Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter - May 2016

Over 1000 fish have been recorded for this season so far up to 34lbs. Salmon are running the river in greater numbers and catches continue to improve.

Conditions for the coming week remain settled which should benefit anglers. As I write the Ballathie gauge is 1ft 6" and steady which will improve fishing on some beats and not others. Don't forget the mighty Tay system has an average flow of about 200 cubic metres per second, the greatest flow of any river in the country.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip to the River Tay, including Where to Stay and Guide recommendations please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612.

Special thanks to Bob White for his help with this months newsletter. Bob manages four beats on the lower Tay at Catholes, Pitlochrie, Benchil and Luncarty. Bob is the author of the weekly Tay report and runs Salmon Flies Scotland.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

Salmon Under The Sun

The June issue of Trout & Salmon is out now!

This month salmon fishing expert Jim Coates offers advice when faced with bright conditions and what tactics might give us a chance of sport and restore confidence - read more.

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Meikleour Casting Days

Due to popular demand and after some very successful Spey casting coaching days last year, we are very excited to offer a series of fly casting tuitions throughout the 2016 season.

The day is suited to your needs, whether you are a beginner or a competent caster wanting a refresher. The day's run from 8:30am to 5:00pm with a lovely lunch at the boathouse. Price includes fishing - read more.

May springer for visiting Meikleour anglers

How To Safely Release A Salmon

May salmon caught on Dalmarnock beat ready to be released.

The Tay's policy for April and May 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. It is vital the river system follows these guides to ensure the draconian rules do not get extended in seasons to come - read more.

Meikleour May salmon being released.

The best method of releasing a salmon is to leave it in the water and touch nothing but the hook with fingers or pliers. Whatever the method, care combined with speed, will give the fish the best chance of survival - read more.

Further details and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board's conservation recommendations can be viewed at this page.

The Place To Eat

The phrase "Eat, Drink and be Merry" comes to life at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel. Their restaurant, bar, bistro and beer garden serve food from local producers. The hotel boasts "probably the best meal in town" - read more.

Come along to the Quiz Night at Royal Dunkeld 7th June - we have asked the hotel to include some fishing questions for anglers entering this fun evening - read more.

Gary Scott Casting Course

Due to popular demand Gary Scott is hosting a 2 day course which includes fishing, tuition and accommodation on a DBB basis.

This bespoke course is only available for 3 anglers and will be held at Dunkeld Fishing 25/26th August - read more.

Ask An Angler #ScotSpirit

Chris from Angling Active, Stirling speaking with Malcolm from Caledonia Fly Company

FishPal teamed up with Angling Active, Caledonia Fly Company, Gary Scott, Andy Gunn, Simon Furniss and Visit Scotland last month for the #ScotSpirit campaign.

One of the questions asked.

Over 40 questions were sent in by anglers and the answers were filmed last month on the River Tay at Dunkeld House and Newtyle beat - watch the series.

Tay Beats To Try This Month

Talented angler Donald Gow with a May fish from Murthly

Dalmarnock is a great summer beat and now the river is falling, 1'7" and below on the gauge, pools such as clachantaggert and the stepps are a dream to fish with the fly. 19 salmon so far this month - read more.

If the water is low at Cargill good catches can be made at all times of the year. 14 salmon so far this month - read more.

Benchil is situated about six miles above the tidal reaches and offers a good selection of pools for the fly. This beat can fish well for salmon and sea trout in low water conditions during the summer offering good wading and easy coverage of holding pools - read more.

Kercock beat offers a wide variation of water (12 named pools) which has shown to fish well in all river levels. Fly water is excellent. Access is good with wading generally on shingle banks - read more.

The renowned Lower Kinnaird beat arguably has some of the best 'holding' fly water on the Tay. From March onwards, salmon seek refuge in the unique pool formations Kinnaird is fortunate to benefit from. 22 fish so far this month - read more.

The Cargill, Rattray and Laycock beats of the River Ericht span over five miles of this excellent under-rated salmon river which is only about ten miles in overall length. 25 salmon so far caught this month - read more.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip to the River Tay, please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612.

NEW Latest Weather Page

We have just launched a new weather page on the FishPal website. You can view 24 hour rolling weather images for rain, wind and cloud, which can help you plan a last minute fishing trip.

Whilst fishing you can check the page for the latest weather patterns for rain, wind, temperature, pressure and humidity - read more.

Tay Salmon Flies Special Offer

Caledonia Flies and Glasgow Angling Centre are proud to bring you the Scottish Rivers Collection.

Six tubes and six doubles handpicked by anglers who have fished and caught salmon on the famous River Tay are presented in a clear view fly box to match - read more.

Prime May Week Up For Sale

A superb opportunity to acquire numerous rods on Taymount one of the river Tay's top beats.

All six rods or an option to buy two rods at a time. Average catch: no information for this week as two of it's owners are now deceased and the week has not been fished for six years. Reduced price £16,500 for all six rods or £5,650 for each set of two rods. Included within the price four rods on Lower Redgorton May Fishing, week 20 - read more.


Whatever the height of the river, beats on the Tay system have something to offer every angler regardless of age and ability. Whether you are looking for fly water that tests your casting ability, to water which will reward those with stealth, perseverance and patience, the Tay and its tributaries have it all - find Tay fishing.

You can now receive daily updates from the river for latest catches and river levels during the day by email - read more.

Don't forget to add your Tay fish to the new Your Photos page - read more.