Monday, 3 September 2018

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 1st September 2018.

Tay Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon fishing report w/e 1st September 2018.

The Tay, Perthshire has now seen out August for salmon fishing with encouraging results in recent weeksdue some rain and cooler weather conditions as we welcome autumn. In recent weeks the weather pattern has changed giving us some rain to freshen the river up and dropping the river temperature to produce some far better sport. The current conditions have improved dramatically giving everyone a great chance of landing a salmon from the Tay and even possibly a fish of a lifetime with some of the multi sea winter fish currently being caught this season.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 1st September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 13, Waulkmill 20, Lower Redgorton 8, Upper Redgorton 3, Fishponds 2, Benchil 4, Upper Scone 4, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 1, Taymount 21, Ballathie 12, Cargill 12, Islamouth 19, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 6, Kercock 5, Delvine Burnbane 1, Murthly 1 6, Dalmarnock 3, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 3, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 150 Largest: Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 2.
Total: 3 Largest: Waulkmill & Lower Redgorton 3lbs

Salmon were landed last week in again more favourable conditions with improving numbers after the change in conditions in recent weeks. The numbers were again encouraging in a difficult season with around 150 salmon recorded making it another consistent week signaling a reasonable summer run and a few more grilse. The improving conditions meant that some of the resident fish have become more active also and they make up a good proportion of the catch. The spring run is a memory, and frustratingly only small runs are still coming into the river this year but with improving conditions catches are being made in better numbers. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come as we go deeper into the autumn. 

On the Lower river most beats have had continued better sport last week. At the bottom of the river Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill all had fish confirming a run entering the river in recent weeks and in reasonable numbers. It was a quieter week for Almondmouth with 13 fish but Waulkmill did well with 20. Lower Redgorton had 8 in the week. Further upstream it was much quieter with Fishponds and Upper Redgorton achieving 5 between them. Upper Scone had 4 in the week from Benchil and Pitlochrie and on Stanley their 4 fish came from Benchil with 

Kath Giles and 

Tim Greenfield catching good fresh fish up to 18 pounds from the Long Shot on the fly. Saturday saw 

Tom Severn catching his first ever salmon on a Toby from the Todd Holes weighing approximately 7 pounds. Burnmouth had single fish however Taymount had a great week with 21 catching on spinner and fly. Up at Ballathie and Cargill 24 fish were caught in the week with some good teenage fish landed. 

On Cargill Hector Rawson’s party had a good week with 12 fish up to 20 pounds landed with David Sheddon, Henry Johnson and others in the party catching. Islamouth had another good week with 19 fish on fly. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a much quieter week after the superb catch last week with 6 but included in that was a fish of 22 pounds. 

The Middle river had a few fish in the week with fresh water spicing things up a little. Kercock had 5 for their week with Delvine Burnbane managing a single. Murthly 1 had some success in the week with 6 salmon and Dalmarnock had 3 early in the week. Dalguise had a couple and the Kinnaird beats had 5. 

The Upper river did not report any fish last week. 

The Tummel is seeing fish continue on their journey now with around 2200 fish through the ladder and there was some action in Loch Faskally with a couple recorded. 

The past weeks have seen better catches after rain and cooler temperatures greatly improving sport in an extremely difficult year so far, so let us hope that continues.  

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 and the sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding with hopefully a settled river in the coming weeks we 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. The summer was difficult with extremely hot weather but in recent weeks after rain and cooler temperatures catches have picked up which hopefully will continue as we enter autumn. 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 to be included in the reports.

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