Sunday, September 21, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 20th September 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 20th September 2014.
The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland had a reasonable catch last week in settled conditions that were more like summer but is looking for a far stronger run. Currently there has been a run of autumn salmon and grilse over the last few weeks on the river but there is a higher expectation of further improvement in the weeks to come with more fish running hopefully. The weather is to remain settled this week but the river is after a big spate to trigger off further improvements. The catches have been disappointing recently but more water would give hope and renewed optimism for the coming weeks assuming more fish enter the system. Most beats are reporting reasonable numbers of fish in residence but catching them is proving difficult.
This past week saw the water level drop to summer levels with sport maintained throughout the beats. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either.

The Ospreys have now gone back to Africa but you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!” That has certainly been the case this year!

Beat catches reported

Lower Tay.
The autumn fishing is hard on the lower river with limited fish running the river at moment. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but a strengthening autumn run is hoped for in weeks to come. The lower beats below Stanley caught fish this past week and Almondmouths catches were reasonable but unpredictable and this was reflected on the river in general. This beat is seen as a barometer for the river as it is the first beat at the head of the tide therefore improving catches there would hearten everyone and mean more fish are at last entering the river. They had fish all week and finished with 22, which is extremely disappointing for the time of year. The Stormont angling club water is also producing a similar catch but this is not registered. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton also caught fish on most days but in disappointing numbers for the time of year.

Fishponds had odd fish and Upper Redgorton had reasonable success under the circumstances with the Robbins party. Upper Scone had 5 for the week and Tim Greenfield’s party at Stanley enjoyed the week despite not having a lot of success.

Tim caught a fish from the Long Shot on Benchil. Catches have been very hard to achieve and this proved the case on Stobhall and Taymount with limited success. Even Ballathie and Cargill found life difficult.

On Cargill it was a “week of high water temps and low river levels that impacted our catches again. Peter Harts party had a good couple of days on Monday and Tuesday with 11 fish up to 24lbs in weight, most of these fish were coloured but Peter did have two crackers on Tuesday at 23 and 19lbs both carrying sea lice. The rest of the week was a bit of a non event but Roy De Voss and Clive Downhill managed a couple a piece on the worm and floating Devon. Lots of fish in the beat but cooler water temps are required to get them on the take.” Islamouth had a consistent week with 11 fish.

On Upper Islamouth and Meikleour it was a “difficult time in the low water, with the Enderby party managing two fish and a sea trout for their week. Lots of fish throughout the beat, but we need water to stir them up a bit"

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have difficult and not easy to achieve. Kercock had 2 for the week and Murthly 2 had 3.

Newtyle had reasonable success with the fly being good for David Chapman from Cornwall and Welsh visitor Bill Bates landing fish up to 12 pounds. Later in the week Tom Kenyon caught an 11 pounds fish on a Cascade and 89 year old Tom Kenyon caught 2 fish form the boat. Dunkeld house reported one fish and fish were also landed at the Kinnaird beats.

Upper Tay.
This area has been quiet again and needs more rain.

Tummel.
It has been a very quiet week on the Tummel again with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count just over 4100.

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon have been running the Isla and Ericht in recent weeks but more water would improve matters. Nothing was reported last week.

Earn.
Nothing was reported last week.


The 2014 salmon season in Scotland, Europe and Iceland has not been one to remember so far. Atlantic salmon stocks are relatively low so the importance of Catch and Release is vital to continue our enjoyment of this superb sport for the future. Currently on the Tay the majority of anglers with odd exceptions are achieving this. We had a superb spring run and catch last season, which may just be down to the majority of anglers returning salmon over the past seasons. This year catches have fallen dramatically so emphasizing the importance of catch and release is absolutely crucial. Retaining hen salmon is a strict no no and any angler doing so should not be allowed on our rivers.

Tim Greenfield being presented with the August award for a 23 pounds fish caught on the fly from Islamouth.
The Tay Ghillies Association have seized the initiative and launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

Thank you to all anglers who have returned their spring salmon to maintain our sport for the future, but this should be extended to the summer and autumn now as catches have dropped to new lows, it is vitally important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done!

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.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 22nd September 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 22nd September 2014.

The Salmon fishing season has now in mid September on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been getting more summer weather for Autumn fishing and the salmon run has got underway with more salmon running the river and improving catches but it must be said it is not consistent. A big summer spate and other smaller rises freshened and cooled the water some weeks ago to trigger improved sport but we now require more rain to spice things up. Expectation is high with an expectation of a further increase in autumn salmon running the river. This past week salmon were caught in reasonable numbers yet again but generally it was extremely hard going. The weather was settled making fishing much better but all in all conditions were still not easy for the pursuit of that magical salmon, an improving run has bolstered catches during recent weeks to more realistic figures on most days encouraging everyone. It has not been a summer and autumn to remember so far but hopefully the autumn run will improve in the days and weeks to come for the better.

Currently the river is steady after a settled week (approx just below 1’ on the Ballathie gauge during Sunday). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking settled over the next week with little chance of rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking settled for the week ahead but hopefully it is wrong and we will get some heavy rain to spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening autumn run. The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system with better water levels. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay salmon. The water temperature has warmed up enabling floating lines with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method many beats depending on water heights.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.

Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. The catches this year on most rivers throughout Scotland, Europe and Iceland have not been good so it is vitally important we return as many salmon carefully back to the rivers as possible to preserve the future of our sport.This is your best way to help as an angler and true sportsmen or women.

Guidance on good catch and release.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

Tim Greenfield being presented with the August award for a 23 pounds fish caught on the fly from Islamoth.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 13th September 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 13th September 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland had a reasonable catch last week in settled conditions that were more like summer but is looking for a far stronger run. Currently there has been a run of autumn salmon and grilse over the last few weeks on the river but there is a higher expectation of further improvement in the weeks to come with more fish running hopefully. The weather is to remain settled this week that may trigger off further improvements. The catches have been disappointing recently but catches have increased substantially giving renewed optimism for the coming weeks assuming more fish enter the system. Most beats are reporting good numbers of fish in residence but catching them is proving difficult.

This past week saw the water level drop to summer levels with sport maintained throughout the beats. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. The Ospreys have now gone back to Africa but you could see an Otter or a

Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!” That has certainly been the case this year!

Beat catches reported
(week ending 13th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 35, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 18, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 4, Benchil 1, Upper Scone 8, Stobhall 19, Taymount 38, Ballathie 11, Cargill 16, Islamouth 5, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 11, Murthly 2 13, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 3, Dalmarnock 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Edradynate 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1.
Total: 199 Largest: Taymount 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Taymount 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Taymount 4lbs

Lower Tay.
The autumn fishing is improving on the lower river slowly with fish running the river at last. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but a strengthening run is appearing which hopefully will develop into a good autumn run. The lower beats below Stanley caught fish this past week and Almondmouths catches were reasonable but unpredictable and this was reflected on the river in general. This beat is seen as a barometer for the river as it is the first beat at the head of the tide therefore improving catches there would hearten everyone and mean more fish are at last entering the river. They had fish all week and finished with 35 that included 2 days of double figures. The Stormont angling club water is also producing a similar catch but this is not registered. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton also caught fish on most days but in disappointing numbers for the time of year. Lower Redgorton had a better week with regular fly fishers having better success especially on Monday. Dougie Wangerts party caught a fish on Luncarty on Friday. On Upper Redgorton

“The Sly party had a 4 fish week, with the biggest fish weighing 8 pounds caught by Walter Russel. 50% of the weeks catch was on the Fly whilst the spinner accounted for 2.” The rods on Upper Scone worked very hard for their 8 fish during the week. The Stanley beats of Benchil and Pitlochrie had a quiet week with only one fish caught by

Alan McCaig on the fly from the Long Shot. Stobhall and Taymount had a good week with an outstanding 19 on Monday from Taymount. On Taymount

“Bill Lucis caught a 20 pounds salmon on a flying c from Lower Eels Brigs and Bill also had a 23 pounds fish from the same pool on Monday which was part of 3 for his day. 10 of the 19 were on fly, 4 on flying C, 4 on worm and 1 on salmo. Great day with fish being caught all over the beat !! Other successful anglers were Dennis Stanton, Phil Neary, Mark Bowie, Mark Jackson, Mark Stewart, John Derry & Andrew Collier.” Ballathie and Cargill continue to do well.

Cargill had “a week of tough conditions and un cooperative fish. They did battle on though and ended up with 16 for the week up to 22lb in weight which given the time of year is quite poor for Cargill. There are lots of fish on the beat so somebody is going to have a bonanza before the season is out. Successful anglers were Alan and Scott Pryce, Jason Whiteford had a couple, Stewart Scott got a nice 11 pounder and Chris Chalkers Party ended up with three up to 15 pounds.

Islamouth had a quieter week that included Sigfus Ingimundarsson from Iceland landing a 14 pounds fish from the New Shot on the fly. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had success with the fly proving effective for Mr Mitchell and Philip Swinstead catching fish up to 10 pounds.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have improved but again are not easy to achieve. Kercock “had a mixed week with plenty of fish about but hard to catch. Brian Bayne had three Grilse on a green highlander all about 5 pounds, Mark Tucker caught a 10 pounds fish and Norrie McLeod caught 7 fish for four days, the beats biggest fish was caught by Jane Rutherford at 15 pounds.” Murthly 2 had a good week with 13 fish. At

Newtyle “on Monday 89 year old regular Jack Hopper had 2 fish, 7 &11lb on the fly from the boil and a grilse was also caught in the Ferry Pool. On Tuesday Cornish angler David Chapman landed his 1st Scottish Salmon, a fly caught 8lb fish from the Boil. On Friday Bill Bates from Wales caught a 12lb fish from St Mary's, his 1st Scottish Salmon. On Saturday another Welsh angler Craig Evans landed his 1st Scottish fly caught fish, 11lb from the Boil.” It was quieter further up river with water levels dropping.

A couple of fish came from Dunkeld house with Bill and Adah catching fish up to 15 pounds. The Kinnaird beats had a fish from each beat.

Upper Tay.
This area has been quiet again and needs more rain. A fish was caught from the Edradynate beat.

Tummel.
It has been a very quiet week on the Tummel again with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count just over 4100. Chris Oliver caught his first ever fish from the Port-na-craig beat weighing 7 pounds on the fly.

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon have been running the Isla and Ericht in recent weeks but more water would improve matters. Nothing was reported last week. On the Ericht David Sands gave himself a birthday present of a days salmon fishing with Dougy Morrison above Blairgowrie. He caught a 7 pounds and an 8 pounds fish on a small fly using a 10 foot trout rod.

Earn.
Nothing was reported last week.

The 2014 salmon season in Scotland, Europe and Iceland has not been one to remember so far. Atlantic salmon stocks are relatively low so the importance of Catch and Release is vital to continue our enjoyment of this superb sport for the future. Currently on the Tay the majority of anglers with odd exceptions are achieving this. We had a superb spring run and catch last season, which may just be down to the majority of anglers returning salmon over the past seasons. This year catches have fallen dramatically so emphasizing the importance of catch and release is absolutely crucial. Retaining hen salmon is a strict no no and any angler doing so should not be allowed on our rivers.

The Tay Ghillies Association have seized the initiative and launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

Thank you to all anglers who have returned their spring salmon to maintain our sport for the future, but this should be extended to the summer and autumn now as catches have dropped to new lows, it is vitally important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done!

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.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 15th September 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 15th September 2014.

The Salmon fishing season has now entered September on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been getting more summer weather for Autumn fishing and the salmon run has got underway with more salmon running the river and improving catches but it must be said it is not consistent. A big summer spate and other smaller rises have freshened and cooled the water some weeks ago to trigger improved sport. Expectation is high with an expectation of a further increase in autumn salmon running the river. This past week salmon were caught in reasonable numbers yet again. The weather was settled making fishing much better but all in all conditions were still not easy for the pursuit of that magical salmon, an improving run has bolstered catches during the week to more realistic figures on most days encouraging everyone. It has not been a summer to remember but hopefully the autumn run will improve in the days and weeks to come for the better.

Currently the river is steady after a settled week (approx just below 1’ on the Ballathie gauge during Sunday). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking settled over the next week with little chance of rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking more settled for the week ahead to hopefully spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening autumn run. The calmer weather will certainly continue along with higher tides to give us more settled water levels and encourage salmon to run the river, as we should soon be seeing a proper grilse run. The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system with better water levels. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay salmon. The water temperature has warmed up enabling floating lines with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method many beats depending on water heights.


Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.

Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. The catches this year on most rivers throughout Scotland, Europe and Iceland have not been good so it is vitally important we return as many salmon carefully back to the rivers as possible to preserve the future of our sport.This is your best way to help as an angler and true sportsmen or women.

Guidance on good catch and release.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 6th September 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 6th September 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland had a reasonable catch last week in settled conditions but is looking for a far stronger run. Currently there is a developing run of autumn salmon and grilse on the river with a higher expectation of further improvement with occasional signs of more fish running. The weather is to be settled this week and there are some 4 metre tides that may trigger off further improvements. The catches have been disappointing recently but catches have increased substantially giving renewed optimism for the coming weeks assuming more fish enter the system.
This past week saw the water level drop and settle after more rain and sport improved and spread more evenly throughout the beats.

The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently there are numerous wild flowers blooming on the river banks. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis but will soon disappear back to Africa and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!” That has certainly been the case this year!

Beat catches reported

(week ending 6th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 27, Waulkmill 3, Lower Redgorton 12, Luncarty 2, Upper Redgorton 5, Fishponds 9, Benchil 4, Upper Scone 7, Pitlochrie 3, Burnmouth 4, Stobhall 10, Taymount 17, Ballathie 9, Cargill 6, Islamouth 14, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 9, Kercock 8, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 8, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 5, Dalmarnock 3, Lower Kinnaird 7, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 3, Lochlane and Laggan 2.
Total: 188 Largest: Ballathie 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Redgorton 1, Dalmarnock 2, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 2.
Total: 6 Largest: Dalmarnock 3lbs

Lower Tay.
The autumn fishing is improving on the lower river slowly with fish running the river at last. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but a strengthening run is appearing which hopefully will develop into a good autumn run. The lower beats below Stanley caught fish this past week and Almondmouths catches were reasonable but unpredictable and this was reflected on the river in general. This beat is seen as a barometer for the river as it is the first beat at the head of the tide therefore improving catches there would hearten everyone and mean more fish are at last entering the river. They had fish all week and finished with 27 that included 2 days of 8 fish. The Stormont angling club water is also producing a similar catch but this is not registered. Waulkmill and Lower Redgorton also caught fish on most days but in disappointing numbers for the time of year. Fishponds, Luncarty and Upper Redgorton caught fish on most days with great effort.

Fishponds caught mainly on the fly with 3 on Monday and caught fish up to 14 pounds. Upper Redgorton had a steady week with fish up to 15 pounds. HF Electrical had 4 including a 15 pounds fish for John Ferguson and Greggor Nimmos party caught one. On Pitlochrie and Benchil 14 fish were landed in the week with Upper Scone catching 7. Francois Stoven had a good week landing 5 himself up to 18 pounds.

On Stanley Charles Savages party also caught 7 fish with Charles accounting for 3 himself up to 15 pounds on fly, Andrew Cowan caught a couple on fly, Sue Dixon and Michael Watts caught on spinners. Stobhall and Taymount had a consistent week with fish on most days accounting for 27 and mainly on fly up to around 16 or 17 pounds. Ballathie and Cargill continue to do well catching several fish and some good heavy fish up to 24 pounds. The Rawson and Ibbotson party were fishing on both beats during the week and again did well on fly. Cargill reported “Hector Rawson’s party fished Cargill again this week, the river had dropped back from last Saturdays flood and despite hard fishing with some very experienced rods, the first three days proved to be a blank. Thursday did see a lot more fresh fish arrive and David McCloy had a nice 16lber from the bridge stream, surprisingly although the fish was sea liced it carried quite a bit of colour around the gill plates suggesting it may have been lying in the estuary for a while. Friday saw Henry Johnstone land a cracking 13 lber from the Cradle on a flying c and the ghillies had one a piece as well. Saturday was again tough going but Di Ibbotson landed a big coloured cock fish from the Pot Shot on a floating Devon tipping the scales to 20lbs, David Mcloy had another from the bridge stream.

All in all not the most memorable opening September week but plenty of fish around just need water temps to drop dramatically to bring them on the take.” Islamouth had a steady week with the odd good day including 7 on Tuesday. On Upper Islamouth and Meikleour the Moyers and Miller parties had success.

Early in the week Martin Moyers and Paul Yates caught good fish up to 13 pounds. The Miller party then did reasonably well at the end of the week.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream have improved, as conditions continue to change and salmon ran freely up the river with improving runs and more water. Kercock finished with 8 for the week. Norman Wood had a good couple of days landing fish up to 10 pounds on fly. Jonathan Forss from Sweden completed a McNab with a 7 pounds salmon. Sid Haughtton, Mike Marsh, Colin Chisholm and Tony Griffiths all caught with

Tony Griffiths landing a superb 18 pounds fish on a Sunray shadow. Murthly 2 had a reasonable week with 8 salmon.

On Newtyle Gordon Cross from Victoria in British Columbia caught his first Atlantic salmon on his first visit to Scotland on his birthday, a grilse from the Boil. Dunkeld House had a reasonable week catching on most days. Allan Burton started the week with a fresh grilse from the Gauge pool.

Lee Fisher, our head bailiff on the river caught 2 fish up to 15 pounds from the Cutty and Jeff Bannister caught an 8 pounds fish on a Toby Salmo form the Ivy tree pool. Dalmarnock had odd fish in the week as did the Kinnaird beats.

Upper Tay.
This area has started to fish again with the recent rain. Fish were caught from the Farleyer beats.

Tummel.
It has been a very quiet week on the Tummel again with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count just over 4000.

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla and Ericht with rising water levels however nothing was reported last week.

Earn.
This past week Lochlane and Laggan have reported odd fish that is encouraging.

The 2014 salmon season in Scotland, Europe and Iceland has not been one to remember so far. Atlantic salmon stocks are relatively low so the importance of Catch and Release is vital to continue our enjoyment of this superb sport for the future. Currently on the Tay the majority of anglers with odd exceptions are achieving this. We had a superb spring run and catch last season, which may just be down to the majority of anglers returning salmon over the past seasons. This year catches have fallen dramatically so emphasizing the importance of catch and release is absolutely crucial. Retaining hen salmon is a strict no no and any angler doing so should not be allowed on our rivers.

The Tay Ghillies Association have seized the initiative and launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

Thank you to all anglers who have returned their spring salmon to maintain our sport for the future, but this should be extended to the summer and autumn now as catches have dropped to new lows, it is vitally important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done!

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.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 8th September 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 8th September 2014.

The Salmon fishing season has now entered September on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been getting some rain to freshen the river for Autumn fishing and the salmon run has got underway with more salmon running the river and improving catches but it must be said it is not consistent. A big summer spate and other smaller rises have freshened and cooled the water to trigger improved sport. Expectation is high with a further increase in autumn salmon running the river. This past week salmon were caught in reasonable numbers yet again. The weather settled after more rain last weekend making fishing much better but all in all conditions were still not easy for the pursuit of that magical salmon, an improving run has bolstered catches during the week to more realistic figures on most days encouraging everyone. It has not been a summer to remember but hopefully the autumn run will improve in the days and weeks to come for the better.

Currently the river is steady after a settled week (approx just above 1’ on the Ballathie gauge during Sunday). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking settled over the next few days with little chance of rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking more settled for the week ahead to hopefully spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening autumn run. The calmer weather will certainly continue along with higher tides to give us more settled water levels and encourage salmon to run the river, as we should soon be seeing a proper grilse run. The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system with better water levels. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay salmon. The water temperature has warmed up enabling floating lines with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method many beats depending on water heights.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.

Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. The catches this year on most rivers throughout Scotland, Europe and Iceland have not been good so it is vitally important we return as many salmon carefully back to the rivers as possible to preserve the future of our sport.This is your best way to help as an angler and true sportsmen or women.

Guidance on good catch and release.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Early Autumn Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Early Autumn Salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire 2014.

The salmon fishing continues to be hard work on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland but there are still some good fish running the river and anglers are having success.

The Pitlochrie beat at Stanley Mills on the lower Tay.


Michael Watts with a lovely fresh salmon caught on a spinner from the boat at Stanley Mills.


A Kingfisher watching the proceedings.


A panoramic view of the Long Shot on Benchil just below Stanley.


Charles Savage with a good fish caught fly fishing from the boat in the Long Shot.


Charles Savage plays another good fish from the boat in Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat.


A cracking sea liced 15 pounds fish prior to release.

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