Sunday, September 22, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 21st September 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 21st September 2013.

The conditions on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland changed this past week with much colder water temperatures making the residential fish more aggressive and catches have improved dramatically with over 600 salmon registered but it must be said it has not been easy for many beats. The summer like weather is disappearing with now a distinct autumnal feel and a more unsettled weather pattern giving us colder nights and rain showers which will hopefully encourage better sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river. Most people are still looking for a big spate to clean the river out to encourage a good run of fresher salmon to benefit all.

Clips of Autumn Salmon fishing primarily from the lower Tay in mid September 2013. Scenery, anglers fishing and catching on fly and spinner.
Autumn is here 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, a few areas have had great summer and autumn catches so far due to excessive low water. 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 reasonably 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 limited rain has spiced up the river and helped encourage some salmon to run, however it must be said everyone has to work extremely hard to gain results under the current conditions. The salmon gods are hopefully going to bless us with a large spate and an improved run of autumn salmon over the next few weeks. 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. The Ospreys have now gone south but the Geese should be arriving from the north 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!”

Autumn salmon fly fishing on the lower Tay, Perthshire, Scotland in September 2013.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 21st September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 91, Waulkmill 33, Lower Redgorton 32, Luncarty Summer and Autumn 4, Catholes Summer and Autumn 3, Upper Redgorton 27, Fishponds 12, Benchil and Pitlochrie 17, Upper Scone 11, Catholes 3, Stobhall 36, Taymount 51, Ballathie 49, Cargill 62, Islamouth 38, Lower and Upper Islamouth 23, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 14, Meikleour House 4, Kercock 18, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 2, Murthly 2 13, Newtyle 15, Dunkeld House 18, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 7, Upper Kinnaird 3, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 6, Lower Aberuthven 4.
Total: 611 Largest: Almondmouth & Cargill 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 3, Upper Scone 1, Cargill 2, Murthly 1 1, Murthly 2 1, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 4, Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 14 Largest: Cargill 4lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone after occasional rain showers and cooler river temperatures.

The Lower River caught approximately 500 salmon for the week. There was steady action at Islamouth during the week with several salmon caught. Ian Mitchell’s party had a superb last 3 days with 38 salmon caught on fly.

Amoungst the successful anglers was Neil Tong with a 17 pounds fish from the New Shot. Ballathie and Cargill continue to have excellent catches in the river again this week with continued low water as salmon have packed into the beat and have landed over 100 salmon between them for the week up to an impressive 24 pounds. Ballathie had an enjoyable week with most salmon caught on fly and reporting some heavy fish as well. Cargill did well again with fish up to 24 pounds. Stobhall and Taymount also had good weeks landing 90 salmon. Nigel Gibbs party on Taymount enjoyed a great week with good catches on every day, Johan Pleinis landing a superb 18 pounds beauty and

John Derry catching a very fresh 23 pounds cracker from the Finford Stream. At Stanley the fishing was more difficult but catches were still achieved. On Upper Scone George Mason’s party worked hard for success.

Tim Greenfields party had a good week considering the conditions with success for Frank Muller, John Colen, David Boothroyd and Andrew Shorthouse. Andrew defied everyone on Thursday landing 3 on the fly from the Woodside when no one else got an offer.

Brian Colen landed 2 on Saturday on fly completing a good week. On Upper Redgorton the Robbins party enjoyed a good week with

Hugh Robbins doing very well landing salmon largely on fly and odd ones on Floating Devon.

Nigel Ford also chipped in with good fish. Lower Redgorton had a much better week with Dr Colin Jones doing very well on fly.

Ian Muir also caught salmon up to 22 pounds on fly. Fishponds and Waulkmill had reasonable weeks as well. Almondmouth had a better week with 91 salmon. Salmon are also being caught down on the Stormont Angling Club water with over 10 per day being caught.

On the Middle River 101 salmon were registered and are desperate for more water to encourage more fresh salmon to run and liven sport up. Salmon are lying in most of the pools throughout the beats but are proving difficult to tempt, rain and more water would change that.

On Dalguise the Briggs party enjoyed a good week on fly and spinner. Jonathan Dingwell and Peter Wells started the week off catching on the fly fish up to 12 pounds then Wally Wales caught 2 salmon from the Bridge pool on a red and yellow Cone Head on Tuesday including a 15 pounds fish. The party ended with 7 for their week with Jonathan Brigg landing 2 from the Bridge pool and Duncan catching a fresh run grilse on the fly from the neck of the Otterstone. Andy Kerr caught a couple of salmon from Dalmarnock on the fly on Saturday. Dunkeld House had a good week with several salmon landed. Successful anglers included Alistair Harper, Dennis Nicolson, Bruce Hay, Jim McDonald, Gordon Pollock, Curtis Behrent and Ronnie Park landing salmon by various means up to 15 pounds.

Newtyle also did well with an excellent catch for the week. Jimmy Black had a good few days landing 4 salmon fly fishing. The fly did well for most including Bob Kenyon catching a 16 pounds fish from the St Mary’s stream and his 87 year old father landing a 6 pounds grilse from the Cotter. Other catchers included Peter Kempe, Bill Hannon, Andrew Long and Clive Pegler landing his first ever Scottish salmon.

Stuart Oglesby caught his first fly caught salmon from the Boil. The Murthly beats had a reasonable week considering the conditions. Kercock had a good week landing 18 fish with the biggest being caught by Stuart Tindall and Roddy Bramwell at 15 pounds, both on the fly. Keith Lovell had a 10 pounder and Christopher Tindall landed a 12 pounder. Mr and Mrs Wood both caught as well landing good sized grilse.

The Upper reaches are now struggling for salmon after prolonged low water levels. The Upper River registered 12 salmon last week from Farleyer and Upper Kinnaird.

The Tummel system registered 0 salmon. The Tummel has struggled with bright weather and low water. Salmon are still running through the Dam in numbers. Currently there is now over 5200 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year.

The Isla registered 0 salmon. The Earn registered 4 salmon from Lower Aberuthven.
It was certainly a hard week with good conditions and a reasonable catch, the river must hope for yet more 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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