Monday, June 23, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 21st June 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 21st June 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon but in disappointing numbers as water levels dropped most of the week in warm weather. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon on the river as we enter a quieter period before a grilse run and improving catches however there is still a good run of Sea trout for the river. The weather is to be cooler with a chance of some rain this week that may just trigger off some improvements. 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 more fish enter the system.
This past week saw water levels drop away most of the week due to warm settled 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 21st June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 2, Lower Redgorton 1, Luncarty 1, Stobhall 1, Taymount 1, Cargill 3, Islamouth 2, Kercock 1, Murthly 1 1, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 1, Dalguise 2, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 2, Farleyer Lower 1, Ruan Ruarie 1.
Total: 31 Largest: Murthly 2 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 6, Luncarty 1, Benchil 1, Taymount 1, Cargill 1, Murthly 2 6, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 2.
Total: 22 Largest: Taymount & Murthly 2 & Dalmarnock 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. Odd fish were caught below Stanley, which was encouraging last week, let us hope this continues as we see an improved run of summer salmon over the next month or so. Almondmouth had a couple with fish also landed at Lower Redgorton and Luncarty. There were lean pickings above Stanley as well with Stobhall and Taymount having a fish apiece. The lower water levels now are ideal for the Ballathie area with Cargill catching 3 for the week.

Greg Sheldon landed a couple of fresh fish up to 11 pounds including his first on the fly. Islamouth had a very quiet week despite superb conditions for the beat.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were again harder earned this past week, as conditions were more settled with lower river levels. Over the weeks to come this will hopefully improve as the salmon run freely up the river with improving runs. Kercock had one fish for their week. The Murthly beats accounted for odd fish on most days with Murthly 2 doing best with fish landed up to 18 pounds.

On Newtyle Juan Martinez-Cubells caught his first Tay salmon on the fly from the Cotter weighing 12 pounds.

On Dunkeld House there was limited success however John Mills caught a superb 13 pounds fish on a Toby from the Cutty Stone on a Toby having donated to the Atlantic Salmon Trust auction donated by the beat. Dalguise landed a couple of fish in the week with Donald Cameron catching a 7 pound fish from the Bridge Stream and John Wilson catching a cracking 13 pounds fish on a flying c from the tail of the Bridge Stream. Upper Kinnaird had on fish.

Upper Tay.
This area is fishing steadily and seeing fish with Farleyer beats picking up 3 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 2200. Further up the system David Wilson caught a 10 pounds fish at Ruan Ruarie. 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 and Keith Wright from Crook of Devon being successful.

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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