Sunday, June 21, 2020

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 22nd June 2020.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Stanley beats, Tay, Perthshire Report and Prospects for W/C 22nd June 2020.

It has been a quiet week at Stanley with only one salmon landed on Tuesday night by James McKay from the Skellies. There was a little fresh water on Thursday from a heavy thunder shower up country turning the river dirty for a couple of days. It was fine by Saturday plus the water had dropped back to 7 inches but despite some good effort there was nothing reported. This recent period may have signalled the end of the spring run and we await with anticipation of a good summer run in the next few weeks. In the last few years this has been the most productive time certainly on the lower river, so let us hope it lives up to expectation.

Conditions remain good with water levels around 1 foot but there is a bit of rain in the forecast so it may fluctuate during the week. This is the last week of Stanley bank only reverting back to both banks and alternate days between Pitlochrie and Benchil. The boats will be going back onto the beats this week and hopefully the lockdown rules will lift further to enable us to get back to normal if that is possible.

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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