Sunday, June 14, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects June 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects June 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 13th June 2009.
This past week was a massive week for the river Tay. Firstly the Tay had their biggest catch for a week for the season so far and the Tay hosted its 4th annual Conservation Dinner in the Ballathie House Hotel which was a tremendous success.
Also last week the Stanley beats hosted the World Fly Fishing Championships for Trout from Monday to Wednesday with great world wide interest.

Last week reported 146 Salmon and 22 Sea Trout which was a great catch for a week in early June. We had a good settled river for the entire week but with slightly unsettled conditions at the end of the week just holding back catches for the last few days. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive and the catches improved dramatically from the previous week despite a slight glitch on Thursday and Friday. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week were 19lbs salmon off both the Newtyle beat just below Dunkeld and the Cargil beat at Ballathie below the mouth of the Isla. A good day of 14 was reported off the Coupar Grange beat on Saturday. Good salmon catches for the week came off the Kinnaird, Dunkeld House, Coupar Grange, Islamouth, Kercock, Cargill and Taymount beats which was tremendous for the time of year. Also on a positive note a number of Sea Trout have been caught. The figure of 22 for the week is not a true reflection of the total catch. Top beat was again Benchil just below Stanley with 10.

The Tay Conservation Dinner was held at Ballathie House Hotel on Thursday evening and was reported as s tremendous success raising money for Tay projects. The speaker comedian Jim Davidson went down very well and made the evening. Long service awards went to retired ghillies Jimmy Barratt, Dennis Buchan and Willie MacGregor.
The Tay Ghillies got the Conservation award for dramatically increasing the concept of Catch and Release on the river Tay.

The middle area of the Tay continues to do well with good catches this past week. The prospects certainly look good for this coming week with reasonable weather conditions
Sea trout are now being caught throughout the Tay which should encourage a cast in the evenings with a fly rod.

The river temperature has settled after the warm spell to 55/58 degrees Fahrenheit or 13/14 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
Thank you for the contributions so far.

Jim Davidson with a fine Sea Trout landed on the Miekleour strech of the Tay prior to the dinner.

Jim Davidson in full flight in his after dinner speech at the dinner.

Prospects for the week commencing 15th 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 good sea trout run which is far better than last year. The weather is reasonably settled for this coming week which should encourage good sport.

The water temperature is about 55/58 degrees Fahrenheit or 13/14 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

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