Sunday, October 13, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 14th October 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 14th October 2013.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland has autumnal conditions with some rain and at last some much colder temperatures. Catches improved last week by 50% due to a dip in the river temperature, this benefited certain areas of the river but generally everyone has to work very hard to gain results. The weather is more autumnal with lower river temperatures but more rain would help for this coming week, which could continue to improve fishing further and draw in a better run of autumn salmon. The catches have spread 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 river to sustain sport.

Kinnaird taken by Martin Edgar.
Currently the river is steady and falling back after no rain last week (approximately 1’5 on the Ballathie gauge on Sunday). The weather has been colder with the odd frost at night making the river temperature fall back to 50F or 10C at the end of the week. Warmer conditions seemed to have effected catches over the last couple of weeks but when the river temperature dipped dramatically on Wednesday night the catches soared in the last 3 days therefore cooler conditions should help to maintain the chance of producing some better sport for everyone and improve catches further this coming week.

A flavour of Salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland in early October 2013.
The weather is looking cooler and there is more rain forecast from Wednesday. Hopefully we will get more water to maintain a reasonable height for the time of year. Rainfall will cool the water and hopefully encourage more salmon to run up the river in larger numbers as we enter mid October. 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 over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river with improving conditions.

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 also worth a go with sinking lines with cooling conditions depending on water heights and trying some larger flies. 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

Dalmarnock taken by Gordon Pollock.
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 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.

Autumn sunshine.
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