Sunday, March 8, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 7th March 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 7th March 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is continuing to improve slowly week on week with good conditions for fishing in cold weather and settled water levels until the massive spate at the end of last week. Milder weather with heavy rain combined to cause a large spate over the weekend 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 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 better numbers as cold weather returned and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. Earlier last week saw better numbers landed and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. There still seems to be a lack of kelts as well which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.

Video montage of recent spring fishing on the river.
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 cold 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 the current spate may change that and increase numbers.

Below Stanley the Redgorton beats have been having success with both beats picking up odd fish and Upper Redgorton landing a 17 pounds fish on a Toby for a Perth & District angler.
In the Stanley area Upper Scone had a good week with several fish. Benchil continued to fish well with 3 spring salmon being landed from Ship Linn and Aitken head for Brian Brown and Lo Lai Hat "BERTHA" visiting from France. On Pitlochrie the famous Pitlochrie pool came into its own seeing a few fish landed in the week in high water.
Ghillie Dave Seaton accounted for 3 beauties from the pool on Monday including a superb 25 pounds fish landed by regular Dave “ harling” Brown. Later in the week
Brian Stobie had a fresh 9 pounds fish in unbelievable conditions on a rising river on Saturday with Stanley Fishings. Dougie Wangert got his season going with a 9 pounds fish from Horsey on a Devon. The Catholes saw some good action as well with fish from the Little head and Woodside. Paul Sutherland and
Derek Wangert caught fish to 13 pounds on Max Raps and
Tam Fotheringham caught a lovely sea liced fish on a Toby on Friday. Burnmouth continued to fish well and the Linn pool was the favoured place on Stobhall and Taymount as they continued their steady season so far. Cargill, Ballathie and Islamouth all caught in the week as more fish start to run the river. The mouth of the Isla seems to be the spot on Upper Islamouth and Mieklour where a couple of fish were caught during the week. On the Isla Coupar Grange registered a spring salmon as water levels have risen to encourage fish to run further afield.

The middle river is seeing more fish and this should improve over the coming weeks in rising temperatures. Murthly and Glendelvine are catching odd fish.
Dunkeld House continues to do well with fish caught most weeks. They accounted 3 springers this last week with Arnot McWhinnie, Jim McDonald and Jim McDonald all being successful with fish up to 13 pounds caught from the boat. Dalmarnock registered another fish this week and a spring salmon was reported from the
Loch by Fish n’ Trips caught by Mirko and Maru from Switzerland.

The Spring Salmon fishing season has entered 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 spate and 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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