Sunday, August 9, 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 8th August.

Last week reported 91 Salmon and 12 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite yet again unsettled conditions. We had unsettled weather during the week with heavy thundery down pours making the river rise and fall on a regular basis. To cap matters the Hydro sent down a foot of water on Friday

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There does now seem to be a good spread of Salmon throughout the district however we are expecting a much stronger run in the coming weeks.

Best salmon of the week were 16lbs summer salmon off the Stobhall beat and Pitlochrie beat.
Other notable catches included 7 in one day off the Ballathie beat of which 6 were summer salmon and 5 on Saturday off the Waulkmill 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 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

Ian Lamont with his first ever Tay salmon - weighing 7lb - taken fly fishing in the Cotter on Newtyle on 1st August 2009. His second Tay salmon followed later in the day a 4lb sea-liced grilse. Iain returned both his fish.

Newtyle ghillie, David Steele, releasing a 6lb salmon from the steps pool on Newtyle. David's fish was taken on a Vision 110 from the boat.

Prospects for the week commencing 10th August.
The river is now at a good height however the weather looks unsettled for this coming week which may make life difficult. Hopefully the showers will not be too heavy to alter the river levels.
We are expecting stronger runs as we go into the second week in August. Hopefully this will be the week.

The water temperature is about 62 degrees Fahrenheit or 17 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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