Sunday, October 21, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 22nd October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 22nd October 2012.

The river has settled back down after another autumn spate this week caused by torrential rain and the colour has finally come out of the lower river from flooding on the Isla. Catches remained at a good level despite unsettled water making it an excellent week by and large on most beats however everyone continues to work hard to gain results. The extension period has got off to a reasonable start and on Friday and Saturday fresh fish were reported on most beats right up into the middle river. Good water levels and a good forecast for the coming week give us excellent prospects. The salmon run is steady but hopefully will improve, also hopefully we will see a good autumn run over the last 10 days of the October extension period and this should give the river a great chance of producing more good sport if we get settled conditions.
The river Tay currently at Stanley.

The weather is settled currently with higher pressure and little rain forecast for the river over the coming week, this should give us 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 week 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.
Autumn light fading on another day on the river Tay.

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 46 degrees Fahrenheit or 8 Celsius. Fly fishing with a floating line and a sink tip or 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. 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.
A good fish hooked on the fly at Murthly by Tony Megson.

All salmon are to be released during the Extension period from Tuesday 16th until Wednesday 31st October.

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.”

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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