Sunday, March 15, 2015

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

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

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is continuing to improve slowly week on week when good conditions for fishing in cold weather and settled water levels prevail. Milder weather with heavy rain combined to cause a big river over the last week but this could be the catalyst for even better catches over the next few weeks. Expectation is high on the river for 2015 after successful springs in 2014 and 2013 and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs and catches as we go deeper into March 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 in continuing better numbers despite extreme water levels and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. Earlier last week saw limited numbers landed but the end of the week saw good catches as the river receded and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. There is a lack of kelts which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.

Some recent action from the Tay in Perthshire.
Salmon have been caught in the lower river this past week in better numbers, which is understandable with the cold conditions making it ideal as fish are running slowly due to the colder water temperatures currently. 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 leading the way as expected with consistent catches coming from Stobhall, Taymount, Burnmouth, Catholes, Pitlochrie and Benchil but in disappointing numbers for those beats at the time of year. Hopefully as river levels fall this may change numbers will increase.

In the Stanley area Upper Scone had a few fish on the Pitlochrie beat with Pitlochrie pool and the Wash House being the favoured spots in big water.
Dave Allan caught on the fly and Chris Porter landed a 14 pounds fish from Pitlochrie pool. A party of Swedish fly fishermen were fishing on the Stanley beats this past week and enjoyed limited success due to the extreme river heights.
Peter Sundgren caught fish up to 17 pounds with a Temple dog fly from Pitlochrie pool and the Wash House and Christen Lindstrom was successful with the same medicine on the Catholes and Pitlochrie pool. The party had a good day on the Pitlochrie beat on Saturday as levels fell away landing 4 fish.
Frederick Hoiland and Alex Vicklund were amongst the successful anglers. Burnmouth continue to do well above the Catholes Weir landing several fish during the week including 3 on Saturday. Stobhall and Taymount continue to have success especially from the Linn pool in high water. On Taymount
Ian Montgomery and
Hugh Robbins both caught in the Linn pool good fish up to 11 pounds. On Cargill Susie Hardwick caught her first ever salmon weighing 8 pounds from the boat.
Up at Upper Islamouth Calum McRoberts reported that “in conditions that were far from ideal, they managed two springers, both sea-liced, weighing up to 14 pounds. Conditions for the week ahead are looking very encouraging, with more fish being seen now as well.”

The middle river is seeing more fish and this should improve over the coming weeks in rising temperatures. Murthly reported one fish while Dunkeld House reported a couple on Saturday.
Mike Elgie caught a10 pounds fish from the boat in the Chestnut tree pool and Jason Stratton landed a 14 pounds fish from the Gauge pool. Further upstream Upper Kinnaird proves to be a successful stopping off spot for spring fish as they travel up river to the Loch with 4 fish last week up to 20 pounds. Fish are showing signs of spreading in the system with a couple coming off the Isla at Coupar Grange and the Loch continuing to catch with all the big water encouraging salmon to run. The produced several fish last week with Fish n’ Trips registering 4 on Saturday.
Donald Brown and a friend caught 3 up to 16 pounds and Rob Wilson caught a fish at 12 pounds.
Also on the Loch from Highland lodges the Alnwick Angling club had a successful 3 days fishing despite some inclement weather landing 9 spring salmon up to 20 pounds in weight. They had their most successful trip to the Loch for several years with
Kevin Hackett landing the 20 pounds fish.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is deep into March and expectation is very high after previous seasons and poor overall catches last year. Last weeks catches hopefully encouraged everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions after the current big water and an upturn in catches will continue as last year 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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1 comment:

Brian Mack said...

Hey it looks like you're off to a good season over there! Some nice looking fish :-)
Is this a sign of a good season ahead?

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