Sunday, July 27, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 26th July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 26th July 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon but still in disappointing numbers due to very hot weather and low water last week making life difficult. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon and odd grilse on the river but expectation is high with a pending improving summer run with signs of more grilse running last week. The weather is to be reasonably settled and cooler with a chance of some rain this week that may just trigger off some more improvements. The catches have been disappointing but could suddenly improve at any minute giving renewed optimism for the coming week assuming more fish enter the system.
This past week saw water levels continue at summer height most of the week due to warm settled weather making catches suffer. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently there are numerous wild flowers blooming on the river banks. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported
(week ending 26th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 1, Upper Scone 2, Stobhall 4, Taymount 1, Ballathie 5, Cargill 4, Islamouth 5, Dalguise 1, Loch Faskally 1.
Total: 24 Largest: Ballathie 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Fishponds 1, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 2 Largest: Dalmarnock 4lbs

Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river as most of the boats are now back on the river below Stanley for rest of the season with an expected summer run over the next few weeks. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but we are looking for a strengthening run now to go into the autumn on the river as a whole. The lower beats continued to struggle however Almondmouth had a grilse landed by Simon Firness on a busman’s holiday from Dunkeld.

Upper Scone had a couple of fish for the week both landed by local angler Davie Mitchell, he caught a minted 13 pounds summer salmon on his first cast of the day on Monday with the fly on Benchil and on Saturday he landed a fresh grilse from the Corner pool on the Pitlochrie beat weighing 6 pounds. Under the current conditions Stobhall did very well landing 4 for the week and Taymount managed a 12 pounds fish on Saturday after an experienced party fished intensely all week. Conditions are suiting Ballathie and Cargill with 9 fish being recorded by both beats up to 18 pounds in the week.

On Cargill Roy Frost had success landing a couple of fish up to 11 pounds. Islamouth faired as well as anyone with 5 fish for the week.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were again harder earned this past week, as conditions were more settled with lower river levels. Over the weeks to come this will hopefully improve as the salmon run freely up the river with improving runs. Odd fish were caught during the week. Dalguise managed a 6 pounds grilse from the Bridge pool.

Upper Tay.
This area has fished steadily in recent weeks but lack of water has curtailed sport.

Tummel.
It has been a very quiet week on the Tummel again with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count over 3250. A fish was reported from Loch Faskally. This was an interesting bit of information from the Pitlochry Angling web site about the numbers of salmon ascending the ladder at the dam. “Salmon started getting up the ladder in early April at a water temperature of about 6C. During April although some salmon got up the ladder, numbers mainly built up downstream of the dam. In early May, the water became warm enough to allow the waiting salmon to clear quickly producing the clear pulse in the counts seen in the plot below. There was then a short lull before the count built up quickly through May as the main run of salmon arrived, and into June and July. We are currently waiting for the main run of grilse to arrive.”


Isla & Ericht.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht however nothing was reported last week. A bit more water would help this system now.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

The Spring Salmon fishing has been good so far despite the big water levels early in the season with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come for the Summer and Autumn as the weather remains reasonable to maintain it all.

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 28th July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 28th July 2014.

The Salmon fishing season has now reached the end of July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we are getting settled weather for summer fishing however the salmon run is currently weak making life difficult but resident fish are spreading throughout the river as temperatures have risen. Expectation is high with a pending grilse run and an increase in summer salmon running the river. This past week more grilse have been seen and caught all be it in small numbers. The weather was very hot for last week making fishing hard work but some heavy thundery showers on Saturday helped to clear the air but all in all conditions were not easy for the pursuit of that magical salmon and limited runs kept catches low during the week to single figures on most days. It has not been a summer to remember but hopefully this will change in the days and weeks to come for the better as we enter August.

Currently the river is at summer level (approx 6” on the Ballathie gauge). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking reasonably settled over the next few days with a chance of some rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking far more settled and a bit cooler with a chance of some rain in the week to hopefully spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening summer run. The warmer weather will certainly continue to give us more settled water levels and encourage salmon to run the river, as we should soon be seeing a proper grilse run. The water temperature is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

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 enabling floating lines 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 many beats depending on water heights.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• 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.
Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

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. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

After last weeks disappointing catches the week got off to a steady start with 9 fish registered and hopefully a much better week to come. David Mitchell caught a sea liced 13 pounds fish from the Long Shot on Benchil with Upper Scone Fishings on his first cast of the week on the fly weighing 13 pounds and Ballathie had the largest fish of the day at 18 pounds.

A delighted David Mitchell with his fish in the net expertly guided by the 2 Daves at Benchil.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 19th July 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon but in disappointing numbers due to water levels fluctuating most of the week from heavy showers in warm weather making life difficult. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon and odd grilse on the river but expectation is high with a pending improving summer run with signs of more grilse running last week. The weather is to be reasonably settled with a chance of some rain this week that may just trigger off some more improvements. The catches have been disappointing but could suddenly improve at any minute giving renewed optimism for the coming week assuming more fish enter the system.
This past week saw water levels continue at summer height most of the week due to warm settled weather making catches suffer. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently there are numerous wild flowers blooming on the river banks. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported
(week ending 19th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Waulkmill 2, Taymount 2, Ballathie 3, Cargill 1, Islamouth 5, Kercock 2, Murthly 1 1, Glendelvine 1, Newtyle 1, Ruan Ruarie 2.
Total: 20 Largest: Glendelvine 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Upper Redgorton 1, Catholes Campsie 1, Stobhall 1, Ballathie 1, Murthly 1 2, Murthly 2 2, Newtyle 1.
Total: 10 Largest: Catholes Campsie & Murthly 1 & Murthly 2 4lbs

Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river as most of the boats are now back on the river below Stanley for rest of the season with an expected summer run over the next few weeks. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but we are looking for a strengthening run now to go into the autumn on the river as a whole. The lower beats continued to struggle however Waulkmill managed a couple of fish up to 10 pounds. The lower river in general had a very disappointing week however the beats have been seeing more grilse showing. The fluctuating river heights during the week added to everyone’s woes as it is never easy with unsettled water levels at this time of year however it must be said the run is very weak currently for the time of year. Islamouth, Ballathie, Cargill and Taymount all landed fish during the week but not in the numbers expected.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were again harder earned this past week, as conditions were more settled with lower river levels. Over the weeks to come this will hopefully improve as the salmon run freely up the river with improving runs. Odd fish were caught from Kercock, Glendelvine, Murthly and Newtyle but it was a very lean weeks fishing. Newtyles fish was a small grilse caught on a hitched Sunray and Glendelvines was a superb 20 pounds, being the largest off the river last week.

Upper Tay.
This area has fished steadily in recent weeks but lack of water has curtailed sport.

Tummel.
It has been much quieter on the Tummel again this past week with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count over 3000. Ruan Ruarie reported a grilse caught by Barry Ward and a 10 pounds salmon caught by David Wilson due to fish running on the flash spates caused by the heavy down pours.

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht however nothing was reported last week. A bit more water would help this system now.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

The Spring Salmon fishing has been good so far despite the big water levels early in the season with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come for the Summer and Autumn as the weather remains reasonable to maintain it all.

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 21st July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 21st July 2014.

The Salmon fishing season has now reached mid July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we are getting settled weather for summer fishing however the salmon run is currently weak making life difficult but resident fish are spreading throughout the river as temperatures have risen. Expectation is high with a pending grilse run and an increase in summer salmon running the river. This past week more grilse have been seen and caught all be it in small numbers. The weather was slightly unsettled for last week giving fluctuating river levels with some heavy showers making conditions not easy for the pursuit of that magical salmon and limited runs kept catches low during the week to single figures on most days. It has not been a summer to remember but hopefully this will change in the days and weeks to come for the better.

Currently the river is at summer level (approx 6” on the Ballathie gauge). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking reasonably settled over the next few days with a chance of some rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking far more settled with a chance of some rain in the week with reasonable temperatures and hopefully this will spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening summer run. The warmer weather will certainly continue to give us more settled water levels and encourage salmon to run the river, as we should soon be seeing some grilse. The water temperature is around 63 degrees Fahrenheit or 17 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

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 enabling floating lines 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 many beats depending on water heights.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• 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.
Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

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. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire, Scotland Salmon Fishing Report for week ending 12th July 2014.

The river Tay in Perthshire Scotland continued to catch salmon but in disappointing numbers as water levels dropped most of the week in warm weather after a good start to the week. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon and odd grilse on the river but expectation is high with a pending improving summer run with signs of more grilse running last week. The weather is to be reasonably settled with a chance of some rain this week that may just trigger off some more improvements. The catches have been disappointing but could suddenly improve at any minute giving renewed optimism for the coming week assuming more fish enter the system.
This past week saw water levels continue at summer height most of the week due to warm settled weather making catches suffer. The fishing can be supreme and the scenery is not bad either. Currently there are numerous wild flowers blooming on the river banks. Ospreys visit the river on a daily basis and you could see an Otter or a Kingfisher darting past while you are in mid cast! It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported
(week ending 12th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 3, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 1, Upper Scone 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 1, Ballathie 1, Cargill 6, Islamouth 11, Glendelvine 1, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 5, Dalguise 1, Edradynate 1.
Total: 49 Largest: Islamouth & Murthly 2 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Scone 2, Pitlochrie 1, Cargill 1, Murthly 2 6, Newtyle 3, Dunkeld House 2, Dalmarnock 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Newtyle 6lbs


Lower Tay.
The summer fishing is well underway on the lower river as most of the boats are now back on the river below Stanley for rest of the season with an expected summer run over the next few weeks. Sea Trout have been an added bonus this summer but we are looking for a strengthening run now to go into the autumn on the river as a whole. The lower beats continued to struggle however Almondmouth started to feature with 3 fish for the week. Waulkmill and lower Scone also caught odd fish with a

member of Perth and District Angling club landing a fresh salmon from the Long Shot at Benchil just below Stanley. Stobhall and Taymount continued to land odd fish as well with Stobhall catching 2 on Saturday. Cargill and Ballathie have been seeing more fish but still find them hard to catch despite ideal conditions for the beats.

Chris Bright, Linda Frost and Clive Richards caught fish up to 14 pounds on Cargill. Islamouth started the week off well with 9 fish in 2 days but struggled for the rest of the week with the rest of the river.

Middle Tay.
The catches further upstream were again harder earned this past week, as conditions were more settled with lower river levels. Over the weeks to come this will hopefully improve as the salmon run freely up the river with improving runs.Murthly 2 had a good week with 9 fish up to 15 pounds. Newtyle and Dunkeld House faired well in the middle river last week. Newtyle started off well with 3 fish on Monday with Donny Brooks landing a cracking fresh 9 pounds fish from the Boil, Tim Gaunt Baker landing a fresh 8 pounds fish from the Boil in the evening along with a fresh 4 pounds Grilse was caught in St Mary's.

Steven McVean caught a superb 6 pounds sea trout from the boil as well. Dunkeld House has been consistently catching and last week was no exception. On Monday Jim McDonald caught a 10 pounds salmon on a salmo in green bank, he also caught a lovely 3 pounds sea trout on the fly at the back of the island. Their first Grilse was taken in the rock pool on a collie dog and the third came from the green bank again on a Blair spoon weighing 10 pounds.

Young Robbie Simpson caught a fine grilse on his first visit to the Tay from the Ferry pool and

Robert Harvey caught another grilse from the Back of the Island on Saturday. Dalguise also reported their first grilse caught by John Christison on the fly at the tail of the Island weighing 3 pounds.

Upper Tay.
This area has fished steadily in recent weeks but lack of water has curtailed sport. Edradynate reported a 12 pounds fish on Thursday.

Tummel.
It has been much quieter on the Tummel again this past week with odd catches but fish have been running through Pitlochry Dam with the count approaching 3000.

Isla & Ericht.
Salmon are now freely running the Isla with rising water temperatures and nosing up into the Ericht however nothing was reported last week. A bit more water would help this system now.


The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.
• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to:-
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

The Spring Salmon fishing has been good so far despite the big water levels early in the season with some notable catches, let us hope this is a taste of what is to come for the Summer and Autumn as the weather remains reasonable to maintain it all.

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 14th July 2014.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 14th July 2014.

The Salmon fishing season has now entered July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we are getting settled weather for summer fishing however the salmon run is currently weak making life difficult but resident fish are spreading throughout the river as temperatures have risen. Expectation is high with a pending grilse run and an increase in summer salmon running the river. This past week more grilse have been seen and caught all be it in small numbers. The weather was settled for last week giving good conditions for the pursuit of that magical salmon but limited runs made life difficult and catches remained low during the week to mostly single figures on most days apart from at the start of the week.

Currently the river is at summer level (approx 6” on the Ballathie gauge). Lower river levels in the coming days should enable the river to be fished easily and hopefully a stronger run will produce some top quality fishing and allow fish to run further to enable catches to continue to spread. The weather is looking reasonably settled over the next few days with a chance of some rain that should benefit the river and give a great chance of producing some more sport and some "Bars of Silver”.

The weather is looking far more settled with a chance of some rain in the week with reasonable temperatures and hopefully this will spark off some better sport in the coming weeks with a strengthening summer run. The warmer weather will certainly continue to give us more settled water levels and encourage salmon to run the river, as we should soon be seeing some grilse. The water temperature is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit or 17 degrees Celsius. These are now normal temperatures for the time of year and the conditions have seen salmon running throughout the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.

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 enabling floating lines 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 many beats depending on water heights.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy from June to the end of 2014 Season is that
• 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.
Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations.

The Tay Ghillies Association has launched a FISH OF THE MONTH AWARD to encourage good catch and release practice on the Tay. Each month the winner will receive 2 personalised crystal Whisky glasses engraved with details of the catch and they will automatically be entered into the fish of the year competition for a Stylish Crystal Engraved Decanter.

• Catch a good Tay Salmon
• Weigh it carefully and photograph it with as little handling as possible.
• Verify with Ghillie
• Safely return the fish with a minimum of handling
• TGA Committee decision is final
Send entries with a photo and verification details to: -
Mike Hay, Sec of Tay Ghillies Assoc.
Mobile: 07762 464407
Email: tayhayurg@gmail.com

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. Guidance on good Catch and Release practice.

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 robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com to be included in the reports.

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