(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
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.