Sunday, September 13, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Autumn report and prospects September 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Autumn report and prospects September 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 12th September 2009.

Last week reported 215 Salmon and 7 Sea Trout which was the best weekly catch for the season so far despite a spate at the start of the week and lost fishing on Tuesday. The weather at last settled down and we had a high pressure giving us a chance to fish the river without a spate coming the day after.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. Not reported was at least 50 salmon being caught off the Stormont Angling club water just above Perth. There does now seem to be a good spread of Salmon throughout the district and at last a far stronger run with Grilse in the main stem of the river.

Best salmon of the week was a fantastic 36lbs salmon off the Kercock beat.
Other notable catches included a 23lbs salmon off the Islamouth beat and 25 and 22lbs salmon off the Cargil beat.
Several beats recorded good individual day catches which is very encouraging for the weeks to come. They included Luncarty and Catholes, Cargil, Upper Scone, Fishponds, Islamouth, Waulkmill and Benchil and Pitlochrie amongst others.
The river in general has picked up this last week which is heartening after a lean spell over the last few weeks

This past week saw a spread of catches throughout the river which certainly looks good for the coming weeks. The Grilse run still has improved but hopefully will get better in the coming weeks. Encouragingly there are quite a lot of good salmon running the river.

The river temperature has now dropped just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius due to all the rain.

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 be 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

Mr Micheal Myers with his 4½lb grilse taken on a harled tomic in the Red Gate pool at Newtyle, Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland on 09/09/09.

This beauty was caught at Kercock on Wed 9 September and safely released.
It measured 107cm in length and 72cm in girth.

Prospects for the week commencing 14th September 2009.

The river now has plenty of water with all the rain and is dropping to a good height for most beats. At last the weather for this coming week looks more settled. Hopefully any showers will not be too heavy to alter the river levels.
.Last week reported the best catch for the season so far so let us hope this continues over the next few weeks.

The run has strengthened so prospects look much better going into the third week of September.

The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius with all the rain and fresh water.

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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Anonymous said...

What did the river eden have last week? We could may be add that to the total!!!!

Anonymous said...

Kercock kipper -- 36 lbs.????

Anonymous said...

Kercock Kipper-- 26lbs more like

pete said...

This is great i fished the tay and the tummel when i used to live in Scotland have a look at then click on other hubs by thor6 to read the rest.
Take care and have a nice weekend.

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