Sunday, June 24, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 25th June 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 25th June 2012.

The river is settling back after torrential rain at the end of the week. The catches were good up until Thursday but the unsettled river wiped out sport virtually for the last 2 days. The good news for this coming week is that the forecast is fairly settled with the chance of a little rain until Thursday. The fresher weather should encourage salmon and sea trout to run and should still give the river a great chance of producing more good sport.

The Tay at Dunkeld.

The weather will be settled this week with a little chance of rain until Thursday and hopefully will maintain excellent prospects of sport on the river. The forecast from Thursday is more unsettled with more rain predicted but hopefully not enough to unsettle the river. There might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river and hopefully the run will be maintained after fresh water to give us even more success.

Lower Tay at Stobhall and Taymount.

Multi sea winter spring salmon continue to be caught as well which is very encouraging and the prospect of a large salmon is a real possibility after a few bigger fish appeared over the last few weeks and June was always a big fish mouth on the Tay over the years.

As to methods, in settled conditions and warmer river temperatures fishing by any method will be varied to catch the elusive Tay salmon. Fly fishing with a floating line and a sink tip is recommended with smaller tubes or a dressed fly. It is always worth a go with a Sun Ray as well. Spinning from the bank with Devons and Tobies are a good bet. It is even worth a go with a flying C or an upstream Toby as the fish become more active in warmer water.

Summer Salmon fly fishing on the Tay.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's catch and release policy for 2012.
From 1 June to end of Season:
• All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
• All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
• No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
• Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
Worming in June, July and August
Please adhere to these recommendations and help preserve the long term future of the river and your sport.

To help you follow our guidelines I have included these helpful pointers

How to SAFELY Release a Salmon
“The best method of releasing a salmon is to leave it in the water
and touch nothing but the hook with fingers or pliers. When taking a picture, lift the fish from the water with wet hands, quickly take the picture and return it immediately back to the water.
“Whatever the method, care combined with speed, will give the fish the best chance of survival.”

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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