Summer has arrived on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland after some outstanding spring catches with a lower settled river and some brilliant weather, which at times can make life difficult. Catches continued at good levels most of the week with also some good multi sea winter salmon caught, which was very heartening. Warmer weather has now arrived, and there is a continued settled forecast for this coming week with some chance of rain at the end of the week, the catches have now spread as temperatures climb maintaining good sport especially in the middle and Upper River.
Currently the river is dropping back and settling to a lower height (below 6” and steady on the Ballathie gauge). The weather will remain good over the next week with a chance of rain. This will benefit the whole river system as the salmon will spread with warmer temperatures and more water would help to hopefully maintain the chance of producing some sport for everyone.
The weather is set to be good but may break down at the end of the week giving us some rain to spice the river up. Colder conditions have disappeared and warm temperatures will encourage salmon to run up the river. The river is currently dropping, steady and at summer level. The water temperature has risen slightly to around 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature may rise further with the warmer forecast and spread the catches throughout the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river now.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Salmon. The water temperature has warmed up slowly enabling floating lines to come out with the addition of a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. 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.
From 1 June to end of Season:
- All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
- All coloured and gravid fish to be released.
- No more than one clean fish weighing, where possible, less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
- Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the district.
Worming in June, July and August
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 spring 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.
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