Monday, July 21, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th July 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon but in disappointing numbers due to water levels fluctuating most of the week from heavy showers in warm weather making life difficult. 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 19th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 2, Taymount 2, Ballathie 3, Cargill 1, Islamouth 5, Kercock 2, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 1, Newtyle 1, Ruan Ruarie 2.
Total: 20 Largest: Glendelvine 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 1, Ballathie 1, Murthly 1 2, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 1.
Total: 10 Largest: Catholes Campsie & Murthly 1 & Murthly 2 4lbs

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 Waulkmill managed a couple of fish up to 10 pounds. The lower river in general had a very disappointing week however the beats have been seeing more grilse showing. The fluctuating river heights during the week added to everyone’s woes as it is never easy with unsettled water levels at this time of year however it must be said the run is very weak currently for the time of year. Islamouth, Ballathie, Cargill and Taymount all landed fish during the week but not in the numbers expected.

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. Odd fish were caught from Kercock, Glendelvine, Murthly and Newtyle but it was a very lean weeks fishing. Newtyles fish was a small grilse caught on a hitched Sunray and Glendelvines was a superb 20 pounds, being the largest off the river last week.

Upper Tay.
This area has fished steadily in recent weeks but lack of water has curtailed sport.

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 over 3000. Ruan Ruarie reported a grilse caught by Barry Ward and a 10 pounds salmon caught by David Wilson due to fish running on the flash spates caused by the heavy down pours.

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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