Thursday, September 7, 2017

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 2nd September 2017.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 2nd September 2017.

Salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is in early September with changeable summer conditions for fishing in warm weather and reasonable water levels from rain at times plus catches are steady with autumn arriving. Expectation and optimism are high on the river with summer slowly disappearing and autumn arriving to give everyone a chance of landing a “Bar of Silver”.

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Many wild flowers are in bloom but a good few are now past their best for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 2nd September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 10, Waulkmill 6, Lower Redgorton 11, Upper Redgorton 4, Fishponds 6, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 3, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 5, Taymount 20, Ballathie 11, Cargill 4, Islamouth 8, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 6, Kercock 5, Delvine Burnbane 1, Murthly 1 1, Dunkeld House 3, Lower Kinnaird 1, Ruan Ruarie 1.
Total: 110 Largest: Fishponds 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 4, Benchil 1, Taymount 2, Newtyle 1.
Total: 9 Largest: Benchil 4lbs

July was the rivers best month so far and August was steady with more salmon landed in warmer weather and river conditions have improved as the weeks have gone with plenty of fresh water. Settling river levels after rain recently should hopefully continue to improve catches over the next few weeks with autumn now underway. The lack of rain had dropped the river to summer levels however salmon are still running due to the Tay’s sheer size as you fish another river within it. Recent rain has helped to spice things up. It was a consistent week with around 110 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was 23 pounds from Fishponds. Spring is now a distant memory for 2017 and Summer has disappeared as we move into Autumn. Some of the fish that have been caught are memorable as typical Tay specimens due to their size and depth with only a few grilse caught so far. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come in the last month and a half of the season.

This past week again saw fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats with a spread in catches. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing sport and the rise in water levels in recent times may just have spiced things up by encouraging salmon into the river. The very lower part of the river is now producing consistent catches with Almondmouth, Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton all catching in the week. Fishponds had 6 fish in the week including one at 23 pounds.
The Rawson party had success during the week landing some good fish. Upper Scone and Stanley had odd fish as well with both the Benchil and Pitlochrie beats producing fish up to 16 pounds on fly. Stobhall and Taymount had 25 between them in the week. Ballathie finished with 11 for the week which included a red letter day of 8 fish on Friday.
Cargill had 4 with Hector Rawson landing a good fish on the fly from the Bridge stream. Islamouth continued to tick away with 8 in the week and Upper Islamouth and Meikleour caught 6 which included a few fresh grilse.
A couple of young German anglers had success with Philipp Holzheu and Alex Zickgraf both catching grilse and Messer’s Travalyan and Latham both caught later in the week with fish up to 7 pounds.

The middle river continues to be extremely disappointing with rising river temperatures over recent weeks and more water not producing good sport however there have been odd exceptions. Kercock had 5 for the week and single fish came from Delvine and Murthly.
Dunkeld House had 3 with James Rycraft landing a couple of grilse. A further fish came from Kinnaird making it a lean week.

The upper river was seeing steady sport with fish recently caught however nothing was reported last week.

The Tummel was continuing to see sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club and there is now nearly 4000 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally. A fish was reported in the Garry from Ruan Ruarie caught by Dave Wilson.
The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht however again no fish are being reported.

The Earn has seen a run of salmon and sea trout progress up the river with a good few fish caught in the system over recent weeks but by beats that do not report.

The Salmon fishing season had a quiet start but has started to show signs of picking up with improving catches and some outstanding fish landed so far so let us hope the season lives up to everyone’s expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

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