(Last updated: Monday 13th August)
The Salmon fishing season now in August on the mighty Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. We have rain and cooler temperatures recently helping the fishing improve. The coming week is looking similar with cooler
temperatures and more rain. Catches have improved in recent weeks due to cooler weather and a summer run seems to be happening however in lesser numbers giving far more optimism following disappointing catch
figures. The Tay has the largest flow of any river in the country and although low, still has enough water to attract fish in. Hopefully the current run will now improve following the rain everyone has been
praying for and 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 with their young, Ospreys are being seen in numbers, 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, 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 is slightly unsettled following the rain but clear. It is at Caputh (6") and similarly on the lower river (10") on the Ballathie gauge.
The Weather is looking a lot more unsettled over the coming week with cooler temperatures and some more rain at times. 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 63 degrees Fahrenheit or 17.5 degrees Celsius for the start of the week. These are not typical temperatures for this time of year but hopefully rain will cool it further and improve sport. Hopefully there might be a chance of a fresh fish anywhere in the river.