Sunday, March 6, 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th March 2011.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th March 2011.

Spring Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 5th March 2011.
The first week of March on the Tay was far more encouraging after we at last got good weather and settled water levels. Conditions were ideal for spring fishing and catches improved dramatically.

The river was settled during the week, which resulted in success for most of the beats especially on the lower river. The river temperature came up slightly to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius, which still meant fishing large spinning lures and flies slowly and at depth.

58 spring salmon were reported last week with the best salmon of 18 pounds being landed at Dunkeld House. The number of unspent fish being caught seems to be dropping now, suggesting that the high water of recent weeks may have signaled the beginning of the end as far as spawning goes. However, it's worth remembering that any kelts, baggots or rawners encountered should be treated with the same amount of care as we would a fresh fish when returning them to the water.

On the lower river 39 fresh spring salmon were caught. The best salmon of the week was the 17 pounds salmon from Islamouth. All lower beats contributed to the catch.
Dave Chamberlain started the week off with a lovely 10 pounds springer on Monday on the Catholes on his 3 day visit to the Tay.
Then on Tuesday Kenneth Johnston caught his first ever Tay spring salmon in Pitlochrie pool at Stanley. On the same day Perth angler, Steven Watt caught a 15 pounds beauty from the Linn pool at Taymount.
On Thursday Kenneth Gardiner had a 14 pounds salmon from Stobhall on the harl. Islamouth fished well all week contributing several to the weekly total. The Ghillies helped boost the scores as well with some of the beats light on guests. Brian Brogan and Harry Morrison did well on Islamouth, Garry McErlain and George McInness on Ballathie and Bob White got a beauty fly fishing at Benchil. Peter Keay had a 16 pounds beauty on Saturday with his wife, Esther in the boat at Fishponds. Hopefully the river will remain settled and clear this coming week, which should make prospects excellent.

The middle river reported 10. The best reported salmon of the week came from Dunkeld House beat weighing 18 pounds.
Brian Joseph also caught a 16 pounds spring salmon at Dunkeld on a Toby Salmo, which was tagged before release. The fish has a green floy tag on the dorsal fin numbered 001 and marked Dunkeld. Should anyone be lucky enough to recapture it please get in touch with Dunkeld House. Meikleour, Kercock and Newtyle caught as well and there must have been the odd other fish from this area not reported.

On the upper river reported 2 with the spring salmon coming from the Portnacraig beat in front of Pitlochry dam and Dalguise.

The Isla reported 7 with most of the fish from Coupar Grange and one from Islabank.

Many thanks for all the pictures everyone sent me of spring salmon and all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences this and last season on the river.
I would be most grateful if you to do the same this season by emailing me at to be included in this report.

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