Monday, April 14, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th April 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th April 2014.

Good catches continue as water levels ease further.
The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch spring salmon last week as water levels eased further. Catches were maintained as the river dropped steadily and the weather improved. A strong run of spring salmon continued on the river and there was the continued sign of some more bigger multi sea winter fish with more mid twenty pounds salmon landed. There were again good catches from around Stanley upwards but there were continued signs of fish spreading up river as catches improved in the middle and Upper River giving renewed optimism for the coming week. The catches were heartening and also better than last year for the time so hopefully it is a sign of another great spring for the river as the weather relents.
This past week saw water levels ease most of the week due to better weather and improved conditions and over 110 spring salmon were registered from the river with others caught as well but not registered.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 12th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Catholes Stanley 1, Upper Scone 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 10, Taymount 8, Ballathie 4, Cargill 13, Islamouth 10, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 6, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 5, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 5, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 3, Findynate 3, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 1, Keithick Mains 7, Coupar Grange 7, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3.
Total: 111 Largest: Cargill & Islamouth 22lbs

Lower Tay.
The lower river from Islamouth to just above Stanley again fished well all week. All these beats are registering a higher catch than last year, which is very encouraging for the river. The Stanley beats seem to be struggling now with higher water temperatures as fish can run a longer distance to get above the Catholes Weir. The Catholes beat had 2 fish for the week caught by Martin Moyers and John Dewar from just below the weir and Upper Scone landed a fish from Horsey caught by George Patterson in the boat. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks landing nearly 20 spring fish between them. Cargill also had a good week landing several salmon up to 20 odd pounds.

Successful anglers included David Saunders with a 12 pounder from the boat, Ben Frost with his first Tay spring salmon, Roy Frost with a superb 20 pounds sea licer, 15 year old Craig Mason landing 2 in a day and Andrew Stephen landing a 22 pounds beauty on Friday. The Islamouth and Meikleour beats have been catching consistently as well. The Meikleour beats caught fish up to 18 pounds on the home stretch. Down on Islamouth 10 springers were landed in the week with

Berny Morritt landing a superb 22 pounds fish and

Paul Dolman catching a 17 pounds fish from the Green bank on a Vision.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have continued to improve this past week as conditions have eased and the water temperature has climbed up a bit. Over the weeks to come this will inevitably improve further as the salmon run freely up the river with water levels easing. Kercock are now having better success with more fish being seen and the water dropping. Simon Duprey caught an 11 pounds fish and Robert McFarlane caught 2 up to 12 pounds from the beat. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats continue to fish well with improving conditions. Dunkeld House had a reasonable week with James Anderson catching a couple up to 15 pounds, Calum McRoberts caught an 8 pounds fish and

Saturday regulars Robert Harvey and Willie Cunning caught fish up to 16 pounds. Dalguise had a better week with 2 fish landed and 4 lost. Drew Laing caught a 10 pounds fish on the fly from the Otterstone and Larry Dunkley landed a 10 pounds fish on a Toby at the tail of the Otterstone. The Kinnaird beats also landed fish during the week.

Upper Tay.
This area is starting to see fish with Farleyer beats and Findynate catching. Bolfracks have also been catching odd fish with Perth angler Peter Backhouse catching a superb 23 pounds springer from the beat last week.

It has just been a matter of time before the Tummel featured in the catches but it kicked off a week ago with a few fish appearing at the Pitlochry Dam and more fish were caught last week. Successful anglers included Duncan Webster with a 14 pounds fish which was also caught at Dunkeld earlier in the season as it had been tagged, Paul McCarthy with a 16 pounds beauty caught on a Blair Spoon and

Kenny Horne with a 15 pounds fish on a spinner from Port-na-Craig. The beats below have been catching as well but they do not register their fish on fishpal unfortunately to see the true picture.

Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht. Coupar Grange and Keithick Mains both had 7 fish for their week.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407

The Spring Salmon fishing has been excellent so far despite the big water levels with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come and the weather continues to settles down further to maintain it all.

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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