McRoberts and Gordon Nichol also had success in the Pitlochry Angling clubs Sawmill stream. Salmon are still running through the Dam in numbers. Currently there is now approaching 5000 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year.

On the Middle River 83 salmon were caught this past week and continues to fish well after a freshen up from recent rain. Lower Kinnaird had a few fish during the week up to 17 pounds in weight. On Dalguise Stephen Betts from Kirkintulloch caught his first ever salmon weighing 13 pounds spinning in the Bridge Pool. John Geddes caught a superb fish to remember weighing 24 pounds on a Toby Salmo. They had a fantastic end to week with four fish added to the book. Angus Carruthers landed two fish, Colin Henderson one and Mrs Wright landed her first ever salmon. A fine 11 pounder caught on the fly at the Tail of the Island. Dalmarnock also caught salmon up to 19 pounds on the fly. Dunkeld House had a good week with several salmon landed. Robert Moore and James Jaffrey caught salmon from the Ivy Tree pool on flying C and fly respectively.

Karl Sauerwald at the grand old age of 85 caught a 7 pounds salmon on the fly from the Cathederal stream while his daughter Nicola caught 2 salmon up to 9 pounds on the spinner. Between the two of them they caught 6 salmon in 4 days. It was 15 salmon for the week with Norwegian Sverre Lolli catching a 3 pounds grilse from the Rock Pool.

Newtyle had a few salmon during the week with David Ritchie catching a 13 pounds fish from the boil. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats continue to fish reasonably well. Kercock caught 15 fish for the week; James MacLennan from Mull, had 3 on the fly at Boatlands pool, the largest 12 pounds. Darren Kaye had 2 and Norrie MacLeod had 2.

Dougy Morison took two brothers from South Africa to Kercock aided by ghillie Gary Harkin. They hadn't fished before. Ivan Minucci landed a grilse in the afternoon and shortly after Saba, his brother, caught one about 10 pounds. This is the second week running that two brothers, new to fishing, have caught fish when they've been with Dougy Morrison of Kinnear Fishing in Tayside. Stewart Donald had a15 pounds salmon on a Park shrimp. Mrs Sam Datta caught a nice grilse.

The Lower River had 160 salmon for the week following improved conditions and more fish running. Islamouth was again successful with consistent catches for the week. Cargill and Ballathie had good weeks with Cargill landing 14 on Monday. A good head of salmon are now lying in the beats which is helping sport with ideal water heights. Taymount and Stobhall had improved sport as well with the extra water. Further down stream sport was hard earned as it seem limited runs were coming through the lower stretches however catches were still achieved. Catholes produced 3 superb salmon for ghillie John Bennett on Friday all caught on fly.

It was ladies day on Benchil on Monday and Anna Tankerville did not disappoint catching her first ever salmon, a superb 14 pounds beauty on a spinner. It was a good day with other salmon lost and valuable funds raised for the salmon eggs in the classroom project for the Tay Foundation.

There was a double for the Lawrence family on Fishponds with Father and son landing salmon up to 10 pounds. Craig caught his 10 pounds beauty on a Sun Ray Shadow. Almondmouth have had a few fish but not the numbers expected with the fresher water encouraging salmon to run. This will surely change this coming week.

The Isla registered 0 salmon but the recent water has made fish run and this figure does not reflect the truth.
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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