RIVER TAY

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Scotland -

THE RIVER Tay is the long­est river in Scot­land and its mighty flows are bol­stered by a num­ber of im­por­tant trib­u­taries, many of which are ex­cel­lent salmon fish­eries in their own right. The Tay is also the first of Scot­land’s fa­mous four salmon rivers to open, with the sea­son be­gin­ning on Jan­uary 15. Fresh salmon will en­ter the river every month of the year, mak­ing the Tay a pop­u­lar early-sea­son des­ti­na­tion for an­glers in search of an elu­sive springer.

Salmon

Salmon fish­ing on the Tay is world fa­mous, and be­yond the main stem there are many other beau­ti­ful ad­join­ing rivers such as the Earn, Isla, Ericht, Tum­mel, Garry, Dochart and Lyon. Sport be­gins in Jan­uary, and while there will be fresh fish en­ter­ing the sys­tem from day one, the chances of con­nect­ing with a bright bar of sil­ver in­crease as the weather warms and we move into spring and early sum­mer. Early sea­son fish­ing on Tay­side starts at £30 a day, and many beats also of­fer fish­ing from a boat from £90. The runs of sum­mer salmon and grilse build sig­nif­i­cantly in June and usu­ally peak in July. The river rarely suf­fers from the low-level drought con­di­tions that can af­fect other rivers be­cause of the num­ber of hy­dropower schemes on the sys­tem, which man­age wa­ter lev­els, so there should al­ways be plenty of wa­ter in which to swing the fly and grilse can al­ways en­ter the river with­out hav­ing to wait for a sum­mer spate. It is in these warmer months that some of the best fish­ing is to be had, with a day on the bank start­ing at £60 and a day on the boat £140. In re­cent years fresh fish with sea-lice on them have been caught all the way up to the end of the sea­son in mi­doc­to­ber. A day chas­ing au­tumn salmon may cost any­where from £90 to £500 de­pend­ing on the beat. There are many fa­mous beats up and down the river, in­clud­ing Newtyle, Murthly, Up­per Red­gor­ton, Dunkeld, Dal­marnock, Up­per and Lower Kin­naird, Tay­mount and Is­lam­outh. The Perth and District An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion also of­fers fish­ing on var­i­ous beats up and down the river, mem­ber­ship of which costs £200 for the year.

Sea-trout

Although it is not noted as a sea-trout river, the Tay still has a good run of these enig­matic fish. They usu­ally be­gin to ap­pear in the catch re­turns around May and June, with catches con­tin­u­ing through­out the sum­mer. Away from the main stem, the River Earn is a noted sea-trout river.

Brown trout

Although not widely noted for its brown trout fish­ing, the Tay, and es­pe­cially its trib­u­taries, of­fers some ex­cel­lent sport for wild fish in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. Day tick­ets for trout are avail­able for as lit­tle as £10 and fish ap­proach­ing 5lb have been caught on dry-fly.

A boat can help cover the fur­thest lies.

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