Sunday, January 25, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 26th January 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 26th January 2015.

The Salmon fishing season is well and truly underway with the first week completed now on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have been encountering very cold winter weather but still several anglers braved the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon. The weather has eased on Sunday but will remain very cold over the coming week, which should help continue give the river settled conditions and a chance of producing some sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to brave the elements.
Currently the river has been falling away slowly due to harder weather (5’ on the Ballathie gauge).
The weather is to continue cold over the next week. Colder conditions certainly benefit the river at this time of year slowing the spring salmon run down and giving everyone a chance to catch as they run up the river slowly. The milder weather prior to the start of the season gave us more water and would have encouraged salmon to run the river. Colder weather will settle the river back to a good level and make ideal spring fishing conditions. The water temperature is just below 38 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.5 degrees Celsius and may fall below that level in the coming days. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature may come back further with the colder forecast for the week ahead but there have been salmon running throughout the system after milder conditions prior to the opening day and resulted in fish being caught well up the system. This weeks colder weather will benefit the lower beats but hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will no doubt be a few kelts about on many beats and possibly some later run fish, which have yet to spawn. Should you require guidance on salmon identification at this time of year please see this link for some help.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be slow and deep with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January – 1st April 2015 is that all spring salmon must be released, i.e. the Tay has a policy of 100% mandatory release of all salmon caught under the new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the release of salmon as it is a now legal requirement during this period even if a fish has died. The Board's bailiff team will be enforcing this new legislation.
The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular 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. Full details of this initiative.
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. Further information on the policy and good 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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