Sunday, May 31, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 30th May 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 30th May 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has improved in recent weeks with good conditions for fishing and reasonably settled water levels have prevailed to give the river an excellent April and even better results in May with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. Traditionally in this period we see good late spring runs and steady conditions as fish spread throughout the system, this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks. Expectation remains high on the river for 2015 after consistent catches recently and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs as we go into Summer to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Late spring salmon were landed last week in continued better numbers after conditions settled from big water earlier in the week. We recorded another superb weekly catch in the current prolific May period. Good numbers were landed daily signaling another superb late spring week from all over as the river level receded and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. Sea trout are making an appearance as well with some top quality fish caught. On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have their first broods of young and Sand Pipers are on the riverbank. It is a magical time of year with the wild flowers coming out everywhere with Blue Bells, Primroses, Irises and Lupines appearing as well as many others. It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported (week ending 30th May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper Redgorton 2, Stobhall 7, Ballathie 5, Cargill 5, Islamouth 20, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 8, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 13, Glendelvine 4, Murthly 2 21, Newtyle 10, Dunkeld House 22, Dalmarnock 3, Lower Kinnaird 10, Upper Kinnaird 2, Findynate 3, Farleyer Upper 9, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Ericht Fishing 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 6, Loch Faskally 11, Ruan Ruarie 1.
Total: 168 Largest: Lower Kinnaird 28lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 6, Upper Redgorton 2, Benchil 1, Stobhall 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Dunkeld House 1, Lower Kinnaird 3.
Total: 17 Largest: Dunkeld House 7lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in reasonable numbers, which is understandable with the superb conditions making it ideal as fish run harder due to the warmer water temperatures and fish are spreading throughout the river. Rain at the start of this week may have encouraged more to run. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to observe the TDSB recommendations to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.

On the Lower Tay below Stanley there have only been odd fish recorded but Sea Trout are starting to appear in numbers however on the beats just above the Stanley area catches remained reasonable despite rising water temperatures. The time of year has arrived when all the boats are off the beats at Stanley and below until July for summer fishing. Bank fishing is available with reasonably priced daily permits and summer permits covering the whole period. Upper Redgorton produced 2 salmon on Saturday for Perth and District Angling Club member Gordon Holland on the fly from the Craigs up to 10 pounds. Alex Brown enjoyed some great Sea trout fishing on the Stormont Angling Club water landing 7 up to 3 or 4 pounds on Rome Croy. Stobhall did well during the week with a superb day on Wednesday with 4 landed. Ballathie and Cargill worked away with a few fish but ideally would like to see the waters levels drop away.
On Ballathie Ian Tait and Fred Harrison enjoyed success during the week and on Cargill
Gavin Mason and
Justin Symborski caught fish on the fly. Islamouth had 20 during the week on fly with
John Horlocks party having a good end to the week. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had another productive week with 9 fish. Ian Gordon and Tom Brown started the week off well with fish on the fly from the Castle Pool up to 10 pounds.
Malcolm Anderson had a superb 10 pounds fish from the Boxwood and Anne Woodcock had a fish from the same area later in the week.

The Middle river is fishing very well with more fish and continuing good results this past week that should continue over the coming weeks in rising temperatures. Kercock had a better end to the week and were seeing fish running through the beat.
Amongst the successful anglers was Jim Lamb with a 12 pounds beauty. Murthly and Glendelvine had another superb week with 36 fish between them off the three beats up to around 20 pounds. Newtyle caught on most days with another successful week of 10 fish including a great day of 5 on Saturday.
Mick Bell caught his first fly caught fish from St Mary’s Stream at 12 pounds. During the week David Gardiner, Ronnie Fraser and Damian Gunn all caught fish up to 10 pounds and at the end of the week there were 2 first ever fish for
Mike Kitson and Ben Shippey on fly. Dunkeld House continued their incredible spell with another 20 plus fish week. Peter Sproston had a good week on the beat landing several fish on fly and spinner from all over up to the mid teens. Other successful rods included
Brian Peacock with a superb 15 pounds fish on the fly from the Cathedral stream and Graham Willington with an11 pounds licer from the same area.
Adrian Howell also caught 3 fish up to 11 pounds from the beat.
Dalmarnock enjoyed success at the end of the week with odd fish. The Kinnaird beats had a good week with 5 off the lower beat on Monday up to 22 pounds and a total of 12 in the week.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish on a regular basis as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it as the counter is now showing in excess of 550 with more fish being caught in Loch Faskally in the last week. All the beats below the dam including East and West Haugh have been producing fish over the last week, which has been good news. At Pitlochry Dam 6 salmon were caught and fish were landed most days during the week on the Angling club stretch. Jimmy Ross and Neil Tong got the week going with a fish a piece on the fly on Monday up to 12 pounds. Nolan Wall and Richard Turner caught further fish on fly.
Craig Scott caught his first ever fish weighing 12 pounds on the Port-na-Craig bank.
Jimmy Ross caught his second fish of the week at the Dam and a few other fish came off the Sawmill stretch during the week for Ally Gowans, Graeme Stewart and Brian Joseph. Ruan Ruarie on the Garry produced another fish this week as fish sprint up the system for Dave Wilson. Loch Faskally reported 11 fish in the week with successful rods including Campbell Dixon with 3 up to 11 pounds on Salmos.

The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. A total of 12 salmon were reported from the Farleyer and Findynate beats consistently catching on most days during the week as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are continuing to be caught in reasonable numbers with Fish n’ Trips reporting one fish last week.

The Isla is starting to see salmon run the river. No fish were reported last week.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river with 1 reported off the lower river below Blairgowrie.

The Earn are also seeing late spring salmon and Sea Trout run however no fish were reported last week.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now over as we now go into summer and expectation remains high after great catches recently and poor overall catches last year. April and May’s catches have been tremendous and have encouraged everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions and an upturn in catches will continue. 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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