Sunday, May 31, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon and Sea Trout Reports and Prospects for the river Tay June 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon and Sea Trout Reports and Prospects for the river Tay June 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for the week ending 30th May 2009.

Last week reported 74 Salmon and 21 Sea Trout which was a reasonable catch for a week despite very warm and bright conditions at the end of the week. We had a good settled river for the entire week but the warm bright conditions at the end of the week made life difficult for the last few days. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive and the catches got off to a flyer on Monday with 25 salmon reported. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a 25lbs salmon off the Dalmarnoch beat, just above Dunkeld. Also on a positive note a number of Sea Trout have been caught. The figure of 21 for the week is not a true reflection of the total catch. Top beat was Benchil just below Stanley with 15 which included 9 on Friday alone with several others hooked and lost.
Coupar Grange, Islamouth and Portnacraig all continue to do well with good catches this past week. The prospects certainly look good for this coming week with cooler conditions appearing after Monday.
Sea trout are now being caught on the lower Tay which should encourage a cast in the evenings with a fly rod.

The river temperature has risen dramatically by 10 degrees to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius which should allow salmon to run freely throughout the system and bring salmon to the floating line fishing for fly fishers. For the spinners, Salmon will now chase baits freely for the upstream Tobiers and flying C enthusiasts.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that we urgently request you to return all salmon and sea trout caught due to the weak run this spring and to preserve sport for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far.

This was the 25 pounds salmon caught fly fishing by Mats Johnson on the Dalmarnoch beat just above Dunkeld which was carefully returned.


A good sea trout off the Benchil beat at Stanley on the lower Tay. A good Sea Trout run is developing on the Tay at the moment.

Prospects for the week commencing 1st June 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good with a settled river, a reasonable run of fresh salmon for the time of year and a developing sea trout run which is far better than last year. The weather is reasonably settled for this coming week with cooler conditions forecast for the middle of the week which should encourage good sport.

The water temperature has risen to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius which should encourage the progress of salmon up the system. These conditions are certainly benefiting the middle and Upper River.

The river has dropped back with the drier conditions which should help the lower river and with a good sea trout run in progress there is a good variety of sport to be had.

There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching Tay Salmon this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured. Harling remains a popular method on the Tay. The rise in river temperature should encourage baits spun upstream and retrieved quickly.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for spring 2009 has changed due to the weak spring run and to comply with the other rivers we now recommend that every angler should release all salmon caught each day. Salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Sea Trout Fishing on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Sea Trout Fishing on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland 2009.

Benchil beat just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland had a good day for Sea Trout with 9 caught up to 4 pounds today (29/05/2009). There seems to be a reasonable run of sea trout so far this year which is heartening after the poor spring run of salmon. A few other sea trout were lost during the day along with a salmon which took a sunray shadow fly.
This was one i caught on a sunray looking for a salmon tonight which was carefully returned. Nearly all the sea trout were returned today with a couple of exceptions which were badly hooked.


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Salmon Fishing Scotland Large Tay Salmon caught Fly Fishing May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Large Tay Salmon caught Fly Fishing May 2009.

This was a good spring salmon caught on the Tay today (29/05/2009) on the Dalmarnoch beat of the Tay above Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland. The big Salmon was caught fly fishing by Mats Johnson from Sweden and could be an early entry into the Malloch Trophy for the largest fly caught salmon in Scottish waters. The prize salmon weighed 25 pounds and was carefully returned.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Reintroduction of Beavers in Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Reintroduction of Beavers in Scotland.

Board against beavers’ return

AS THE final preparations for the re-introduction of beavers to the Scottish countryside get under way, the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board has warned the animals could damage the country’s salmon stocks.

Although beavers are vegetarian, their dams could prevent some migratory fish from reaching the areas where they spawn.

The Scottish Beaver Trial, a six-year project to re-introduce the creatures to the countryside after they were hunted to extinction in the 16th century, will soon be releasing a family of beavers into the wild at Knapdale in Argyll.

It has been run in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) but salmon farmers and fishers believe the move could spell catastrophe for the salmon population.

David Summers, fisheries director of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said, “We are obviously concerned as well in that the damming of streams does have the potential to block the passage of salmon and sea trout to spawning areas and we would want to see this studied adequately during the beaver trials.

“And, at the end of the day, if the trial is deemed to be successful, we would want to maintain the right to remove problem dams.

“I think that would have to be essential.” Mr Summers said that salmon in the Tay would not be as affected as fish elsewhere in Scotland and although there are few such fish in the Knapdale area, the beaver population can expand rapidly.

“The beaver can impact the movement of fish up streams but one of the fortunate things about the Tay is a lot of its smaller streams are impossible to swim for salmon because of things like waterfall, so it is not quite as big a problem as it will be elsewhere,” he said.

“Most of the salmon are produced in streams that are undammable but there are places where it could happen, therefore we don’t think beavers should be re-introduced to Scotland without adequate management provisions.”

Meanwhile, the Salmon and Trout Association, Britain’s leading gamefish conservation body, has said a new report on the impact of beavers on salmon in Prince Edward Island in east Canada proves conclusively that dams can have a damaging effect on salmon.

Executive director Paul Knight said, “This report is unequivocal in its conclusions and it should be required reading for those who have granted the Knapdale beaver licence.

“While the American beaver is a different species to its European cousin, both species share a propensity for dam building whenever the available habitat is not to their liking.

“Beaver dams are, of course, the problem and on either side of the Atlantic they can amount to insurmountable obstacles to migrating salmon, sea trout and brown trout, particularly when, as is normally the case, there is little depth of water below the dam.”

Nick Yonge, director of the Tweed Foundation, which has campaigned against the Knapdale release, added, “The Prince Edward Island report underlines how stupid it would be to introduce beavers to Britain.

“Introducing animals that make major changes to our countryside is only acceptable where those changes can be contained effectively to specific areas.

“The evidence from countries where beavers have been introduced is that they cannot be contained and that they would cause harm to our native fish stocks by building dams.”

However, Perthshire landowner Paul Ramsay, who has two beaver families living on his estate at Bamff House near Alyth, said their fears are unfounded.

“As far as salmon are concerned, a large proportion spawn at levels below where beavers will be building dams,” he said, and if there are problems, they can be circumvented by putting holes in dams on rivers they expect fish to swim up.

Mr Ramsay, whose beavers lived in a fenced-off area, said the threat to fish had been “greatly exaggerated” and that dams can not only help purify but also attract other forms of wildlife to an area.

“I think it is a wonderful thing to reintroduce to beavers but like anything it must be done sensibly.”

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland May Salmon Fishing in Scotland 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland May Salmon Fishing in Scotland 2009.



This is an account from my friend Neil Tong from Perth who had a memorable nights salmon fishing on the South Esk in Angus, Scotland. I hope you enjoy it.

This is my first season in the Careston syndicate on the South Esk. I have a Friday rod and had been watching water heights to plan my
first visit. Following rain earlier in the week I decided that time had
come.
Having left work just before 5pm I arrived at the beat just before
6pm, I met Joe another rod tackling up for the evening. This being our
first meeting we had the usual slightly probing conversation regarding
experiences, places fished, common acquaintances and of course
prospects and tactics for the evening. Joe seemed a good lad, he was up
for sea-trout, I was keener on looking for a springer and tackled up
accordingly - or so I thought? My Sharpes Aquarex 12ft 7-8wt would be
great to cover the water and if I was lucky enough to contact a
springer- well that should be fun!
Joe chose to go up to the slightly industrially named Concrete Pool
(bit of a shame for such a lovely place and pool), so it was down to
the Common Pool for me.
Floating line, fast sink 10ft polyleader and size 11 salar double
dressed as a Pearly Shrimp looked the business- at least to me. The water was lovely, strong sun, nearly straight down the pool but
trees, depth and perfect water so I wasn’t too bothered. Top 1/3rd
nothing happening but line going out a treat and coming round lovely,
next 1/3rd broadening out a touch, slightly longer line, bit slower,
more depth and more shade, this is more like it! Wonder if anyone’s at
home? 4 or 5 casts later “Yee Haa- here we go!” A lovely take: mid- swing, big boil and solid contact. After a good struggle, far bank, mid
stream, up and down I got a good look, “oh dear” or words to those
effects, how will I land that- no net, Joe a mile or so away and no
nicely shelving sand or grass! Mmmn- I’d rather be in my predicament
than the fishes though- so game on.
I had my hand round his wrist twice but off he shot, too strong. We
danced our way to the bottom of the pool, me trying to drag his nose
into bankside rushes, him not liking it, shooting out to mid-stream and
turning sideways to pull downstream. So.. point of no return, can’t
follow any further and current picking up- lose him as he continues
downstream or haul like hell, get him into slacker bankside water, walk
him up a bit, get him close, haul like hell - again and go for it. Well
that just about describes it, I got one hand on his wrist and held on
tight, then chucked the rod up the bank, wallowed about a bit, lifted
fish half up bank with both hands (one round wrist, one under body), a
couple of thrashes from him, “You’re going ******** nowhere” from me
and he was on the bank.

I scrambled up, got fly out, carefully carried him up to my bag, got a
couple of (poor) pic’s and got him back in. He was a male, been in a
while but no rawner or other dodgy title, a beauty, over 3ft long and
over 18lb (got an 18lber a 2 weeks before on Tummel), he took a while
to get going but looked like a big submarine going off to find a quiet
place to sulk, in this tiny little river. I hope he makes it to
spawning. I was exhilarated and quickly text several fishing pals
with pic’s etc.


Fantastic and on a wee winkle picker of a rod- appropriate tackle?-
perhaps not.

To finish off a fantastic evening I went down for a throw in
Kinglassie Pool….. And it happened again! This time a 7lb licer, much
more in line with norm, the fight?- well very good, but pretty easy.
Appropriate tackle? Definitely!

No way will my fish be the biggest of May but:
12ft 7-8 weight (Sharpes!) rod, over 18lb and landed on my own after
great fight, floating line and wee (self tied) fly.
On the South Esk - not a well known springer or salmon river, it’s a
tiny river.
On my first visit and the first pool I fished

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects May 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Report for week ending 23rd May 2009.
Last week reported 66 spring salmon which was a reasonable catch for a week despite unsettled water conditions at the start of the week. We had very unsettled river levels with a lot of heavy rain especially on Monday and Tuesday. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive and the catches improved dramatically at the end of the week with 24 salmon reported on Saturday. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a 19lbs salmon off the Cargil beat in the upper part of the lower Tay.
Coupar Grange had 7 in one day on Friday followed by 4 on Saturday and again Portnacraig figured well with 14 salmon for the week. The prospects certainly look good for this coming week with more settled conditions.
The fresh water is encouraging good sport throughout the river.
Sea trout are now being caught on the lower Tay which should encourage a cast in the evenings with a fly rod.

The river temperature is 50/52 degrees Fahrenheit or 11/12 degrees Celsius which should allow salmon to run freely throughout the system and bring on the floating line fishing for fly fishers.

The river is settling back for the week making conditions excellent for spring fishing.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that we urgently request you to return all salmon and sea trout caught due to the weak run this spring and to preserve sport for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far.

Duncan Webster with a lovely fresh salmon from Pitlochry club water caught fly fishing from the bank.The salmon was carefully returned.


Bob White with a fresh 13 pounds salmon from the Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry, Perthshire caught fly fishing from the bank. The salmon was carefully returned.

Prospects for the week commencing 25th May 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look very good after the river settling last week at catches improving dramatically at the end of the week. The weather is reasonably settled for this coming week.
The water temperature is about 50/52 degrees Fahrenheit or 11/12 degrees Celsius which should encourage the progress of salmon up the system. These conditions are certainly benefiting the middle and Upper River.
Salmon fishing has improved in general throughout Scotland this last week so let us hope the runs are strengthening for the coming weeks.
There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching a Springer in the Tay this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured. Harling remains a popular method on the Tay.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for spring 2009 has changed due to the weak spring run and to comply with the other rivers we now recommend that every angler should release all salmon caught each day. Spring salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more spring salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland May Salmon Fishing at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland May Salmon Fishing at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

George McKinlay fishing on the Benchil beat below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland today (23/05/2009). George had a morning to remember with 3 Sea Trout and a fresh run spring salmon.



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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Spring Salmon May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Spring Salmon May 2009.

This is Jimmy Sullivan about to release a lovely fresh 10 pounds spring salmon on the Portnacraig beat of the river Tummel at Pitlochry dam, Perthshire, Scotland. Jimmy caught this salmon recently fly fishing from the bank and it was his first salmon of the season.


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Salmon Fishing Scotland Rainbow over the river Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Rainbow over the river Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

This was a picture caught by James McKay of a rainbow over the Little shot pool on the Benchil beat just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. This was lucky for James who caught a lovely sea trout on the same night and released it back to the river.


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Salmon Fishing Scotland Playing a Spring Salmon on the Fly at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Playing a Spring Salmon on the Fly at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland.

This is a video of me playing a salmon on the fly at Pitlochry dam on the Portnacraig beat in Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland. This was the final moments before i managed to land the salmon.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Releasing Spring Salmon.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Releasing Spring Salmon.

This was Scottish Ghillie Geordie Stewart releasing my fly caught salmon yesterday on the Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland.
The salmon was never out the water and recovered very quickly.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon Fly Fishing May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon Fly Fishing May 2009.

I was away today (20/05/2009) for a days salmon fishing on the river Tummel at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland. I was fishing the Portnacraig beat below the dam.
Not long after i started i landed this lovely fresh 13 pounds salmon fly fishing from the bank.

Scottish Ghillie Geordie Stewart was there as well and quickly came to net the fresh run spring salmon.

Geordie releases the salmon back to the river unharmed. The salmon was barely handed giving it the best possible chance of survival on its upward journey in the river.

Lastly this was another salmon which i caught and landed on my own further down the bank. I took this quick picture before releasing it. The salmon was caught fly fishing from the bank and took a size 11 Carron shrimp fly.
It certainly was a good day for me as salmon have been hard to come by this spring.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Spring Salmon May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing for Spring Salmon May 2009.

This is Scottish Ghillie Cohn O'Dae from Dundee with a tremendous spring salmon from the Park beat on the Aberdeenshire Dee.
This was in Cohn's own words
"20 pounder i got at park on the Dee today..after a 48 minute fight two different sections of water!!!and at one point 120 yards of backing..happy days on the sunray!!!!and as we spoke the other night,it took like a dolphin unbelievable sight."
Certainly a memorable experience.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Scenery on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Scenery on the Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

The weather in the last few days has been unbelievable with very heavy showers then lovely sun light. These are a few pictures i managed to capture by chance. The view is of the Horsey pool on the lower Tay at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

This is the view looking down to the Benchil beat. The dark clouds create a black river and by contrast the sunlight catches the fresh green leaves on the trees.

Absolute magical Scenery.

A rainbow over Horsey.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring salmon fishing on the river Dee, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring salmon fishing on the river Dee, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

This is the Borrowston Beat of the river Dee in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Recently i had the chance to fish this beat and really enjoyed the change of scenery. The beat is the opposite bank from Ballogie.

This was my rod bent into a good spring salmon but alas it fell off.

This is the hut on the beat in front of the famous Green bank pool.

The view from the hut looking down the Greenbank pool.

The lower Gannets pool.

The view up to the middle Gannets and upper Gannets.

The flats coming up from the bridge over the Dee.

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon on the Tummel May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Catching Spring Salmon on the Tummel May 2009.

Steven Watt has been at it again today. He was fishing up at Pitlochry Dam on the Portnacraig beat in the town of Pitlochry in Perthshire, Scotland. He landed two spring salmon spinning from the bank weighing approximately 8 and 14 pounds. Both salmon were carefully returned to the river. Well done Steve.


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Monday, May 18, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing and Spinning for Spring Salmon on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing and Spinning for Spring Salmon on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

Steven Watt had a couple of good days salmon fishing on the Tummel at the end of last week catching four fresh spring salmon. He was fishing on the Portnacraig beat on the Pitlochry Angling stretch in Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland.


This is a lovely fresh 18 pounds spring salmon caught from the sawmill stream on the Pitlochry club water fly fishing from the bank. This was one of two spring salmon Steve caught.


The day before Steve caught this 18 pounds salmon at the dam on a floating devon spinning from the bank.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects May 2009.

Tay Reports

Weekly Reportfor week ending 16th May 2009.
Last week reported 66 spring salmon which was a reasonable catch for a week despite unsettled water conditions at the end of the week. We had very unsettled river levels with a lot of heavy rain especially at the end of the week. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a fantastic 32lbs salmon off the Kercock beat in the middle Tay on Saturday by George Menzies. This was his first salmon which took a spinner and was carefully returned to the river. Another good salmon of 25lbs came off the Dalmarnock strech of the river just above Dunkeld. Again this past week salmon are being caught on a regular basis at Portnacraig at Pitlochry. The Islamouth area of the river has been fishing well all week with a good day on Friday with 5 salmon landed. The fresh water is encouraging good sport throughout the river.
Sea trout are now being caught on the lower Tay which should encourage a cast in the evenings with a fly rod.

The river temperature dropped back to 48/50 degrees Fahrenheit or 9/10 degrees Celsius but this should not stop salmon to run freely throughout the system and bring on the floating line fishing for fly fishers.

The river is settling back for the week making conditions excellent for spring fishing.

May I remind anglers coming to the Tay about the Catch and Release policy which is that we urgently request you to return all salmon and sea trout caught due to the weak run this spring and to preserve sport for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk
Thank you for the contributions so far.


Sandra Robbins with a fresh 12lbs salmon from the Ladies Pool at Dunkeld which was carefully returned.


George Jones with a cracking 10lbs spring salmon from the Benchil beat at Stanley which was caught fly fishing from the bank and carefully returned.

Prospects for the week commencing 18th May 2009.
As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good after all the unsettled weather at the end of last week. There is heavy showers forecast for this coming week but hopefully this will not unsettle the river too much.

The water temperature is about 48/50 degrees Fahrenheit or 9/10 degrees Celsius which should encourage the progress of salmon up the system. These conditions are certainly benefiting the middle and Upper River.
There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching a Springer in the Tay this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured. Harling remains a popular method on the Tay.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for spring 2009 has changed due to the weak spring run and to comply with the other rivers we now recommend that every angler should release all salmon caught each day. Spring salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more spring salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon Fishing on the Tay May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon Fishing on the Tay May 2009.

This was Des Jones with his first ever Atlantic salmon from the Tay on the Benchil beat below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.

Des hooks the sea liced spring salmon from the bank on a flying c.


A lovely 13 pounds fresh salmon is landed and after a quick picture the fish is released back to the river. First salmon and released, very commendable Des, a true sportsman, well done.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing on the Tay May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon Fishing on the Tay May 2009.

This was a lovely fresh Tay spring salmon caught by Sandra Robbins on the Dunkeld House beat of the Tay at Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland. The sea liced 12 pounds salmon was caught on a Toby Salmo from the boat. After the picture was taken the salmon was carefully returned to the river.


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Friday, May 15, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon Fly Fishing at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland on the river Tay.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon Fly Fishing at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland on the river Tay.

This was a memorable day for George Jones from Ireland on the river Tay on the Benchil beat just below Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland. George caught his first ever spring scottish salmon fly fishing from the bank in the long shot.


George hooks the salmon and it runs off at speed.


After a good fight and much excitement the prize is finally landed by both Geordie Mckinlay and Georges wife Sandra.


George and Sandra quickly get their picture taken with the fish which was approximately 10 pounds.


Lastly the fresh Tay spring salmon is carefully released back to the river. Well done George.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Fly Fishing on the river Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Fly Fishing on the river Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland May 2009.

Jim Fisher playing a fresh may run spring salmon on the Tummel at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland fly fishing from the bank. Donnie Whiteford helps Jim land the salmon before it was carefully released.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon released on the Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon released on the Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland May 2009.

Jim Fisher releasing a spring salmon on the Tummel on the Portnacraig beat below Pitlochry dam.
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Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon Fishing May 2009 on the Tay.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon Fishing May 2009 on the Tay.

This was some action from the Tummel at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland to-day (14/05/2009)on the Portnacraig beat below the Dam.

Jim Fisher from Glasgow hooks a lively salmon fly fishing from the town bank.


Donnie Whiteford helps Jim land the fresh salmon by netting it.


Jim quickly holds the sea liced salmon which weighed about 14 pounds before it was carefully released back to the river.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland River Tay Reports and Prospects May 2009.

Tay Reports


Weekly Report for week ending 9th May 2009.
Last week reported 35 spring salmon which was a reasonable catch for a week despite unsettled water conditions. We had very unsettled river levels with a lot of heavy rain especially at the end of the week. There were again salmon reported from all over the district which was very positive for this coming week when we can expect far more settled conditions with a high pressure coming in from the west. There were other fish caught and not reported. Best salmon of the week was a 23lbs salmon off the Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry caught on a fly by Sandy Watson. Again this past week salmon are being caught on a regular basis at Portnacraig at Pitlochry. The Islamouth area of the river has been fishing well at the start of the week. The fresh water should encourage good sport for this coming week.

The river temperature dropped back to 48/50 degrees Fahrenheit or 9/10 degrees Celsius but this should not stop salmon to run freely throughout the system and bring on the floating line fishing for fly fishers.

The river is settling back for the week making conditions excellent for spring fishing.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

A lovely fresh spring salmon being released at Portnacraig on the Tummel at Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland.



Prospects for the week commencing 11th May 2009.


As of Monday morning the prospects on the Tay look good after all the unsettled weather of last week. There is a high pressure coming in from the west which should settle the weather down improve prospects for this coming week.

The water temperature is about 48/50 degrees Fahrenheit or 9/10 degrees Celsius which should encourage the progress of salmon up the system. These conditions are certainly benefiting the middle and Upper River.
There is good availability throughout the river so why not have a go.

As to methods, the river is settled and at a good height, the most likely method of catching a Springer in the Tay this week will favour all methods with settled water. There will certainly be good conditions for fly fishing with a higher river temperature now encouraging floating lines. Spinning from boat and bank are also favoured. Harling remains a popular method on the Tay.

Finally all anglers are reminded that the Tay's policy for spring 2009 has changed due to the weak spring run and to comply with the other rivers we now recommend that every angler should release all salmon caught each day. Spring salmon are an extremely precious resource. Please do what you can to ensure their numbers are allowed to conserve them and produce more spring salmon for the future.

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 stanley.fishing@ukonline.co.uk

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon fishing on the river Tay in May 2009.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Spring Salmon fishing on the river Tay in May 2009.

This was a cracking fresh Tay spring salmon caught by Jim McEwan on the Kercock beat of the Tay which was his first springer weighing 17lbs caught on a harled kynoch on 24th April 2009. The fish was safely returned. Thank you for the picture and information Gary Harkin Ghillie at Kercock.



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Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing the Sunray Shadow on the Aberdeenshire river Dee.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Fishing the Sunray Shadow on the Aberdeenshire river Dee.

This was Ian Law from Luncarty in Perthshire, Scotland fly fishing on the Borreston beat of the Aberdeenshire Dee with a hitched Sunray Shadow. Notice how Ian rises a salmon but alas it does not take.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

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

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

The Summer permit salmon fishing is well under way at Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland.
So far 3 Sea Trout and 1 Salmon have been caught. There is still good availability for anyone wishing to apply.


Bob Hunter fly fishing on the Benchil beat just below Stanley. Bob caught a lovely fresh 8 pounds salmon last friday fly fishing from the bank which was carefully returned.


James McKay fly fishing in the Kirkie pool on the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley.

Fly fishing in the Gean Tree pool on the Catholes beat.


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