Monday, July 5, 2010

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the last days of June and first few days in July 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the last days of June and first few days in July 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the last days of June and first few days in July 2010.
After 59 salmon being reported last week, this week was only 49 salmon and 6 Sea Trout probably due to the very low water. A few other salmon and sea trout were caught as well but not registered.

The river was at its lowest level for the year and with the warm dry weather the river temperature crept up to 64F or 18C. 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 all spring salmon to preserve what we have for the future. Thank you all for making this possible so far.

The lower river produced 21 out of the 49 salmon caught. The beats in or just below the mouth of the Isla continued to have the most success but fish were caught lower down the river just above the tide this past week. 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 11 for the week with some good fish caught on the fly.

This was a 7 pounds salmon caught at Cargil and then an hour later this young lady, Gillian Anderson from Crieff caught a 12 pounds salmon. The girls have all the luck!
Cargill had the largest salmon from the river weighing 20 pounds. Almondmouth started back on the river this week as did most of the other lower Tay beats and caught 4 salmon for the week, which was heartening. The lower water certainly benefits the lower beats at this time of year.

The middle Tay caught 26 salmon for the week. Coupar Grange had 12 Salmon on the Isla with a few grilse included, which were described as being in good condition in the 4 to 5 pound class. The Meikleour home beat produced a few which must have due to the low water and salmon hanging around the mouth of the Isla. Dunkeld House had a good day on Friday with 4 landed and a few others lost.

Peter Murray had 3 of the salmon fly fishing in the Rock pool and lost another.

The Upper River and Loch reported 2, which is a reflection of the river level dropping off. There are now over 2200 salmon through the Pitlochry fish ladder which is on a par with the 5 year average.

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 settling back after the weekend rain, which put the river up by two and a half feet. This should certainly make a few summer salmon and grilse run and liven things up throughout the river.

The weather is good for the week with a chance of some rain showers at the end of the week. 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 summer salmon and grilse. I would suggest using sink tips on the Tay for fly fishing, as it is a fast flowing river and this would stop the fly skating on the surface. When spinning at this time of year a Toby or Flying C spun quickly can do the trick. Cast slightly upstream then wind like mad. 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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