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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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For anyone considering a trip to Scotland to fish for Atlantic salmon, don't fish too light.......The UK websites are reporting a confirmed capture of a 50" fish yesterday, which converts to 48lbs, from Balmoral beat.
The fish was released to [hopefully] put some really special genes into the salmon population, but it must have been a hell of a scrap as I fish this beat & it is a fast piece of water with lots of big granite boulders, some submerged others standing clear of the surface.
I wish it had been a month ago when I was fishing there, but congratulations to the captor - I doubt he'll ever top this one.


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yeah I saw that on fishpal, thought maybe it was a mistake. I'm headed that way in a few days, but I'm only taking an 8wt.
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Be there in another couple weeks. Been debating if I'll take my 9/10s or go with lighter rods for lower water summer fishing....think I've just had my mind made up.

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Hi Tyke,

That would be a really large fish on any beat! I can only hope for something like that. I wasn't aware of this until I read your post, thanks for sharing the word.

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Just found out that a friend is transferring to Aberdeen. Must be way up because it's an oil job, but it's a foot in the door too.

Go big, or go home...

Thanks for the notification.
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does anyone know how far away this is from a record?
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I do believe it's still 16lbs shy of the Scottish record set by Mrs. Ballintine from the Tay river. There was one a few years back from the river Ness that was said to be bigger but was not weighed, at least properly. So Mrs. Ballintine's record still stands.
48lb salmon is nothing to scoff at though and a fish of a life time. I'd give a nut to hook into a fish like that.
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Jim is correct, the British record is Miss Ballantyne's 64lb Tay fish; this was taken on bait [a"Trailled Dace" I believe].

The British fly caught record is a 61lb fish from the River Deveron, again caught by a lady angler, in this case a Miss "Tiny Morrison".

The Deveron has a habit of producing some big fish to this day, a friend of mine took one of over 43lbs a few years ago, & I still have hightmares about one I lost on Forglen beat which would have been my biggest ever by some margin.

Historically the Dee has produced fish in the upper 50's [pounds], but not for some while, so it is great news to hear of this fish - particularly from the Upper River as it must have swum past a lot of anglers flies on its' way there.

I'm back up fishing the other bank in three weeks time, I just hope it had company from other fish in it's year class on its' spawning run!

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