Sunday, May 17, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects May 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Reportfor week ending 16th May 2009.
Last week reported 66 spring salmon which was a reasonable catch for a week despite unsettled water conditions at the end of the week. We had very unsettled river levels with a lot of heavy rain especially at the end of the week. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a fantastic 32lbs salmon off the Kercock beat in the middle Tay on Saturday by George Menzies. This was his first salmon which took a spinner and was carefully returned to the river. Another good salmon of 25lbs came off the Dalmarnock strech of the river just above Dunkeld. Again this past week salmon are being caught on a regular basis at Portnacraig at Pitlochry. The Islamouth area of the river has been fishing well all week with a good day on Friday with 5 salmon landed. The fresh water is encouraging good sport throughout the river.
Sea trout are now being caught on the lower Tay which should encourage a cast in the evenings with a fly rod.

The river temperature dropped back to 48/50 degrees Fahrenheit or 9/10 degrees Celsius but this should not stop salmon to run freely throughout the system and bring on the floating line fishing for fly fishers.

The river is settling back for the week making conditions excellent for spring fishing.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that we urgently request you to return all salmon and sea trout caught due to the weak run this spring and to preserve sport for the future.

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on
Thank you for the contributions so far.

Sandra Robbins with a fresh 12lbs salmon from the Ladies Pool at Dunkeld which was carefully returned.

George Jones with a cracking 10lbs spring salmon from the Benchil beat at Stanley which was caught fly fishing from the bank and carefully returned.

Prospects for the week commencing 18th May 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good after all the unsettled weather at the end of last week. There is heavy showers forecast for this coming week but hopefully this will not unsettle the river too much.

The water temperature is about 48/50 degrees Fahrenheit or 9/10 degrees Celsius which should encourage 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 now encouraging floating lines. 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 has changed due to the weak spring run and to comply with the other rivers we now recommend that every angler should release all salmon caught each day. Spring salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more spring salmon for the future.

If you have any news or pictures of catches or experiences on the Tay and you would like to share them please email me on

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