Prospects for coming week
(Last updated: Monday 20th May)
The superb spring catches continued on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland this week with the river settling down to a good steady level and the weather was reasonably settled. Catches continued at good
levels all week with also the emergence of some much larger multi sea winter salmon, which was very heartening. Milder weather has now arrived and there is a good settled forecast for this coming week, the
catches have now spread as temperatures climb slowly maintaining good sport especially in the middle and Upper River.
Currently the river is dropping back and settling to a good height (about 2' and steady on the Ballathie gauge). The weather will remain milder over the next week with odd rain showers. This will benefit the
whole river system as the salmon will spread with warmer temperatures and more water and hopefully this will maintain the chance of producing some sport for everyone.
The this link is set to be good with high pressure and much warmer over the coming week. Colder conditions are now gently disappearing and milder
temperatures will encourage salmon to run up the river. The river is currently dropping, steady and at a good height. The water temperature has risen slightly to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees
Celsius. These are typical temperatures for this time of year. The temperature may rise further with the warmer forecast and spread the catches throughout the system. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh
fish anywhere in the river now with less emphasis on the lower stretches.
As to methods, in settled conditions fishing by any method should enable you to catch the elusive Tay Springer. The water temperature has warmed up slowly enabling floating lines to come out with the addition of
a sink tip being a favoured tactic and using normal dressed flies. It is still worth a go with sinking lines as well depending on water heights and stripping a Sun Ray Shadow is always worth a go. When spinning,
Tay favourites include Toby Salmos, weighted and floating devons, flying C's and Visons or Rapalas. Harling is also a favoured method at this time of year on many beats.
Finally you are reminded that the Tay's policy for January - May 2013 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. We have had a superb run and catch this season, which may just be down
to the majority of anglers returning spring salmon over the past seasons. Thank you to all anglers who have this season so far returned their spring salmon to maintain our sport for the future, it is vitally
important and is a great contribution by individuals who care for their sport and the river. Well done!
When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended.
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
• Use barbless or pinched hooks
• Retrieve your fish quickly; release it immediately
the fish in the water
• Use rubber or knotless cotton net, if one
must be used
• Cut the leader if necessary
• Remove the
• 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
Peer-reviewed science supports live release as a proven
and effective conservation tool. Dr Fred Whoriskey, ASF Vice-President,
Research & Environment.
Studies in North America and Europe have shown live release works, and in
some instances Atlantic salmon have been angled 2 and 3 times. Science has
shown that virtually all Atlantic salmon will survive when released, as long
as the angler uses the proper techniques, refrains from angling in overly
warm water, and does not overplay the Atlantic salmon. Like athletes
sprinting on a track, Atlantic salmon build up lactic acid in their muscle
tissues when they are being played. The key is oxygen: the fish need it in
order to recover and continue their journey.
To recover, Atlantic salmon need:
• careful handling by the angler to reduce stress
remain in the water where they can breathe and reduce the oxygen deficit in
• to be held in an upstream position for water to flow
more easily across their gills.Photographing Your Spectacular
Live Release Salmon.
Use a photo partner:
camera: 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
* Whether a digital camera or a film camera, tell your
partner to fill the frame, and take several images.
* If it is a
film camera, be sure there is film in the camera. This may seem to be a
simple matter, but mistakes do happen...
Let your partner get into
* Tell him/her what you are going to do. Alert your
partner before you take the fish out of the water.Support the
* Carefully take the barbless hook out of the
fish's mouth. With rod tucked under your arm, move one hand to the base of
the tail. With your other hand, support the fish under the forward part of
its body. Keep it in the water, with the fish pointed upstream to help its
* If a third person is present, give him or her the rod to
hold, so you can concentrate on the wild salmon.Take the picture
* With your photo partner warned, raise the wild
Atlantic salmon partially out of the water for less than five seconds - or
consider leaving it semi-submerged for the photo instead!Return
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. The goal is for the wild salmon to
swim away on its own.
* Digital cameras offer the opportunity to
adjust the film speed to suit conditions. In low light, such as evening,
morning, heavy cloud, or deep shadow, consider setting the speed to 400, to
take care of both movement and the low light. Experiment beforehand on
speeds above 400, as many digital images become heavily pixilated at greater
* Remember to adjust the white balance for deep shadow,
to warm the image.
* Today's print films even at 400 speeds are
superb. Use 400-speed film at dawn, dusk or in shadow.
forget to smile! Your photo is a valuable memory.