Sunday, June 20, 2010

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the third week of June 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the third week of June 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

River Tay Salmon fishing report for the third week of June 2010.
After 49 salmon being reported last week, this week was equally disappointing with only 50 salmon and 18 Sea Trout. A few other salmon and sea trout were caught as well but not registered.

The river had came up at the end of the previous week but with no further rain dropped back below to its lowest level of the year and with the warmer weather the river temperature rose back to around 60F or 15C by Saturday. Conditions are not easy but often in low water the Tay can produce especially in the main stem of the river. Let us hope things improve.

The Islamouth beat on the Tay.
This week the catches came form the lower and middle river with the water dropping back to below summer level. We have not had a strong run as yet which hopefully will improve. It is absolutely imperative we continue to adhere to our catch and release policy to return all spring salmon to preserve what we have for the future. Thank you all for making this possible so far.

The lower river produced 17 out of the 50 salmon caught. The beats in or just below the mouth of the Isla produced the most success with odd fish caught lower down the river just above the tide. The Salmon seem to be continuing to run hard through the lower stretches and then slowing down in the Islamouth area.

Sea Trout catches have improved this past week throughout the system with hopefully more to come.

The middle Tay caught 24 salmon for the week after the fresh water last week encouraged salmon to run. Coupar Grange had 14 Salmon on the Isla. The Dunkeld area of the river is also having some success.

The Upper River and Loch reported 9, which is a reflection of the river level dropping off. There are now over 1800 salmon through the Pitlochry fish ladder.

Many thanks for all the pictures everyone sent me of opening week spring salmon and thanks to all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences over the last season on the river. I would be most grateful if you to do the same this season by emailing to be included in this report.

Prospects for the coming week.
As of Monday the river is settled and running at below summer level.

The weather is to good for the week, getting warmer which could mean early mornings and evening fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout to get the best results.

The water temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius. There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, spinning and fly fishing from the bank should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Springer. It is time to get the floating lines out. I would suggest using sink tips on the Tay, as it is a fast flowing river and this would stop the fly skating on the surface. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year if there is enough water.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for June - October 2010 is that all hen salmon, male salmon over 10 pounds and all sea trout should be released, ie the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for hen salmon and sea trout. Salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long
term future of your sport by following the recommendations.

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 to be included in this report.

Tight lines.

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