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(Last updated: Monday 19th October)
The autumn salmon fishing season on the Tay in Perthshire has finally ended with settled water levels recently due to better weather and a bit of water over the last couple of weeks which gave us by and large settled river conditions and catches have been reasonable. Heavy rain and a small spate last week saw an improvement in catches and a bit more water in the river, which helped sport for the last 4 days. We have had an excellent late spring period with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. The current trend continued in June but slowed up for a few weeks but now there has been reasonable catches week on week as we see the autumn fishing end in settled conditions. The autumn period needs consistent rain to keep levels up and keep fish running however that did not happen from September and catches were suppressed.
Summer and autumn salmon were landed last week in good numbers due to excellent conditions and some good weather after a mini spate the pervious week. We recorded another reasonable catch despite difficult conditions in settled autumnal conditions. There was some outstanding autumn sunshine and it was warm making life hard going. Fish were landed daily from all over as river levels fell steadily and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and mid twenties. Grilse are still running in numbers with more caught and in excellent condition, which is strange for the time of year, but could this be more evidence of the run changing slowly to spring dominance in the future? There is all ready great expectation for the coming spring in 2016.
The Lower Tay continued to have good catches in the last few days. Almondmouth had a quieter time with 10 fish proving the fish were not running in numbers maybe due to the low water levels. It was quiet on the Stormont Angling Club water as well. Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill had a very good end with nearly 40 fish between them. Upper Redgorton and Fishponds also did reasonably well with 15. On Upper Redgorton the Dunnet party had some sport with Bill and Sandra Robbins catching and Bob Morrison caught a good fish on a Copper Kynoch from the boat. On Luncarty Tim Greenfields party enjoyed success on the last day with Terry Lynch and Kenny Scott both landing 7 pounds late run silver fish. Upper Scone also had reasonable sport with Gary Perks catching on spinner and fly. Jonathan Sturt caught a sea liced 6 pounds fish from the Little shot on Benchil with Stanley Fishings. Taymount and Stobhall faired well in the last few days with 27 between them. The lower water over the last few weeks have boosted catches on Ballathie and Cargill. On Cargill Ian Jardine, Steve Curnow and Neil French enjoyed sport on fly and spinner. The Muir Homes party also enjoyed success on the beat. Islamouth had reasonable sport over the last few days completing another good season for the beat with the majority of their fish caught on fly. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had reasonable sport over the last few days with fish on all the final days. Malcolm Anderson, Neil Thomas and Ian Bissett all caught landing fish up to 21 pounds with a few others lost.
The Middle river was also producing sport despite the low water conditions. Kercock had a great end of the season with 27 fish landed in the last four days taking their season tally to 249. Good fish were landed including a 24 pounds monster for Sandy Datta with Darren Kaye and Ken Mackie also having success. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats had fish as well with a 29 pounds fish reported from Murthly 2 and 5 were caught on Glendelvine on Wednesday. Newtyle signed off well taking their season count over 250. Angus Jordan, Neil Scrimgeour, John Stamp, Rodger Worth and Farquhar Murray all caught good fish up to 15 pounds on fly and spinner. Dunkeld House also signed off on a high with 5 on the last day. David Ritchie caught a cracking fresh 13 pounds fish proving fish were still running the river. Jimmy Lapsley, Robert Harvey, Mark Cockburn and Gordon Pollock landed fish up to 18 pounds gained further success. Dalmarnock had a reasonable final flurry with 9 fish. Dalguise and the Kinnaird beats had odd fish as well.
The Tummel is continuing to produce odd fish as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it with the counter is now showing over 5500. Dave Wilson caught a fish at Ruan Ruarie and reported seeing several others, which is encouraging for the future. 2 were also reported from Loch Faskally.
The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. Eleven salmon were reported from the Farleyer and Findynate beats as they run up to Loch Tay.
On Loch Tay fish are running and must be staring to go up the Dochart but nothing was reported last week.
The Isla is seeing salmon run and caught however no fish were registered.
The Ericht is also seeing fish run but need bigger water now with 4 reported.
The Earn were also seeing salmon and Sea Trout run with 1 fish recorded this week from Lower Aberuthven. Sport has picked up at the bottom of the river as well with some good fresh fish landed.
The Salmon fishing season has now ended and expectation remained high throughout the year. Late spring catches were tremendous and June continued to encourage everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Recent rain and some fresh water encouraged more salmon to run the river and catches were reasonable for the autumn. A few more spates were required but you cannot have it perfect all the time! Attentions now start to focus on the spring of 2016.
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