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Salmon Fishing - River Tay Scotland


O. S. Map 53


The largest of Scotland's salmon rivers, the Tay drains an area of about 2500 square miles and is approximately 120 miles long. It is a big river, particularly in its middle and lower course below its confluence with the River Tummel. The Tay fishing is not what it once was but can still produce somewhere in the region of 10,000 salmon in a season.

Much of the fishing, on the middle and lower beats in particular, is done with the spinning rod. An alternative to spinning is harling, a method involving the use of a boat to swing large flies on sinking lines across the wide Tay pools. Some of the lower pools might be covered, in lower water in summer and autumn, by a competent fly fisherman wading deep and speycasting a long line on a seventeen foot rod. The upper river, above Ballinluig, is naturally smaller and more suited to the fly rod and might be covered effectively with a fifteen footer. Traditionally The Tay spring salmon run was renowned wordwide, for numbers and size of fish. Loch Tay fished well from January to March, as did the upper river, which also fished well in the autumn months of September and October. The middle river produced fish from January to March and again in September and October, while the lower Tay produced spring fish from January to May and again at the back end. Sadly, the spring fishing throughout the system is a shadow of its former self and by far the bulk of the salmon are taken at the back end of the year, with August to October the best months. In recent years the netting operations on the river have been bought out and there are hopes that the Tay fishing, particularly the spring fishing, will improve after many years of decline.


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Angling Clubs and Associations

Taymouth Angling Club
The River Tay from Kenmore Bridge to Logierait
Contact : Mark Bowler, 3 Aberfeldy Road, Kenmore, Perthshire. PH15 2BL. Tel. 01887 830526

Aberfeldy Angling Club
Secretary : Robert M. Stewart. 18 Rannoch Road, Aberfeldy, Perthshire. PH15 2BU. Tel. 01887 829512

Dunkeld & Birnam Angling Club
Secretary : Fiona Robertson, 1a Oak Place, Perth Road, Birnam. PH8 0BH. Tel No. 01350 727656

Stanley & District Angling Club
Secretary :C. Miller, 28 Western Road, Luncarty, Perthshire. PH1 3HH. Tel 01738 828826

Stormont Angling Club
Secretary : David Brown, 68 Gellyburn Road, Almondbank, PH1 3 HT. Tel 01738 583267 or
Estate Office, Scone Palace, Perth, Perthshire. PH2 6BD. Estate Office Tel. 01738 552308

Perth & District Anglers Association
Secretary : Peter Backhouse, 9 The Guest House, Pitcullen Road, Perth. PH2 7NG

River Tay - Fishing Maps

To view a larger scale map of a particular section of the River Tay, click on a selected area of the maps below.

Upper River Tay Fishing Map

Map of the Upper River Tay


Middle River Tay Fishing Map

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Lower River Tay Fishing Map

Map of the Lower River Tay

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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