This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Tuesday 15th August)

Salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is in early August with changeable summer conditions for fishing in warm weather and reasonable water levels from rain at times plus catches are steady after a slow start to the season with a summer run now in progress and hopefully an autumn one to follow. Expectation and optimism are high on the river with summer slowly disappearing and autumn arriving to give everyone a chance of landing a "Bar of Silver".
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have broods of young, Sand Pipers are on the river banks and Kingfishers dart past. Many wild flowers are in bloom but a good few are now past their best for another year, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.
July was the rivers best month so far with more salmon landed in warmer weather and river conditions have improved as the weeks have gone with plenty of fresh water. Settling river levels after rain recently should hopefully continue to improve catches over the next few weeks with a summer run now well in progress. The lack of rain had dropped the river to summer levels however salmon are still running due to the Tay's sheer size as you fish another river within it. Recent rain has helped to spice things up. It was a consistent week with around 140 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was 23 pounds from Benchil on the fly. Spring is now distant memory for 2017 with hopefully a healthy summer run continuing to build in the coming weeks as we move nearer to Autumn. Some of the fish that have been caught are memorable as typical Tay specimens due to their size and depth with only a few grilse caught so far. Hopefully there will be a lot more of them to come as the run develops further.
This past week again saw fish from the lower river scattered throughout the beats with a spread in catches. The beats at Stanley and below are seeing better sport and the rise in water levels in recent times may just have spiced things up by encouraging summer salmon and sea trout into the river. The very lower part of the river is now producing consistent catches with Almondmouth, Waulkmill and lower Redgorton all catching in the week but in low numbers which hopefully will change in the weeks to come to signal the start of an Autumn run. Benchil has been fishing well with Upper Scone rods producing good fish up to 18 pounds on fly and spinner. Stanley also had 5 from the beat in the week mostly on fly up to 23 pounds. Anne Emsens started the week off with a fine 12 pounds fresh fish from the Long Shot casting the fly from the boat. David Martin continued that with a similar fish from the White Craigs and then 2 superb fish fell to Ian Muir and Chris Wall on Friday weighing 16 and 23 pounds respectively again on fly cast from the boats. Benchil has fished well this summer with outstanding fly fishing over several weeks. Stobhall had a good week for the Hart party with 23. Ballathie and Cargill continue to be consistent with 24 between them. Cargill had a steady week with the fly proving the popular method of success. Andrew Martin had his first ever fish from the Tay, Ian Muir caught on fly and Graham Raffan landed a couple. Later in the week apprentice ghillie Dyllan Dunbar had success and other fish were landed. Islamouth had 11 in the week with John McElroy's party having a reasonable 3 days earlier in the week. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour managed 4 for the week with Simon Littlejohn landing a grilse on the fly then American visitors Matt Kreminski, Jason Tuthill and Callum Conner fished the beat successfully landing a grilse from the Cormorant tree pool.

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 19th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 23, Waulkmill 7, Lower Redgorton 4, Luncarty 3, Upper Redgorton 5, Fishponds 4, Benchil 7, Upper Scone 6, Stobhall 8, Taymount 11, Ballathie 6, Cargill 22, Islamouth 11, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 5, Kercock 7, Delvine Burnbane 1, Glendelvine 3, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 4, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 4, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Upper 2, Farleyer Lower 4, Lochlane and Laggan 1.
Total: 154 Largest: Waulkmill 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Scone 3, Stobhall 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Delvine Burnbane 1, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 2.
Total: 21 Largest: Lochlane and Laggan 5lbs
TROUT: None reported

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Season so far

The middle river is disappointing with rising river temperatures over recent weeks and more water not producing good sport however there have been exceptions. Kercock had 4 along with Glendelvine. Peter Atkin caught a grilse on Delvine and Burnbane from Sparrowmuir. Up at Newtyle Andrew Gough caught his first ever salmon on fly, a small grilse under the tutelage of Andy Gunn. Dalmarnock had a single fish and the Kinnaird beats mustered 3.
The upper river was seeing steady sport with fish recently caught with Edradynate reporting a fish last week.
The Tummel was continuing to see sport from the Port-na-Craig beat administered by Pitlochry Angling Club and there is now nearly 4000 fish through the Dam resulting in fish being recorded in Loch Faskally.
The Isla are seeing salmon run up the river and progressing to the Ericht however again no fish are being reported.
The Earn has seen a run of salmon and sea trout progress up the river with a single fish recorded at Lochlane and Laggan.
The Salmon fishing season had a quiet start but has started to show signs of picking up with improving catches and some outstanding fish landed so far so let us hope the season lives up to everyone's expectations over the coming weeks and months. Tight lines!

Catches reported to us were:

SALMON & GRILSE: Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 1, Ballathie 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 3, Dunkeld House 3, Lower Kinnaird 1, Upper Kinnaird 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 2. Total: 20
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 5, Lower Redgorton 11, Luncarty 2, Upper Redgorton 4, Upper Scone 7, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Delvine Burnbane 1, Glendelvine 1, Dunkeld House 2, Lower Kinnaird 1. Total: 38

SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 2, Upper Scone 1, Pitlochrie 3, Burnmouth 2, Stobhall 8, Taymount 7, Ballathie 4, Cargill 2, Islamouth 7, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 3, Kercock 1, Murthly 1 3, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 1, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 3, Dalguise 4, Lower Kinnaird 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 5, Lochlane and Laggan 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3. Total: 65
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes 1, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 1, Cargill 1, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Delvine Burnbane 2, Newtyle 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1. Total: 13

SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Redgorton 2, Catholes 7, Upper Scone 9, Pitlochrie 5, Burnmouth 5, Stobhall 17, Taymount 28, Ballathie 10, Cargill 23, Islamouth 42, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 9, Kercock 4, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 1 11, Glendelvine 6, Murthly 2 15, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 3, Edradynate AA 2, Findynate 7, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 1, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 5, Keithick Mains 2, Coupar Grange 28, Portnacraig Pitlochry 3. Total: 278
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 4, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Keithick Mains 2. Total: 10

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Benchil 1, Catholes 2, Upper Scone 2, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 14, Taymount 14, Ballathie 22, Cargill 27, Islamouth 85, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 15, Kercock 7, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 10, Glendelvine 11, Murthly 2 37, Newtyle 23, Dunkeld House 9, Dalmarnock 11, Dalguise 2, Lower Kinnaird 24, Upper Kinnaird 4, Findynate 5, Farleyer Upper 8, Farleyer Lower 3, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 9, Keithick Mains 7, Coupar Grange 19, Portnacraig Pitlochry 27, Loch Faskally 4. Total: 411
SEA TROUT: Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Redgorton 3, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 2, Taymount 1, Delvine Burnbane 1, Lochlane and Laggan 1. Total: 10

SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 4, Lower Redgorton 4, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 1, Benchil 4, Stobhall 18, Taymount 9, Ballathie 30, Cargill 22, Islamouth 100, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 5, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 10, Glendelvine 15, Murthly 2 28, Newtyle 22, Dunkeld House 15, Dalmarnock 9, Dalguise 5, Lower Kinnaird 15, Upper Kinnaird 4, Farleyer Upper 5, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 3, Keithick Mains 3, Coupar Grange 12, Portnacraig Pitlochry 20, Loch Faskally 3, Ruan Ruarie 1. Total: 375
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 6, Fishponds 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 3, Ballathie 1, Cargill 2, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 2, Glendelvine 1, Newtyle 2, Keithick Mains 1, Coupar Grange 3. Total: 27

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 9, Waulkmill 7, Lower Redgorton 12, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 3, Fishponds 5, Benchil 3, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 26, Taymount 38, Ballathie 31, Cargill 22, Islamouth 76, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 21, Kercock 17, Delvine Burnbane 4, Murthly 1 12, Glendelvine 16, Murthly 2 20, Newtyle 8, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 13, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 13, Upper Kinnaird 3, Edradynate AA 2, Findynate 2, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 2, Lochlane and Laggan 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 11, Loch Faskally 5, Ruan Ruarie 2. Total: 404
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 14, Lower Redgorton 24, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 2, Benchil 8, Upper Scone 3, Stobhall 6, Taymount 9, Ballathie 1, Cargill 8, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 9, Delvine Burnbane 2, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 2, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 2, Lower Kinnaird 5, Upper Kinnaird 2, Farleyer Upper 6, Lochlane and Laggan 10. Total: 121

SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 39, Waulkmill 23, Lower Redgorton 33, Luncarty 1, Upper Redgorton 14, Fishponds 15, Benchil 26, Upper Scone 6, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 34, Taymount 36, Ballathie 25, Cargill 34, Islamouth 62, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 12, Kercock 15, Delvine Burnbane 3, Murthly 1 4, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 24, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 22, Dalguise 8, Lower Kinnaird 12, Upper Kinnaird 2, Edradynate AA 2, Findynate 1, Farleyer Upper 3, Farleyer Lower 5, Loch Tay Fish n' Trips 1, Keithick Mains 1, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1, Ruan Ruarie 2. Total: 487
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 8, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 1, Upper Scone 5, Stobhall 6, Taymount 1, Cargill 4, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 1, Delvine Burnbane 5, Murthly 2 3, Newtyle 1, Dunkeld House 1, Dalmarnock 1, Edradynate AA 1, Farleyer Lower 1, Upper Aberuthven 1, Lochlane and Laggan 4. Total: 47