Sunday, May 12, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 13th May 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 13th May 2013.

The superb spring catches continued on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland this week with the river settling down after heavy rain put the river out last Saturday. The weather was reasonably settled but still quite cold. Catches continued at good levels for most of the week, which was very heartening. Milder weather has now arrived and there is a mixed forecast for this coming week, the catches have now spread as temperatures climb slowly maintaining good sport especially in the middle and Upper River.

Stanley on Lower Tay.
Currently the river is dropping back and settling to a good height (about 3’ and steady on the Ballathie gauge). The weather will remain milder over the next week with rain showers. This will benefit the whole river system as the salmon will spread with warmer temperatures and more water and hopefully this will maintain the chance of producing some sport for everyone.

Pitlochry on the Tummel.
The weather is set to be unsettled and continue milder over the coming week. Colder conditions are now gently disappearing but milder temperatures will encourage salmon to run up the river. The river is currently dropping from rain and snow melt to a good height. The water temperature has risen slightly to around 48 degrees Fahrenheit or 9 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature may rise further with the warmer forecast and spread the catches throughout the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river now with less emphasis on the lower stretches.

Murthly on the Middle Tay.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The water temperature has warmed up slowly enabling floating lines to come out with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year on many beats.

Lower Tay at Redgorton.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2013 is that all spring salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. We have had a superb run and catch this season which may just be down to the majority of anglers returning spring salmon over the past seasons. Thank you for all your efforts.

Kinnaird on the Tay.
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. 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 the reports.

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