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(Last updated: Monday 15th October)
The Tay, Perthshire has now seen out the last complete week of the 2018 season in October for salmon fishing with continuing reasonable results in recent weeks due rain and cooler weather conditions. The autumn
has seen more typical weather patterns giving us far more rain to freshen the river up and dropping the river temperature to produce some better sport. The current conditions have improved giving everyone a
great chance of landing a salmon from the Tay in a difficult year and even possibly a fish of a lifetime with some of the multi sea winter fish currently being caught this season.
Salmon were landed last week in reasonable conditions. The catches were maintained after a change in conditions over recent weeks. The numbers were again encouraging after some good weeks in a difficult season, it finished with around 180 making it another consistent week so far signaling a reasonable summer run and even some autumn fish over recent weeks. The improving conditions meant that the resident fish continued to be more active and they made up a large proportion of the catch. The spring run is a memory, and frustratingly only small runs have come into the river this year but with good conditions catches have been made in reasonable numbers.
On the Lower river most beats have had another reasonable week with the bottom of the river continuing to catch. In the first few beats of the river Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill all had fish but in lesser numbers than the previous weeks. It has been a better period for these beats with improving catches compared with previous years. Fishponds had another reasonable week with 11 fish up to 16 pounds. The beats around Stanley only had odd fish. Taymount and Stobhall had reasonable weeks with Taymount amassing an impressive 30 fish up to 21 pounds. Ballathie and Cargill continued to do well during the week with the best part of 40 fish between them up to 23 pounds in weight. On Cargill Neil French captured his 50th fish off the beat catching several during the week. Other successful rods included Gavin Mason, Christian Lassielle and some guests from Strutt and Parker. Islamouth had 12 during the week and just above them Upper Islamouth and Meikleour caught 13 up to 20 pounds which was landed by Nick Bell. Other successful rods included Scott Sykes and the Stanton party.
The Middle river had been really struggling but catches have improved dramatically in the last few weeks with a steady rise in water levels. Kercock had 7 in the week up to 14 pounds. This included 3 caught by the Dattas on Saturday. Delvine Burnbane continued their good fortune in recent weeks with 4 in the week. This included fish for Willie Cumming, a first ever for Martin Furness weighing 18 pounds and Stan Nicol landing a couple. The Murthly beats had 7 between them and Newtyle had a single. Dunkeld House had 4 up to 18 pounds which included a first for Robert Ewart on the fly. Dalmarnock landed 6 up to 13 pounds and the Lower Kinnaird beat had a similar score with a biggest of 16 pounds.
The Upper river had odd fish last week with fish recorded at Edradynate.
The Tummel is seeing fish continue on their journey now with around 2630 fish through the ladder.
The Earn is seeing some fish running in the recent water with fish recorded last week at Upper Aberuthven and Lochlane and Laggan.
The past weeks have seen better catches after rain and cooler temperatures improving sport in an extremely difficult year.
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 few weeks or so and the sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding.
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 as we see out the season. Tight lines!
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