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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 15th October)

The Tay, Perthshire has now seen out the last complete week of the 2018 season in October for salmon fishing with continuing reasonable results in recent weeks due rain and cooler weather conditions. The autumn has seen more typical weather patterns giving us far more rain to freshen the river up and dropping the river temperature to produce some better sport. The current conditions have improved giving everyone a great chance of landing a salmon from the Tay in a difficult year and even possibly a fish of a lifetime with some of the multi sea winter fish currently being caught this season.
Salmon were landed last week in reasonable conditions. The catches were maintained after a change in conditions over recent weeks. The numbers were again encouraging after some good weeks in a difficult season, it finished with around 180 making it another consistent week so far signaling a reasonable summer run and even some autumn fish over recent weeks. The improving conditions meant that the resident fish continued to be more active and they made up a large proportion of the catch. The spring run is a memory, and frustratingly only small runs have come into the river this year but with good conditions catches have been made in reasonable numbers.

On the Lower river most beats have had another reasonable week with the bottom of the river continuing to catch. In the first few beats of the river Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill all had fish but in lesser numbers than the previous weeks. It has been a better period for these beats with improving catches compared with previous years. Fishponds had another reasonable week with 11 fish up to 16 pounds. The beats around Stanley only had odd fish. Taymount and Stobhall had reasonable weeks with Taymount amassing an impressive 30 fish up to 21 pounds. Ballathie and Cargill continued to do well during the week with the best part of 40 fish between them up to 23 pounds in weight. On Cargill Neil French captured his 50th fish off the beat catching several during the week. Other successful rods included Gavin Mason, Christian Lassielle and some guests from Strutt and Parker. Islamouth had 12 during the week and just above them Upper Islamouth and Meikleour caught 13 up to 20 pounds which was landed by Nick Bell. Other successful rods included Scott Sykes and the Stanton party.

The Middle river had been really struggling but catches have improved dramatically in the last few weeks with a steady rise in water levels. Kercock had 7 in the week up to 14 pounds. This included 3 caught by the Dattas on Saturday. Delvine Burnbane continued their good fortune in recent weeks with 4 in the week. This included fish for Willie Cumming, a first ever for Martin Furness weighing 18 pounds and Stan Nicol landing a couple. The Murthly beats had 7 between them and Newtyle had a single. Dunkeld House had 4 up to 18 pounds which included a first for Robert Ewart on the fly. Dalmarnock landed 6 up to 13 pounds and the Lower Kinnaird beat had a similar score with a biggest of 16 pounds.


Beat catches reported
(week ending 20th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 1, Luncarty 2, Fishponds 2, Stobhall 3, Taymount 1, Ballathie 4, Cargill 2, Islamouth 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Delvine Burnbane 6, Murthly 2 1, Dunkeld House 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Upper Kinnaird 2, Edradynate 2, Upper Aberuthven 2, Strathfillan AA 1.
Total: 36 Largest: Dunkeld House 32lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Aberuthven 2, Lochlane and Laggan 1.
Total: 3 Largest: Upper Aberuthven 5lbs
TROUT: None reported

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland

The 2016 Malloch Trophy winner Tom Bonniwell with FishPal's Mark Cockburn, Marina Gibson and the Fishpal Malloch trophy

Season so far

The Upper river had odd fish last week with fish recorded at Edradynate.

The Tummel is seeing fish continue on their journey now with around 2630 fish through the ladder.

The Earn is seeing some fish running in the recent water with fish recorded last week at Upper Aberuthven and Lochlane and Laggan.

The past weeks have seen better catches after rain and cooler temperatures improving sport in an extremely difficult year.

The Tay is certainly the place to come to for the chance of a fish of a lifetime. The sheer size of the river produces very powerful large salmon and the possibility of a 40 pounds fish must be on the cards now. The food source for Atlantic salmon is moving further away from our shores with sea temperatures rising and salmon are spending longer away in the ocean before they are returning making the possibility of much bigger fish finding its way back. The fish that are being caught now is further evidence of that phenomenon.

There have been some encouraging signs in the past few weeks or so and the sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding.
The Spring Salmon fishing was slow as we saw out May with the end of that run this year. The summer was difficult with extremely hot weather but in recent weeks after rain and cooler temperatures catches have picked up as we see out the season. Tight lines!

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

Catches reported to us were:

January
SALMON & GRILSE: Catholes 1, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 1, Ballathie 2, Cargill 1, Glendelvine 2, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1. Total: 12
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 3, Delvine Burnbane 3. Total: 6

February
SALMON & GRILSE: Benchil 1, Catholes 4, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 5, Taymount 4, Ballathie 2, Cargill 1, Islamouth 10, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Delvine Burnbane 2, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 2, Dunkeld House 1, Dalguise 2, Upper Kinnaird 3, Findynate 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 4, East Haugh 1 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 5. Total: 53
SEA TROUT: Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1. Total: 2

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper Redgorton 5, Benchil 1, Catholes 5, Upper Scone 5, Pitlochrie 2, Burnmouth 3, Stobhall 13, Taymount 15, Ballathie 5, Cargill 6, Islamouth 13, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 13, Kercock 3, Delvine Burnbane 1, Murthly 1 5, Glendelvine 10, Murthly 2 17, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 1, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 1, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 8, East Haugh 1 5, Portnacraig Pitlochry 4. Total: 167
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Delvine Burnbane 2. Total: 5

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Benchil 2, Catholes 5, Upper Scone 6, Pitlochrie 1, Burnmouth 2, Stobhall 9, Taymount 15, Ballathie 6, Cargill 16, Islamouth 37, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 19, Kercock 5, Delvine Burnbane 5, Murthly 1 10, Glendelvine 10, Murthly 2 16, Newtyle 5, Dunkeld House 9, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 8, Upper Kinnaird 14, Edradynate 2, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 5, Keithick Mains 11, East Haugh 1 8, Portnacraig Pitlochry 23. Total: 264
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Newtyle 1, Keithick Mains 3. Total: 6

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper Redgorton 2, Stobhall 7, Taymount 6, Ballathie 8, Cargill 4, Islamouth 61, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 6, Kercock 4, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 1 12, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 15, Newtyle 7, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 8, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 3, Edradynate 1, Findynate 3, Farleyer Upper 7, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 4, Lochlane and Laggan 2, Keithick Mains 8, Portnacraig Pitlochry 20. Total: 209
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 3, Benchil 3, Stobhall 1, Taymount 2, Ballathie 1, Cargill 1, Delvine Burnbane 1, Lochlane and Laggan 2, Keithick Mains 2. Total: 18

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 9, Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 4, Upper Redgorton 2, Benchil 1, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 4, Taymount 15, Ballathie 8, Cargill 12, Islamouth 55, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 8, Kercock 20, Murthly 1 7, Glendelvine 5, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 9, Dalmarnock 9, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 1, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 2, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2, Loch Faskally 5, Ruan Ruarie 1. Total: 205
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 8, Lower Redgorton 8, Fishponds 1, Benchil 5, Stobhall 4, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 4, Newtyle 2, Edradynate 2, Farleyer Upper 1, Lochlane and Laggan 5, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1. Total: 47

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 14, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 7, Fishponds 4, Benchil 8, Upper Scone 4, Pitlochrie 1, Stobhall 8, Taymount 11, Ballathie 11, Cargill 19, Islamouth 47, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Kercock 8, Delvine Burnbane 1, Murthly 1 4, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 10, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 12, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 4, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Keithick Mains 2. Total: 193
SEA TROUT: Fishponds 1, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Delvine Burnbane 1, Murthly 1 3, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 3, Dalmarnock 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 2. Total: 18

August
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 63, Waulkmill 50, Lower Redgorton 50, Upper Redgorton 17, Fishponds 12, Benchil 12, Upper Scone 33, Pitlochrie 3, Burnmouth 1, Stobhall 17, Taymount 47, Ballathie 39, Cargill 40, Islamouth 60, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 42, Kercock 27, Delvine Burnbane 2, Murthly 1 7, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 14, Dalmarnock 12, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 12, Upper Kinnaird 3, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 2, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Keithick Mains 3, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3, Loch Faskally 2, Ruan Ruarie 1, Strathfillan AA 2. Total: 602
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 6, Taymount 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Murthly 1 2, Murthly 2 6, Dunkeld House 1, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1. Total: 26

September
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 85, Waulkmill 66, Lower Redgorton 90, Luncarty 13, Upper Redgorton 22, Fishponds 31, Benchil 11, Upper Scone 30, Pitlochrie 6, Burnmouth 7, Stobhall 71, Taymount 74, Ballathie 54, Cargill 84, Islamouth 58, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 56, Kercock 33, Delvine Burnbane 14, Murthly 1 14, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 10, Dunkeld House 16, Dalmarnock 15, Dalguise 13, Lower Kinnaird 10, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 1, Lower Grandtully 1, Findynate 3, Farleyer Upper 4, Farleyer Lower 7, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lochlane and Laggan 3, Keithick Mains 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1, Loch Faskally 1, Strathfillan AA 1. Total: 924
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 7, Lower Redgorton 16, Upper Redgorton 4, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Cargill 8, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 5, Delvine Burnbane 2, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 2, Dalmarnock 1, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 9, Loch Faskally 1. Total: 66


Recent catches

Salmon fishing on the River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland
James Armstrong with his 24lb springer off Loch Tay with Grant Tigwell of Loch Tay Fishin Trips and returned safely