Sunday, February 15, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 14th February 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 14th February 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has continued with good conditions for fishing in very cold weather and settled water levels however the catches have continued disappointing so far but it is early yet. Expectation is high on the river for 2015 after successful springs in 2014 and 2013 and hopefully milder weather and some rain may trigger off an improving run in February to give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver” as the last 2 years have proved.
Spring salmon were landed last week despite the cold weather and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. The week was disappointing with only a few fish landed. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and very cold weather is not making fishing easy however milder weather may change things hopefully. The spring fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size. There seems to be a lack of kelts as well which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.

Only a few salmon have been caught in the lower river this past week, which is disappointing with the cold conditions making it ideal but only odd fish are running currwently. The beats around Stanley traditionally lead the way in these conditions in early spring and should be a barometer for the runs and that has proved the case so far. The beats at Stanley are still leading the way as expected. The Benchil beat has now produced 3 spring fish for Upper Scone with 2 landed during this past week. This beat has not produced in years but was always a good beat in the past when spring runs were prolific on the river. Hopefully this is a sign of improvement.
Phil Gibson was the skilful angler on the Scone team much to the disgust of the rest of the party! He caught the 2 fish during the week after catching a cracking 22 pounds fish last year. He landed a 14 pounds fish from the boat on a harled fly and caught an 9 pounds fish from the bank in the Todd holes on a Devon. Burnmouth had a 16 pounds fish on Tuesday and
Taymount continued their good start with a fish on Wednesday for Stewart Voce caught in Stank End.

On the middle river Murthly saw their first fish of the season with a couple from the upper fishery up to 16 pounds. Upper Kinnaird reported a fish as well. The Loch has seen odd fish caught which is expected in early season.
Fish n’ Trips reported a couple of salmon this past week including a superb 26 pounds fish on Saturday caught by Rob Wilson.

The Spring Salmon fishing season has now entered February and expectation is very high after previous seasons and poor overall catches last year. Last weeks catches hopefully will improve after fish caught in the system up to 26 pounds in limited numbers. Let us hope with milder weather an upturn in catches will appear as last February proved. Tight lines!

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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