Sunday, July 26, 2020

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 27th July 2020.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 27th July 2020. 

It was a much better salmon fishing week at Stanley especially on the Pitlochrie and Benchil beats with several salmon caught. Fish were caught off both beats and there was a good fish landed on the fly from the Catholes as well.

The week started off brilliantly with two Gleneagles clients landing their first ever salmon on the Pitlochrie beat. Michael and Olena Lukyanova from the Ukraine caught a 5 pounds and 11 pounds fish on toby having lost a few prior to the captures. I don't think they quite understood what they had achieved but very happy faces.
Michael with a 5 pounds Grilse.
Olena with an 11 pounds beauty.
On Tuesday we had a Hardy rod testing day and vastly experienced Andy Murray obliged with a superb 16 pounds fish from the Long Shot on the fly.

Thursday belonged to Jim McLanaghan with 2 salmon landed on Benchil. He caught a grilse on the fly from the Long Shot and a lovely 12 pounds fish from the Plain water on a Toby in the afternoon.
 On Friday Geordie Falls caught a Grilse in the Corner pool on a flying C, meanwhile Gleneagles ghillie Gerry Rattray caught a lovely fish on the fly in the Black Stones on the Catholes.
Saturday belonged to Belgium Anne Emsens with 2 superb fish from the Long Shot at Benchil late in the day at around 12 pounds. It was a great end to the week
Conditions are superb for our beats at the moment and there is a good run of summer salmon and grilse in progress. There will be some great opportunities over the weeks to follow.

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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