Big three off the mark


It has been a fairly quiet opening to the Scottish salmon season on the Tay, and the Dee and Tweed kicked off yesterday with odd fish on the Tweed (just a 7lb springer on the Whiteadder posted on Fishpal for yesterday).

The Dee reported springers caught at Park, Ballogie, Birse, Commonty, two at Cairnton and Mid Blackhall and one at Upper Blackhall.

Pictured here courtesy of Salmon Fishing Club on Mr Zuckerberg’s Facebook is Daniel Stephen with a super springer caught from Park. It was also his first-ever salmon!

On the Tay the fishing has been steady in a small way, with only small runs coming into the river and fluctuating weather making the fishing difficult. It is good to see typical Tay spring salmon with size and depth in the photographs. A fish of 20 pounds was caught by Paul Kelly in the Castle pool at Meikleour and Upper Islamouth. Another beauty was caught by Scott Buchan on Stobhall, weighing 17 pounds. Only two other fish were reported, on Glendelvine and Upper Kinnaird so it was ‘a disappointing week despite good conditions’, said the Fishpal report (for which thanks to the compiler).

Sadly I turned down the chance to fish the Dee at Park this month. Which just goes to show how daft I can be – but also how lucky to have fishing lined up in the usual spots this year, which in turn knocks out any further holiday opportunities.

Tight lines to the hardy souls out after a bar of silver with the big fly rod this month. As always, if you send me a picture I shall endeavour to post it here. I hope your persistence is rewarded and your cold-numbed fingers feel the sudden and wonderful dull heaviness that transforms into strong jagging runs of a fresh fish, and that it ends up in your net after a suitably dramatic (not too dramatic?) interlude . . . 😀


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