Sunday, March 29, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects March 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects March 2009.

Tay Reports week ending 28th March 2009.

Weekly Report.
Last week reported the best catch for the spring season with 47 spring salmon reported. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive for this coming week. There were other fish caught and not reported giving the Tay the best catch of the major 4 rivers in Scotland. It must be said however that all the rivers expect more than this and everyone is hoping this is just the start of a better run. Best salmon of the week was a 22lbs salmon off the Pitlochry Angling water at Portnacraig below the Dam at Pitlochry and was caught by Steven Watt from Perth. Also 2 beats on the river had 3 in a day this week which included Dunkeld and Islamouth. The river temperature remained at about 42 degrees Fahrenheit or 5 degrees Celsius allowing salmon to run freely throughout the system.

The river was settled for most of the week making conditions ideal for spring fishing. This coming week conditions remain similar which should not deter catches assuming the spring run strengthens as expected.

Steven Watt with his cracking spring salmon from thePortnacraig beat at Pitlochry. The salmon was carefully returned to the river. Well done Stevie.

Prospects for the coming week.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good with a settled river. The weather is to remain reasonably settled for the coming week therefore catches should get better. The spring run has improved but we expect it to get better. This could be the week hopefully!

The water temperature is about 42 degrees Fahrenheit or 5 degrees Celsius which should not impede the progress of salmon up the system.
There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching a Springer in the Tay this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good 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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