Monday, August 3, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland First ever Salmon on Tay, Perthshire August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland First ever Salmon on Tay, Perthshire August 2015.

The picturesque Taymount or Stobhall beat on the Tay, Perthshire in high summer which can be the scene for some memorable salmon fishing stories. That was the case on Saturday for some of the Taymount rods fishing on the bottom half of the top beat.
Lady angler Frankie Mitchell caught her first ever salmon from the Stank End pool at the tail of the Upper Taymount beat spinning a Toby salmo witnessed by her boyfriend George Squibb. The event was quickly photoed prior to the release of the magnificent 15 pounds salmon. Well done all.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 1st August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 1st August 2015.

The summer salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire is improving week on week after an excellent spring period with varying conditions for fishing and unsettled water levels due to inclement weather for the time of year and hydro influence. We have had an excellent late spring period with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. The current trend continued in June but has slowed up in the last couple of weeks with slight signs of improvement. Recent rains have given the river plenty of fresh water and this has triggered off an improvement in the summer run. The spring period has ended but steady conditions have spread fish throughout the system in the last few weeks, this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks as we go deeper into summer. This past few weeks seemed to have confirmed the end of the 2015 spring run but the river is holding a good stock of fish especially in the middle areas. We now await a good summer run of salmon and grilse. Expectation remains high on the river for 2015 after consistent catches recently and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs as we go into Summer to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.

Late spring and summer salmon were landed last week in better numbers due to fresh water but daily hydro influence did not help matters. We recorded an improving catch as the week went on and hopefully that will bring even more success this week. There was good cloud cover and it was warm. Fish were landed daily from all over as the river level receded and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. Rain during last week may just spice things up for the coming week. Grilse are starting to run with odd ones caught and in excellent condition. Sea trout are making an appearance as well with some top quality fish caught. On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Kingfishers dart past, Ducks have their second broods of young and Sand Pipers are on the riverbank. It is a magical time of year with the wild flowers coming out everywhere with Rhododendrons and Azaleas in bloom and Lupines everywhere as well as many others. It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported (week ending 1st August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 15, Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 5, Upper Redgorton 1, Fishponds 2, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 4, Pitlochrie 1, Stobhall 4, Taymount 13, Ballathie 3, Cargill 6, Islamouth 11, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 4, Kercock 12, Glendelvine 7, Murthly 2 9, Newtyle 10, Dunkeld House 6, Dalmarnock 2, Dalguise 1, Lower Kinnaird 9, Farleyer Upper 3, Ericht Fishing 8, Portnacraig Pitlochry 9, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 150 Largest: Cargill 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Upper Redgorton 1, Benchil 2, Upper Scone 1, Cargill 1, Newtyle 2, Portnacraig Pitlochry 1.
Total: 8 Largest: Benchil 5lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in steadily improving numbers and conditions at times making it ideal as fish run harder due to the warmer water temperatures and fish are spreading throughout the river. Bigger and fresh water may have encouraged more to run. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to observe the TDSB recommendations to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn. 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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.

The Lower Tay below Stanley were seeing more fish recorded this past week, also the beats just above the Stanley area were showing signs of improvement in warm water temperatures as fish race up the system. Almondmouth are catching more fish, which should encourage everyone, as it is a barometer at this time of year of fish running the river. They caught 15 and fish have been caught on the Stormont Angling club water as well. Lower Redgorton saw an improvement with 5 fish. Waulkmill, Upper Redgorton and Fishponds also registered fish in the week. On Upper Scone George Mason enjoyed success on the fly with 4 fish during the week from Benchil.
Stanley had fish from Benchil as well with John McCallum catching a sea liced grilse on the fly from the Long Shot and Calum King catching an older fish from the Todd Holes on a Toby. Taymount had a better week with 13 fish and Stobhall finished with 4. Ballathie and Cargill are catching steadily but ideally would like to see river levels drop to give them better chances. On Cargill the Djugo’s from Indonesia enjoyed a great Tay experience when they landed a 20 pounds Tay Salmon on Tuesday.
Later in the week Edward Young caught his first salmon on the fly, a grilse on the lower beat. Islamouth had 8 in the week and Upper Islamouth and Meikleour caught 5.
The Lyakhotskiy family from Kazakhstan enjoyed a few days on the Tay with George landing a grilse from the Pump House.
Fiona Guest caught a fresh 6 pounds fish and Paul Chisholm caught another fish a 6 pounds from the Castle pool on the fly.

The Middle river is fishing reasonably well with consistent catches but would like a settled river to do better. Kercock had another superb week with 12 fish. Amongst their successful rods were
Robert McFarlane with a 6 pounds fish and
Sam Datta with a 13 pounds cracker. Further catches were made by Billy McInness, Sandy Datta with an 18 pounder, Ian Hunter caught 3 grilse in a morning and Ian Reid had a superb 15 pounds fish on a copper tube fly. Murthly and Glendelvine had a reasonable week recording 16 fish from all the beats. Newtyle had a much better week with 10.
At the start of the week James Burdett caught his first fish on the fly from the Boil. Nick Allan and Jimmy Black also caught fish up to 16 pounds.
Regular Ronnie Fraser had a good couple of days on the beat landing several fish on the fly up to 13 pounds. Dunkeld House also recorded 6 fish in the week. Dalmarnock had 2; Dalguise 1 and 9 came from the Kinnaird beats.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish but in far lesser numbers as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it with the counter is now showing in excess of 3550 with rising temperatures, which is ahead of last years total at the same time. All the beats below the dam including East and West Haugh have been producing fish over the last week or so, which has been good news. It was a much livelier week on the Pitlochry Angling club stretch with more water despite fish escaping through the dam in numbers. Grilse were running with Ian Hyslop, Gordon Nichol, Gary Waugh, Steven Lee and Ian McNicol all picking up small fish on fly and spinner. Gary Waugh and Paul Carter caught bigger fish up to 10 pounds and Andy Khakoo caught a grilse from the Sawmill stream on the fly for good measure. Loch Faskally reported a couple of fish.

The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. Three salmon were reported from the Farleyer beats during the week as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are running and must be staring to go up the Dochart but nothing was reported last week.

The Isla is seeing salmon run and caught however no fish were registered.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river in bigger water with 8 reported.

The Earn were also seeing salmon and Sea Trout run with odd fish being reported.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now over as we now into summer and expectation remains high after great catches recently and poor overall catches last year. Late spring catches have been tremendous and June continued to encourage everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Recent rain and fresh water is encouraging more salmon to run the river so let us hope with improving conditions and the upturn in catches will continue. Tight lines!
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, August 2, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 3rd August 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 3rd August 2015.

The Salmon fishing season has now entered August on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have had some debatable summer weather and a plenty fresh water to help us in the pursuit of that magical salmon with some occasional warmer conditions. The weather is remain fairly unsettled over the coming week with a chance of rain and continue warmer, but hopefully this will not deter the chances of producing good sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to have a go.
Catches have improved further last week despite fairly unsettled conditions all week including daily hydro rises and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding and as we go through Summer hopefully conditions will remain favourable and there will be a further improvement in the run to give even more success.
Currently the river is fairly unsettled after the recent heavy rain and Hydro rises but is falling back generally with improving conditions (around 3’ on the Ballathie gauge). This hopefully may encourage more salmon to run.
The weather is to continue reasonably unsettled for the week with more rain and hopefully some settled spells as well. In other words sunshine and showers to cover all the boxes! We have been seeing summer conditions prevail but with more water than usual which may just help sport in the long term for all. The tremendous spring run is over but warmer conditions have enabled spring salmon to run hard up the river and spread rapidly but the arrival of summer fish is improving to maintain sport after recent rains. The milder weather forecast at times and recent bigger water triggered off salmon to run the river in improving numbers. Expectation remains very high. The general forecast should continue to drop river levels and hopefully maintain sport and make ideal summer fishing conditions. The water temperature has dropped with the fresh water and is around 56 degrees Fahrenheit or 13.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year.
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 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 policy from June to the end of 2015 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. It is vital the river system follows these guide lines to ensure the draconian new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation rules do not get extended in seasons to come.

The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular 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. Full details of this initiative.
Return rates are at an all time low and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn.
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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.
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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Friday, July 31, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Salmon Fly Fishing on Tay, Perthshire late July 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Salmon Fly Fishing on Tay, Perthshire late July 2015.

The summer salmon fishing is improving week on week on the Tay, Perthshire with fresh water and more fish running the river. So far this week over 100 salmon have been caught and we should see an improvement on last weeks catches which is encouraging.
John McCallum plays a lively summer grilse fly fishing in the Long Shot from the Benchil beat just below Stanley on the lower Tay.
A lovely sea liced 3 pounds grilse is successfully landed prior to release. A grilse is a valuable fish for our system as well when salmon returns are at an all time low.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire July 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Summer Salmon Fly Fishing on the Tay, Perthshire July 2015.

This is the Horsey pool on the Pitlochrie beat of the Tay in Perthshire. The recent rains have risen the river levels in July and it makes Horsey and ideal pool for fly fishing and that was the case on Saturday.
Danny Fulton plays a fish from Horsey.
A superb sea liced 9 pounds summer salmon prior to release.
15 foot G Loomis NRX, Mackenzie DTX Shooting Head Fly Line with sink tip attached plus the correct fly.
Another superb fish landed on the fly prior to release.
The sun sinks as last light signals the end of a great day on the river. Hopefully more to come.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 25th July 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay, Perthshire Salmon Fishing Report for W/E 25th July 2015.

The salmon fishing on the Tay in Perthshire has slowed down after an excellent period for some time especially in the middle river with improving conditions for fishing and reasonably settled water levels have prevailed to give the river an excellent late spring period with the river equaling last years catches so far and improving on the 5 year average. The current trend continued in June but has slowed up in the last couple of weeks with slight signs of improvement. Recent heavy rain causing a massive summer spate last week, has triggered off an improvement in the summer run. The spring period has ended but steady conditions have spread fish throughout the system in the last few weeks, this may be the catalyst for even better catches which hopefully will continue over the next few weeks as we go deeper into summer. This past few weeks seemed to have confirmed the end of the 2015 spring run but the river is holding a good stock of fish especially in the middle areas. We now await a good summer run of salmon and grilse. Expectation remains high on the river for 2015 after consistent catches recently and hopefully favourable conditions may trigger off improving runs as we go into Summer to give everyone a chance of landing a Tay “Bar of Silver”.
Late spring and summer salmon were landed last week in better numbers due to fresh water earlier in the week. We recorded an improving catch as the week went on and hopefully that will bring even more success this week. There was good cloud cover and it was warm. Fish were landed daily from all over as the river level receded and the quality of the salmon caught remained outstanding with fish caught in the late teens and early twenties. Rain during last week may just spice things up for the coming week. Grilse are starting to run with odd ones caught and in excellent condition. Sea trout are making an appearance as well with some top quality fish caught. On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are all over the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Kingfishers dart past, Ducks have their second broods of young and Sand Pipers are on the riverbank. It is a magical time of year with the wild flowers coming out everywhere with Rhododendrons and Azaleas in bloom and Lupines everywhere as well as many others. It is true what they say, “ a salmon is a bonus!”

Beat catches reported (week ending 25th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Almondmouth 4, Waulkmill 2, Lower Redgorton 2, Upper Redgorton 2, Fishponds 1, Upper Scone 1, Pitlochrie 7, Stobhall 5, Taymount 13, Ballathie 6, Cargill 5, Islamouth 6, Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 8, Kercock 16, Murthly 1 1, Murthly 2 8, Newtyle 4, Dunkeld House 4, Dalmarnock 1, Lower Kinnaird 4, Findynate 1, Farleyer Lower 5, Ericht Fishing 10, Portnacraig Pitlochry 2, Loch Faskally 2.
Total: 120 Largest: Kercock 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Waulkmill 1, Lower Redgorton 5, Fishponds 1, Pitlochrie 2, Stobhall 1, Taymount 2, Ballathie 1, Lower Kinnaird 1, Lochlane and Laggan 7.
Total: 21 Largest: Lochlane and Laggan 4lbs

Salmon have been caught throughout the system this past week in steadily improving numbers and conditions at times making it ideal as fish run harder due to the warmer water temperatures and fish are spreading throughout the river. Bigger and fresh water may have encouraged more to run. The mandatory government catch and release restrictions have ended however the river would ask everyone to observe the TDSB recommendations to preserve what we have for future years. Return rates are at an all time low and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn. 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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice. If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.

The Lower Tay below Stanley are seeing more fish recorded this past week and Sea Trout are about, also the beats just above the Stanley area were showing signs of improvement in warm water temperatures as fish race up the system. Almondmouth continued to see odd fish caught with 4 and fish have been caught on the Stormont Angling club water. Lower and Upper Redgorton also recorded a couple of fish apiece. Waulkmill and Fishponds also registered fish in the week. On Upper Scone David Mitchell caught a salmon from Horsey.
On Stanley 9 fish were caught during the week with 4 being landed from the Pitlochrie beat on Saturday. The fly seemed to be the answer as Danny Fulton and Bob White landed a couple of fish apiece on the fly from Horsey and the Woodside. Earlier in the week Calum King caught a 12 pounds fish from Pitlochrie pool in bigger water on a flying C. Taymount and Stobhall had improving weeks with 18 fish between them. Brian Giles was one of the successful rods on Taymount on Thursday when 6 fish were landed. Ballathie and Cargill had a steady week with 11 fish.
On Ballathie Dave Cochrane caught an 11 pounds fish in the boat with George McInnes. Cargill were rewarded with 5 lovely fish up to 20 pounds in weight.
Roy Frost had two on the worm both safely returned and lost another two. Nick Allen had three crackers, all fresh fish, up to 20 pounds. Pat Ingram hooked fish on the fly as did Vic Frost and Simon Murphy. Islamouth accounted for 6 fish in the week but should see more action as the water drops.
Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had 8 cracking fresh fish up to 17 pounds. It was particularly encouraging to greet the arrival of the grilse on Saturday, with their rods landing three long-tailed sea-licers up to 4 pounds in weight. Particular mention should go to Mr. Michael Freeman who landed his very first fish at his very first attempt at fishing!

The Middle river is fishing reasonably well with consistent catches but experienced a quieter week mirroring the rest of the river. Kercock had a superb week with 16 fish. Amongst their successful rods were
Matt Blake with a 14 pounds fish and
James Lang with a 21 pounds cracker. Murthly and Glendelvine had a reasonable week recording 9 fish from all the beats. Newtyle had 4 during the week. Dunkeld House also recorded 4 fish in the week up to 16 pounds. Dalmarnock had one and four came from the Kinnaird beats.

The Tummel is continuing to produce fish but in far lesser numbers as fish make their way up to Pitlochry dam and through it with the counter is now showing in excess of 3300 with rising temperatures, which is ahead of last years total at the same time. All the beats below the dam including East and West Haugh have been producing fish over the last week or so, which has been good news. It was a much quieter week on the Pitlochry Angling club stretch as fish escape through the dam in numbers.
Martin Wilson and Paul Carter caught on the fly and Peter Stewart landed a 6 pounds fish at the dam. Rab Crowther caught further fish down at the Sawmill stream on the fly as well. Loch Faskally reported a couple of fish With Campbell Dixon catching 2 on a Zebra Toby up to 11 pounds in weight.

The Upper areas are seeing fish on their beats. Six salmon were reported from the Farleyer and Findynate beats during the week as they run up to Loch Tay.

On Loch Tay fish are running and must be staring to go up the Dochart but nothing was reported last week.

The Isla is starting to see salmon run the river with no fish registered.

The Ericht is also seeing fish run up the river in bigger water with 10 reported.

The Earn were also seeing salmon and Sea Trout run with 7 sea trout being reported last week from Lochlane and Laggan due to the increased water levels.

The Spring Salmon fishing season is now over as we now into summer and expectation remains high after great catches recently and poor overall catches last year. Late spring catches have been tremendous and June continued to encourage everyone after fish were caught in the system in continuing better numbers. Recent rain and fresh water is encouraging more salmon to run the river so let us hope with improving conditions and the upturn in catches will continue. Tight lines!

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 26, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 27th July 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland week commencing 27th July 2015.

The Salmon fishing season is now seeing July disappear on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland and we have had some summer weather and a big summer spate to help us in the pursuit of that magical salmon with some warmer conditions. The weather is remain fairly unsettled over the coming week with a chance of rain and continue warmer, but hopefully this will not deter the chances of producing good sport and some "Bars of Silver" if you are prepared to have a go. Catches have improved last week in good conditions especially at the end of the week and the quality of the salmon caught remains outstanding and as we go through Summer hopefully conditions will remain favourable and there will be a further improvement in the run to give even more success.
Currently the river is fairly settled after the recent heavy rain and falling back generally with improving conditions (around 3’ on the Ballathie gauge). This hopefully may encourage more salmon to run.
The weather is to continue reasonably unsettled at the start of the week with more rain and settle towards the end. In other words sunshine and showers to cover all the boxes! We have been seeing summer conditions prevail but with more water than usual which may just help sport in the long term for all. The tremendous spring run is over but warmer conditions have enabled spring salmon to run hard up the river and spread rapidly with hopefully the arrival of some summer fish to follow and maintain sport after recent rains. The milder weather forecast at times and recent bigger water triggered off salmon to run the river in improving numbers. Expectation remains very high. The general forecast should continue to drop river levels and hopefully maintain sport and make ideal summer fishing conditions. The water temperature has dropped with the fresh water and is around 56 degrees Fahrenheit or 13.5 degrees Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year.
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 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 policy from June to the end of 2015 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. It is vital the river system follows these guide lines to ensure the draconian new Scottish Government Statutory Conservation Regulation rules do not get extended in seasons to come.

The Tay Ghillies Association are continuing their popular 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. Full details of this initiative.
Return rates are at an all time low and wild salmon are a precious resource to the Tay and all rivers in Scotland. Handling of fresh salmon in particular is a big issue now if we are serious about successful release to enable as many salmon as possible to survive to spawn.
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 and is bad practice. Further information on the policy and good release practice.
If an area of the river starts to kill salmon to excess the mandatory policy will ultimately increase beyond the spring and maybe for the whole season that would not be a popular concept for our fragile rural economy. Thank you for all who preserve the recommendations and shame on the few who cannot, their shortsighted outlook will bring everyone down and cost jobs throughout Scotland’s river systems.
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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