Monday, April 20, 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 18th April 2009.
Last week reported 87 spring salmon which is the best catch for a week this season so far. 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 Taymount beat just above Stanley. Also 5 salmon were caught in on Thursday on the Islamouth beat which was the best catch for one day on the river last week.
Just reported today was a 28lbs salmon from the Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry plus a good river catch making thing look very good for the rest of the week.
The river temperature rose to 47 degrees Fahrenheit or 7/8 degrees Celsius allowing salmon to run freely throughout the system.

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

Prospects for the week commencing 20th 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 should make it better.

The water temperature is about 47 degrees Fahrenheit or 7/8 degrees Celsius which should not impede the progress of salmon up the system. These conditions are certainly benefiting the middle and upper river.
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. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured. Harling remains a popular 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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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ask the Tay Board to sort out a definative hatchery program before catches collapse; treble whatever the Dee has done as a base requirement.

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