Sunday, June 27, 2010

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

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

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the last week in June 2010.

After 50 salmon being reported last week, this week was marginally better with only 59 salmon and 6 Sea Trout. A few other salmon and sea trout were caught as well but not registered.

Low water on the Benchil beat at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
The river was at its lowest level for the year and with the warm dry weather the river temperature crept above 60F or 15C. 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 with some rain this coming week to liven things up a bit. A heartening note is the arrival of some Grilse, which are now being caught throughout the system but in small numbers.

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 as many salmon as possible to preserve what we have for the future. Thank you all for making this possible so far.

The lower river produced 25 out of the 59 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. The Islamouth beat caught 13 for the week with most success falling to the David Mayhew’s party at the end of the week. A number of fish were also hooked and lost. Cargill had a reasonable week with 8 landed and Ballathie had the largest salmon off the river weighing 21 pounds.

The middle Tay caught 21 salmon for the week. Coupar Grange had 11 Salmon on the Isla with a few grilse included, which were described as being in good condition in the 4 to 5 pound class. Kercock had a better week with 7.

The Upper River and Loch reported 13, which is a reflection of the river level dropping off. There are now over 2000 salmon through the Pitlochry fish ladder.

Video from the observation chamber at Pitlochry Dam.
This was a snippet from Innes Smith on the Pitlochry Angling Club website. “Low water again this week but we are getting used to it. Donnie Whiteford took a nice fish of 8lbs late in the evening on Tuesday and Mr Crowther caught his first ever salmon, a 12lbs fish on Wednesday, both off the Pitlochry bank.”

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 good for the week with a chance of some rain showers to hopefully liven the river up. A bit of fresh water in the river will encourage salmon to run and improve sport.

The water temperature is slightly above 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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