(Last Updated: Tuesday 09 August)
There were some beautiful fish caught from the river last week. These were mainly a mixture of hard fighting fresh grilse and larger summer salmon. Many of the fish caught were sea liced which was good to see. The weather was quite variable with showers on some days and drier interludes. When the sun came out it felt distinctly pleasant
Total: 164 Largest: Stobhall & Upper Redgorton 22lbs
On the upper river, there was a fish caught at Upper Farleyer on Monday. At Edradynate it was good to see a nice fish caught on Monday and then again on Friday and Saturday.
There was success on the Lower Kinnaird Beat and Dalmarnock on Tuesday.
It was a happy Wednesday at Dalguise when a fine brace was landed from the beat which included a cracking fifteen pounder.
At Dunkeld there was a nice fish caught from the Rock Pool on Thursday by Mr Gordon Pollock. There was more success on the beat on Saturday.
Mr Michael Henderson landed a nice grilse from the Newtyle Beat on Friday. On Saturday Mr Gary Ewin celebrated his birthday in style at Newtyle when he caught a lovely fish from the Boil. This was one of three fish caught from the beat on Saturday.
Anglers have enjoyed some great sport recently on the Murthly 2 Beat and the fish kept coming last week with a couple of fish caught from the beat on both Monday and Tuesday and more success towards the end of the week. It was a good end to the week at Kercock when two nice fish were caught from the beat on Saturday.
It was a productive week at Meikleour. Mr Neil Broughton and his party did very well on Monday and Tuesday landing seven grilse. Mr Jonathan McNeish also had a nice grilse on Tuesday. On Saturday Mr Eddie McGhee landed a fine brace and Mr Richard Harries also enjoyed success. All the fish caught from the beat last week were in great condition.
At Islamouth the Scott Hopkins party were fishing for the first three days of the week and landed six fish up to seventeen pounds. The good sport continued towards the end of the week with successful anglers including Mr Martin Ritchie.
Mr Paul Bleasedale landed a nice fish weighing nine pounds at Ballathie on Tuesday from the Cradle. The fish was sparkling fresh and gave a great fight. There were fish caught at Ballathie on most days last week.
At Cargill, Mr Mark Cope landed a beautiful summer salmon from the Cradle on Monday. On Thursday Mr Ian Mitchell landed a nice silver fish at Cargill. This was one of four fish caught from the beat for the day. The week ended well at Cargill with four fish caught on Saturday.
The Stobhall beat finished with fifteen fish for the week. At Taymount there were some lovely fish caught last week including a fine fifteen pounder on Monday.
There was good sport to be had at Upper Scone. The beat finished their week with seven fish. The successful angler included Garry Perk, George Mason and Alex Mason with fish landed up to fifteen pounds.
Mr Frank Muller had a day to remember at Benchil on Tuesday. Mr Muller caught a lovely fresh summer salmon from the Long Shot. This was one of three fish caught from Benchil on Tuesday. Mr Muller enjoyed more success on Friday when he caught a sparkling salmon from the Pitlochrie Beat at the top of the Dyke.
There was success at Fishponds on Monday and Thursday. There were four fish caught from the beat on Friday. It was a fantastic Thursday at Upper Redgorton when six fish were landed from the beat including a magnificent eighteen pounder. Great sport in anyone’s book!
The Waulkmill and Almondmouth beats finished with ten and fourteen fish respectively for the week.
Where To Fish:
We move into August next week which can be a prime summer month on many of Scotland’s rivers including the mighty Tay. Given decent conditions, it is usually when the runs of summer salmon and grilse peak. There is also a chance of catching some of the early running autumn fish towards the end of the month and these usually tend to be much bigger in size. Let us hope that August is a productive month for anglers who wet a line on the mighty Tay.!
This week will be mainly dry as high pressure builds across much of Scotland. Winds will fall light and temperatures will rise as we move through the week and some parts of Scotland could see the mercury topping twenty six degrees.
Salmon on the main stem of the river were caught last week from Upper Farleyer down to Almondmouth which shows that there are fish well spread throughout the system.
As we move through August the beats located on the lower river should come into their own.
Traditionally this is when the beats in this area of the river start to produce larger numbers of fish on a more consistent basis.
Probably the best chance of success next week would be on some of the beats situated on the middle and lower river.
As always, the River Tay offers great value for money so why not chase some August silver next week?
You might just have one of those midsummer days to remember!
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Good luck to all those anglers fishing on the River Tay next week.
Samantha & Sandy Datta
River Tay Fishing Reports 2022
Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board Meeting
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board will be holding a board meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday 9th August 2022.
You are all welcome to attend in person or via Zoom.
The meeting will be held at the Summerhill Hatchery, Site 6, Cromwell Park, Almondbank, Perth, PH1 3LW
There is also a zoom meeting for those who can’t join the meeting physically.
The link is:
Topic: TDSFB Board Meeting
Time: Aug 9, 2022, 07:00 PM London
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Meeting ID: 860 3774 7973
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