Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fishing Review June 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fishing Review June 2012.

June turned out to be an excellent month with nearly 600 salmon landed which was more than the previous year and up on the 5 year average. The river was fairly settled and at summer levels for most of the month but the weather became unsettled for the last week leading up to the Scone Gamefair when the Saturday and Sunday were cancelled due to flooding. Top quality salmon continued to be caught and
Islamouth had a tremendous month.

On the Lower River Islamouth dominated the catches with 133 salmon landed on the beat for the month. In the first couple of days in the month John McElroys party landed 25 salmon with fish up to 21 pounds in weight.
Ian Mitchell caught the 21 pounds salmon in the New Shot from the boat and John McElroy landed a sea liced beauty weighing 18 pounds. Gordon Fleetwood, Steven Watt and Neil Tong also enjoyed great sport on the fly. Ballathie and Cargill had good weeks as well benefiting from lower water. On Ballathie Fred and Dorothy Harrison and on Cargill it was a similar story when the ladies struck! Claire Wylie landed a stunning 29 pounds sea liced salmon from the boat at Clocksden. Alistair Ross was also successful landing a 15 pounds salmon on the fly.

Sun Ray action from Islamouth.
The third week was particularly good with 85 off the lower river with Islamouth catching 46 and Coupar Grange on the Isla registered 43. James McKay landed the only salmon below Stanley from the Skellies on the Benchil beat. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks as the first Grilse made their appearance. Cargill and Ballathie also did well landing salmon up to 19 pounds. Islamouth continued its superb spell of consistent weeks with 46 salmon for the week and all caught fly fishing. Earlier in the week the Meikleour party had good success with Steven Hogg from Edinburgh landing 2 on Monday and Jane Mercer Nairne enjoying a good day landing 2 from the boat in Donnits and the Long Head.
At the end of the week Martin Deacon landed a 17½ pounds beauty also in Donnits and other members of the party including Jim Ferrie and Simon Furniss caught fish up to 20 pounds. The week ending 23rd June was good but we started to see unsettled weather curtail sport. Catches from the lower river were disappointing apart from Islamouth that continues to enjoy fantastic sport until the river came up.

The Middle River was doing well also in June. On Kercock Jeff Jukes caught a lovely 10 pounds fish and Douglas McIntosh landed a 9 pounds salmon both fly fishing in the first week. At Dunkeld House Ray Baileys party had a successful week landing several fish up to 14 pounds on fly and spinner. Dalmarnock had a good week as well landing fish on most days. Kercock, Newtyle, Dunkeld and Dalmarnock all caught in the third week. Kercock had 5 fish, which included Alex Hendery with a 7 pounds salmon, and Ian Bain landed 2 up to 14 pounds in weight. At Newtyle James Holder had a lovely 10 pounds salmon fly fishing the Cotter. Dunkeld House had a reasonable week with Sandra Robins being successful with the fly. Most beats caught on the forth week. Kercock, Newtyle, Dunkeld and Dalmarnock all caught. Kercock landed 7 fish with Donald Cameron catching 6 for his two days up to 12 pounds in weight. Newtyle had reasonable sport from fresh salmon running up the river with Bruce Campbell landing 2 up to 15 pounds. Andy Gunns father landed a 6 pounds fish on a devon. Scott Gordon had a 13 pounds beauty from the Trap and Vic Harvey caught a 15 pounds fish both fly fishing. Further up river at Dunkeld House there continued to be good sport. That was certainly the case with a red letter day for Donald Cameron landing 4 salmon for his day up to 19 pounds on various methods. The beat finished with 6 for the day.
Jim Ferrie landed a superb 21 pounds salmon when the rest of the river was struggling.

In the first week the Upper River produced 33. The upper river continued to enjoy good sport. Edradynate produced a good fish for the river at 21 pounds. Lower Kinnaird had aproductive week landing several salmon and Dalguise did well particularly at the start of the week. Salmon continued to stream through the fish ladder at Pitlochry with the total over 1700. Despite the very low water at Portnacraig salmon were still caught. Successful anglers included Robert Spiers, David Cronshaw and Lee Thompson landing fish up to 13 pounds. The third week saw Dalguise doing well and further upstream
Lower Kinnaird continued their successes landing 14 salmon for the week. The last week saw Dalguise having a reasonable week catching 8 until the rain came and unsettling the river. The other areas were disappointing. Paul Carter landed one of the few from Pitlochry fly fishing from the town bank on a self tied shrimp pattern. Salmon continued to stream through the ladder with over 2200 counted so far for the month.

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