Monday, June 9, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 7th June 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 7th June 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon last week as water levels eased even further at the start of the week however heavy thunder downpours curtailed sport at the end of the week. A reasonable run of spring/summer salmon continued on the river with over 50 registered as we really enter summer however unsettled weather and river levels curtailed sport but there was still 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 were maintained in the middle and Upper River giving renewed optimism for the coming week.
This past week saw water levels drop below 2’ most of the week due to better weather however that was dashed at the end of the week with heavy rain downpours fluctuating river levels. Sea trout continued to appear as well in better numbers that was very encouraging. 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 7th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 1, Stobhall 6, Taymount 6, Ballathie 5, Cargill 2, Islamouth 11, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 1, Murthly 1 2, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 3, Farleyer Lower 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1, Loch Faskally 1.
Total: 54 Largest: Ballathie 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 5, Luncarty 2, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 2, Benchil 1, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 2, Taymount 2, Cargill 2, Murthly 1 1, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 1, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 3.
Total: 34 Largest: Lower Redgorton & Fishponds & Stobhall & Murthly 2 & Dalguise 4lbs

Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river for the coming weeks 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. Salmon catches below Stanley have been limited but sea trout continue to be caught in reasonable numbers. 3 salmon were caught on the Redgorton beats with

Alun Williams landing a superb 18 pounds fish from Lower Redgorton in the Bleachings on a size 12 Executioner. Stobhall and Taymount had a reasonable week catching on most days. Ballathie had a good week as well with fish caught up to 20 pounds. Islamouth caught 11 for their week despite unsettled water at the end of the week. Settled water levels will improve these catches in weeks to come on all beats.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were harder earned this past week, as conditions were more unsettled especially at the end of the week. 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 fish on most days.

Newtyle struggled however Ron Fraser caught a lovely 12 pounds fish from the Boil on his birthday!

Dunkeld House had a better week with 5 fish grassed so to speak. Nick Hildyard caught a lively 12 pounds fish on the fly at the Cutty Stone. Robert Mainwearing also caught a 12 pounds fish from the Lady Pool on a spinner. Mr McCollum caught a cracking 11 pounds fish from the Cathedral Stream on the fly and they said they were seeing quite a few fish running the river. Dalmarnock had a frustrating week only landing one fish, a sea liced 6 pounds beauty for Ian Shaw on a Sunray Shadow with several others lost. On Dalguise Sandy Fairfoul caught a 9 pounds fish on the fly from the Island and Malcolm Bennett caught a 4 pounds Sea trout. Kinnaird had 2 from the beat on Tuesday and one from the Upper beat on Saturday.

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 1750. Brian Joseph caught 1 fish last week on Portnacraig on the fly at 12 pounds. Loch Faskally landed 1 for the week weighing 13 pounds. 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 of his clients have had success.

New to salmon fishing, father and son Mark and William Siggers landed 3 fish up to 13 pounds in 4 days above Blairgowrie. Michael Preedy also caught 2 up to 8 pounds further upstream on the fly.

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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