Sunday, October 6, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 5th October 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report for week ending 5th October 2013.

The conditions on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland changed this past week yet again with continued warmer water temperatures and at last a small spate spicing the river up for some but it must be said it has not been easy for many beats on the Tay. The Indian summer weather continued this past week along with a 4-foot spate, which has now receded giving us more water settling back to a good height. Hopefully a distinct autumnal feel and a more settled weather pattern giving us colder nights and more rain will continue to encourage better sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river. Most people are still looking for even more water to encourage a good run of fresher salmon to benefit all.
Autumn is here with hopefully cooler river temperatures and some rain 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 more rain 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 5th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 61, Waulkmill 23, Lower Redgorton 30, Luncarty Summer and Autumn 9, Catholes Summer and Autumn 6, Upper Redgorton 11, Fishponds 13, Benchil and Pitlochrie 10, Upper Scone 14, Catholes 1, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 18, Taymount 34, Ballathie 38, Cargill 57, Islamouth 9, Lower and Upper Islamouth 17, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 4, Meikleour House 10, Kercock 13, Murthly 2 14, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 6, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 7, Loch Faskally 1, Ruan Ruarie 1.
Total: 431 Largest: Lower and Upper Islamouth 30lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 3, Murthly 2 2.
Total: 7 Largest: Lower Redgorton 4lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week including some superb fish from 30 pounds in weight encouraging everyone after some heavy rain and more water but cooler temperatures would make it better.

The Lower River caught approximately 350 salmon for the week. Islamouth had a reasonable week catching on most days. There was a superb 30 pounds salmon caught by Brian McIntosh on Monday from the boat at the Ringstone, which could be a Malloch Trophy contender for the Tay. Ballathie and Cargill had another outstanding week with 95 salmon between them including fish into the lower twenty pounds in weight. Taymout and Stobhall had over 50 salmon for the week. The Stanley beats struggled again with limited runs going through the river however still reported success. Peter Foster’s party worked hard for success with Peter himself landing a good 13 pounds salmon from the Little Shot on Benchil. Trevor McCann caught a lovely fresh salmon fishing the fly in the Todd Holes as did Peter Varney in the Long Shot. Other successes included Mick Beham, Dave Brown and

Henry Downes catching his first ever salmon. Upper Scone faired reasonably well. Upper Redgortons high point in the week was Roddy McKay catching an estimated 28 pounds fresh salmon from Burhaugh on the fly. On Fishponds Mike Guild and Mark Lacey were amongst the successful rods catching fish up to 16 pounds. Luncarty at last benefited from improving water heights with 8 salmon landed on Saturday. C Proven landed 5 salmon for his day up to 16 pounds with Gerard Kelly and Archie Peddie also catching. Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill are starting fair better with improved catches as fresh salmon start to run more.

On lower Redgorton James Mckay had success and John McElroy landed a super 23 pounds sea liced salmon with the aid of Alum Williams. Almondmouth had another good week with over 60 salmon. The Stormont Angling club is also fishing well due to the river conditions.

On the Middle River 69 salmon were registered after improved water levels spiced the river up. Lower Kinnaird reported success from a party from Coventry. Dalguise had a quiet week until Saturday with a “5 Star” day, with a hat trick for Dalguise regular Andy Kerr. The first fish was a 17 pounds cock “Bar of Silver” hooked on a Size 6 Cascade fished on a sinking tip in the Guay Pool. Andy’s second came from the Guay Pool Flats, another “Bar of Silver”, a hen this time weighing in at 10 pounds, same method but on a Size 8 GP variant, the GP variant finished off the day with a cracking 13 pounder, a real solid / chunky fish, caught down at Calum’s Corner.

Paul Stephenson hooked and landed a 10 pounder in the Bridge Pool on a Salmo and lost another, with John Stephenson making it a “Stephenson” double with a 6 pounder, caught at the Tail of the Bridge Pool on a Salmo as well. Great stuff Stan, many thanks. Dunkeld House have now captured 200 salmon for the season with Willie Cumming receiving the award with a 12 pounds fish from the Chestnut pool. Other successful anglers included Robert Harvey and Jamie Cumming. Earlier in the week Stuart Oglesby caught 2 fish up to 16 pounds from the Ivy Tree pool as the river rose rapidly.

On Newtyle Italian Marco Rebora caught a memorable 17 pounds fish on his first visit to the Tay. Murthly 2 had a good week with several salmon including a 25 pounds fish on Saturday.

Kercock had a good start to the month with Jon Blumb catching a 12 pounds salmon in the morning then going on the complete a MacNab on the Glenprosen Estate. Other successful rods included Jim Lamb and Roy McKeracher.

The Upper reaches are now struggling for salmon after prolonged low water levels. The Upper River registered 9 salmon last week from Farleyer beats and Upper Kinnaird.

The Tummel system registered 2 salmon from Loch Faskally and Ruan Ruarie. This was a report from the Pitlochrie angling club. A lift in water height and the Tummel is back in business. On Friday morning Calum Mc Roberts had two fish in Sawmill at 4lb and 16lbs on a Payo 110. Calum followed this up on Saturday with a fairly fresh fish of 9lb caught on a No 3 Mepps at Ruan Ruarie fishings on the Garry. Not to be outdone Gordon Nichol also had two on Saturday at 4lb and 5lb from Sawmill on a Sunrise Shrimp. This is another shrimp pattern using mainly yellow & orange combination ( Thorsten Struben ). Well done lads. This has been another great season on Tummel on all beats. Just heard of a reported fish of over 20lb to Matt Mitchell fishing West Haugh on Friday on fly. Many thanks. 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.
On the Ericht Veronika Piech from Austria caught her first salmon, a grilse of about 3 pounds, after only fishing for two hours with guide Dougy Morison of Kinnear Fishing on the river. The much needed rain has encouraged a good run of fish into the river but they are still playing pretty hard to catch - this should change when the water settles.

It was certainly a hard week with good conditions and a reasonable catch, the river must hope for yet more rain with lower river temperatures 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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