Sunday, September 8, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 7th September 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 7th September 2013.

The conditions remain difficult on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with continued good weather; slightly lower water temperatures, rain showers, a low river but catches have been maintained again this past week with around 200 salmon registered but it must be said it has not been easy for many beats. The summer like weather continues but with an autumnal feel 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 still looking for a big spate to clean the river out and trigger off better sport but that will not happen unfortunately this current week.
Summer is still here with autumn fast approaching 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.

Action from last week.
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 recent rain have spiced up the river and helped encourage more 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 an improved run of grilse and autumn 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 but should be disappearing shortly 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!”

The Tay Foundation Summer Lunch and Auction took place at the picturesque setting of Derculich on the Upper Tay a few Sunday’s ago. The event replaced the annual dinner and was a tremendous success raising a staggering £36,330 for the Tay Spring Salmon Restoration Appeal. A big thank you all that attended, gave lots, donated, organised and contributed to the marvellous day and total. Well done everyone.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 7th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 36, Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 12, Catholes Summer and Autumn 1, Upper Redgorton 5, Fishponds 4, Benchil and Pitlochrie 6, Upper Scone 9, Stobhall 9, Taymount 28, Ballathie 12, Cargill 15, Islamouth 7, Lower and Upper Islamouth 7, Kercock 7, Murthly 1 4, Glendelvine 2, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 4, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 2, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 2, Loch Faskally 1.
Total: 195 Largest: Almondmouth 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Ballathie 1, Murthly 1 2, Murthly 2 2, Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 6 Largest: Murthly 2 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 156 salmon for the week in trying conditions. There was steady action at Isalmouth during the week with several salmon caught. 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 27 salmon between them for the week up to an impressive 21 pounds. David Godferry reported the Cargill “beat is absolutely full of salmon and grilse. We had a good day on Saturday landing five salmon and losing another 9, with the biggest around 21 pounds.” Taymount and Stobhall had a steady week catching their share. At Stanley tough conditions remain however Benchil produced a few fish this past week as it suits low water. The Savage party landed 5 on Monday mainly on fly with Charles catching a good 10 pounds salmon from Lundie and John Simister landing 2 from the boat on the fly in the Long Shot. Later in the week on Upper Scone Louise Stoven caught a superb 12 pounds beauty on the Pitlochrie beat.

The Robinson family also did well with Sam and Jeff catching on the fly off both beats.

Thomas Black with a good salmon from the Craigs caught fly fishing on a Cascade.
Upper Redgorton, Fishponds, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill continued to fin it tough but caught. Almondmouth had a better week with 36 salmon.

Steven Watt with a good fish from the club water.
Salmon are also being caught down on the Stormont Angling Club water.

On the Middle River 33 salmon were registered and are desperate for more water to encourage more 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 caught odd grilse during the week. On Dalguise on Tuesday “John Cameron landed himself a “hat-trick”! 3 fish from the Bridge Pool! An 8 pounds salmon on a Black Flying C, 12 pounder on a Copper Willie Gunn and finally a 6 pounder again on a Black Flying C. All fish were good clean fish and all safely returned, well done John.” Thanks Stan Pelc. Earlier in the week The Betts family did well landing salmon up to 13 pounds with Stephen and Jack both catching from the Bridge pool.
Trying salmon fishing conditions on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland but still catches achieved with effort.

Sean McGarry on Dunkeld.
On Dunkeld house Simon Furniss reported it was “hard work this week with only 4 fish, need fresh water, plenty of fish in the beat but they are taking some fooling. Jim McDonald had 2 on Thursday, and Sean McGarry got one in the Ivy Tree pool on the fly.” Earlier “A very proud grandfather Dr Barry Ford with his grandson 9 year old Sam Ford who caught his first salmon on Wednesday in the Cutty weighing 7 pounds, Sam carrying on with his grandfathers tradition at Dunkeld, Barry has been fishing the beat for more than 20 years, great to see the whole family in action.”

On Newtyle Geoff Milligan caught his first salmon of the year on the fly from the Boil. Murthly and Glendelvine caught salmon but again are praying for water to spice sport up. Gary Harkin reported, “Kercock had six for the week. Tony Griffiths did well catching 4, his biggest fish were 15 pounds and 17 pounds all on the fly. The beat also had several good fish hooked and lost, same thing happening head shaking soon as they took the fly.”

The Upper reaches are now struggling for salmon after prolonged low water levels. The Upper River registered 5 salmon last week from Farleyer and Upper Kinnaird.

There was another superb first salmon for Hazel Schurch off Upper Kinnaird weighing 8 pounds in the Church pool.

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 approaching 5200 salmon through the ladder, which is now a good increase on last year.

Dougy Morison of Kinnear Fishing guided Michael Preedy on the river Ericht last Friday. Despite the sunny overhead conditions and the water being at summer height, he hooked and lost two fish just before lunch time. Two minutes after losing the last one, a 14.5 pounds very coloured hen fish took a fly of his own creation and after an exciting ten minutes, landed it. This just goes to show that all is not lost in these low water conditions! Well done for tying such a fantastic fly!

The Isla registered 0 salmon and are praying for water to encourage salmon to run.
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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