Prospects for coming week

(Last updated: Monday 24th September)

The Salmon fishing season is now into the end of September and the autumn is well underway on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland with far more typical weather conditions for the time of year. We have had rain and cooler temperatures recently helping the fishing improve. The coming week is looking far more settled but with cooler temperatures. Catches have improved in recent weeks due to cooler weather plus much more rain and a summer run has brought more fish into the river with just a hint of some autumn fish running however in lesser numbers giving far more optimism following disappointing catch figures. The drop in temperature has also triggered off some of the resident fish to become more active and make up a large proportion of the catch. Hopefully the current run will improve following the rain and give some more good weeks.
On the nature front the Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows are in the skies with their young, Ospreys have been seen in numbers but are all starting to migrate away in recent days, the last weeks saw the first Geese arrive from the north to overwinter here, Ducks and Dippers have broods of young on the river banks and you could see the flash of a Kingfisher if you are lucky, it is truly always magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay and a salmon would be a bonus.
Currently the river is settling back after last week's heavy rain and should settle back further. It is at Caputh (2' 6) and similarly on the lower river (4') on the Ballathie gauge.
The Weather is looking a bit more autumnal for the coming week with cooler temperatures but fairly settled. The warmer temperatures have disappeared fast to more typical weather patterns for September. The river has cooled helping matters with a current river temperature of over 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius for the start of the week. These are now typical temperatures for this time of year and will improve sport as it triggers off the resident fish to become more active and aggressive. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fish anywhere in the river.

Opening Day on the River Tay, Perthshire
Opening day on the 2016 season. Read the tips below on how to ensure the safe release of your salmon.

How to Safely Release a Salmon

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. Lee Wulff, Atlantic Salmon Journal Winter 1964/65.

• Use barbless or pinched hooks
• Retrieve your fish quickly; release it immediately
• Keep the fish in the water
• Use rubber or knotless cotton net, if one must be used
• Cut the leader if necessary
• Remove the hook carefully
• Hold the fish gently in natural swimming position, facing upstream until it revives
• Don't pump the fish. That is, don't move the fish back and forth in the water.

How should hooks be removed?

Very carefully. In quiet water, bring the wild salmon quickly within reach. Leaving the salmon in water and without squeezing it, remove the hook carefully with pliers or thumb and forefinger. If a net must be used, it should be rubber or knotless cotton. If necessary, cut the leader near the fly and spare the fish.

The Science of Live Release
Peer-reviewed science supports live release as a proven and effective conservation tool. Dr Fred Whoriskey, ASF Vice-President, Research & Environment.

Opening Day on the River Tay, Perthshire

Live Release Salmon.

Use a Digital camera or phone: make settings on the camera before you begin fishing or use a point and shoot film camera. Give it to your partner before the angling session. Whether a digital camera or a film camera, tell your partner to fill the frame, and take several images and allow the Fish to Continue its Spawning Run. Support the salmon underwater in a natural position facing the current, handling it as little as possible. Give it time to recover, and release the fish.

Weather information

In a sport where success can be directly related to the particular weather and water conditions, accurate information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is invaluable. By regularly checking our links to the sites listed below anglers can be well informed on how the week's weather pattern is developing.

Metcheck (includes sunrise & sunset times)

Tidal information

Seven day predictions from the Admiralty EasyTide site are available at: