Sunday, August 18, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 17th August 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 17th August 2013.

The conditions are improving slowly on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with better weather; slightly lower water temperatures and rain showers, a steady low river height and catches have been maintained again this past week with a reasonable catch. The weather is now better and a forecast for this week of sunshine and showers will hopefully encourage better sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river. Most people are now looking for a big spate to clean the river out and trigger off better sport but that will not happen this current week.
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, however it must be said everyone is having to work extremely hard to gain results under the current conditions. 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

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 still. The Upper reaches are now struggling for salmon as warmer conditions dominate. The Upper River registered 5 salmon last week from Upper Kinnaird and the Farleyer beats.

David Kent had a successful start to his salmon fishing career catching a lovely salmon on his first hour’s salmon fishing on Upper Kinnaird on the fly from the March pool.

Tristan Vratil also achieved the same result earlier in the week. Superb stuff and well done both anglers.

The Tummel system registered 2 salmon from Loch Faskally. The Tummel has struggled with bright weather and low water. 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 51 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. On Dalguise Dr Howard Waring and Malcolm Bennett caught salmon during the week. Dalmarnock had a couple of fish on Tuesday. Dunkeld House also caught a few during the week but the main talking point was a 28 pounds salmon caught by John MacMillan on the fly from the Rock pool on a Red Francis. The feeling was that it was probably a spring salmon as it was fairly coloured. Newtyle, Murthly and the Glendelvine beats caught but not in the usual numbers and would desperately like more water as all the beats in the area to liven sport up in the coming weeks.

Kercock had a reasonable week with 9 salmon, 14 year old Caleb Jack landed a 10 pounds salmon and 5 pound Grilse in the Dungeon. Jim McEwan, Billy McInnes, Robert Mcfarlane, Mark Thomson all had fish and Colin Chisholm had a nice salmon on the fly also.

The Lower River had 105 salmon for the week following improved conditions and more fish running. Islamouth was again successful with consistent catches for the week. Cargill and Ballathie continue to fair well but are finding it harder as the rest of the river. Despite catches being secured everyone is loosing a lot of fish for some reason.

Taymount had a good week with experienced rods exploiting the beat despite difficult conditions. Local anglers Simon Furniss, the Ferries and the Deacons all caught salmon mainly on the fly having a good but hard week. Down at Stanley the fishing was not easy but on Upper Scone the Erne’s had success over the week. On Stanley Alun Reese’s party worked extremely hard over their three day visit.

Richard Jeffrey caught a couple of salmon and Lee Davies caught a grilse on a Sun Ray. This was a small report from Mark Roberts. “The head Ghillie Bob White and Jimmy couldn't have done more for us to ensure we had a great trip. The water appeared perfect but only a few fish running which made the fishing hard with running fish snapping at the fly but soon letting go after the initial pull. I had a fish on in the first 5 minutes with it just coming off. Three fish caught for the week all fresh and sea liced but many more hooked and lost by us all. The crack was brilliant and the laughs long and hard. I couldn't have been with a nicer group of guys and must thank Alun Rees for organising it all and putting the trip together. Wading still an effort for me since the spinal op but am still improving.” Thanks Mark. 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. The youngsters are certainly the story of the week on our system and should be encouraged as much as possible. 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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