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(Last Updated: Monday 15 July)

FIRST SALMON AND A MAGNIFICENT HAT TRICK AS CATCHES GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH ON THE MIGHTY TAY!

(River Tay weekly report week ending 13th July 2024)

It was another week of unseasonably cool temperatures for mid-July. There was also a spell of heavy rain on Tuesday as a low pressure system drifted up from the south, leading to a slight lift in water. Despite the lift, some cracking salmon were caught from the river last week. It was another week of good sport as catches went from strength to strength on the mighty Tay.

It was good to see fish caught last week on the upper river on both the Farleyer beats and Edradynate. There were three nice fish caught on the Lower Kinnaird Beat on Thursday. Further downstream, there was double success for anglers Iain and Danny at Dalguise. It was Danny’s first ever salmon so a massive congratulations! It was good to see fish caught at Dalmarnock on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At Dunkeld there was a lovely fresh grilse caught from the beat on Tuesday. On Thursday, there were two more fish caught from the beat.

 

A fine grilse caught at Dunkeld on Tuesday

A fine grilse caught at Dunkeld on Tuesday

 

The Dunkeld Beat finished with six fish for the week. At Newtyle, four fish were landed for the week.

There were some cracking fish caught on both Murthly beats last week and they finished with a combined total of twenty three fish. At Stenton, there was good sport to be had throughout the week, including five fish landed from the beat on Wednesday.

On Monday, Mr. Willie Cummings hooked a powerful fish at Delvine in the Sparrowmuir Stream, which went on to run downstream for over a hundred yards. What ensued was a great fight after which finally Mr Cummings landed a fine thirteen pounder. The fish was caught on a Vision X120 lure. It was an excellent end to the week at Delvine, with four fish caught from the beat on Friday.

On Tuesday, Mr Gareth Jones landed a nice fish on the fly at Kercock. There was more good sport to be had at Kercock as the week progressed.

A happy angler at Meikleour

A happy angler at Meikleour

It was good to see a fish caught at Meikleour on Monday.

Mr Gareth Jones lands Kercock silver on Tuesday

Mr Gareth Jones lands Kercock silver on Tuesday

 

There were two more fish caught from the beat on Wednesday. The Meikleour Beat finished with seven fish for the week.

A nice fish caught at Meikleour last week

A nice fish caught at Meikleour last week

 

It was a happy Monday for Mr Henry Formston from Wales, who caught a nice fish at Cargill.

Cargill silver landed on Monday!

Cargill silver landed on Monday!

The excellent sport continued as the week progressed at Cargill. On Tuesday, Mr David Cronshaw caught a cracking salmon on the fly.

Mr David Cronshaw with a cracking Cargill salmon caught on Tuesday

Mr David Cronshaw with a cracking Cargill salmon caught on Tuesday

Not to be outdone, Mr Wayne Cronshaw also caught a nice fish from Cargill on Tuesday. Other successful anglers at Cargill last week included Mr Tom Smith, amongst others.

A sparkling Cargill grilse

A sparkling Cargill grilse

 

The Cargill Beat finished with fish fourteen fish for the week.

More Cargill Silver caught on Tuesday!

More Cargill Silver caught on Tuesday!

 

The Taymount Beat has fished well in recent weeks and last week was no different, with anglers enjoying decent sport on most days. Taymount finished with ten fish for the week.

 

The Benchil Beat continued its recent run of good form with a fish landed on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Berolotto family from Switzerland caught a magnificent salmon from the Long Shot. This was one of two fish caught at Benchil on Thursday. It was a good Saturday at Benchil with four fish landed. Ms Lucy St Johnsto landed a magnificent seventeen pounder from the Long Shot, as did owner Francis Jennings.

Ms Lucy St Johnsto with a lovely seventeen pounder caught from Benchil

Ms Lucy St Johnsto with a lovely seventeen pounder caught from Benchil

 

Other successful anglers included Mr. Jason Stratton and Mr Sandy Datta.

Perth & District Angling Club members were fishing at Upper Scone last week. They enjoyed a great start to the week on Monday when club members landed two nice salmon. There were three more fish caught at Upper Scone on Saturday.

There was a fish caught at Pitlochrie on Monday. At Fishponds, a fine brace, including an eighteen pounder, was caught on Monday.

A lovely fish caught at Fishponds on Monday

A lovely fish caught at Fishponds on Monday

 

Mr James McDonald was the successful angler. Both fish were caught on a Vision X120 lure from the Craigs. On Tuesday, there was more success at Fishponds this time at Hedge End. The lovely fifteen pounder was caught on the fly and put up a great fight. Mr James England caught a fine fifteen pounder from the Craigs on Wednesday at Fishponds. On Thursday, Mr James England was at it again when he landed a twenty pounder as well as a fifteen pounder. The Fishponds Beat finished with eight fish for the week.

At Upper Redgorton, Mr Jim Morris had a day to remember on Tuesday. Mr Morris was fishing the Craigs from the boat when he caught two nice fish weighing twelve and three pounds.

Later in the day Mr Morris caught a fine ten pounder from the bank to complete his Tay hat trick. Well done, Sir! On Thursday, Mr Jock Tait landed a lovely eleven pounder shortly followed by a thirteen pounder both caught on the fly. There were a further four fish landed from the beat on Saturday. Successful anglers included Mr. Matin Ferrie and Mr Neil Tong. 

Mr Robert White caught a nice fish on the fly from Luncarty on Monday and Wednesday. There were three more fish caught from Luncarty on Friday. There was decent sport to be had at Waulkmill on most days, with the beat finishing with eight fish for the week.

There was also fish caught from the Tay system last week on beats who do not wish to be mentioned in this report.

We are now moving towards what should be the prime summer period on the Tay system. With each tide, more fresh fish should be entering the river and hopefully, this will ensure some good sport for anglers in the days and weeks ahead.

The river is currently at a good height for many beats, so why not wet a line on the mighty River Tay? You could enjoy some good summer sport.

We would like to thank all the ghillies and beat owners on the River Tay system who have contributed to this report by providing their time and information, as the weekly report would not be possible without your help and support. If you would like to share any interesting stories or pictures from your time fishing on the River Tay for this report, please contact us at [email protected]

 

Good luck to all those anglers fishing on the River Tay next week.

Tight lines,

Samantha &Sandy Datta

 

 

MORE GOOD SPORT TO BE HAD IN THE WEEK AHEAD?

(River Tay salmon fishing prospects week commencing 15th July 2024)

It was unsettled weather wise for much of last week across Perthshire, with low pressure influencing conditions. This led to a spell of rain on Tuesday night. However, there was no big lift in the water, which was good news for anglers. The rest of the week was mainly dry, apart from the odd shower, but it remained cool for the time of year. Over the weekend, it was mostly dry, apart from the odd shower. Looking ahead to next week, Monday should be mainly dry. There will be a spell of rain on Tuesday, which could be heavy. From midweek onwards, it should mainly be dry.

Over the next few weeks, more and more fresh fish should enter the river and hopefully, the summer run on the Tay will go from strength to strength. This should ensure some continued good sport for anglers in the days and weeks ahead.

There were some lovely fish landed from the Tay system last week. The fish caught last week were a mixture of hard fighting fresh grilse and larger summer salmon; many of these were sea liced, which was good to see. Catches on the river were well spread last week. Fish were caught from Upper Farleyer down to Waulkmill on the main river. With the river currently at a good height for many beats there is a decent chance of a fish anywhere on the river next week, particularly on the on the middle and lower river.

Good luck to all those anglers fishing on the River Tay next week.

Tight lines,

Samantha & Sandy Datta

 

Tactics for the River Tay during the summer period (June-August)

The ghillies on the River Tay are all highly experienced and have an intimate knowledge of their beats. Their advice and guidance are key to success. Please contact your ghillie for up to date advice on tactics and what tackle to bring prior to visiting the River Tay.

Fly Fishing

During the summer months water temperatures usually begin to rise on the river. The fish also start to become a bit more active. Often river levels are low but on the River Tay they are never too low that fresh fish cannot run the system. At this time of year full floating lines coupled with polyleaders of various sink rates can often work well. 
As the Tay is a big river usually a powerful fourteen or fifteen-foot rod with a ten-line rating will cover almost any eventuality. In terms of lines whether that be a full Spey line or Shooting head system a floating line coupled with a selection of polyleaders of various sink rates is perfect for the job at this time of year. In higher water during the summer months a sink tip or intermediate line may be required to produce the best results.
Make sure that your fly reel has got an adequate backing capacity and a good reliable drag system. On the River Tay when that line tightens the fish could turn out to be that one of a lifetime. It is also important during the summer period to use leader material with an adequate breaking strain, as there are some big summer salmon that run the Tay. Usually a breaking strain between twelve and fifteen pounds is ideal.
During the summer months depending on the water height and temperature smaller dressed flies can work well. Small bottle tubes are also well worth ago. Don’t forget how effective flies like the Sunray Shadow can be at this time of year. These flies fished close to the surface can really do the business especially if the fish are keen on chasing a fly and in an active mood.

Spinning

A powerful spinning rod between ten and eleven foot is usually more than adequate to cover the River Tay. The rod should be able to comfortably cast lures weighing anything from eighteen to thirty grams. A good fixed spool or multiplier reel with a reliable drag system is perfect for the River Tay. The reel should be able to accommodate a large amount of either nylon or braided line with an adequate breaking strain.
In terms of lures, spoons like the Toby, Salmo Toby and Blair variety work well on the river. These can range in weight from eighteen to thirty grams. Devon Minnows can also be effective on the River Tay. During the summer months, the Floating Devon and Flying C can be particularly productive. The Flying C lure can be fished upstream especially when water temperatures start to rise and often salmon will chase the lure before taking it. The Vision110 lures have also got a good reputation for producing fish on the river. These lures can be excellent during the summer months.

Harling

Harling is a method unique to the River Tay which involves fishing from a motorised boat. This method is employed on many beats and can be highly effective.
Usually two or three rods are placed in rod holders with various lures and then the ghillie skilfully combs the water by moving back and forth in the boat, whilst gradually dropping downstream, covering the likely lies on the beat. Often during the summer months, the water is too low to harl on many beats. However, if there is a decent spate this method can be highly productive. Harling is a method which is very much water height dependent and is practiced at the beat ghillies discretion.

 

TDSFB Conservation Policy

All anglers fishing on the River Tay system are reminded that the TDSFB’s policy from January 15th to 1st of April is that all spring salmon must be released. This means that the TDSFB has a 100% mandatory catch & release policy of all salmon caught. This is in line with the Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation. Even if the fish dies it must still be returned to the river.
It is also worthwhile remembering when releasing fish to keep them in the water for as long a period as possible and to use minimal handling. Please also give the fish plenty of time to recover before releasing them. It is important that anglers treat their quarry with the utmost of respect at all times.

 

Beat catches reported

(Last week)

Beat Catches
Waulkmill Salmon - 5, Sea trout - 0
Luncarty Salmon - 8, Sea trout - 0
Upper Redgorton Salmon - 5, Sea trout - 0
Fishponds Salmon - 3, Sea trout - 1
Benchil Salmon - 7, Sea trout - 0
Upper Scone Salmon - 2, Sea trout - 0
Pitlochrie Salmon - 4, Sea trout - 0
Stobhall Salmon - 3, Sea trout - 0
Taymount Salmon - 5, Sea trout - 0
Ballathie Salmon - 9, Sea trout - 0
Cargill Salmon - 11, Sea trout - 1
Islamouth Salmon - 32, Sea trout - 0
Meikleour and Upper Islamouth Salmon - 4, Sea trout - 0
Kercock Salmon - 5, Sea trout - 0
Delvine Burnbane Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 1
Murthly 1 Salmon - 2, Sea trout - 0
Murthly 2 Salmon - 9, Sea trout - 0
Newtyle Salmon - 7, Sea trout - 0
Dunkeld Salmon - 1, Sea trout - 0
Lower Kinnaird Salmon - 9, Sea trout - 0
Upper Kinnaird Salmon - 1, Sea trout - 0
Edradynate Salmon - 2, Sea trout - 0
Lower Bolfracks Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 0
Farleyer Upper Salmon - 6, Sea trout - 0
Farleyer Lower Salmon - 1, Sea trout - 0
Keithick Streams Salmon - 4, Sea trout - 1
Portnacraig Pitlochry Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 1
Ruan Ruarie Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 0