Sunday, February 22, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects February 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects February 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report.

Last week saw the Tay get its best week of the season with around 30 salmon reported up to 26 pounds. Congratulations to Ardeonaig on Loch Tay for catching this lovely 3 sea winter fish and on having their best catches in January and now February in at least the last 5 years. There would be a few others caught as well but not reported. The encouraging news was that salmon were caught throughout the whole system and fish were seen running certainly on the lower river. The rise in temperatures has encouraged salmon to run hence fish were caught in Loch Tay, the Tummel, the Ericht and Isla. The temperatures are to remain similar this coming week so the catches should remain well spread. I would predict the catches will improve this coming week as well.

Prospects for the week.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look very good after a better week and the river will be continuing to drop and is running at a good height. The forecast for the week remains mild with little chance of frost at night and temperatures up to 10 degrees during the day. The water temperature has risen to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius enabling salmon to run. There could be catches throughout the whole system again this coming week. Fresh salmon are certainly entering the river and running hard as they have been seen on the lower river on a regular basis at the end of last week.
I would predict much better catches this coming week. There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the most likely method of catching a Springer in the Tay this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be better conditions for fly fishing and spinning from boat and bank. Harling or on some beats spinning from the bank remains a favoured method on the Tay.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for spring 2009 is that every angler should release the first salmon caught each day, and then no more than one Springer should be taken per day. Spring salmon are a precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more spring salmon for the future.

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