Sunday, August 26, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 27th August 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 27th August 2012.

The river was reasonably settled for most of last week despite some very heavy rain showers and small rises of water making the river dirty on occasions. The catches were hard earned but overall much better. The salmon and grilse run is strengthening as we now get closer to September and this should give the river a great chance of producing more good sport if we get settled conditions.
Kinnaird looking north.

The weather is to continue unsettled with the chance of heavy rain on Monday and a bit more throughout the week, which hopefully will not unsettle the river too much; hopefully this should give excellent prospects of sport on the river. There might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river and hopefully the run will strengthen after fresh water to give us even more success. Grilse are now more evident in the system and Multi sea winter salmon continue to be caught, which is very encouraging. The prospect of a large salmon is a real possibility with big fish continuing to be caught over the last few weeks.

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.

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.”

Currently salmon are taking longer to recover in the warmer water so please give then time before releasing them. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended.

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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