Monday, January 7, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland opening week 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland opening week 2013.

Prospects for the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland opening week.

There is now only a week until the river Tay opens its salmon fishing season for 2013. Currently the river is running high following yet more rain. Colder and more settled weather is on the horizon at long last giving the river a great chance of producing some good sport and some early "Bars of Silver" on the opening day.

The dawn is about to rise on another salmon fishing season on the Tay.

The weather is to be colder and and far more settled by Wednesday. The water temperature is high for the time year at around 42 degrees Fahrenheit or 5.5 degrees Celcius, which is not ideal for this time of year but this could change by the end of this week. The temperature may come back further with the colder forecast during the week ahead but any salmon that are running may be spread throughout the system after milder conditions prior to the opening day giving everyone a good chance for the coming week. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river. There will no doubt be quite a few kelts about on many beats and possibly some later run fish, which have yet to spawn.
2012 opening day fish from Isalmouth.

As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method will have to be slow and deep with large lures to catch the elusive Tay Springer. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year but be warned wrap up well or it will not be a pleasant experience.
Currently high water on the river but hopefully frost will drop the river back to a good height for the opening day.

Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2013 is that all spring salmon should be released, i.e. the Tay has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon. Spring salmon are a scarce and precious resource. Please help preserve both them and the long term future of your sport by following the recommendations.

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.

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 to be included in the reports.

A further update will appear at the week end.

Tight lines when it comes.

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