Sunday, July 13, 2014

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

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th July 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 after a good start to the week. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon and odd grilse on the river but expectation is high with a pending improving summer run with signs of more grilse running last week. The weather is to be reasonably settled with a chance of some rain this week that may just trigger off some more improvements. The catches have been disappointing but could suddenly improve at any minute giving renewed optimism for the coming week assuming more fish enter the system.
This past week saw water levels continue at summer height most of the week due to warm settled weather making catches suffer. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently there are numerous wild flowers blooming on the river banks. 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 12th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 3, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Cargill 6, Islamouth 11, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 5, Dalguise 1, Edradynate 1.
Total: 49 Largest: Islamouth & Murthly 2 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Scone 2, Pitlochrie 1, Cargill 1, Murthly 2 6, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Newtyle 6lbs

Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river as most of the boats are now back on the river below Stanley for rest of the season with an expected summer run over the next few weeks. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but we are looking for a strengthening run now to go into the autumn on the river as a whole. The lower beats continued to struggle however Almondmouth started to feature with 3 fish for the week. Waulkmill and lower Scone also caught odd fish with a

member of Perth and District Angling club landing a fresh salmon from the Long Shot at Benchil just below Stanley. Stobhall and Taymount continued to land odd fish as well with Stobhall catching 2 on Saturday. Cargill and Ballathie have been seeing more fish but still find them hard to catch despite ideal conditions for the beats.

Chris Bright, Linda Frost and Clive Richards caught fish up to 14 pounds on Cargill. Islamouth started the week off well with 9 fish in 2 days but struggled for the rest of the week with the rest of the river.

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.Murthly 2 had a good week with 9 fish up to 15 pounds. Newtyle and Dunkeld House faired well in the middle river last week. Newtyle started off well with 3 fish on Monday with Donny Brooks landing a cracking fresh 9 pounds fish from the Boil, Tim Gaunt Baker landing a fresh 8 pounds fish from the Boil in the evening along with a fresh 4 pounds Grilse was caught in St Mary's.

Steven McVean caught a superb 6 pounds sea trout from the boil as well. Dunkeld House has been consistently catching and last week was no exception. On Monday Jim McDonald caught a 10 pounds salmon on a salmo in green bank, he also caught a lovely 3 pounds sea trout on the fly at the back of the island. Their first Grilse was taken in the rock pool on a collie dog and the third came from the green bank again on a Blair spoon weighing 10 pounds.

Young Robbie Simpson caught a fine grilse on his first visit to the Tay from the Ferry pool and

Robert Harvey caught another grilse from the Back of the Island on Saturday. Dalguise also reported their first grilse caught by John Christison on the fly at the tail of the Island weighing 3 pounds.

Upper Tay.
This area has fished steadily in recent weeks but lack of water has curtailed sport. Edradynate reported a 12 pounds fish on Thursday.

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 approaching 3000.

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. A bit more water would help this system now.

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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