Sunday, October 27, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 28th October 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the river Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 28th October 2013.

The Tay in Perthshire, Scotland has autumnal conditions with at last more rain and consistent high water, dare I say too much water now! Catches have remained steady but generally everyone has had to work very hard to gain results. The weather has been extremely unsettled but hopefully will calm down for the last 4 days of the season and draw in a better run of fresher autumn salmon. The catches have spread maintaining sport in the river.

Currently the river is high but should start falling back after heavy rain on Saturday (approximately 6’ on the Ballathie gauge on Sunday). The weather has been colder with fresh water making the river temperature fall back to 50F or 10C at the end of the week. More water should help to maintain the chance of producing some better sport for everyone and improve catches further this coming week.

Autumn scenes from the river last week.
The weather is looking a lot more settled over the coming few days. Hopefully we will get a settled water and good height to hopefully encourage more salmon to run up the river in larger numbers as we enter the last 4 days on the 2013 season. Salmon were running last week but not in the numbers expected for the time of year. 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.
Extension Period 16th to 31st October- ALL SALMON TO BE RETURNED.
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.

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