Sunday, September 5, 2010

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

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

River Tay Salmon Fishing Report for the last days in August and first few in September 2010.
After 385 salmon being reported last week, this week was slightly less with 309 salmon, which was still a good week for the river. A good few other salmon were caught as well this week but not registered.

The river was running at a good height at the start of the week and steadily dropped all week making good conditions. By the end of the week the hotter weather, high pressure and lower water levels were making life a bit harder.

This week the lower river dominated the catches yet again. The grilse run continues and there are a few larger salmon as well. 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.

Tim Atkinson with a lovely 15 pounds salmon form the Long Shot at Benchil caught fly fishing.
The lower river produced 266 out of the 309 salmon caught. All the lower beats caught as the salmon ran up the river with favourable river levels. The salmon seem to be continuing to run hard through the lower stretches with more showing now as they start to slow down and catches are improving. There are at last odd resident salmon appearing in most pools and this should improve prospects of good sport in the future weeks. All the lower beats had good returns for the past week with Almondmouth topping the list with 75. A couple of 24 pounds salmon were caught at Lower Redgorton and Cargil during the week.

Ian Kettles with a cracking 16 pounds salmon from the lower Tay Benchil beat just below Stanley.
The middle Tay caught 29 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 3 for the week. Quite a few others are being caught on the Isla and not reported.

The Upper River and Loch reported 11. There are now over 3800 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 and back down to summer level, a run of summer salmon and grilse is in progress. The forecast for this week is mixed with the prospect of some rain, this should give the river a freshen up and hopefully more good sport.

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

Catching salmon on a spinner on the Tay.
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.

Fly fishing a Benchil below Stanley.
Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for Catch and Release in 2010 is that we now recommend every angler should release all hen salmon, male salmon over 10 pounds and all sea trout to conserve stocks for the future . i.e. the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for hen salmon and sea trout. 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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