Sunday, August 18, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 19th August 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 19th August 2013.

Summer conditions primarily remain but with some rain on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland improving the fishing over the past week or so. Catches have improved due to cooler temperatures and some fresh water but not to the desired levels, as everyone has to work very hard to gain results. Warmer weather remains, however some showers are forecast as well for this coming week, which could continue to improve fishing further and draw in a run of grilse and summer salmon. The improved catches have spread as temperatures have fallen slightly maintaining some sport in the river but continued cooler weather and a large spate would boost it further and help to encourage more fresh fish to run into the lower stretches to sustain sport. There will not be a spate this coming week unfortunately.

A superb image form Dalguise taken by Stephen Betts.
Currently the river settled back to summer level after last week (approximately 9” on the Ballathie gauge). The weather has been slightly cooler making the river temperature drop back to 63F or 17C at the end of the week and the fresh water should help to maintain the chance of producing some sport for everyone and improve catches further this coming week.

Lower Kinnaird.
The weather is to continue with more summer like conditions but cooler and the chance of occasional rain showers. Rainfall will cool the water and hopefully encourage salmon to run up the river in larger runs as we enter late August. More salmon were running last week but further cooling temperatures on all fronts this coming week will encourage more fish to run and fill everyone with enthusiasm for supreme sport to come. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river if that temperature comes back a bit.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Salmon. The water temperature is warm making floating lines 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. Summer conditions also enable you to try a riffled hitch, which can be very exciting. 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.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's catch and release policy for 2013.
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 the recommendations. We have had a superb run and catch this season, which may just be down to the majority of anglers returning salmon over the past seasons. Thank you to all anglers who have this season so far returned their spring salmon to maintain our sport for the future, it is vitally important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done!

When releasing salmon especially in warmer conditions 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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