Sunday, August 8, 2010

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the first week in August 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the first week in August 2010 and Prospects for the coming week.

River Tay Salmon fishing report for the first week in August 2010.
After 211 salmon being reported last week, this week was much more encouraging with 253 salmon and 8 Sea Trout which is the best week of the season to date. A good few other salmon and sea trout were caught as well this week but not registered.

The river was settled and steadily dropped back throughout the week making good conditions for all but with a small rise on Saturday from rain on Friday.

This week the lower river, despite the salmon running hard up the river dominated the catches. There were far more grilse caught as well, which was encouraging. The grilse run should improve, as we get more into August. 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.

A small grilse caught fly fishing on the Benchil beat at Stanley.

The lower river produced 143 out of the 253 salmon caught. All the lower beats caught as the salmon ran up the river with lower river levels. The Salmon seem to be continuing to run hard through the lower stretches with few showing on the very lower stretches above Almondmouth. These fish must be running to the upper areas, as the fish start to slow down and even stop they will start to show more and more. The lower river has had more favourable conditions, which has improved catches. Almondmouth, Stobhall, Ballathie and Islamouth all had good returns for the past week.

The Stormont Angling Stretch at Perth also caught a few fish this week, which are not recorded and mostly caught fly fishing.

The middle Tay caught 34 salmon for the week but this is missing catches from the Murthly area, which would add at least another 20 or so. All the beats in this area of the river have been catching.

The Isla caught 50 for the week all reported from Coupar Grange, which included 10 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Upper River and Loch reported 26, which is an improvement on previous weeks but there is room for improvement with the increase in river levels allowing salmon and grilse to run upstream. The Pitlochry Angling stretch at Portnacraig continued to have success throughout the week and the Kinnaird beats had a consistent week. There are now over 3250 salmon through the Pitlochry fish ladder which is on a par with the 5 year average.

Many thanks for all the pictures and information everyone sent me in the past (ghillies and anglers) and also to all who have sent me their individual fishing experiences. I would be most grateful if you continue to send me information by emailing me at to be included in this report.

Prospects for the coming week.
As of Monday the river will be settled, a run of summer salmon and grilse is in progress and the fresh water plus settled weather this coming week should make this continue and encourage them to run up river. There is rain forecast at the start of the week but hopefully this will not deter sport on the river.

The water temperature remains at 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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Anonymous said...

Why are you and "FishTay" counting the fish caught on the Isla in with the Tay.
I know they travel from the Tay into the tributaries, but it is where they are caught that is being counted.
Gives a false return really methinks.


Robert White said...

The Isla is part of the Tay System.

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