Sunday, September 22, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 23rd September 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 23rd September 2013.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland has autumnal conditions with some rain and much colder temperatures. Catches have improved dramatically over the last week due to cooler temperatures and some fresh water but are still not as prolific as expected on most beats, and everyone has to work very hard to gain results. The weather is more autumnal, and more showers are forecast as well for this coming week, which could continue to improve fishing further and draw in a better run of autumn salmon. The catches have spread as temperatures have fallen slightly maintaining 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.

Clips of Autumn Salmon fishing primarily from the lower Tay in mid September 2013. Scenery, anglers fishing and catching on fly and spinner.
Currently the river is fairly steady after some rain showers (approximately 1” on the Ballathie gauge on Sunday). The weather has been a lot cooler making the river temperature drop back to 54F or 12C at the end of the week. The cooler conditions should help to maintain the chance of producing some sport for everyone and improve catches further this coming week.

Autumn scene on the Tay.
The weather is currently settled but much cooler. Hopefully we will get more rain to bring the river up to a reasonable height for the time of year. Rainfall will cool the water and hopefully encourage a fresh run of salmon to run up the river in larger numbers as we enter the last week of September. Salmon were running last week but not in the numbers expected for the time of year and 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.

Autumn salmon fly fishing on the lower Tay, Perthshire, Scotland in September 2013.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Salmon. The water temperature is cooling 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.

Upper Kinnaird taken by Jock Menteith.
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!

The famous Bargie Stone taken by Jock Menteith.
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.
I have been using the prospects posts for images of the river and would welcome any contributions. Thank you all, ghillies and individuals who have contributed so far to these posts.

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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