Monday, June 16, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 14th June 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 14th June 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon last week but in disappointing numbers as water levels fluctuated due to heavy thundery downpours most of the week. A reasonable run of summer salmon continued on the river as we really enter summer however unsettled weather and river levels curtailed sport but there was still the continued sign of some good fish caught and good run of Sea trout for the river. The catches on the lower river have eased as temperatures have risen but there were continued signs of fish spreading up river as catches were maintained in the middle and Upper River giving renewed optimism for the coming week assuming the river settles.
This past week saw water levels fluctuate most of the week due to unsettled weather making catches suffer. Sea trout continued to run in better numbers than recent years. The fishing can be 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 14th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Taymount 3, Islamouth 3, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 2, Murthly 1 2, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 5, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 5, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 2, Farleyer Upper 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2, Loch Faskally 2, Ruan Ruarie 1.
Total: 35 Largest: Dunkeld House 19lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 4, Luncarty 5, Benchil 3, Taymount 1, Murthly 1 1, Murthly 2 5, Newtyle 2, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 2, Upper Kinnaird 1, Upper Aberuthven 3.
Total: 28 Largest: Lower Redgorton 4lbs

Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river as most of the boats are off the river below Stanley for May and June but reasonably priced bank fishing is still available. Sea Trout have been an added bonus with more caught this past week on the lower river yet again and a sign of them spreading into the middle river. Above Stanley life was difficult with the dirty water coming into the river from the Isla. Phil Neary’s party enjoyed some success on Taymount landing 3 for the week. Islamouth also had limited success under the adverse conditions but settled water levels will improve these catches in weeks to come on all beats.

Mr Taylor caught a 12 pounds fish on the fly in the Tunnel stream just above the Isla on Saturday with Meikleour and earlier in the week

Clair Mercer Nairn caught her first ever salmon on the fly.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were harder earned this past week, as conditions were more unsettled. Over the weeks to come this will hopefully improve as the salmon run freely up the river with water levels easing. The Murthly beats accounted for odd fish on most days.

Newtyle had 4 for their week with 3 of them landed on Friday. Brian Cherry caught his first Scottish salmon on the fly from the Dean’s Burn visiting from Ireland and John Young caught his first ever salmon from the Boil on the fly. Earlier in the week Peter Dobson caught a 10 pounds fish from the St Mary’s stream on the fly. This past week saw some superb fish caught from Dunkeld House. Simon Furness landed a 19 pounds fish from the Cathedral stream and Brian Joseph caught a sea liced 18 pounds salmon from the Rock Pool. Other fish caught included a 12 pounder for

Joshua French on his first day salmon fishing, caught on the fly and Jimmy Lapsey with a fish of 5 pounds. Dalmarnock saw some action as well with odd salmon lost and sea trout caught.

Up at Dalguise Johnathan Dingwall caught a 5 pounds grilse on Saturday and earlier in the week Fen Howieson caught an 8 pounds fish on a devon. There was a couple of salmon off Lower Kinnaird in the week as well.

Upper Tay.
This area is fishing steadily and seeing fish with Farleyer beat picking up 1 fish last week.

It has been much quieter on the Tummel again this past week with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count up to around 2150. Gordon Nichol and Duncan Webster caught sea liced fish on the fly last week on Portnacraig up to 8 pounds. Loch Faskally landed 2 for the week and a cracking fresh fish of 10 pounds was caught at Ruan Ruarie by David Wilson with many others seen running through. 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 however nothing was reported last week that seems strange.
Salmon have been running the Ericht with all the recent rain. Dougy Morison has reported several grilse are now in the river.

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 good so far despite the big water levels early in the season with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come for the Summer and Autumn as the weather remains reasonable 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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