Glad you all arrived safely home. Good god Garry, I hadn't realised she was such a beauty...how do you top that over the next 20 years or so. It was the heaviest fish from the Tay system last week although Lower Kinnaird, 2 beats down had one at 19lbs on Sat. As is the way of things, the river is now in full spate so no need to guess where all these fish which have been lurking about down-river will be heading for! Couldn't be happier for you and it was great to have you all last week, and lovely photos Gethyn they will stir the memories as time passes.. Innes
Hi All, Gethyn first off all I am over the moon you all had such a good time, and I know from meeting and fishing with Corin, how much he would have been missed but on a positive note, Gary take a bow Son, that salmon is different class, and you deserve it for all the time and effort you give to your sport. Julian a congratulations is due to you also, and knowing how much Gethyn respects fish, if he said you better take it for table, it would not have made it. I was a little bit gutted for Gethyn and Cyril because I know how much they contribute to the sport as well but no doubt both Gethyn and Cyril ahve caught and seen big fish before.
It's great to read how much you all enjoyed the whole trip and some beautiful pictures, what a place, it could be heaven. Innes you were excellent in helping all the lads out. ATB. Reeco
For any readers who fancy a trip up to the Tummel,after reading all these wonderful reports, the season for springers runs until early June, although the peak is , water permitting, April to mid-May. Tickets for the beats obviously become more difficult during the peak weeks but are still available, especially during the week. You can expect to pay between £20-£40 for your day with discounts for taking a 6 rod beat for the week. Once the fish start to run the ladder then there is plenty fishing in the tributaries beyond the dam. The club own a 2 mile stretch above Loch Faskally which is very picturesque although is really only fishable with some rain, tickets are £15 per day. Incidentally, seatrout are not really fished for in this area and the owner of the beat the boys fished on reckoned it was a much under-utilised resource. He told me of one guest who had 14 in one night to a top of 14lbs. This happened in June when tickets are freely available at around £15-£20 per day. I can't guarantee a "chambermaid" but anyone willing to take a trip north then give me a call and I can advise and arrange your fishing. Innes
Im sitting here green and i mean GREEN with envy, having read fishing literature and viewed all sorts of fishing tv/videos this is the finest example of a Salmon I have seen. Its torpedo like shape and colour can only be described as perfect. A class fish, well done for your efforts in the cold.
ps i'd get the fly framed and it would be sitting on my wall for the memory, although you perhaps wouldnt need any material to remind you of that fish.
A real belter (as they would say in Wolverhampton)
Fair play - cracking pictures and two fabulous fish. Two belters indeed. Can you post a picture of the fly that has caught all those big 'uns or is that a bit cheeky? Just be really interested to see it.
Got back home about an hour ago having flown into Gib this evening.
What can I add to what's already been said? Great company and wonderful hospitality from Corin (can't thank you enough) and Innes. The Towy boys are great company and true gents; the week - as Corin rightly said - typified what fishing is really all about - companionship and a shared love of the sport. Lots of great memories to bring back to Spain.
Corin, I'll e-mail you seperately; I really hope you and your dad can come down to fish the Dovey with me this June. I'll arrange the rods and accomodation is with me and the missus.
I should just add that I caught my fish (which I saw show) in a fabulous wide, long pool with my best 'Sunday' cast, the result of which was a sodden phone (again!). So I had to drive to Perth and then on to Dundee, to get it fixed (the Tay is an enormous river down there). My only regrets are that I had to kill the fish - though it was delicious - and that I didn't see Gary's fish 'in the flesh'.
For any of you contemplating a Spring fishing excursion, look no further. The river is magnificent and the quality of the fishing makes the value for money exceptional.
Glad you made it home safely Julian, will catch up with you shortly.
I would really love to be able to say I'll definetly make it to the Dovey this year, but as things stand its looking like I'll have about 24hrs in the UK this year, 12 of which will be in Heathrow and 12 at a wedding in Scotland, but you never know.
Its a real shame because something tells me its going to be a really good year for Salmon and Seatrout. A good hard winter and some big floods to clean out the rivers will I think lend itself to good conditions. I just hope from the Towy's point of view that it gets some water.
I was loooking back over my diaries from last year and i think, I'm sure Geth or Gary will correct me, but from 1st April the river didn't rise more than a couple of feet until the last week or so towards the end of the season.
Salmon wise on the Tummel its going to be a good one, I have no doubt about that. But the numbers all depend on the Grilse arriving. Also I suspect Dad may be out and about in the dark, warm July evenings prospecting for Seatrout, which aren't fished for at all, but exist in good numbers on the Tay system, and I bet in very good size too.
I've done a wee bit of fishing while in Tas, was out testing a new 6/7wt Spey rod for a company that will remain nameless and had some good trout to 3lbs on the dry fly. Still trying to figure out the seatrout cycle here. Depending on what happens with work, I may or may not wind up a bit early and head to the West Cost of Aus where theres a very large untouched national park, and theres rumours of pristine fishing and resident Bones.
Plans and more plans, but just need to get this pesky thing called work out of the way.
Isn’t it nice to be proved wrong. I was “boasting between the lines” that after a 6 ft flood which is tailing down nicely to 2 ft that we, at the top end of the system, would be “in amongst” all these springers that have been lower down the Tay for a week or two. The result over the last two days is zero, with some good fisherman out on the river. Both the Portnacraig beat at the dam and the club waters below have been blank. It’s interesting. The water is almost perfect to the eye. Are the fish there but not in the groove or have they stayed lower down because of the low water temps. or have they gone up the main Tay system? I love fishing and fishing lore and bankside gossip but I love it even more when we are all proved wrong. Perhaps in the next day or so we will have fish but for now it’s casting over lovely water for nothing. Isn’t fishing great!! Innes
hi innes and everyone, innes i am dieing to fish on the tummel have fished the whiteadder but never landed one yet haha i am up next week for 7 days in edinburgh and would love to come to fish and meet you if you could provide me where to fish and details or any contact number i would be very gratefull thank ilyaas