(Last updated: Sunday 20th May)
The Salmon fishing season is now in late May on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. We have been encountering some much warmer weather a prolonged winter becomes a memory. We have had good conditions last
week with good levels and excellent conditions but maybe occasionally a bit bright. The coming week is looking settled with good temperatures again. There has been some more water maintaining the river height
from melting snow however that seems to have disappeared now with much lower levels. On the opening months several anglers braved the elements in pursuit of that magical spring salmon but conditions are much
warmer now and it is a pleasure to be out on the river. The cold weather hopefully has given a greater chance of producing some sport and some early "Bars of Silver" if you were prepared to brave the elements as
any fish progress slowly through the system. The changing weather has enabled fish to spread with water temperatures now in the fifties. Catches have been maintained and there is far more optimism after a slow
On the nature front the first Sand Martins, Swifts and Swallows have arrived, Ospreys are being seen, Ducks have their first broods of young and Sand Pipers are on the river banks. Dippers are darting past getting food for their young and you could see the flash of a Kingfisher if you are lucky. Blue bells are out in the woods and the wild flowers are coming into bloom, it is truly magical to be salmon fishing in Perthshire on the banks of the silvery Tay.
Currently the river is running settled and at lower levels at Caputh in perfect condition ( 10") and similarly on the lower river ( 1' 5) on the Ballathie gauge and should remain settled with a good forecast.
The weather is to be settled over the next week with little chance of some rain and milder temperatures continuing to take us out of winter. There will not be any frost this week either. The colder conditions certainly benefit the river at this time of year slowing the spring salmon run down and giving everyone a chance to catch as they run up the river slowly however a milder weather forecast at times will give us more water and would have encouraged salmon to run the river. The water temperature was cold but now at around 54 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius is warming slowly (midday temperature). These are typical temperatures for this time of year. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.