Sunday, August 2, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects August 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 1st August 2009.

Last week reported 92 Salmon and 15 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite the very unsettled conditions and catches improved dramatically at the end on the week with 49 Salmon reported on Friday and Saturday. 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 27lbs salmon off the Cargil beat closely followed by a 24lbs salmon off the Taymount beat.
This past week saw a spread of catches throughout the river which certainly looks good for the coming weeks. The Grilse run will get better in the coming week but encouragingly there are quite a lot of good summer salmon running the river.

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.

Tony Ross with his 13½lb salmon caught today (28 July 2009) on a harled tomic from the Alders at Newtyle. The fish was returned.

A lovely 16lb fish caught on the fly by Jim Fisher on Saturday 18th July at Dalmarnock.
Prospects for the week commencing 3rd August 2009.
The weather looks more settled for this coming week which should improve the prospect of good sport on the river Tay. The only day of rain being forecast is Tuesday.
Catches improved dramatically at the end of last week and with more settled weather they will improve further with more Grilse entering the system.

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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