Sunday, June 28, 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 27th June 2009.

Last week reported 56 Salmon and 18 Sea Trout which was an average catch for a week in June but disappointing. We had very warm weather for most of the week but conditions improved towards the end of the week improving catches for the last few days. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive and the catches have improved in recent weeks which hopefully will continue with more Grilse appearing with settled conditions. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a 17lbs salmon off the Lower Kinnaird beat just below Pitlochry.
Islamouth continues to fish very well with a strong end to the week.
The first Grilse have arrived as well with odd ones reported over the last two weeks.
Also on a positive note good numbers of Sea Trout are continuing to be caught. The figure of 18 for the week is not a true reflection of the total catch. Several beats are now reporting good catches and this must be one of the best years for sea trout for many years.
The lower water and warmer nights will encourage night fishing.

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 more reasonable weather conditions but could be impeded with heavy thundery showers.
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 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 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 all hen salmon and sea trout caught should be returned and large male salmon over 15 pounds to preserve sport for the future. It goes without saying that all red fish should de returned as well.

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.

A June 19 pounds Salmon caught fly fishing by Gary McDonald on the Newtyle beat at Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland.
Prospects for the week commencing 29th June 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good with a settled summer level 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. However there could be some thundery downpours.

The water temperature is about 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 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 Catch and Release in 2009 we now recommend that every angler should release all hen salmon caught each day and all Sea Trout. We also recommend that all male salmon over 15 pounds should be released and certainly any red fish . 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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Anonymous said...

excellent sea trout catches.wish i was there
alan wales

Anonymous said...

when do we expect the grilse to come in numbers. is it now or end of next month.

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