Sunday, April 12, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects April 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects April 2009.
Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 11th April 2009.
Last week reported 37 spring salmon. 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. Best salmon of the week was a 25lbs salmon off the Pitlochry Angling Club beat at Portnacraig caught by Jimmy Forbes on a devon and for good measure he caught a 24lbs spring salmon on the same day at Pitlochry. That day rendered 4 salmon off the beat which certainly was the highlight of a difficult week on the Tay system.
The river temperature rose to 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 6/7 degrees Celsius allowing salmon to run freely throughout the system.

The river was very unsettled for the end of the week making conditions difficult for spring fishing. This coming week conditions are more settled which should not deter catches assuming the spring run strengthens as expected.

Jimmy Forbes with the 25 pounds spring salmon he caught at Pitlochry dam on Saturday spinning a devon from the bank. That was Jimmy's second spring salmon of the day. Earlier he caught a 24 pounds salmon. Congratulations to Jimmy for having such a wonderful day but even better he returned both prize spring salmon to the river. This was the catch of the Tay season so far for 2009.

Prospects for the week commencing 13th April 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good with a settled river and settled weather which should encourage good catches for the coming week. The spring run has improved but settled conditions it should get better.

The water temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 6/7 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 with a higher river temperature 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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