Sunday, October 11, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report and Prospects for October 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Report and Prospects for October 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 10th October 2009.

Last week reported 314 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout which was the best weekly catch for the season so far despite the tough year on the Tay. The weather was settled with a high pressure giving us perfect river conditions.

There were other fish being caught and not reported. This would include a further 100 or so salmon from the 4 lower Tay beats not reporting (Stormont Angling Club, Almondmouth, Lower and Upper Redgorton). There does now seem to be a spread of Salmon throughout the district as all the beats are catching but not in the usual numbers for the time of year.

Quite a few good fish were caught this past week yet again which is quite heartening. Best salmon of the week was a magnificent 35lbs salmon off the Ballathie beat caught from the boat harling and carefully returned. The Cargil beat and the Upper Islamouth beat quickly followed with 25 pound salmon the following day. However at the end of the week Ballathie caught another cracking 27 pound salmon. Despite the poorer runs this year the Tay can still produce the really big salmon.

Several beats recorded good individual day catches which is very encouraging for the week to come. The individual beat scores were Waulkmill 21, Catholes and Luncarty 10, Fishponds 18, Benchil and Pitlochrie 17, Upper Scone 13, Catholes Syndicate 2, Stobhall 36, Taymount 41, Ballathie 24, Cargill 38, Islamouth 12, Lower and Upper Islamouth 15, Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House 9, Meikleour House 10, Kercock 8, Newtyle 6, Dunkeld House 10, Dalmarnock 3, Dalguise 7, Lower Kinnaird 3, Upper Kinnaird 2, Lower Aberuthven 2, Islabank 4, Ruan Ruarie 3.

Many thanks to Tony Lenehan for this input. I'm just back from three days on Cargill (5th to 7th Oct) with ghillie David Godfrey. These are a couple of pictures of fish taken. We had a great spell of fishing, despite the weather forecasters' best efforts, landing eleven fish to our three rods (weighing 25, 20, 19, 18, 2x17, 2x14 pounds and some smaller fish). River height meant harled kynoch was top method, and the best fish was a sea liced 17 pound hen. All fish returned. The bigger and darker fish photographed is a 25 pound hen, and the other the fresh 17 pound salmon.
A nice end to our season, and great thanks to the team at Cargill for extra effort in a hard season.

Also Goran Raven caught his first ever Salmon weighing 22lbs caught in the Ministers at Murthly on Saturday morning.
The fish was returned along with 5 others that day.
It was the biggest fish caught last week on the Tay.
Thank you James Gilchrist for sharing this with us.

The river temperature has now dropped to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 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

Prospects for the week commencing 12th October 2009.
The river is flowing at a good height for the time of year which can do no harm for this coming week 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 last 4 days of the season and there is a late surge of autumn salmon.

The water temperature is now just below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius with colder autumn weather arriving.

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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