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: Thursday 4th December)

Tay opens 15th January 2015.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 13th December)
SALMON & GRILSE: None reported
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

The river Tay in Perthshire, Scotland has had a difficult salmon fishing year by modern standards as the FishTay web site have reported only 4667 Salmon and Grilse being caught for the 2014 fishing season. It must be said that this situation has been mirrored right across the north Atlantic area due to problems at sea with more smolt mortality than normal that is out of the rivers control. In terms of the salmon and grilse catch, the 2014 season total shows an 42.5 % decrease on 2013 and a 30.8 % decrease on the 5 year average for FishTay beats.
Catches reported per month through the season were as follows Jan 32, Feb 124, Mar 481, Apr 547, May 429, Jun 200, Jul 181, Aug 683, Sep 779 and October 1211. The spring period from January to May was the most positive part of the season, showing a 28 % decrease on 2013 but a 23% increase on the 5 year average. There seems to be trend starting on the Tay with much better spring fishing. March showed a 23% increase on a very good 2013 season but the late spring run in April and May did not materialize as in 2013, which was disappointing however the spring proportion of the catch on the Tay is increasing year on year with this years catch being 34.6% of the total. Could we be seeing the start of a change in the cycles as in the past? Further evidence of this phenomenon is the disappointing summer period with less grilse being caught. June to August was down 48.7% on 2013. The autumn period, September to October showed a 47.6% decrease on 2013 due to the lack of rain and very weak run. October continues to be the most productive month of the year helped by the extension period to the end of the month. Another aspect of the catch was the continuation of larger multi sea winter salmon being caught throughout the Tay system in the 20 to 30 pounds class, which the river has been famous for over the years.
To provide some context it has to be said the 2014 salmon rod catch was extremely disappointing and everyone is glad it is over with hopefully improvements to come in 2015. The spring was again the big plus which is all ready creating massive interest in spring fishing for 2015 and the on coming season is being greeted with much anticipation after this years failings. The summer and autumn was more difficult in most areas due to the north Atlantic problems in the sea and also long periods of very low water. The end of the season was a bit better due to more water but still down on previous years and there was with a feeling that a real autumn run had not taken place. Fresh salmon were still running the river right up to the last day in limited numbers and the extra 2 weeks extension continued to give the local economy a much needed boost. The river is currently debating whether to continue with the extension period for the future and news of that result should be available soon.
The river has had a difficult year and everyone expects a lot more so every effort must be made to take the river forward to the levels of the past and put the mighty Tay in its rightful position of being the premiere salmon fishing destination in the world. The river has had another good spring run and catch this season, which may just be down to the majority of anglers returning salmon over the past seasons. Thank you to all anglers who have this season returned their salmon and in particular spring salmon to maintain our sport for the future, it is vitally important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done! It should be pointed out there are a number of beats that do not report catches on the FishTay website and the full rod catch for the River Tay in 2014 will be a bit higher than shown on the FishTay website.

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