(Last updated: Tuesday 17th July)
The Salmon fishing season is now well into July on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. We have been encountering some very hot summer weather with rain seemingly a distant memory until a few days ago with
a dampening of the ground. We have had difficult conditions last week with very hot and bright weather nearly every day although it has now cooled slightly helping matters. The coming week is looking is similar
but cooler again giving more optimism however the river is still very low. Catches improved dramatically three weeks ago probably due to rain giving far more optimism following disappointing catch figures, that
was then dashed by the current hot spell but we are now seeing a break in very hot conditions to hopefully trigger off some more summer salmon and grilse to run the river.
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are in the skies, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks, Dippers and Sand Martins have broods of young on the river banks and you could see the flash of a Kingfisher if you are lucky. The wild flowers are out in bloom with outstanding displays of Lupins on the banks recently, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay and a salmon would be a bonus.
Currently the river has fallen right back to low summer levels. It is at Caputh (2") and similarly on the lower river (2") on the Ballathie gauge.
The Weather is to continue settled over the coming week with some bright days but cooler and some chance of rain. The warmer temperatures would have encouraged salmon to run the river and get into the upper areas as fish continue to shoot through the ladder at Pitlochry. The river has cooled slightly helping matters with a current river temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius most days. These are not typical temperatures for this time of year but hopefully rain will come soon and help cool it further and improve sport. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.