Sunday, July 19, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects July 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects July 2009.
Tay Reports

Weekly Report for weekending 18th July 2009.

It is with sadness that I report the passing of a well known character of the river Tay in Colin Leslie. Colin Ghillied and looked after the Cargill beat on the Tay for more years than I can remember. He caught and guided many an angler onto several thousand salmon over the years and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time.

Last week reported 83 Salmon and 14 Sea Trout which was a better catch from the previous week in late June. We had unsettled weather for most of the week with heavy thundery down pours making the river rise and fall on a regular basis.

There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week were 16lbs salmon off the Cargil and Dalmarnock beats.
Beats that faired well during the week included Dalmarnock, Ballathie, Cargil, Islamouth and also some of the middle beats.

Salmon have been reported throughout the river but not in great numbers. Hopefully this will change this week and see the start of a reasonable summer run.
The first Grilse have arrived with odd ones reported over the last few weeks and this should improve as we get nearer to August.

Sea trout are being caught throughout the Tay which should encourage a cast in the evenings with a fly rod.

The river temperature is around 62degrees Fahrenheit or 17 degrees Celsius.

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.

Colin Leslie, Tay legend who passed away last week.

James McKay with a Grilse from the Kirkie Stream on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. The Tay is now right on the edge of the Grilse and Summer Salmon run. Catches should improve dramatically over the next few weeks with settled conditions.

Prospects for the week commencing 20th July 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look better with low clear water. Cooler settled conditions are forecast but there is the chance of some heavy thundery showers again this week.

The water temperature is about 62 degrees Fahrenheit or 17 degrees Celsius.

The river is fairly low but that will not stop salmon running the vast river Tay.

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.. 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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