Sunday, July 12, 2020

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 13th July 2020.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 13th July 2020. 

It has been a better week on the Stanley beats with double the catch from the previous week all be it only 6 fish however it could have been a few more with a some lost. It was a frustrating week with fluctuating river levels due to rain and hydro impromptu releases unsettling the river making fishing much more difficult.
The beats got off to a good start on Monday with Gleneagles ghillie Gerry Rattray catching a lovely fish and loosing another in the day. Later in the week he had a go on the Catholes and lost a good fish after playing it for over 5 minutes.
On Tuesday with no one on the beats I caught a couple on the fly from the long Shot on Benchil up to 10 pounds. I also had a fish on Wednesday from Horsey fly fishing.

Thursday was the only blank in the week but there were 2 lost including a breakage on the fly which was extremely frustrating and unlucky for the rod.
On Friday in an unsettled river Jim Ferrie caught a grilse and lost another similar fish in Horsey on the Pitlochrie beat.

A further grilse was landed on Benchil on Saturday.
It was a good week but with more settled weather in the coming week we should so an improvement in sport over the next few days. Water levels have dropped back to just over 2 feet so should benefit Benchil more in the coming week.
Tackle advice on Stanley beats. 

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method the elusive Tay Salmon.

Fly Rods.
The Tay is a large river especially when running at a normal level and even in lower levels you are fishing another river within the mighty one so therefore a 15 foot fly rod for a 10 weight line is certainly minimum requirement for much of the season. Do not come under gunned.  In some parts of the river where it is especially wide even longer rods are used. It should be noted however that it is better to cast a shorter controlled line than try to cast out with your capabilities and have the lines end up in a mess and decrease your chances. 

Fly Lines.
In summer when the water is warmer you will be using smaller flies and conventional floating lines with tips to give you the best possible chance. There is a tremendous choice on the market nowadays which can be quite confusing to many anglers. Rio Game Changers or Scandi lines plus a tip of choice attached are currently a great bet as these lines enable you to cast a longer line than normal with ease. For more experienced anglers, there are a vast array of shooting heads of different sinking abilities available as well. I use a Rio long Spey at this time of year plus a tip as I hate pulling all that shooting line back in each cast. A Mid Spey may be an option as well. 
Spinning Rods.

You should have a minimum of a 10 foot rod for casting baits of 20gm to 60gms. 
A main line of 20 pounds in nylon or 30 pounds in braid. You should use a lesser poundage far a cast such as 15 pounds so if you get caught up on the bottom you do not lose a large part of your main line. 
Tobies from 18gm upwards. Toby Salmos are very popular in 30gms. Conventional weighted Devon’s are good especially in the Spring. Rapalas and Vision 110’s are very effective. 

The Stanley beats are steeped in history and this year we have reduced the available rods to 4 giving you far more opportunity and value for money. We are fly fishing friendly as well. Look forward to seeing you on the beats. Feel free to contact us direct on or 07979528134/01738827416. 

Salmon Fishing Scotland - By Robert White

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