Monday, June 15, 2020

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 15th June 2020.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 15th June 2020. 

It has been another good week for the Stanley beats with an improvement in catches for June. We do not normally catch that many for this time of year but now 5 in a couple of weeks is encouraging for Benchil in particular with only a few people fishing. Our 5 year average is 2 for the beat and our total so far beats any catch in the last 5 years! Hopefully more to be added in the next couple of weeks and with more relaxation of lockdown should see a bit more effort. The catches tend to favour the middle and upper river currently but give it another couple of weeks their season slows and emphases turns to the lower river. July and August should be good with us and i am really optimistic we will do well this year.
Back to this week, I caught a lovely 10 pounds fish on Monday night at the very tail of the Little Shot on the fly and lost another one at the head of the Long Shot.
Then 2 nights later I landed another one of about 8 pounds from the tail of the Long Shot eventually landing it in the Little Shot after a titanic battle. 
On Friday evening Jonny Muir caught a lovely Sea Trout and on Saturday James McKay caught a fish of about 10 pounds in the Skellies on a Flying C to complete the week. 
Conditions could not be better with low water below 1' and salmon travelling through the beats every day, I am sure catches will only improve as we get nearer July. 
Please note we are observing the distance ruling and it will only be available for local people to the area. This may change this week with a further announcement to come from the first minister on Thursday.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method is permitted to catch the elusive Tay Salmon but we encourage fly fishing as we have some of the nicest streams and pools to fish on any part of the river.

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.
We are now in Summer therefore conventional floating lines with tips would be the best choice. 

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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