Sunday, October 28, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 29th October 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Salmon Fishing Prospects for week commencing 29th October 2012.

The river has settled back down to a low level after no rain and much colder weather this past week. Catches remained at a reasonable level despite less 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 now just 3 days to go and fresh fish have been reported on most beats right up into the middle river. Good water levels and a good forecast for the coming week continue to give us excellent prospects. The salmon run is steady. Hopefully we will see a good last few days of the October extension period and good sport if we get settled conditions.
Late October on a glorious day on the river.

The weather is to remain settled with little rain forecast for the river over the coming days, this should give us excellent prospects for sport on the river. There might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river 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 finally for the river. The prospect of a large salmon is a real possibility with big fish continuing to be caught every week.
A fish hooked on the fly on Horsey at Stanley.

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 44 degrees Fahrenheit or 6.5 Celsius. Fly fishing with an intermediate line and a sink tip or 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.
The light is about to fade on another season on the Tay on Wednesday this coming week.

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
A fresh salmon caught recently in the extension period.
“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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