This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Tuesday 27th September)

The salmon fishing season on the Tay in Perthshire has now seen Summer although the weather has not been ideal at times but we are now in Autumn and there has been a run in the past few weeks and catches have improved however we are now looking for an increase in runs after another steady August despite some unsettled conditions at times. The river has had fresh water from a reasonable spate last week after some heavy rain giving reasonable conditions for fishing plus warming temperatures are seeing catches maintained. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 with now over 3200 fish recorded so far plus hopefully settled weather will continue with an improving run in September to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Summer salmon and grilse have been running and landed throughout last week with more unsettled weather and catches have continued to spread with more water and dropping temperatures making the resident salmon more aggressive. It was another steady week despite more turbulent conditions at times with around 180 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was in the low twenties. Spring transferred into summer and steady runs came into the river plus better weather was making fishing easier with lower water however plenty fresh water may have encouraged more fish to run the river with summer disappearing and hopefully an autumn run develops in earnest as temperature start to drop. The fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size overall, Autumn is upon us and traditionally large fish are caught.
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies but departing south one by one, Ospreys gone off south for the winter, Ducks have broods of mature young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Soon we will be seeing the arrival of large skeins of Geese as the temperatures start to drop. Wild flowers are still visible but most are over again for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay. A salmon can be a bonus!!
The majority of the salmon were caught in the lower river in early spring, which is understandable with the cold conditions but that has changed with warmer water allowing fish to run further giving improving results up the river including fish from Loch Tay, Loch Faskally and beyond now as fish spread in the system. The lower river is now the barometer for the runs as they enter the river with water temperatures falling to around 56F, plus fish are now starting to be caught in greater numbers in the lower river with the developing run and the spate should encourage more salmon to run and shake the residents up.
This past week saw a more fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats encouraging everyone however the summer run seems to have come to an end and we await an autumn run to develop in earnest. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing steady sport with small runs entering the river and now earlier run fish have dropped back towards their final destinations of Almond, Shochie and Ordie which can only help sport in this area. The beats just above the tide continue to produce fish on a regular basis with Almondmouth, Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton catching 41 between them in a better week. Waulkmill saw Neville Johnsons party have success and Dr Colin Jones had a superb on Lower Redgorton landing 3 fish up to 18 pounds on the fly. On Luncarty Frank Muller had a couple in the week on Toby. Upper Redgorton and Fishponds found life difficult with only 5. Upper Scone rods had an enjoyable week with Roddy McKay catching fish up to 23 pounds off both Benchil and Pitlochrie. Tim Greenfields party had a hard week on Stanley with David Boothroyd catching a good 12 pounds fish on the fly from Horsey and Andrew Shorthouse catching a fish from Benchil in the 90th minute on Saturday afternoon on a red Devon. Burnmouth saw Mike Steely catching the only fish of the week on a Rapala. Taymount and Stobhall had better weeks sharing 31 fish. Donald Normans party had a hard but enjoyable week on Stobhall. Ballathie and Cargill had good success as well with 32 salmon in the week. On Cargill the fly out fished all the other methods. There are good number of coloured fish in the beat but encouragingly a few silver fish appeared in the latter part of the week. David Sands, Neil French, Roy DeVoss and Guy McCourt all featured in this week's catches. Islamouth had a good week with 18. Neil Tongs party enjoyed success later in the week with 3 fish landed up to 20 pounds and odd silver fish included. Meikleour and Upper Islamouth had 6 in the week with fish landed up to 18 pounds including a 14 pounds fish for Robert Dale.
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Beat catches reported
(week ending 24th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 18, Waulkmill 14, Lower Redgorton 9, Luncarty 2, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 4, Benchil 1, Upper Scone 8, Pitlochrie 1, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 16, Taymount 15, Ballathie 17, Cargill 15, Islamouth 18, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 6, Kercock 4, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 7, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 9, Edradynate 1, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 1, Keithick Mains 2.
Total: 187 Largest: Upper Scone & Stobhall 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 2, Taymount 1, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 3.
Total: 12 Largest: Waulkmill & Taymount 3lbs
TROUT: None reported

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland

The 2015 Malloch Trophy winner Tom Buchanan and the Fishpal Malloch trophy

Season so far

The middle river has slowed down over recent weeks and are praying for rain to liven things up in the weeks to come. Kercock had 4 fish which included a 15 pounds beauty for Matt Blake. On Murthly Ian and Isabel Scruton had an enjoyable few days with Donald Tritton landing fish on the fly. Newtyle had 3 in the week and Dunkeld House saw more action with 6. Mark Caswell caught a good 18 pounds fish from the Cathedral Stream and George and Sandra Pollock enjoyed success with a couple of fish up to 17 pounds. Dalmarnock had a reasonable week with 7 fish but lost numerous others however Mike Sutton enjoyed good success with 5 fish in the week. Further up Dalguise and the Kinnaird beats had odd success.
The upper river was seeing sport with odd fish caught and recent fresh water has improved activities with fish recorded on Edradynate and Farleyer beats.
The Tummel is continuing to see limited sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club and there is now over 6300 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally and fish are running the Garry. This is a high figure in recent years caused by the temperature coming up quickly earlier in May and encouraging the fish to run.
The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht and 2 fish were reported last week from the Keithick Mains.
Fish have been reported running the Lyon as well but low water levels have curtailed sport. No news from that part of the river last week.
Fish have also been running the Earn however nothing was reported.
The Spring and Summer Salmon fishing seasons are over and we are now in Autumn as we progress through September with the expectation of a developing late run. Last week's catches were more encouraging. Let us hope there is a sign of an upturn in catches as we go deep into September. It has been a reasonable start with well over 3200 fish recorded so let us hope the season lives up to every one's expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Catches reported to us were:

SALMON & GRILSE: Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 5, Taymount 4, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Kercock 1, Glendelvine 1, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Findynate 1, Farleyer Lower 1. Total: 18
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 4, Upper Redgorton 1, Upper Scone 2, Cargill 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Delvine Burnbane 1, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 1, Upper Kinnaird 1. Total: 17

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 1, Fishponds 2, Benchil 2, Catholes 14, Upper Scone 7, Pitlochrie 10, Burnmouth 16, Stobhall 17, Taymount 32, Ballathie 2, Cargill 1, Islamouth 3, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 2, Delvine Burnbane 2, Murthly 1 4, Glendelvine 2, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 3, Upper Kinnaird 6, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 5, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3. Total: 160
SEA TROUT: Upper Scone 1, Burnmouth 4, Stobhall 1, Delvine Burnbane 4, Dunkeld House 2, Upper Kinnaird 3. Total: 15

SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Benchil 5, Catholes 23, Upper Scone 10, Pitlochrie 14, Burnmouth 24, Stobhall 12, Taymount 26, Ballathie 9, Cargill 14, Islamouth 35, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 16, Kercock 1, Delvine Burnbane 6, Murthly 1 13, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 21, Newtyle 9, Dunkeld House 12, Dalmarnock 3, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 5, Edradynate 1, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 4, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 14, Coupar Grange 10, Ericht Fishing 4, Portnacraig Pitlochry 8. Total: 320
SEA TROUT: Burnmouth 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Delvine Burnbane 2, Lochlane and Laggan 1. Total: 5

SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 5, Fishponds 4, Benchil 6, Catholes 4, Upper Scone 12, Pitlochrie 11, Burnmouth 18, Stobhall 20, Taymount 21, Ballathie 10, Cargill 22, Islamouth 51, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 16, Kercock 11, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 1 19, Glendelvine 10, Murthly 2 56, Newtyle 31, Dunkeld House 18, Dalmarnock 10, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 11, Upper Kinnaird 18, Edradynate 5, Findynate 10, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 23, Keithick Mains 6, Coupar Grange 26, Ericht Fishing 7, Portnacraig Pitlochry 43, Loch Faskally 12. Total: 532
SEA TROUT: Cargill 1, Murthly 2 1, Dalmarnock 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 2, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Keithick Mains 2, Loch Faskally 1. Total: 9

SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 5, Benchil 2, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 18, Taymount 8, Ballathie 15, Cargill 17, Islamouth 100, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 14, Kercock 10, Baldarroch 1, Delvine Burnbane 5, Murthly 1 27, Glendelvine 11, Murthly 2 65, Newtyle 33, Dunkeld House 25, Dalmarnock 25, Dalguise 10, Lower Kinnaird 35, Upper Kinnaird 13, Edradynate 2, Findynate 5, Farleyer Upper 6, Farleyer Lower 7, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 6, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Keithick Mains 10, Ericht Fishing 26, Portnacraig Pitlochry 48, Loch Faskally 20. Total: 574
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 5, Stobhall 1, Taymount 1, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Aberuthven 2, Keithick Mains 1. Total: 13

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 5, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 15, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 3, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 14, Taymount 29, Ballathie 21, Cargill 58, Islamouth 109, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 5, Kercock 16, Baldarroch 3, Delvine Burnbane 6, Murthly 1 12, Glendelvine 6, Murthly 2 40, Newtyle 9, Dunkeld House 17, Dalmarnock 9, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 16, Upper Kinnaird 5, Findynate 5, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 2, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Keithick Mains 3, Ericht Fishing 12, Portnacraig Pitlochry 10, Loch Faskally 4, Ruan Ruarie 2. Total: 456
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 4, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 2, Benchil 3, Stobhall 2, Taymount 4, Ballathie 3, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 2 4, Newtyle 2, Dalmarnock 1, Upper Aberuthven 2, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Keithick Mains 1. Total: 35

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 39, Waulkmill 17, Lower Redgorton 18, Upper Redgorton 9, Fishponds 14, Benchil 19, Upper Scone 12, Pitlochrie 5, Stobhall 33, Taymount 43, Ballathie 24, Cargill 38, Islamouth 53, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 13, Kercock 30, Baldarroch 1, Delvine Burnbane 6, Murthly 1 6, Glendelvine 6, Murthly 2 41, Newtyle 9, Dunkeld House 13, Dalmarnock 7, Dalguise 10, Lower Kinnaird 12, Upper Kinnaird 8, Edradynate 1, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 2, Keithick Mains 4, Ericht Fishing 5, Portnacraig Pitlochry 11, Loch Faskally 5, Ruan Ruarie 2. Total: 519
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 4, Lower Redgorton 5, Fishponds 2, Pitlochrie 1, Stobhall 1, Taymount 3, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 1, Lochlane and Laggan 2, Keithick Mains 2. Total: 25

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 64, Waulkmill 29, Lower Redgorton 33, Luncarty 6, Upper Redgorton 27, Fishponds 21, Benchil 16, Upper Scone 19, Pitlochrie 12, Burnmouth 2, Stobhall 41, Taymount 56, Ballathie 34, Cargill 35, Islamouth 52, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 29, Kercock 40, Delvine Burnbane 4, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 45, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 10, Dalguise 10, Lower Kinnaird 13, Upper Kinnaird 9, Edradynate 1, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 9, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 2, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Keithick Mains 1, Ericht Fishing 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2, Loch Faskally 2. Total: 653
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Taymount 1, Lower Kinnaird 1. Total: 5

Recent catches

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
James Armstrong with his 24lb springer off Loch Tay with Grant Tigwell of Loch Tay Fishin Trips and returned safely