Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 28th July)

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon but still in disappointing numbers due to very hot weather and low water last week making life difficult. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon and odd grilse on the river but expectation is high with a pending improving summer run with signs of more grilse running last week. The weather is to be reasonably settled and cooler with a chance of some rain this week that may just trigger off some more improvements. The catches have been disappointing but could suddenly improve at any minute giving renewed optimism for the coming week assuming more fish enter the system.
This past week saw water levels continue at summer height most of the week due to warm settled weather making catches suffer. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently there are numerous wild flowers blooming on the river banks. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”
Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river as most of the boats are now back on the river below Stanley for rest of the season with an expected summer run over the next few weeks. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but we are looking for a strengthening run now to go into the autumn on the river as a whole. The lower beats continued to struggle however Almondmouth had a grilse landed by Simon Firness on a busman's holiday from Dunkeld. Upper Scone had a couple of fish for the week both landed by local angler Davie Mitchell, he caught a minted 13 pounds summer salmon on his first cast of the day on Monday with the fly on Benchil and on Saturday he landed a fresh grilse from the Corner pool on the Pitlochrie beat weighing 6 pounds. Under the current conditions Stobhall did very well landing 4 for the week and Taymount managed a 12 pounds fish on Saturday after an experienced party fished intensely all week. Conditions are suiting Ballathie and Cargill with 9 fish being recorded by both beats up to 18 pounds in the week. On Cargill Roy Frost had success landing a couple of fish up to 11 pounds. Islamouth faired as well as anyone with 5 fish for the week.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were again harder earned this past week, as conditions were more settled with lower river levels. Over the weeks to come this will hopefully improve as the salmon run freely up the river with improving runs. Odd fish were caught during the week. Dalguise managed a 6 pounds grilse from the Bridge pool.

Upper Tay.
This area has fished steadily in recent weeks but lack of water has curtailed sport.

It has been a very quiet week on the Tummel again with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count over 3250. A fish was reported from Loch Faskally. This was an interesting bit of information from the Pitlochry Angling web site about the numbers of salmon ascending the ladder at the dam. “Salmon started getting up the ladder in early April at a water temperature of about 6C. During April although some salmon got up the ladder, numbers mainly built up downstream of the dam. In early May, the water became warm enough to allow the waiting salmon to clear quickly producing the clear pulse in the counts seen in the plot below. There was then a short lull before the count built up quickly through May as the main run of salmon arrived, and into June and July. We are currently waiting for the main run of grilse to arrive.”

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht however nothing was reported last week. A bit more water would help this system now.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 26th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 1, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 4, Taymount 1, Ballathie 5, Cargill 4, Islamouth 5, Dalguise 1, Edradynate 5, Loch Faskally 1.
Total: 29 Largest: Ballathie 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Fishponds 1, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 2 Largest: Dalmarnock 4lbs
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

No report available

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Callum McRoberts with the Tay Ghillies fish on the Month for Janaury, congratulations.

Murrayshall House

Recent catches

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Miss Leem Verhoeven from Belgium and fishing with her Dad (who lost a bigger fish from the Ferry Pool in the morning) landed this 15lb beauty spinning a Payo Aegis 110 Stardust Shad from the boat in the Plain Tree Pool.. Her first Sottish Salmon..Well done Leem

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
News from Dalmarnock, Saturday 29th March, Mr Andy Kerr, caught on the fly 11lb, and returned

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Well done to Eddie McGhee who caught from the bank, on the House pool a fabulous sea-liced stonker over 26lbs!! It was his biggest fish ever, and the biggest fish for our ghillie Daniel as well. Having spotted signs of "something big". And boy had He!!!

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Sally "Fupi" Noble with her ever first spring fish at 14lb, caught on Saturday, Stobhall. Released.

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Heidi Williams with her first Tay springer on Ballathie, Friday. Released

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Mr Howell on Dalmarnock beat with a loveley 16 1/2 lb salmon taken on the harl and realeased.

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Feb 22 Saturday, Jim Andrew caught this lovely springer, it weighed 12lbs and was realeased. It took a toby 'Salmo' in The Channel on the Upper Kinnaird beat.

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Colin Mathieson at Taymount on the 19th Feb in the Linn Pool, landed 2 cracking springers in the bay before the boat was even set up. 12lb and 7lb respectively. Along with a big kelt it was a frantic first half hour of sport.

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Glenny at Taymount with Colin, ended the morning session landing a stunning 15lb spring fish and another good kelt. In the afternoon another fish was lost at the bank after a dramatic fight.

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
Louise King with a stonker of a fish 21lb!!! and she had two fish this day 16 Jan on Upper Kinnaird. Her first ever salmon and two in a day, Fantastic!!! Salmon Returned