(Last updated: Monday 26th January)
The river Tay opened on the 15th January undeterred by the very cold conditions, scores of anglers flocked to the banks of the river Tay to mark the opening of the salmon season with great publicity in the press
and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river extremely high exposure that is invaluable. Around 30 spring salmon have been landed on the river
since then making a reasonable start to the 2015 season with hopefully a lot more to come.
A week later the very cold conditions have continued with settled water levels and good conditions for fishing. Expectation is high on the river for 2015 after successful springs in 2014 and 2013 and hopefully settled weather will continue in to give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver”.
Spring salmon were landed last week despite the cold weather and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. The week got off to a flying start with 8 spring fish landed on Monday but the rest of the week proved hard work with only odd fish landed. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and very cold weather is not making fishing easy. There seems to be a lack of kelts as well which maybe reflects the poor autumn run and early big spates.
The majority of the salmon have been caught in the lower river, which is understandable with the cold conditions. The beats around Stanley traditionally lead the way in these conditions in early spring and that is proving the case again this year. Taymount and Stobhall have been the most successful so far with a day each of 3 fresh salmon coming mostly from the Linn pool. Alan Chapman caught a 13 pounds fish from the Bellymore on a Toby Salmo and later in the week Stewart Guthrie caught a superb 16.5 pounds fish from the boat at the Washing Green. Down on the Catholes Tina Fleming caught her first ever salmon weighing 8 pounds also on a Toby. Derek Wangert caught a cracking 14 pounds springer on Saturday in the Wash House on a devon spinning from the boat on the Pitlochrie beat. Upper Scone also had success with a fish from Pitlochrie pool and Arnot McWhinnie landed a 16 pounds beauty from Aitken Head on Benchil. Meikleour have had a few kelts and reported that their week “got off to a great start when on Monday morning, we hooked a springer in Islamouth. At the side of the boat though, the hook popped out and 18lbs of Tay springer was gone! For the rest of the week, very cold temperatures made the fishing hard work and it was only on Saturday - with much warmer conditions - that the fishing improved. The water is at a great height for us now, so with warmer conditions we're hopeful for a good week coming up.”
Spring salmon have run up the river with big water prior to the start and fish have been caught in the Dunkeld area. Newtyle landed their first salmon on Monday, a 17 pounds cracker for Bill Thomson caught from the boat in the Ferry pool. Dunkeld House continued their good start with an 18 pounds beauty after landing the Redford Trophy on the opening day for Willie Cummings. Dalmarnock landed a 9 pounds fish also and Upper Kinnaird reported a fish on Monday.
The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day's celebrations. It has been a reasonable start so let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!
No season report yet!