Sunday, September 27, 2009

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

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

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 26th September 2009.

Last week reported 194 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch despite the tough season so far. The weather was settled with a high pressure giving us perfect river conditions during the week. However it must be said that the run in general is not as 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 yet again which is quite heartening. Best salmon of the week was a fantastic 27lbs salmon off the Stobhall beat just above Stanley which was carefully returned to the river.
Other notable catches included a 26lbs salmon off the Ballathie beat, a 25lbs off Newtyle, a 23lbs off Benchil and a 22lbs off Dalmarnock beat.
Several beats recorded good individual day catches which is very encouraging for the weeks to come. They included Stobhall, Cargil, Newtyle, Catholes and Luncarty, and Waulkmill amongst others.

The river temperature has now dropped to around 54 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius.

There is no doubt the river is having a very hard season and a number of anglers are responding by returning the majority of the salmon they catch. The Tay would like to thank you for that which will hopefully show benefits for the future.

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

Alistair Sheach from Kirkcaldy with a sea liced 23 pounds salmon from the Benchil beat of the lower Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland caught on a red devon spinning from the bank. The prize salmon was returned to the river.
Prospects for the week commencing 28th 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 reasonable catch for the season so far so let us hope this continues over the next few weeks and there is a late surge of autumn salmon.

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

The water temperature is now just below 54 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 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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