Caledonia Fly Co


This week so far

See each day's largest fish and individual beat catches on our Latest catches page which is updated each time a ghillie uses our automatic telephone reporting system.

Last week

(Last updated: Monday 3rd November)

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland has now closed for 2014 after a long hard season. The last 5 days saw reasonable catches in fairly unsettled conditions after another big spate. The season saw yet more evidence of a stronger spring run however the summer and autumn have been very disappointing with fewer grilse and a week salmon run which has been the case all over the north Atlantic. The weather has been a factor as well with a very dry autumn but recent rains have triggered off improvements making October the best month of this difficult season.
The catches have been disappointing and tough to achieve but some heavy fish in the 30 pounds range have been caught which was a bonus. Most beats were reporting reasonable numbers of fish in residence but catching was proving difficult. The increase in river levels certainly helped and the experimental extension period boosted catch numbers for many beats with some fresh fish still running the river. Could the Tay be starting to see a change in the cycle with salmon running later and spring becoming the dominant period again? It has happened twice in the past and could be happening again. There is all ready much anticipation for spring 2015.
Lower Tay.
The autumn fishing has been hard on the lower river with limited fish running but the increase in water levels saw big improvements making October the most productive month for most beats. The extension certainly helped numbers with evidence of fresh salmon still entering the system. Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill had a few fish in the last few days after the river settled back from the big spate on Monday and Tuesday. Fishponds and Upper Redgorton saw the same results with odd fresh fish caught. There was 16 pounds autumn fish landed in the Craigs on the fly on the last day on Fishponds. At Stanley the Upper Scone rods landed a couple from the boat in Pitlochrie pool and the Wash House. Benchil saw 4 fish landed on Thursday including a couple of small fresh ones for Charles Savage and Simon Smedley on spinners. Terry Lynch also caught a small grilse on a vision. Stobhall and Taymount reported a few fish over the last few days with Stobhall having a good day on Wednesday with 5 as the river cleared. This area has proved the most consistent throughout the season along with Ballathie, Cargill and Islamouth. Cargill finished their season off with fish caught by Ron Davisson and a first ever for David Harrington. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour finished well with October being their most productive month by far. The Orson and Clarke parties enjoyed success landing fish up to 24 pounds including some fresh run ones. The final day saw the Taylor party land a couple from the Boxwood Bush and the Tunnel Stream.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have improved with the rise in the river levels over recent weeks. Kercock finished their season well with 14 fish including a day of 6 fish landed. October again has been by far their most productive month. Successful anglers included Darren Kaye landing an 18lbs fish, Paul Hainey catching a couple at 16 and 8lbs, Mark Thomson, Alistair Roger landing fish to 8lbs and Davy Bryce catching a couple at 9 and 8lbs. Dougie McLean had a great last day landing a superb 22 pounds fresh fish as well as one at 20 pounds. Newtyle finished their season off with fish on most days. Roger Worth landed a couple of fish including a fresh fish on the fly from the Cotter. Other successful rods were John Stamp and Farquhar Murray. Dunkeld House finished quietly but 9 year old Angus Morton caught his first ever salmon weighing 5 pounds under the guidance of Simon Furniss. George Nixon also caught a 7 pounds fish from the beat. Dalguise managed 3 in the week with Sam MacFarlane landing her first ever fish weighing 12 pounds on a flying c. Mark Mason also accounted for a couple during the week including a 6 pounds fish on the fly.

Fish were running the river with increased flows in October. Fish were reported in better numbers from Lower Aberuthven and Lochlane and Laggan.

Upper Tay.
This area has closed for the season.

This area has closed for the season.

Isla & Ericht.
This area has closed for the season.

Thank you to all anglers who have returned their salmon throughout the season to maintain our sport for the future, catches have dropped to new lows especially this year, it is vitally important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done!

Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd November)
SALMON & GRILSE: None reported
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

A season review will follow soon.

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