The conditions last week were good on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with good weather; a falling steady river and catches were maintained during the week with a tail off at the end of the week due to the very bright conditions. The weather is now much warmer and there is a good forecast for this week with a chance of rain that hopefully will continue to give us great prospects and will maintain sport on this marvelous river and spread it throughout the whole river.
Summer has now arrived and when settled conditions prevail sport can be magical as has proved this season so far with some outstanding catches and numerous spring salmon registered in the Tay system above expectation, let us hope the sport is maintained for the remainder of the season then it will certainly be one to remember in years to come. The catches for the season so far have increased by 75% up to the end of May and now May has produced a 90% increase on last year which is simply amazing news for the river. The Tay is currently fishing very well and is certainly a good destination to catch your first salmon of the season; you will maybe catch a fish of your dreams after the emergence of some monster salmon. The river offers a variety of possibilities for all standards of anglers with ghillies only too keen to teach the novices and this mighty river can produce a memorable salmon for the keen fly fisher. Levels and temperatures have now risen hopefully to encourage more salmon to run the river and spread out. Pools can be easily covered from bank and boat with modern technology. Why not have a go and sample this magical river. The fishing is supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently the Blue bells are out along the river with also numerous other wild flowers. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”
Beat catches reported
(week ending 8th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 3, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Stobhall 3, Taymount 6, Ballathie 10, Cargill 5, Islamouth 4, Lower and Upper Islamouth 10, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 1, Meikleour House 2, Kercock 2, Murthly 1 8, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 8, Newtyle 13, Dunkeld House 7, Dalmarnock 3, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 4, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 10, Farleyer Lower 1, Islabank 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 5, Loch Faskally 6.
Total: 127 Largest: Dalmarnock 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Benchil and Pitlochrie 1, Taymount 2, Murthly 2 3, Dunkeld House 1.
Total: 8 Largest: Dunkeld House 4lbs
Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week encouraging everyone and there is a continuing emergence of some larger multi sea winter spring salmon up to around 20 odd pounds, which is superb news. Sea trout and odd Grilse are also starting to appear. The Upper reaches are now encountering more fresh salmon as warmer conditions appear. The Upper River registered 13 salmon from largely from Farleyer and one from Findynate. Further news from the upper beats would be welcome for the report.
The Tummel system registered 10 salmon. The Tummel has been fishing very well however bright weather and salmon running through the Dam in numbers has curtailed sport. Currently there is now over 2200 salmon through the ladder. Loch Faskally have now caught 55 spring salmon with fish up to 10 pounds coming off this week. On Monday Walter Alexander and Jim Fisher had success on the club water and on Thursday mother and daughter Sleight and Sabrina Gladstone caught fish up to 12 pounds. On Saturday local angler Gordon Hanslip went out very early to beat the bright conditions and was rewarded with a lovely 7 pounds fresh fish on the fly.
On the Middle river 58 salmon were caught this past week. Conditions have become a bit more difficult however the beats are reporting seeing several salmon in the pools. A little water should spice things up again but early mornings and evenings should be productive. Lower Kinnaird had a reasonable week and also reported the odd grilse.
On Dalguise a finnish party enjoyed success with 15 year old Matias Juranto catching a first ever salmon and Risto Narvanen, Toni Kakkuri and Jari Woulle also having fish up to 14 pounds. Dalmarnock saw fish landed up to 22 pounds mostly on fly with
Adam Coren catching his first ever fish on a Toby. Dunkeld House continue to work away with Mark Caswell landing a 7 pounds fish on the fly and David Williamson catching a fish at 8 pounds on a devon. Later in the week Simon Firness caught a 12 pounds beauty and Malcolm Bennett had a 9 pounds salmon from the Rock Pool on the fly. Newtyle had another productive week and also reporting catching grilse.
Anthony Wright landed the beats 100th fish of the season 3 months ahead of last year! What a season the river is having. There was another first ever for Fiona Guest landing a 10 pounds beauty. Richard Lee also did well landing 2 fish up to 12 pounds on the fly. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats continue to fish well. Jim Reids party enjoyed success on the fly on Murthly 2 and combined his fishing week on the Tay by collecting the 2012 Savills Malloch Trophy at the House of Bruar on Thursday evening. Tay long service awards also were presented to Bob Campbell of Stobhall, George McInnes of Ballathie and Bill Mason of Megernie on the Lyon. Kercock reported a couple of fish with Gary Harkin landing a 12 pounds fish on the fly and Nick Barrs getting one at 7 pounds on a Cascade.
The Lower River had 43 salmon for the week. Islamouth was again successful but not as productive as last year. This will change if the current conditions remain. Ballathie and Cargill have started to do better as the river levels drop. Stobhall and Taymount continued to work away with success on most days. Former ghille on Taymount George Maitland enjoyed a good week on the beat.
Sea trout are still slow but 8 years old Morven McKay still managed to land her first one at the Corner pool at Stanley. The lower beats reported odd fish from Redgorton and a few more Sea trout have appeared with hopefully more to come.
The Isla registered 2 salmon from Islabank.
It was certainly another superb week to remember with some great stories, at last some warmer weather and springers caught with good conditions but now as we entering June with warmer weather and summer river levels the catches will hopefully be maintained over the coming weeks assuming the run continues and spread throughout the entire system. Please maintain the Catch and Release code for the river to protect our sport for the future.
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