Sunday, May 31, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon and Sea Trout Reports and Prospects for the river Tay June 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon and Sea Trout Reports and Prospects for the river Tay June 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for the week ending 30th May 2009.

Last week reported 74 Salmon and 21 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch for a week despite very warm and bright conditions at the end of the week. We had a good settled river for the entire week but the warm bright conditions at the end of the week made life difficult for the last few days. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive and the catches got off to a flyer on Monday with 25 salmon reported. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a 25lbs salmon off the Dalmarnoch beat, just above Dunkeld. Also on a positive note a number of Sea Trout have been caught. The figure of 21 for the week is not a true reflection of the total catch. Top beat was Benchil just below Stanley with 15 which included 9 on Friday alone with several others hooked and lost.
Coupar Grange, Islamouth and Portnacraig all continue to do well with good catches this past week. The prospects certainly look good for this coming week with cooler conditions appearing after Monday.
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 has risen dramatically by 10 degrees to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius which should allow salmon to run freely throughout the system and bring salmon to the floating line fishing for fly fishers. For the spinners, Salmon will now chase baits freely for the upstream Tobiers and flying C enthusiasts.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far.

This was the 25 pounds salmon caught fly fishing by Mats Johnson on the Dalmarnoch beat just above Dunkeld which was carefully returned.


A good sea trout off the Benchil beat at Stanley on the lower Tay. A good Sea Trout run is developing on the Tay at the moment.

Prospects for the week commencing 1st June 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good with a settled river, a reasonable run of fresh salmon for the time of year and a developing sea trout run which is far better than last year. The weather is reasonably settled for this coming week with cooler conditions forecast for the middle of the week which should encourage good sport.

The water temperature has risen to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius which should encourage the progress of salmon up the system. These conditions are certainly benefiting the middle and Upper River.

The river has dropped back with the drier conditions which should help the lower river and with a good sea trout run in progress there is a good variety of sport to be had.

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 Tay Salmon 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. The rise in river temperature should encourage baits spun upstream and retrieved quickly.

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. Salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more 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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Charlotte Gifford said...

Well done Mats, good photo.

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