Monday, January 30, 2017

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 28th January 2017.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 28th January 2017.

The river Tay opened on the 16th January undeterred in mild conditions for the time of year, scores of anglers flocked to the banks of the river to mark the opening of the salmon season with great publicity in the press and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river extremely high exposure that was invaluable with the great news of re-watering the river Garry. It has been a reasonably quiet start to the season with good water and milder conditions throughout December and now January.

The first week has seen a similar weather pattern continue with settled water levels and good conditions for fishing which kept up into last week. Expectation is high on the river for 2017 after a string of successful springs over the last 4 years and hopefully settled weather over the coming weeks will give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver”.

(week ending 28th January)
SALMON & GRILSE: Stobhall 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Glendelvine 1, Upper Kinnaird 1.
Total: 4 Largest: Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 19lbs

Odd Spring salmon were landed last week in good weather and river conditions favouring those who braved the elements in some cases. Four fresh spring salmon were recorded last week. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and fluctuating weather can make fishing difficult. Some of the fish that have been caught are memorable as typical Tay specimens due to their size and depth. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come.
A typical example of this was the 20 pounds beauty caught by Paul Kelly in the Castle pool at Meikleour and Upper Islamouth.
Another cracker was caught by Scott Buchan on Stobhall ably assisted by experienced ghillie and longtime servant Bob Campbell weighing 17 pounds. Further fish were reported on Glendelvine and Upper Kinnaird making a disappointing week despite good conditions.

The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day’s celebrations. It has been a quiet start but let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

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