(Last updated: Monday 2nd March)
The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is improving slowly week on week with good conditions for fishing in cold weather and settled water levels despite a couple of rising river levels last week. Milder
weather with rain combined with high tides improved the run and catches increased slightly. Expectation is high on the river for 2015 after successful springs in 2014 and 2013 and hopefully favourable conditions
may trigger off improving runs and catches as we go into March to give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver” as the last 2 years have proved.
Spring salmon were landed last week in better numbers as cold weather returned and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. The last few days in the week saw better numbers landed and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. There seems to be a lack of kelts as well which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.
Salmon have been caught in the lower river this past week in better numbers, which is understanding with the cold conditions making it ideal as fish are running slowly due to the cold water temperature currently. The beats around Stanley traditionally lead the way in these conditions in early spring and should be a barometer for the runs and that has proved the case so far. The beats at Stanley are leading the way as expected with consistent catches coming from Stobhall, Taymount, Burnmouth and Catholes but in disappointing numbers for those beats at the time of year. There was a small run of smaller fish on Friday with the heaviest fish only weighing 11 pounds. Further down river a sole fish was registered on Lower Redgorton on Saturday. The Catholes beat produced 4 fish for the week with Andrew Rivers landing a 9 pounds fish on Tuesday as well as a bigger fish being lost. Later in the week Peter Fine landed a couple up to 10 pounds from the Woodside and Back Dam on a Toby while Mark Hickson caught an 8 pounds fish in the Woodside on the same bait. Burnmouth saw some good action as well with Steven Watt and Alum Williams being successful. Stobhall and Taymount had a fish a piece with Angela Summerville landing a superb 12 pounds fish off the top beat in the boat on a Vision. Ballathie continued their steady start with Mike Fertacz landing a lovely 10 pounds fish on Tuesday. Donald Brown got Cargills season up and running with a 10 pounds fish from the boat on Friday. Islamouth continued their steady start with a few more fish this past week up to 20 pounds in weight. Andy Hindhaugh caught a cracking fish there from the boat on a Kynoch on Saturday.
On Upper Islamouth and Meikleour Calum McRoberts reported “a falling spate and improving river conditions was looking good for the end of last week and we landed fish on both Friday and Saturday weighing 11lbs for Mr Stewart and 13lbs for Mr Stephens. A few more fish were being seen as well. After a big spate on Sunday the river is falling back now and with no significant rainfall due this week we are hopeful for further fish in the next few days.” Further upstream Murthly reported another spring fish and Newtyle recorded an estimated 20 pounds fish for Stuart Bowmen on a Toby Salmo early in the week. Dunkeld House recorded a 35 pounds fish for Mark Ogilvie early in the week that caused a big splash on the river. The fish was landed from the boat and continued their good start to 2015. Up at Dalmarnock Sandip Datta was just back from Thailand and was out braving the elements on the Tay to land a superb 18 pounds springer from the boat on a harled Tomic with Colin McFadgen on Saturday. Upper Kinnaird had another fish in the week and up on the Loch Fish n' Trips registered another couple of fish on Saturday with David Burns landing a 16 pounds fish along with a 7 pounds first ever spring salmon.
The Spring Salmon fishing season has entered March and expectation is very high after previous seasons and poor overall catches last year. Last weeks catches hopefully encouraged everyone after fish were caught in the system up to 35 pounds in better numbers. Let us hope with improving conditions an upturn in catches will appear as last year proved. Tight lines!
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