Monday, January 9, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for Opening Day 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for Opening Day 2012.

The river Tay Salmon fishing season 2012 Opening day is now fast approaching with a week to go to the first day and the magical first cast. The excitement is building to the opening day ceremonies up and down the river.

High water at Stanley Mills on the lower Tay.

Currently the river is running very high with heights of 4 feet at Kenmore, 6 feet at Caputh and 9 feet at Ballathie after all the heavy rain and unseasonal high temperatures melting the snow in the hills.

The weather is to remain mild until Thursday but then get much colder which should help the river drop back down to a more realistic level for the opening day. The water temperature is 41 degrees Fahrenheit or 5 degrees Celcius which is high for this time of year. The temperature may come back with the colder forecast for the end of the week but any salmon that are running may be spread throughout the system giving everyone a good chance on the first day. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will no doubt be quite a few kelts about on many beats and possibly some later run fish, which have yet to spawn.

As to methods, once the river settles fishing by any method will have to be slow and deep with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2012 is that all spring salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations.

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Anonymous said...

Great blog, keep up the good work. Roll on Monday, will be at Dunkeld to enjoy the opening ceremony. The Bluemogener

alan wales said...

wish i was there all the best in the new sesaon alan

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