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Last week

(Last updated: Tuesday 17th October)

Salmon fishing season on the Tay in Perthshire has now ended with changeable autumnal conditions, slightly colder weather plus reasonable water levels from rain at times and catches have been steady with autumn arriving. The temperatures had started to drop making the resident salmon more aggressive, a few more fresh fish were being seen, giving everyone a chance of landing a good Tay salmon before the season ended.
On the nature front as autumn arrives the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows have departed quickly, the Ospreys have already gone for warmer climes, Ducks have their broods of young growing up steadily and Kingfishers dart past on the river banks. Even the odd Sea Eagle can be seen if you are very lucky. Recent weeks have seen the first Geese arriving. Odd wild flowers are still in bloom, the autumn colours are now showing, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay where a salmon was a bonus.
July was the rivers best month so far for fresh fish running and August was steady with more salmon landed in warmer weather and river conditions have improved as the weeks have gone with plenty of fresh water. Settling river levels after rain recently and water temperatures dropping had improved catches with autumn well underway and a few more fresh fish were being seen as last week of the season got underway. Recent rain has helped to spice things up. It was another reasonable week despite fairly unsettled conditions with around 130 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was 20 pounds from Stobhall. Spring is now a distant memory for 2017 and Summer has disappeared as we move deep into Autumn. Some of the fish that have been caught are memorable as typical Tay specimens due to their size and depth with only a few grilse caught so far.
This past week again saw more fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats with a spread in catches mainly due to water temperatures dropping and resident fish becoming more aggressive. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing sport and the rise in water levels in recent times may just have spiced things up by encouraging salmon into the river however fresh fish were a premium as there has only been a very weak autumn run. The very lower part of the river is producing consistent catches with Almondmouth, Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton all catching in the week but in disappointing numbers for the time of year. The beats further up were not fairing any better as everyone hoped for some form of autumn run which did not materialise. On Luncarty Max Cole managed a last day fish caught on a vision. On Fishponds the Horlock party enjoyed a bit of success landing fish throughout the week. At Stanley Simon Smedley enjoyed a few days earlier in the week land 3 salmon up to 12 pounds including a lovely fresh fish from the little Shot on Benchil. Austrian visitor, Harold Neumueller enjoyed success on the Catholes with a 15 pounds fish from the Catholes Stream on the fly. Taymount and Stobhall had just over 30 between them in the week with Ray Bailey's party having a good week on Stobhall. Ballathie had a reasonable week with fish most days and a 19 pounder on the last day. Cargill was similar with Ian Jardine, Neil French and Gavin Mason being amongst the action. Islamouth had a quieter week as the season drew to a close however it was another very successful year for the Tay's most productive beat with just short of 500 fish. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour finished their season with 5 fish which included Des Beirne landing a personal best at 15 pounds on the fly, Kevin Reed landing a couple and Scott Sykes landing 2 on the last day up to 18 pounds.
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Beat catches reported
(week ending 21st October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Upper Aberuthven 1.
Total: 3 Largest: Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 18lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported

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Season so far

The middle river continued to be extremely disappointing despite dropping river temperatures and more water not producing good sport however there have been odd exceptions. Kercock finished the last week with 4 which included a good fish for Samantha Datta assisted by beat ghillie Gary Harkin. Delvine saw the Thompson party land a 12 pounds fish. Murthly, Newtyle, Dunkeld House, Dalmarnock and the Kinnaird beats had odd fish in the week.
The upper river was seeing steady sport with fish recently caught and reported last week at Edradynate and Findynate including one at 18 pounds. Further fish were reported from the Dochart at Strathfillan.
The Tummel has been quiet from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club but there are now well over 4000 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally and odd fish up the system at Ruan Ruarie. Further upstream fish have also been caught in the Tilt.
The Isla is seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht. 4 came off Keithick Mains.
The Earn has seen a run of salmon and sea trout progress up the river with a good few fish caught in the system over recent weeks.
The Salmon fishing season is finally over for 2017. It had been a difficult season but there still have been quite a few memorable fish caught. We now look forward to 2018 and what it will bring!

Catches reported to us were:

January
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 1, Ballathie 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 3, Dunkeld House 3, Lower Kinnaird 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 2. Total: 20
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 11, Luncarty 2, Upper Redgorton 4, Upper Scone 7, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Delvine Burnbane 1, Glendelvine 1, Dunkeld House 2, Lower Kinnaird 1. Total: 38

February
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 2, Upper Scone 1, Pitlochrie 3, Burnmouth 2, Stobhall 8, Taymount 7, Ballathie 4, Cargill 2, Islamouth 7, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Kercock 1, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 1, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 3, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 5, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3. Total: 65
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 1, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 1, Cargill 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Delvine Burnbane 2, Newtyle 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1. Total: 13

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 2, Catholes 7, Upper Scone 9, Pitlochrie 5, Burnmouth 5, Stobhall 17, Taymount 28, Ballathie 10, Cargill 23, Islamouth 42, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 9, Kercock 4, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 1 11, Glendelvine 6, Murthly 2 15, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 3, Edradynate AA 2, Findynate 7, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 5, Keithick Mains 2, Coupar Grange 28, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3. Total: 279
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 4, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Keithick Mains 2. Total: 10

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Benchil 1, Catholes 2, Upper Scone 2, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 14, Taymount 14, Ballathie 22, Cargill 27, Islamouth 85, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 15, Kercock 7, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 10, Glendelvine 11, Murthly 2 37, Newtyle 23, Dunkeld House 9, Dalmarnock 11, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 25, Upper Kinnaird 4, Findynate 5, Farleyer Upper 8, Farleyer Lower 3, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 9, Keithick Mains 7, Coupar Grange 19, Portnacraig Pitlochry 27, Loch Faskally 4. Total: 412
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 3, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Delvine Burnbane 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1. Total: 10

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 4, Lower Redgorton 4, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Benchil 4, Stobhall 18, Taymount 9, Ballathie 30, Cargill 22, Islamouth 100, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 5, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 10, Glendelvine 15, Murthly 2 28, Newtyle 22, Dunkeld House 15, Dalmarnock 9, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 18, Upper Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 5, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 3, Keithick Mains 3, Coupar Grange 12, Portnacraig Pitlochry 20, Loch Faskally 3, Ruan Ruarie 1. Total: 378
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 6, Fishponds 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 3, Ballathie 1, Cargill 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Glendelvine 1, Newtyle 2, Keithick Mains 1, Coupar Grange 3. Total: 27

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 9, Waulkmill 7, Lower Redgorton 12, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 3, Fishponds 5, Benchil 3, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 26, Taymount 38, Ballathie 31, Cargill 22, Islamouth 76, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 21, Kercock 17, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 1 12, Glendelvine 16, Murthly 2 20, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 13, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 17, Upper Kinnaird 3, Edradynate AA 2, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 2, Lochlane and Laggan 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 11, Loch Faskally 5, Ruan Ruarie 2, Strathfillan AA 2. Total: 410
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 14, Lower Redgorton 24, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 2, Benchil 8, Upper Scone 3, Stobhall 6, Taymount 9, Ballathie 1, Cargill 8, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 9, Delvine Burnbane 2, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 2, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 2, Farleyer Upper 6, Lochlane and Laggan 10. Total: 121

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 39, Waulkmill 23, Lower Redgorton 33, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 14, Fishponds 15, Benchil 26, Upper Scone 6, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 34, Taymount 36, Ballathie 25, Cargill 34, Islamouth 62, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 12, Kercock 15, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 4, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 24, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 22, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 17, Upper Kinnaird 2, Edradynate AA 2, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 5, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Keithick Mains 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1, Ruan Ruarie 2, Strathfillan AA 2. Total: 494
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 8, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 1, Upper Scone 5, Stobhall 6, Taymount 1, Cargill 4, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Delvine Burnbane 5, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 1, Edradynate AA 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lochlane and Laggan 4. Total: 48

August
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 62, Waulkmill 31, Lower Redgorton 30, Luncarty 12, Upper Redgorton 11, Fishponds 22, Benchil 18, Upper Scone 22, Pitlochrie 3, Stobhall 46, Taymount 53, Ballathie 34, Cargill 52, Islamouth 44, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 23, Kercock 24, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 9, Murthly 2 13, Newtyle 7, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 4, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 11, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate AA 2, Farleyer Upper 2, Farleyer Lower 4, Lochlane and Laggan 2, Ruan Ruarie 1, Strathfillan AA 4. Total: 566
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 7, Lower Redgorton 7, Upper Redgorton 1, Benchil 1, Upper Scone 5, Stobhall 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 2 1, Dunkeld House 1, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 1, Upper Aberuthven 2, Lochlane and Laggan 4. Total: 45

September
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 46, Waulkmill 36, Lower Redgorton 35, Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 16, Fishponds 19, Benchil 12, Upper Scone 26, Pitlochrie 4, Stobhall 41, Taymount 68, Ballathie 33, Cargill 63, Islamouth 39, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 21, Kercock 11, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 3, Murthly 2 6, Newtyle 7, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 10, Dalguise 12, Lower Kinnaird 7, Edradynate AA 1, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 1, Farleyer Lower 4, Upper Aberuthven 4, Lochlane and Laggan 6, Keithick Mains 7, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1, Ruan Ruarie 2, Strathfillan AA 3. Total: 560
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 6, Fishponds 1, Upper Scone 3, Stobhall 3, Taymount 9, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Delvine Burnbane 1, Newtyle 2, Lower Kinnaird 4, Lochlane and Laggan 9, Keithick Mains 1. Total: 46