Sunday, September 29, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 28th September 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 28th September 2013.

The conditions on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland changed this past week yet again with much warmer water temperatures making life far more difficult here and on all rivers in Scotland reducing catches dramatically and it must be said it has not been easy for many beats on the Tay. The summer like weather reappeared this past week but hopefully will disappear with now a distinct autumnal feel and a more unsettled weather pattern giving us colder nights and far more rain 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.

Late September Salmon fly fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland 2013.
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!”

Beat catches reported
(week ending 28th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 72, Waulkmill 26, Lower Redgorton 37, Luncarty Summer and Autumn 3, Upper Redgorton 8, Fishponds 13, Benchil and Pitlochrie 3, Upper Scone 7, Catholes 1, Burnmouth 3, Stobhall 26, Taymount 31, Ballathie 32, Cargill 26, Islamouth 12, Lower and Upper Islamouth 4, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 1, Meikleour House 7, Kercock 8, Glendelvine 3, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 5, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 9, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 6, Farleyer Lower 3, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 366 Largest: Kercock 29lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 5, Upper Scone 2.
Total: 9 Largest: Upper Scone 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 300 salmon for the week. Islamouth had a reasonable week catching on most days. Salmon are also being caught down on the Stormont Angling Club water with over 10 per day being caught. Jane Mercer Nairne had the chance to have a cast on her beat with a cracking 15 pounds salmon from Davy's Stone on the fly with ghillie Daniel. Ballathie and Cargill continue to enjoy low water conditions with a very good week. Ballathie had days of 9 and 7 with owner John Milligan enjoying good success while

Cargill landed a 24 pounds salmon on the fly by Peter Alawallia. Stobhall had a reasonable week with the Norman party. Taymount also enjoyed good success with regular catches throughout the week. Jim Forrester caught on the fly from the Catholes on Saturday. The Stanley beats are finding life extremely difficult and catches are hard earned. Peter Annan, Alistair Sheach and

Ken McKenzie all caught on fly from Benchil. Upper Scone had JCB fishing for the week and had a result on late Saturday with one rod landing 3 fish in 30 minutes from the Long shot on Benchil. A Swiss party worked hard to enjoy success on Upper Redgorton. Fishponds did reasonably well with Adam Joseph and

Mr Maxwell landing salmon on the fly. The very lower beats are fairing much better now with the prolonged low water conditions with Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton both doing well. Neville Johnson’s party had good success on Waulkmill. Dougie Wangert had a good day on Luncarty on Saturday landing 3 salmon up to 7 pounds. Almondmouth had another good week with 72 salmon. The Stormont Angling club is also fishing well due to the river conditions.

On the Middle River 50 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.

Lower Kinnaird had a productive week catching several salmon with Lewis Harvey catching 2 fish up to 11 pounds on the fly on Friday. Dalguise had a difficult week that was mirrored by most of the river. Fen Howieson still managed a 4 pounds grilse from the Tail of the Island on a fly. Dalmarnock reported odd success with a MacNad achieved with a 14 pounds salmon and

Mike Sutton landing a 12 pounds fish earlier in the week. Dunkeld House also found life difficult but Vittori Spasciani caught 2 fish on the fly from the Lady pool and the Island.

Newtyle saw their 200th fish of the season caught by Andy Kerr from the Cotter, which was a tremendous achievement for the beat. Earlier in the week Ian Shaw had good success on fly, Calum McRoberts, Stuart Oglesby and Damian Gunn all caught. Murthly and Glendelvine struggled under the current conditions. Kercock had 8 for the week with John Dewar catching his first salmon at 7 pounds, George Hunter, Jamie Turner and Ken Mackie all caught. Ken Mackie caught a super 29 pounds fish on the fly, which took a Willie Gunn fly and must be a serious Malloch Trophy contender.

The Upper reaches are now struggling for salmon after prolonged low water levels. The Upper River registered 11 salmon last week from Farleyer beats and Upper Kinnaird.

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 over 5800 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year.

The Isla registered 0 salmon. The Earn registered 0 salmon.
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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