Sunday, September 20, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Report and Prospects for Sptember 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Report and Prospects for Sptember 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 19th September 2009.

Last week reported 223 Salmon and 7 Sea Trout which was the best weekly catch for the season so far. The weather at last settled down and we had a high pressure giving us a chance to fish the river without a spate in the week. However it must be said that the run of Grilse has not materialised and a run in general is not strong as expected.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. There does now seem to be a spread of Salmon throughout the district as all the beats are catching.

Quite a few good 20 pound plus fish were caught this past week. Best salmon of the week was a fantastic 26lbs salmon off the Dalmarnock beat just above Dunkeld.
Other notable catches included a 25lbs salmon off the Kercock beat and 24lbs salmon off the Ballathie and Stobhall beats.
Several beats recorded good individual day catches which is very encouraging for the weeks to come. They included Stobhall, Cargil, Upper Scone, Taymount, Islamouth, Waulkmill amongst others.
The river in general has picked up which is heartening after a lean spell over the last few weeks

The river temperature has now dropped to around 56 degrees Fahrenheit or 13 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

This was a 14 pounds salmon caught in the Long head pool on the Islamouth beat by Neil Tong fly fishing from the bank. The salmon was returned.

This was Lewis Marley with a 17 pounds salmon caught spinning on the Islamouth beat which again was returned. For good measure it was Lewis's birthday as well.

John Vankalkeren caught this excellent fish last week at Dalmarnock - it was subsequently returned.

Prospects for the week commencing 21st September 2009.

The river has dropped to a good height for most beats. Again the weather for this coming week looks 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 56 degrees Fahrenheit or 13 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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