This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Wednesday 20th July)

Spring salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is now at an end as we encounter the start of a summer run in July after another steady June. The river has had fresh water and is hovering around or just above summer levels despite some heavy localized rain giving reasonable conditions at times for fishing plus warming temperatures are seeing catches maintained. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 with now over 2000 fish recorded so far and after successful springs in 2015, 2014 and 2013 plus hopefully settled weather will continue with an improving run in July to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.

Salmon and now odd grilse were landed throughout last week with more unsettled weather and catches have continued to spread with higher river temperatures. It was another steady productive week with around 100 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was just under 20 pounds. Spring has now transferred into summer and steady runs are coming into the river plus better weather is making fishing easier with lower water and a bit of fresh water last week may have encouraged more fish to run the river as the summer run develops. The fish that have been caught so far have been superb quality and of a good size overall and now summer awaits.

On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Many wild flowers are in bloom but a good few are now past their best for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.

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 middle river is now the barometer for the runs as water temperatures rise to around 60F, however more fish are now starting to be caught in the lower river with the start of a summer run.

This past week saw a more fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats encouraging everyone as a summer run starts to develop in earnest. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing improving sport as a summer run enters the river. The area just above the tide started to produce fish on a regular basis with Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill catching around 20 fish between them. Fishponds recorded on fish. Benchil continues to produce fish with John Lessels catching a superb 16 pounds fish on Monday on the Upper Scone ticket, meanwhile Francis Jennings had further success on the fly from the Long Shot on the Stanley rota. Saturday saw further success with Donny Gow and Malcom Anderson landing further fish up to 15 pounds on fly casting from the anchored boat in the same pool. Francis Jennings had further success from the Pitlochrie beat catching a small grilse in Kirkie on fly. Stobhall had a quiet week however Taymount fared much better with fish everyday including 6 on Wednesday. Cargill and Ballathie continue to fish well with 11 between them. On Cargill Jillian and Tom Hunter caught early in the week and Graeme Ritchie had success. The unsettled water saw Islamouth have a quieter week with 11 fish but still consistently catch each day. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a single fish in the week.

The middle river has slowed down with rising river temperatures over recent weeks but the recent rain must help in the weeks to come. Kercock had a superb week with 17 fish as a good run of summer fish arrived in the beat. This included 7 on Saturday with Jim Lamb landing a superb 16 pounds fish on the fly. Delvine and Burnbane had a couple in the week and Murthly 2 had a better week with 9 fish. Up at Dunkeld House Andrew Kasprzycki enjoyed a visit to the hotel and landed a 15 pounds fish from the Cathedral stream in the boat. Dalguise and both the Kinnaird beats managed 2 each during last week.

The Tummel is continuing to see limited sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club with 2 landed last week and there is now over 4750 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. Recent water saw success for Alan Booker, Gordon Nichol and Andrew Khakoo from the Sawmill on the fly from the Pitlochry beat but there has not been a lot of rods fishing recently.

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 23rd July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 11, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 2, Benchil 4, Upper Scone 2, Pitlochrie 3, Stobhall 15, Taymount 12, Ballathie 2, Cargill 5, Islamouth 7, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 3, Murthly 2 5, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 1, Ericht Fishing 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 4, Loch Faskally 2, Ruan Ruarie 1.
Total: 105 Largest: Fishponds 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 2, Fishponds 1, Taymount 1, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 6 Largest: Lower Redgorton 4lbs
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 upper river was seeing sport with a fish caught on the Farleyer beat and recent fresh water should improve activities in the weeks to come.

The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht with 4 fish being reported last week from the Keithick Mains and lower Ericht.

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 but no fish were reported.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now over as we enter into July and expectation of a summer run. Last week's catches were again heartening and more fish are running with warmer weather and some fresh water. Let us hope this is a sign of an upturn in catches as we go into July. It has been a reasonable start with well over 2000 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, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3. Total: 159
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 50, 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: 531
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 17, Taymount 8, Ballathie 15, Cargill 17, Islamouth 98, 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: 571
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 5, Stobhall 1, Taymount 1, Lower Kinnaird 2, Keithick Mains 1. Total: 11

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 5, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 15, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 3, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 15, Taymount 29, Ballathie 21, Cargill 58, Islamouth 110, 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: 458
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, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Keithick Mains 1. Total: 33

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