Fishing River Tay for trout and salmon

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Trout and salmon fishing in Scotland

The River Tay is the largest Scottish salmon river. Fish Tay, home of brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing. The Tay system also has grayling and pike fiishing. From it's source at Kenmore where the clear waters of Loch Tay slip quietly into the river all the way to it's estuary some 60 miles downstream to Perth the Tay offers fly fishing for salmon and trout. Fish salmon, fish trout, fish the Tay.

River Tay at Perth
Fishing R Tay in the City of Perth

Lower River Tay (Meiklour to Perth)

The Tay from it's confluence with the River Isla is a truly mighty river. Its strong currents and deep pools make other Scottish rivers pale to insignificance. Many of the lower Tay salmon beats are well known for large catches and much of this portion of river is now time-shared. However there are a number opportunities to fish famous beats during spring and early summer when the fishing is not normally at its best and given good conditions great fishing can be picked up at very reasonable prices. Trout and grayling fishing is available throughout at very reasonable prices.

Middle River Tay (Ballinluig to Meiklour)

Britsih record salmon 64lbs
Miss Balantine 64 lb salmon and her father

At the confluence with the River Tummel the Tay becomes a big river, immediately below the junction is, Lower Kinnaird a picturesque salmon beat that is characterised by gravel runs and good fly fishing water. From here down there are a number of famous salmon beats including Glendelvine. It was here on Saturday 7th September 1922 a young lass by the name of Miss Georgina Ballantine made history by landing the current UK record rod caught salmon weighing 64 pounds. There is some excellent trout and grayling fishing available throughout this portion of the river that extends to a length of about 18 miles where it reaches Islamouth. Just upstream of Dunkeld the Tay is joined by the River Braan that is well known for excellent brown trout river fishing.

Upper River Tay (Kenmore to Ballinluig)

From below the Kenmore Bridge the River Tay flows eastwards picking up the River Lyon en route and continuing in the same direction it meets its main tributary, the River Tummel at Ballinluig, a total distance of around twenty miles. There are several interesting salmon beats in the first few miles of its journey. Trout fishing in the Upper Tay is excellent at times.

River Tay at Findynate, Strathtay
R Tay Craggan Pool

River Tay - Findynate Estate Fishing, Perthshire

Two half-mile long, scenic and secluded beats on the upper River Tay. Findynate and Clochfoldich offer some lovely scenery and very nice fly fishing opportunities for salmon, trout and grayling. Findynate is situated near the village of Strathtay between the lovely towns of Pitlochry and Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire. Salmon up to 20 pounds are not uncommon on the Tay. Fishing starts on January 15 and extends to October 15. During high or cold water conditions a 15 foot rod and a type 2 sinking line offering a Willie Gunn or Black and Yellow tube fly up to two inches long may be the best way to tackle these beats. Spinning is also allowed under high water conditions. When the water drops to summer level and warms up an intermediate, sink tip or floating line used in conjunction with a smaller fly such as Ally's Shrimp, Tummel Shrimp, Ally's Yellow Shrimp, or a darker pattern, for example a Stoats Tail, Munro Killer or a Silver Stoats Tail may well prove to be effective. A weeks fishing includes three alternating days on each beat.

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