Monday, May 5, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 3rd May 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 3rd May 2014.

Good week for the Tay as temperatures rise.
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 continued to improve. A reasonable 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. The catches on the lower river have eased as temperatures rise 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.
This past week saw water levels ease most of the week due to better weather and improved conditions with over 100 spring salmon being registered from the river with others caught as well but not registered. Sea trout are starting to appear as well. The fishing is supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently the Blue bells are out along the river with also numerous other wild flowers. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis 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 3rd May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Stobhall 4, Taymount 4, Ballathie 1, Cargill 4, Islamouth 8, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 6, Kercock 3, Murthly 1 16, Glendelvine 2, Murthly 2 18, Newtyle 9, Dunkeld House 2, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 1, Coupar Grange 5, Portnacraig Pitlochry 15.
Total: 108 Largest: Murthly 2 27lbs
SEA TROUT: Benchil 1, Taymount 3, Dunkeld House 1, Dalguise 1.
Total: 6 Largest: Taymount 7lbs

Lower Tay.
The summer fishing has now started on the lower river for the coming weeks as most of the boats are off the river below Stanley for the summer but reasonably priced bank fishing is still available. The catches above Stanley dropped off last week as well as temperatures rose further enabling salmon to travel further upstream into the middle Tay before stopping for a rest. Stobhall and Taymount accounted for 8 fish during the week and the odd sea trout. On Taymount Nick Dorrington caught a 6 pounds fresh fish from Upper Eels Brigs,

Corrin Roberts landed a superb 20 pounds fish from the boat in Kil Mou and Jonathan Birchell caught a notable 7 pounds sea trout. Ballathie and Cargill had odd fish and continue to look for lower water to suit the beats however

Pat Ingram enjoyed a good day on Cargill landing fish up to 15 pounds on the fly.

The conditions are now starting to suit Islamouth as the river drops encouraging fly fishing from the bank. Neil Tong and

Martin Ferrie both accounted for good fish on Sneldas. Meikleour and Upper Islamouth have been working away as well with fish on most days.

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 caught with the water dropping. Dougie McLean landed fish and

Jim Wotherspoon caught a superb 24 pounds cracker. The Murthly beats had superb weeks with over 30 fish landed including a 27 pounds salmon from Murthly 2. Newtyle have been having better success recently with several fish caught last week. Farquhar Murray, Warwick Ivill, Craig Duncan, Bob Robinson, Geordie Ewings all caught fish up to 12 pounds earlier in the week.

On Friday Alistair Paisley caught a 13 pounds fish from the Steps and Calum McRoberts landed an 8 pounds fish at the Dean’s Burn. Saturday saw 3 fish caught up to 12 pounds by Malcolm Anderson, Alistair Paisley and Jamie Smith. Dunkeld House had a quieter week but reported more fish being recaptured for the second time after being released on the beat earlier in the season. Malcolm Bennett caught a 7 pounds fish on the fly from the tail of the Bridge Stream on Dalguise. The Kinnaird beats have had fish last week as well.

Upper Tay.
This area is starting to see fish with Farleyer beats picking up fish last week.

It has been another good week on the Tummel with good catches and fish appearing at the Pitlochry Dam. 15 fish were caught last week on Portnacraig and some fish are going through the ladder with the count up to 50. Successful anglers included George Falls, Colin Hyslop, Steven Watt, Dave Stewart and Jim Fisher catching fish up to 16 pounds mainly on Fly on Monday. Wednesday was another 6 fish day with Jimmy Ross, Gordon Hanslip,

Bruce Campbell, Gordon Nicol and Seven Watt all contributing fish up to 14 pounds. Thursday saw Finnish visitor Karl Manninen catching his first ever Scottish Salmon at 16 pounds on the fly. Not a bad start for Karl! The beats below have been catching as well but they do not register their fish on fishpal unfortunately to see the true picture.

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht. Coupar Grange had 5 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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