Sunday, September 30, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 1st October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 1st October 2012.

The river is settled after a good week despite some fluctuating river levels largely due to hydro rises making life extremely difficult at times when expectation was high and catches remained hard earned. The spate never came as we missed the bulk of the severe rain at the start of the week but catches increased anyway from the previous week making it an excellent week by and large on most beats. This was especially for the very lower beats where a run seems to have settled in as the catches reflected. Prospects for this coming week are excellent with some rain forecast and a reasonable weather forecast after that. The salmon run is steady but hopefully will improve, hopefully we will see a good autumn run over the coming weeks, we are now going into October and this should give the river a great chance of producing more good sport if we get settled conditions.
The river Tay at Stanley Mills.

The weather was reasonably settled recently but some rain is forecast for the start of the week, which may give us a bit more water and excellent prospects for sport on the river. There might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river and hopefully the run will strengthen as we go into the autumn to give us even more success. Grilse and Multi sea winter salmon continue to be caught, which is very encouraging and with the settled conditions it should be a good week for the river. The prospect of a large salmon is a real possibility with big fish continuing to be caught every week.
Benchil as the sun goes down on another autumn day.

As to methods, in settled conditions and river temperatures cooling fishing by any method will be varied to catch the elusive Tay salmon. Currently the river temperature is around 52 degrees Fahrenheit or 11 Celsius. Fly fishing with a floating line and a sink tip is recommended with smaller tubes or a dressed fly. It is now worth a go with a sunk line and smallish tubes with resident fish now in the pools and varied tactics can produce results as was seen on several beats last week. It is always worth a go with a Sun Ray as well. Spinning from the bank with Devons and Tobies are a good bet. An all red devon is a good bet at this time of year.

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.

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
A salmon prior to release at Stanley.

“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.”

A fish being carefully unhooked in the net and in the river.

Currently salmon are taking longer to recover so please give them time before releasing. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended. Keep the fish in the water as much as possible and reduce handling to give them every chance to recover prior to release.

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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