Sunday, August 17, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 18th August 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 18th August 2014.

The Salmon fishing season is now in mid August on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been getting some rain to freshen the river for summer fishing and the salmon run has got underway this past week seeing more salmon running the river with improving catches at long last. A big summer spate has freshened and cooled the water and this may have triggered along with high tides improved sport. Expectation is high with a further increase in summer salmon running the river. This past week more grilse have been seen and caught in much better numbers. The weather settled after the big low pressure last weekend making fishing much better but all in all conditions were still not easy for the pursuit of that magical salmon, an improving run bolstered catches during the week to more realistic figures on most days encouraging everyone. It has not been a summer to remember but hopefully this is now changing in the days and weeks to come for the better.

Currently the river is steady with the chance of some more rain but hopefully will continue settled for the start of the coming week (approx 3’ on the Ballathie gauge during Sunday). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking reasonably settled over the next few days with a chance of some rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking reasonably settled for the week ahead and much cooler with a chance of some rain in the week to hopefully spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening summer run. The calmer weather will certainly continue to give us more settled water levels and encourage salmon to run the river, as we should soon be seeing a proper grilse run. The water temperature is now just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system with better water levels. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay salmon. The water temperature has warmed up enabling 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. When spinning, Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C’s and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method many beats depending on water heights.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• 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.

Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations. The catches this year on most rivers throughout Scotland, Europe and Iceland have not been good so it is vitally important we return as many salmon carefully back to the rivers as possible to preserve the future of our sport.This is your best way to help as an angler and true sportsmen or women.

Guidance on good catch and release.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407

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. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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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