Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board

Protecting and Improving The Tay System

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THE TAY SYSTEM: FISHING FOR ALL!

SALMON FISHING

Salmon fishing is the most important fishery on the River Tay and its tributaries. Salmon are fished for throughout the length of the Tay from Perth upstream. Many of the fish caught are actually landed in its many tributaries like the Isla, Tummel, Lyon, Dochart and Earn, all fine salmon rivers in their own right. Within the last 20 years rod catches have twice exceeded 14,000 and even now average around 5000. No other British river has ever been able to boast such productivity.

SEA TROUT FISHING

Compared to some other rivers sea trout fishing in the Tay is of much lesser importance to salmon. The Tay itself has only a modest sea trout run. The best tributary for sea trout is the River Earn, which historically has been an excellent sea trout river.

BROWN TROUT FISHING

The Tay and its tributaries have good stocks of wild brown trout which support a significant but perhaps underutilised fishery. Some enthusiasts rate parts of the Tay amongst the best wild trout waters in Britain. More details and contacts here.

Grayling

Grayling were introduced to the Tay at the end of the nineteenth century and have since spread through the main river and the larger tributaries including the Earn. Winter grayling fishing is popular in many areas, again especially on the Earn.

Coarse fish

A number of coarse fish species including pike, perch and roach exist within the district. Most fishing for these species takes place in certain lochs as opposed to in the rivers themselves.