Monday, July 27, 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 week ending 25th July 2009.

Last week reported 68 Salmon and 13 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite the very unsettled conditions. 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. There are a number of Salmon being caught in the Ericht system due to the frequent downpours allowing the fish to run. Also Salmon are being caught in the Garry. Best salmon of the week was a 22lbs salmon off the Islamouth beat caught on the fly.
Beats that faired well during the week included Ballathie, Islamouth area, Dunkeld House, Newtyle and Dalmarnoch in the middle area of the Tay. The fresh water is making salmon run through the lower reaches which is frustrating for the lower beats. Hopefully with more settled weather there will be a more even spread of catches throughout the system.

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 60degrees Fahrenheit or 15 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.

A 20lb salmon caught by Martin Ritchie on 23th July at Newtyle from the Dean's Burn. The fish was returned.

Mr Donald MacLean's lovely 8.5 pounder landed in the Cotter Pool of the Newtyle beat at Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland caught fly fishing. The fish was returned.

Prospects for the week commencing 27th July 2009.
Monday morning again was unsettled after heavy rain on Sunday. This week again will be unsettled with more rain forecast but there is the chance of some lighter showers towards the end of the week which should allow the river to settle.

The Summer Grilse and Salmon run should get stronger over the next few weeks. All that is required is settled conditions and catches will improve dramatically.

The water temperature is about 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius.

The river is running at a good height which will allow salmon to run the entire 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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