Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for Tay, Perthshire w/c 16th July 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for Tay, Perthshire w/c 16th July 2018.

The Salmon fishing season is now well into July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland.  We have been encountering some very hot summer weather with rain seemingly a distant memory until a few days ago with a dampening of the ground. We have had difficult conditions last week with very hot and bright weather nearly every day although it has now cooled slightly helping matters. The coming week is looking is similar but cooler again giving more optimism however the river is still very low. Catches improved dramatically three weeks ago probably due to rain giving far more optimism following disappointing catch figures, that was then dashed by the current hot spell but we are now seeing a break in very hot conditions to hopefully trigger off some more summer salmon and grilse to run the river. 

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are in the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks, Dippers and Sand Martins have broods of young on the river banks and you could see the flash of a Kingfisher if you are lucky. The wild flowers are out in bloom with outstanding displays of Lupins on the banks recently, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay and a salmon would be a bonus.

Currently the river has fallen right back to low summer levels. It is at Caputh (2”) and similarly on the lower river (2”) on the Ballathie gauge.

The Weatheris to continue settled over the coming week with some bright days but cooler and some chance of rain. The warmer temperatures would have encouraged salmon to run the river and get into the upper areas as fish continue to shoot through the ladder at Pitlochry. The river has cooled slightly helping matters with a current river temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius most days. These are not typical temperatures for this time of year but hopefully rain will come soon and help cool it further and improve sport. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. 


As to methods, in settled conditions with the water warming, fishing by any method should be with flies and lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The recommendations are set out below for different times in the season. Harling is also a favoured method.
Tackle recommendations for fishing the Tay throughout the season.


Fly Rods. 
The Tay is a large river especially when running at a normal level and even in lower levels you are fishing another river within the mighty one so therefore a 15 foot fly rod for a 10 weight line is certainly minimum requirement for much of the season. Do not come under gunned.  In some parts of the river where it is especially wide even longer rods are used. It should be noted however that it is better to cast a shorter controlled line than try to cast out with your capabilities and have the lines end up in a mess and decrease your chances. 


Fly Lines.
In early season when the water is cold you need to cast larger flies and get them deeper in the water to fish them slowly. There is a tremendous choice on the market nowadays which can be quite confusing to many anglers. Any type of Skagit line that can easily cast a 15 foot sinking leader of various depths is a good choice especially to the less experienced. Iflights and a tip of choice attached are another good bet as these lines enable you to cast a longer line than normal with ease. For more experienced anglers, there are a vast array of shooting heads of different sinking abilities available as well. These tactics can be used in late season as well when the water starts to cool down. 
Once the water temperature starts to climb by April then tactics change to mainly floating lines and sink tips with much smaller conventional flies. Again, the choice of lines is incredible from longer belly Spey lines to shooting heads. If you go to shooting heads, then it is important to choose a good shooting backing as line management can be a big issue casting longer lines on a river such as the Tay. 

Spinning Rods.
You should have a minimum of a 10 foot rod for casting baits of 20gm to 60gms. 
Line. 
A main line of 20 pounds in nylon or 30 pounds in braid. You should use a lesser poundage far a cast such as 15 pounds so if you get caught up on the bottom you do not lose a large part of your main line. 
Baits.
Tobies from 18gm upwards. Toby Salmos are very popular in 30gms. Conventional weighted Devon's are good especially in the Spring. Rapalas and Vision 110's are very effective and of course Kynochs are popular for harling. 
What flies should I take?
In early season bigger flies such as Tube Flies, Temple Dogs and Monkey type flies up to 2 inches in body length and larger conventional patterns in 4's and 6's in lower water are required. A point of note is that a lighter Tube such as an aluminium or plastic body is far easier to cast than brass. Current line technology enables you to get these lighter flies to the correct depths. Ask your ghillie for tip advice on the day. 

As river temperatures rise to a more conventional approach then a size range in your box should be from 6 in higher water to 12 in lower water and even smaller on exceptionally low conditions. Cascade type patterns seem to be the most popular and recently feeler flies have come to the fore. It is always worth a go with a Sun Ray type fly with a long wing whether casting normally in colder conditions to stripping it fast in warmer water. 


Finally, there has now been a bold change in policy following poor catches so far this season and you are reminded that the Tay's policy from 1stJune until the end of 2018 season is that all salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has a policy of 100% catch and release of all salmon caught in this period. salmon are a scarce and precious resource currently. Please preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following this request from our current board. 


When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on good catch and release practice.


The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative. 

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com included in the reports.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 14th July 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 14th July 2018.

The Tay, Perthshire is now well into July for salmon fishing with disappointing results in recent weeksdue to very hot and bright weather conditions in our current outstanding summer. The hot weather is making life extremely difficult with water temperatures going over 70F/21C daily, although that has started to break down with some cooler days recently and catches are slowly improving. The most positive news this season has been the number of multi sea winter fish landed on the river especially in the spring which has put the Tay again at the centre of everyone’s attention. Hopefully the weather will turn much cooler soon but remain reasonably settled over the coming weeks and give everyone a chance of landing a “Bar of Silver” and even possibly a fish of a lifetime.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 14th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 3, Lower Redgorton 3, Cargill 2, Islamouth 13, Kercock 2, Delvine Burnbane 1, Murthly 1 3, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 1.
Total: 31 Largest: Islamouth 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Murthly 1 2, Lochlane and Laggan 2.
Total: 4 Largest: Murthly 1 2lbs

Salmon were landed last week in very hot and bright conditions in much smaller numbers in lower levels now due to the lack of rain and far warmer forecasts. The numbers were understandably still low with around 30 fresh salmon recorded making it very disappointing and frustrating however it was a step up on the previous week and hopefully that will continue to build. The spring run is a memory, and frustratingly only small runs are coming into the river until this spell of weather breaks, it seems that there is a start to a summer run with more grilse appearing which hopefully will build, and last but fluctuating weather can make fishing difficult especially in very hot weather. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come as we go deeper into the summer period. 

The very lower beats on the river are starting to see more action with Almondmouth and Lower Redgorton both recording 3 fish each and seeing a lot more fish showing. Unfortunately, the immediate stretches above there did not have any luck last week with Cargill the next beat in the system to catch with 2 evening fish on the fly. Islamouth was the stand out beat with 13 in the week which included a 21 pounds fish on the fly for one of beat owner David Mayhews guests, Mr Barraclough on a day of 5 fish. Earlier in the week the Gilles Moffat party enjoyed limited success. The middle beats enjoyed a better week with a spread of catches from Kercock to Dalguise. 

Jim Lamb caught one of the fish from Kercock on the fly where 2 fish were recorded. On Delvine and Burnbane a French guest, Jean-Michael Desnos caught a 10 pounds fish on a flying C. The Lower Murthly beat had 3 fish and Dunkeld House recorded a single fish. Dalmarnock had a couple and on 

Dalguise Gus Briggs caught a 9 pounds fish from the Bridge Stream. 

The Tummel was also seeing sport recently form the Pitlochry Angling Club stretch at Portnacraig however nothing was reported last week but on a positive note there are now around 1700 plus fish through the ladder with temperatures rising. 

The current week has started off well by recent standards with over a dozen fish recorded on Monday up to 15 pounds and reports from the lower river of fresh grilse and summer salmon showing. Let us hope that is a positive sign for this week and the ones to come. 

The Tay is certainly the place to come to for the chance of a fish of a lifetime. The sheer size of the river produces very powerful large salmon and the possibility of a 40 pounds fish must be on the cards now. The food source for Atlantic salmon is moving further away from our shores with sea temperatures rising and salmon are spending longer away in the ocean before they are returning making the possibility of much bigger fish finding its way back. The fish that are being caught now is further evidence of that phenomenon. 

There have been some encouraging signs in the past week or so however the very hot settled summer weather has slowed things down in the meantime, but the sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding and with hopefully a settled river in the coming weeks should see improved catches with a settled forecast as well. 
The Spring Salmon fishing was slow as we saw out May with the end of that run this year. June had picked up probably due to some fresh water and the emergence of some summer fish a couple of weeks ago but we now need the current hot weather to break, let us hope that the summer run builds further in the weeks to come. It has been a quiet start but let us hope the season lives up to every one’s expectations over the coming weeks and months and when you visit the Tay you catch a fish of a lifetime. Tight lines!

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for Tay, Perthshire w/c 9th July 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for Tay, Perthshire w/c 9th July 2018.

The Salmon fishing season is now in July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland.  We have been encountering some very hot summer weather with rain seemingly a distant memory. We have had difficult conditions last week with very hot and bright weather nearly every day. The coming week is looking is similar but cooler at the start of the week. There had been some more water maintaining the river height from heavy thunder downpours and this triggered off far better catches over a fortnight ago, but the river has now dropped back to low water conditions. On the opening months several anglers braved the elements in pursuit of that magical salmon but conditions are much warmer now and it is a pleasure to be out on the river. The cold weather hopefully had given a greater chance of producing some sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you were prepared to brave the elements as any fish progress slowly through the system. The changing weather has enabled fish to spread with water temperatures now well up. Catches improved dramatically a fortnight ago probably due to rain giving far more optimism following disappointing catch figures, that has been dashed by the current hot spell and we need that to break to hopefully trigger off some more summer salmon and grilse to run the river. 

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are in the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young and Sand Pipers are on the river banks. Dippers are darting past getting food for their young and you could see the flash of a Kingfisher if you are lucky. The wild flowers are out in bloom with outstanding displays of Lupins on the banks recently, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay and a salmon would be a bonus.

Currently the river has fallen right back to low summer levels. It is at Caputh (2”) and similarly on the lower river (2”) on the Ballathie gauge.

The Weatheris to continue settled over the coming week with bright days and much warmer with little chance of rain. There are signs that this will end next week. The warmer temperatures would have encouraged salmon to run the river and get into the upper areas as fish continue to shoot through the ladder at Pitlochry. The very hot weather has now affected water temperatures by putting it just over 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius most days endangering salmon in shallow streams and tributaries of the system. These are not typical temperatures for this time of year but hopefully rain will come soon and rescue the situation. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. 

As to methods, in settled conditions with the water warming, fishing by any method should be with flies and lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The recommendations are set out below for different times in the season. Harling is also a favoured method.

Tackle recommendations for fishing the Tay throughout the season.

Fly Rods. 
The Tay is a large river especially when running at a normal level and even in lower levels you are fishing another river within the mighty one so therefore a 15 foot fly rod for a 10 weight line is certainly minimum requirement for much of the season. Do not come under gunned.  In some parts of the river where it is especially wide even longer rods are used. It should be noted however that it is better to cast a shorter controlled line than try to cast out with your capabilities and have the lines end up in a mess and decrease your chances.


Fly Lines.
In early season when the water is cold you need to cast larger flies and get them deeper in the water to fish them slowly. There is a tremendous choice on the market nowadays which can be quite confusing to many anglers. Any type of Skagit line that can easily cast a 15 foot sinking leader of various depths is a good choice especially to the less experienced. Iflights and a tip of choice attached are another good bet as these lines enable you to cast a longer line than normal with ease. For more experienced anglers, there are a vast array of shooting heads of different sinking abilities available as well. These tactics can be used in late season as well when the water starts to cool down. 
Once the water temperature starts to climb by April then tactics change to mainly floating lines and sink tips with much smaller conventional flies. Again, the choice of lines is incredible from longer belly Spey lines to shooting heads. If you go to shooting heads, then it is important to choose a good shooting backing as line management can be a big issue casting longer lines on a river such as the Tay. 

Spinning Rods.
You should have a minimum of a 10 foot rod for casting baits of 20gm to 60gms. 
Line. 
A main line of 20 pounds in nylon or 30 pounds in braid. You should use a lesser poundage far a cast such as 15 pounds so if you get caught up on the bottom you do not lose a large part of your main line. 
Baits.
Tobies from 18gm upwards. Toby Salmos are very popular in 30gms. Conventional weighted Devon's are good especially in the Spring. Rapalas and Vision 110's are very effective and of course Kynochs are popular for harling. 

What flies should I take?
In early season bigger flies such as Tube Flies, Temple Dogs and Monkey type flies up to 2 inches in body length and larger conventional patterns in 4's and 6's in lower water are required. A point of note is that a lighter Tube such as an aluminium or plastic body is far easier to cast than brass. Current line technology enables you to get these lighter flies to the correct depths. Ask your ghillie for tip advice on the day. 
As river temperatures rise to a more conventional approach then a size range in your box should be from 6 in higher water to 12 in lower water and even smaller on exceptionally low conditions. Cascade type patterns seem to be the most popular and recently feeler flies have come to the fore. It is always worth a go with a Sun Ray type fly with a long wing whether casting normally in colder conditions to stripping it fast in warmer water. 


Finally, there has now been a bold change in policy following poor catches so far this season and you are reminded that the Tay's policy from 1stJune until the end of 2018 season is that all salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has a policy of 100% catch and release of all salmon caught in this period. salmon are a scarce and precious resource currently. Please preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following this request from our current board. 


When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on good catch and release practice.


The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative. 


If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com included in the reports.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 7th July 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 7th July 2018.

The Tay, Perthshire is now in July for salmon fishing with disappointing results in recent weeks with the exception of a fortnight ago with a much improved catch after fresh waterhowever that did not continue over the last 2 weeks primarily due to very hot and bright weather conditions in our current outstanding summer. The hot weather is making life extremely difficult with water temperatures going over 70F/21C daily. The most positive news this season has been the number of multi sea winter fish landed on the river especially in the spring which has put the Tay again at the centre of everyone’s attention. Hopefully the weather will turn soon but remain reasonably settled over the coming weeks and give everyone a chance of landing a “Bar of Silver” and even possibly a fish of a lifetime.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 7th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Benchil 1, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Cargill 1, Islamouth 5, Newtyle 1, Dalmarnock 1, Lower Kinnaird 1.
Total: 12 Largest: Islamouth 14lbs

Salmon were landed last week in very hot and bright conditions in much smaller numbers in lower levels now due to the lack of rain and far warmer forecasts. The numbers were understandably very low with around 12 fresh salmon recorded making it very disappointing and frustrating. The spring run is a memory, and frustratingly only small runs are coming into the river until this spell of weather breaks, it seems that there is a start to a summer run with some grilse appearing which hopefully will build, and last but fluctuating weather can make fishing difficult especially in very hot weather. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come as we go deeper into the summer period. 

Benchil was the lowest beat on the river to record a fish with a party from Gleneagles Hotel having success on the fly from the Long Shot. Taymount had a single fish on Saturday and singles were caught on Ballathie and Cargill. On Ballathie, Peter Sprosten caught an 8 pounds fish on a Vision and on Cargill, John Cottam caught a lovely 9 pounds fish on the fly. Islamouth had the best week by far on a bad week for the river landing 5 fish. The middle river accounted for 3 fish with Newtyle, Dalmarnock and Lower Kinnaird all recording single fish. Archie Nicoll caught the fish on Dalmarnock on the fly from Clachantaggart weighing 9 pounds. On a positive note, there are now over 1600 fish through the Pitlochry fish ladder. 

The Tay is certainly the place to come to for the chance of a fish of a lifetime. The sheer size of the river produces very powerful large salmon and the possibility of a 40 pounds fish must be on the cards now. The food source for Atlantic salmon is moving further away from our shores with sea temperatures rising and salmon are spending longer away in the ocean before they are returning making the possibility of much bigger fish finding its way back. The fish that are being caught now is further evidence of that phenomenon. 

There have been some encouraging signs in the past week or so however the very hot settled summer weather has slowed things down in the meantime, but the sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding and with hopefully a settled river in the coming weeks should see improved catches with a settled forecast as well. 
The Spring Salmon fishing was slow as we saw out May with the end of that run this year. June had picked up probably due to some fresh water and the emergence of some summer fish a couple of weeks ago but we now need the current hot weather to break, let us hope that the summer run builds further in the weeks to come. It has been a quiet start but let us hope the season lives up to every one’s expectations over the coming weeks and months and when you visit the Tay you catch a fish of a lifetime. Tight lines!

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for Tay, Perthshire w/c 2nd July 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for Tay, Perthshire w/c 2nd July 2018.

The Salmon fishing season is now in July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland.  We have been encountering some very hot summer weather with rain occasionally as well however not in the last week. We have had good conditions last week although hot and bright in the middle of the day. The coming week is looking is similar. There had been some more water maintaining the river height from heavy thunder downpours and this triggered off far better catches over a week ago, but the river has now dropped back to low water conditions. On the opening months several anglers braved the elements in pursuit of that magical salmon but conditions are much warmer now and it is a pleasure to be out on the river. The cold weather hopefully had given a greater chance of producing some sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you were prepared to brave the elements as any fish progress slowly through the system. The changing weather has enabled fish to spread with water temperatures now well into the fifties and even sixties on some days. Catches improved dramatically over a week ago probably due to rain giving far more optimism following disappointing catch figures, and hopefully it has also triggered off some summer salmon and grilse to run the river which hopefully will build. 

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are in the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young and Sand Pipers are on the river banks. Dippers are darting past getting food for their young and you could see the flash of a Kingfisher if you are lucky. The wild flowers are out in bloom with outstanding displays of Lupins on the banks recently, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay and a salmon would be a bonus.

Currently the river is falling back low summer levels. It is at Caputh (4”) and similarly on the lower river (5”) on the Ballathie gauge.

The Weatheris to continue settled over the coming week with bright days and much warmer with little chance of rain. The warmer temperatures would have encouraged salmon to run the river and get into the upper areas as fish continue to shoot through the ladder at Pitlochry. The water temperature is just over 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius following the very warm weather. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. 


As to methods, in settled conditions with the water warming, fishing by any method should be with flies and lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The recommendations are set out below for different times in the season. Harling is also a favoured method.
Tackle recommendations for fishing the Tay throughout the season.

Fly Rods. 
The Tay is a large river especially when running at a normal level and even in lower levels you are fishing another river within the mighty one so therefore a 15 foot fly rod for a 10 weight line is certainly minimum requirement for much of the season. Do not come under gunned.  In some parts of the river where it is especially wide even longer rods are used. It should be noted however that it is better to cast a shorter controlled line than try to cast out with your capabilities and have the lines end up in a mess and decrease your chances. 


Fly Lines.
In early season when the water is cold you need to cast larger flies and get them deeper in the water to fish them slowly. There is a tremendous choice on the market nowadays which can be quite confusing to many anglers. Any type of Skagit line that can easily cast a 15 foot sinking leader of various depths is a good choice especially to the less experienced. Iflights and a tip of choice attached are another good bet as these lines enable you to cast a longer line than normal with ease. For more experienced anglers, there are a vast array of shooting heads of different sinking abilities available as well. These tactics can be used in late season as well when the water starts to cool down. 
Once the water temperature starts to climb by April then tactics change to mainly floating lines and sink tips with much smaller conventional flies. Again, the choice of lines is incredible from longer belly Spey lines to shooting heads. If you go to shooting heads, then it is important to choose a good shooting backing as line management can be a big issue casting longer lines on a river such as the Tay. 

Spinning Rods.
You should have a minimum of a 10 foot rod for casting baits of 20gm to 60gms. 
Line. 
A main line of 20 pounds in nylon or 30 pounds in braid. You should use a lesser poundage far a cast such as 15 pounds so if you get caught up on the bottom you do not lose a large part of your main line. 
Baits.
Tobies from 18gm upwards. Toby Salmos are very popular in 30gms. Conventional weighted Devon's are good especially in the Spring. Rapalas and Vision 110's are very effective and of course Kynochs are popular for harling. 

What flies should I take?
In early season bigger flies such as Tube Flies, Temple Dogs and Monkey type flies up to 2 inches in body length and larger conventional patterns in 4's and 6's in lower water are required. A point of note is that a lighter Tube such as an aluminium or plastic body is far easier to cast than brass. Current line technology enables you to get these lighter flies to the correct depths. Ask your ghillie for tip advice on the day. 
As river temperatures rise to a more conventional approach then a size range in your box should be from 6 in higher water to 12 in lower water and even smaller on exceptionally low conditions. Cascade type patterns seem to be the most popular and recently feeler flies have come to the fore. It is always worth a go with a Sun Ray type fly with a long wing whether casting normally in colder conditions to stripping it fast in warmer water. 


Finally, there has now been a bold change in policy following poor catches so far this season and you are reminded that the Tay's policy from 1stJune until the end of 2018 season is that all salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has a policy of 100% catch and release of all salmon caught in this period. salmon are a scarce and precious resource currently. Please preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following this request from our current board. 


When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Further information on good catch and release practice.


The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter. Full details of this initiative. 


If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com included in the reports.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 30th June 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 30th June 2018.

The Tay, Perthshire has now seen out June for salmon fishing with disappointing results in recent weeks with the exception of a week ago with a much improved catch after fresh waterhowever that did not continue last week primarily due to very hot and bright weather conditions in our current outstanding summer. Expectation is still optimistic on the river for 2018 after a string of better weeks earlier, however May was poor but fish are starting to be caught this month after a bit of fresh water from thundery rain. The most positive news has been the multi sea winter fish being landed on the river week in week out especially in the spring which has put the Tay again at the centre of everyone’s attention and yet again more of these fish appeared in last week’s catch as well. Hopefully the weather will remain reasonably settled over the coming weeks and give everyone a chance of landing a “Bar of Silver” and even possibly a fish of a lifetime.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 30th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Ballathie 4, Cargill 3, Islamouth 4, Kercock 1, Dunkeld House 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 1.
Total: 22 Largest: Upper Scone & Islamouth 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Benchil 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Benchil 3lbs

Salmon were landed last week in very hot and bright conditions in much smaller numbers after fresher water appeared from heavy showers the previous week sparking off the start hopefully of a summer run. The river has been settled and at lower levels now due to the lack of rain dropping away quickly with a far warmer forecast. The numbers were understandably much lower with around 20 fresh salmon recorded last week making it disappointing. The spring run is certainly over now, and frustratingly only small runs were coming into the river, it seems that there is a start to a summer run with some grilse appearing which hopefully will build, and last but fluctuating weather can make fishing difficult especially in very hot weather. Some of the fish that have been caught remain truly memorable as typical Tay specimens due to their size and depth. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come as we enter the summer period. 

The Lower river saw a few fish being landed in difficult conditions. Lower Redgorton can be a bit of a barometer in lower conditions with the Bleaching’s being an excellent low water pool. John Hogg managed a single fish from there in the week. Upper Redgorton also had a fish. On Upper Scone Graham Jackson caught a lovely fresh salmon weighing approximately 15 pounds from the Long Shot on Benchil with his friend also catching a grilse from the Woodside on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley. Stobhall and Taymount caught 3 between them in the week. The low water certainly suits Ballathie and Cargill with much deeper pools as they managed 7 fish. Dave Davenport and Trevor Watkins caught single fish in the week but Paul Bleasdale had a good day on Friday landing a couple. 

On Cargill David Sands caught a lovely 11 pounds fish on the fly from the Cradle pool. Up on Islamouth 4 were landed in the week with John McElroy’s party having limited success early in the week as did Ian Gellatly’s party in the second half. 

The Middle river enjoyed the same difficult conditions and fish were hard to come by. 

Kercock had one fish for the week but hosted a successful three day ladies course to improve casting and fishing skills. Dunkeld House caught a 7 pounds fish on the fly from the Cathedral Stream. 

The Upper area has featured recently as fish moved up the system giving everyone hope of landing one of these memorable fish, however only one fish was recorded from Upper Farleyer and Upper Kinnaird last week. 

The Lyon has been seeing a run of spring salmon recently, however there was no news form the area.  

Loch Tay is also seeing sport but nothing was reported last week. 

The Tummel was also seeing sport recently form the Pitlochry Angling Club stretch at Portnacraig however nothing was reported last week but on a positive note there are now around 1500 plus fish through the ladder with temperatures rising. 

Salmon are now going up the Isla and being caught with fish also landed recently on the lower Ericht on the Blairgowrie Angling Club water. The recent water would have taken fish way above Blairgowrie to give sport on the upper Ericht however there are concerns now about the lack of water and rising temperatures. 

The Earn is starting to see salmon and sea trout arrive in the last few weeks but nothing was reported last week. 

The Tay is certainly the place to come to for the chance of a fish of a lifetime. The sheer size of the river produces very powerful large salmon and the possibility of a 40 pounds fish must be on the cards now. The food source for Atlantic salmon is moving further away from our shores with sea temperatures rising and salmon are spending longer away in the ocean before they are returning making the possibility of much bigger fish finding its way back. The fish that are being caught now is further evidence of that phenomenon. 

There have been some encouraging signs in the past week or so however the very hot settled summer weather has slowed things down in the meantime but the sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding and with hopefully a settled river in the coming weeks should see improved catches with a settled forecast as well.  
The Spring Salmon fishing was slow as we saw out May the end of that run this year. June has picked up probably due to some fresh water and the emergence of some summer fish, let us hope that builds further in the weeks to come. It has been a quiet start but let us hope the season lives up to every one’s expectations over the coming weeks and months and when you visit the Tay you catch a fish of a lifetime. Tight lines!

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.