Thursday, February 4, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire 2016.

Conditions have improved slowly on the Tay in Perthshire increasing the chances of landing a greatly sought after spring salmon. A few more fish have been landed today giving everyone optimism for the weeks to come.
New Ghillie on Meikleour John Ross with a superb 18 pounds fresh run spring salmon caught in the Islamouth from the boat.
Calum King with a 7 pounds springer caught in the Back Dam on the Catholes at Stanley.
Calum McRoberts with a cracking spring fish caught at Meikleour.
Spring fishing is on the up!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Anglers Inn, Guildtown, Perthshire.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire February 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon on Tay, Perthshire February 2016.

The Tay in Perthshire has seen adverse conditions recently with heavy rain causing more floods however the water is slowly dropping back and conditions are improving fast.
This was an early run male spring salmon caught in Pitlochrie pool at Stanley today weighing approximately 15 pounds.
Last light looking down Pitlochrie pool with conditions improving to give better prospects for the end of the week on the Tay.
A recent map produced by Sue@SueRudge.com of the Catholes and Pitlochrie beats at Stanley. A superb early spring location to fish steeped in history.

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 30th January 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 30th January 2016.

The river Tay opened on the 15th January undeterred by the very cold conditions, scores of anglers flocked to the banks of the river to mark the opening of the salmon season with great publicity in the press and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river extremely high exposure that was invaluable. It has been a reasonably quiet start to the season probably due to the massive water throughout December and now January.

The first week has seen very cold conditions continue with settled water levels and good conditions for fishing up until a week ago on Friday when milder weather and rain caused a spate which lasted until into the current week. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 after successful springs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and hopefully settled weather will reappear over the weeks come and give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver”.
Odd Spring salmon were landed last week despite the adverse weather and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases. Three fresh spring salmon were recorded last week. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and fluctuating weather is not making fishing easy. Once the river settled after all the big water Fish have appeared in reasonable numbers. There are a few kelts and some late run autumn fish from last year.
The Linn pool was the hot spot early last week with 2 fish falling to the Taymount rods on Monday, Frankie and Chris Davidson both landed superb fresh run spring salmon up to 16 pounds carrying sea lice. As we go into February hopefully this will be a sign of more good salmon to come and encourage all. The other springer came from Meikleour fishings on Islamouth caught by Calum McRoberts, it was also carrying sea lice.
There was another bit of interesting information from Meikleour owner Claire Mercer Nairn who went to visit the TDSF Hatchery at Almondbank. She went to catch-up with Steve Keay, the manager of the kelt reconditioning program. This was part of her report. “As you may know the Tay Salmon Fisheries Board manages a restocking program on carefully selected areas of the river system. This method of restocking is unique in Europe. The kelts (which would have otherwise died) are treated and fed to grow and produce eggs repeatedly over a number of years (Steve’s champion fish was Dolly, who died at the age of 14 having spawned 11 times!).
Today, Steve taught me how to start kelts feeding in fresh water, which was fascinating. When salmon enter the river, having gorged themselves at sea, they more or less stop feeding and their digestive organs shrink and go into sleep. This evolutionary behaviour is partly to prevent this big predatory fish from eating their own juveniles. To recondition kelts, you must first try to put a little bit of food in their system to wake the digestive system up. Then after a couple of weeks, the feeling of hunger will kick-in again and they will be able to feed themselves and hopefully grow like they would do at sea.
What work best is cooked peeled prawns at the end of a long stick. Gently and patiently wiggle the stick and wait for the kelt to take the prawn, like they would do it with a lure. Thank you Steve to let me feed your babies and taking some time showing me the great job you do!”
This is an extremely important part of our management system on the Tay which we would love to expand further in years to come and that has never been more apparent over the last couple of months with all the massive spates causing irreparable damage. If you get a chance, the hatchery is well worth a visit. Thank you Claire for your report.

The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day’s celebrations. It has been a reasonable start so let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 1st February 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire prospects w/c 1st February 2016.

The Salmon fishing season is well and truly started now on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland as we enter February and we have been encountering some cold winter weather but milder conditions and heavy rain has put the river up making life fairly difficult with limited opportunities for anglers to brave the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon. The weather hopefully will ease over the coming week which should help and give the river more settled conditions and benefit the river to give a greater chance of producing some sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.
Currently the river is running high but falling away slowly after the milder weather last week (9’ on the Ballathie gauge).
The weather is to become colder over the next few days after a mild Monday. Colder conditions certainly benefit the river at this time of year slowing the spring salmon run down and giving everyone a chance to catch as they run up the river slowly. The milder weather prior to the start and last week gave us more water and would have encouraged salmon to run the river. Colder weather will settle the river back to a good level and make ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature was around 39 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius and may fall below that level in the coming days. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature may come back further with the colder forecast for the week ahead but there have been salmon running throughout the system after milder conditions prior to the opening day and resulted in fish being caught well up the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will no doubt be quite a few kelts about on many beats and possibly some later run fish, which have yet to spawn. Should you require guidance on salmon identification at this time of year please see this link for some help.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be slow and deep with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience.
Finally, you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January – 1st April 2016 is that all spring salmon must be released, i.e. the Tay has a policy of 100% mandatory release of all salmon caught under the new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the release of salmon as it is a now legal requirement during this period even if a fish has died. The Board's bailiff team will be enforcing this new legislation.
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. Further information on the policy and good 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.

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire great destination to catch a springer.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire great destination to catch a springer.

The Tay is a superb destination to catch spring salmon as it has the strongest run of any river in Scotland and the quality of salmon caught surpasses other rivers through its shear volume. The Tay produces larger salmon which has been evident over the last few springs. Fish in the upper teens, twenties and even the odd thirty pounds spring salmon are landed.
The spring period from January to May continues to be a positive part of the season, 2015 saw a similar catch to 2014 and this represented a 13.8 % increase on the 5 year average. The 5 year average to the end of May is 1430, in 2014 1629 fish were recorded on Fishtay and in 2015 the total was 1628. This confirms the trend starting on the Tay three years ago with much better spring fishing. In 2015 the early spring was steady but the late spring was very positive especially for the middle river confirming the spring proportion of the catch on the Tay is increasing year on year with this years catch being 30 % of the total. We are continuing to see the start of a change in the cycles as in the past. Further evidence of this phenomenon was the superb June ending the 2015 spring run. There is no reason that 2016 can not be on the same lines, expectation and anticipation is high.
Early in the season in cold water largely determines the catches with the beats around Stanley performing best such as Fishponds, Upper Redgorton, Upper Scone, Benchil, Pitlochrie, Catholes, Burnmouth, Taymount and Stobhall then as the water warms up the emphasis changes to the middle river in the Dunkeld area, Murthly, Kercock, Meikleour, Islamouth, Cargill and Ballathie as the fish have more energy to travel further without stopping and the fish spread. Also at this time the Tummel starts to see action with fish travelling up to Pitlochry Dam. The Tay always has enough water as it is the largest river by volume in the country and salmon run it every day of the year.
The river offers boat and bank fishing on most beats and there are daily rods available throughout the river. Famous early pools spring to mind such as Aitken Head, Horsey, Wash House, Pitlochrie pool, Back Dam, Little Head, Slap, Burnmouth pool and Linn pool on the lower river in the Stanley area. The middle river offers the Ash Tree, Rock pool, Cathedral Stream, Ferry pool, Cotter, Tronach, Garth, Boat pool, Cottage pool, Islamouth, Castle and the Long Head, all iconic names associated with the Tay. Whether you prefer to fly or spin on every beat they can accommodate your demands and the ghillies are there to help and guide you. It is a large river but in early season you do not have to cast a long way as the fish creep up the edges and tend to be in quieter water.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be slow and deep with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. Favoured lures include Devons, Toby Salmos, Vision 110’s, Temple Dogs and Monkey flies. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience.
Popular hotels to stay in the area are the Tayside Hotel in Stanley, Ballathie House, The Meikleour Arms and the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
The Tay in Perthshire is a prime spring salmon fishing destination so why not give it a go?
Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

Monday, January 25, 2016

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 23rd January 2016.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Report for W/E 23rd January 2016.

The river Tay opened on the 15th January undeterred by the very cold conditions, scores of anglers flocked to the banks of the river to mark the opening of the salmon season with great publicity in the press and on television. The various issues and activities appeared on Television, Radio and Press giving the river extremely high exposure that was invaluable. It has been a reasonably quiet start to the season probably due to the massive water throughout December and early January.

The first week has seen very cold conditions continue with settled water levels and good conditions for fishing up until Friday when milder weather and rain caused a spate. Expectation is high on the river for 2016 after successful springs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and hopefully settled weather will continue over the weeks come and give everyone a chance of landing a spring “Bar of Silver”.

Odd Spring salmon were landed last week despite the cold weather and fortune favoured those who braved the elements in some cases.

The Redford Trophy was won by Gail O’Dea with a 14 pounds salmon caught in the Linn pool on Taymount. It is early yet with only small runs coming into the river and fluctuating weather is not making fishing easy. Once the river settled after all the big water Fish have appeared in reasonable numbers. There are a few kelts and some late run autumn fish from last year.

Last week four salmon were registered throughout the system. Earlier in the week fish were caught at Stobhall and Upper Scone them once the water settled down from a spate fish were landed at Dunkeld and Upper Kinnaird.
On Stobhall Iain Wilson of the Borders Gun Room landed a fish from the Linn pool which has seen a fair bit of early spring action over the last week being a superb high water spot.
Wednesday saw Arnot McWhinnie get Upper Scone off the mark with fresh run 10 pounds fish from the Benchil beat caught in Ship Linn. At the end of the week the water came up due to rain and milder weather making the lower river dirty but the middle river recovered although high on
Saturday for Dunkeld House to catch their first clean fish of the season a superb sea liced 14 pounds beauty landed by Neil Sneddon.
A further fish was also recorded at Upper Kinnaird on the same day caught by 6 year old William Beaton weighing 12 pounds.

The Spring Salmon fishing was well and truly underway after all the excitement of opening day’s celebrations. It has been a reasonable start so let us hope the season lives up to every ones expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

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