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 14th April)

Good catches continue as water levels ease further.
The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch spring salmon last week as water levels eased further. Catches were maintained as the river dropped steadily and the weather improved. A strong run of spring salmon continued on the river and there was the continued sign of some more bigger multi sea winter fish with more mid twenty pounds salmon landed. There were again good catches from around Stanley upwards but there were continued signs of fish spreading up river as catches improved in the middle and Upper River giving renewed optimism for the coming week. The catches were heartening and also better than last year for the time so hopefully it is a sign of another great spring for the river as the weather relents.
This past week saw water levels ease most of the week due to better weather and improved conditions and over 110 spring salmon were registered from the river with others caught as well but not registered.

Lower Tay.
The lower river from Islamouth to just above Stanley again fished well all week. All these beats are registering a higher catch than last year, which is very encouraging for the river. The Stanley beats seem to be struggling now with higher water temperatures as fish can run a longer distance to get above the Catholes Weir. The Catholes beat had 2 fish for the week caught by Martin Moyers and John Dewar from just below the weir and Upper Scone landed a fish from Horsey caught by George Patterson in the boat. Stobhall and Taymount had good weeks landing nearly 20 spring fish between them. Cargill also had a good week landing several salmon up to 20 odd pounds. Successful anglers included David Saunders with a 12 pounder from the boat, Ben Frost with his first Tay spring salmon, Roy Frost with a superb 20 pounds sea licer, 15 year old Craig Mason landing 2 in a day and Andrew Stephen landing a 22 pounds beauty on Friday. The Islamouth and Meikleour beats have been catching consistently as well. The Meikleour beats caught fish up to 18 pounds on the home stretch. Down on Islamouth 10 springers were landed in the week with Berny Morritt landing a superb 22 pounds fish and Paul Dolman catching a 17 pounds fish from the Green bank on a Vision.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have continued to improve this past week as conditions have eased and the water temperature has climbed up a bit. Over the weeks to come this will inevitably improve further as the salmon run freely up the river with water levels easing. Kercock are now having better success with more fish being seen and the water dropping. Simon Duprey caught an 11 pounds fish and Robert McFarlane caught 2 up to 12 pounds from the beat. The Murthly and Glendelvine beats continue to fish well with improving conditions. Dunkeld House had a reasonable week with James Anderson catching a couple up to 15 pounds, Calum McRoberts caught an 8 pounds fish and Saturday regulars Robert Harvey and Willie Cunning caught fish up to 16 pounds. Dalguise had a better week with 2 fish landed and 4 lost. Drew Laing caught a 10 pounds fish on the fly from the Otterstone and Larry Dunkley landed a 10 pounds fish on a Toby at the tail of the Otterstone. The Kinnaird beats also landed fish during the week.

Upper Tay.
This area is starting to see fish with Farleyer beats and Findynate catching. Bolfracks have also been catching odd fish with Perth angler Peter Backhouse catching a superb 23 pounds springer from the beat last week.

It has just been a matter of time before the Tummel featured in the catches but it kicked off a week ago with a few fish appearing at the Pitlochry Dam and more fish were caught last week. Successful anglers included Duncan Webster with a 14 pounds fish which was also caught at Dunkeld earlier in the season as it had been tagged, Paul McCarthy with a 16 pounds beauty caught on a Blair Spoon and Kenny Horne with a 15 pounds fish on a spinner from Port-na-Craig. The beats below have been catching as well but they do not register their fish on fishpal unfortunately to see the true picture.

Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht. Coupar Grange and Keithick Mains both had 7 fish for their week.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 12th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Catholes Stanley 1, Upper Scone 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 10, Taymount 8, Ballathie 4, Cargill 13, Islamouth 10, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour 6, Kercock 4, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 5, Murthly 2 7, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 5, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 2, Upper Kinnaird 3, Findynate 3, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 1, Keithick Mains 7, Coupar Grange 7, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3.
Total: 111 Largest: Cargill & Islamouth 22lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

Season so far

No information yet.

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