Guided Fly Fishing River Tay for Salmon: Wading or Boat fishing
Firstly, salmon fishing on the River Tay is an unmissable experience for any salmon angler. Alba Fishing offer salmon fishing trips, on various River Tay Salmon Beats. Beginners, intermediate and experts are welcome on our salmon fishing days.
To begin with, our fishing guides, and, or SGAIC spey casting instructors are focused on making your day memorable. In addition, they can help you learn to Spey cast, or make improvements to your existing skills.
Initially, we will give you solid advice on reading the river, fly choice and salmon fishing techniques. You can fly fish, or spin cast on the River Tay, allowing to mix up your day with different fishing styles.
In addition, we provide quality fishing tackle. We have double hand Spey rods by Sage, Scott Mackenzie, Orvis and Vision. These rods, are carefully matched with a selection of Rio fly lines
Conveniently, to save you luggage space, we will provide Orvis breathable waders, and boots with tungsten studs. In fact, we hold all sizes for men, women and kids. This takes away the stress of transporting heavy gear, It also removes the hassle of sterilising boots and waders, a mandatory requirement when using overseas gear in our rivers.
Finally, transport to and from your accommodation to the river can be arranged. Also we can provide delicious riverside lunches.
History of the River Tay – one of the world’s best salmon rivers
Firstly, the River Tay is internationally renowned for its Atlantic salmon fishing, and one of the best salmon rivers in the UK. It is without doubt, one of the world’s most iconic rivers.
Moreover, anglers come from far and wide to fish for wild Scottish salmon on the River Tay.
Interestingly, the River Tay is the longest river in Scotland, at 117 miles long. Its source and headwaters comes from the west coast of Scotland. The river empties Loch Tay at Kenmore, and then meanders eastwards to the Tay Estuary, and North Sea.
Also, the Tay regularly produces very big salmon, including the current UK rod caught salmon record. This was caught by Miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922, and weighed 64lbs.
The Atlantic salmon is such a powerful fish, and somehow a symbol of ancient Scotland. Every anglers dream, is to catch a salmon in Scotland. According to Visit Scotland, catching one, one of the top ten attractions in Scotland.
The River Tay is Scotland’s longest and largest salmon river. The main River Tay tributary rivers are the River Tummel, Garry, Dochart, Lyon, Earn, Isla & Almond. These rivers are big enough and good enough to be stand alone salmon rivers in their own right.
The salmon season starts each year on the 15th of January and closes on the 15th of October. You can extend fishing to 31st October by switching to the excellent tributaries like the River Earn, and the River Tummel. The former is one of the best Autumn rivers for Salmon in Scotland.
A typical salmon fishing day on the River Tay
Of course, our guides can arrange to collect you from your hotel. A typical salmon fishing day runs from 08:00 to 17:30, however we flexible with timings.
Secondly, if you are fishing the Tay, the best cities to stay, are Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Strathtay areas. A full list of our recommended fishing accommodation can be found here.
Additionally, our team have one goal, to maximise your chances of catching a salmon, and deliver an enjoyable experience.
Also, our fishing tackle is of the highest quality. Your guide will bring double hand Spey fly rods and spin casting rods. Moreover, we constantly explore and update tactics, when targeting salmon in Scotland.
Thirdly, if you are fly fishing, our River Tay salmon flies are lovingly tied by our guides, and highly effective. Indeed, we have a range of line choices, to cover all scenarios. Additionally, we stock Shooting Heads, Spey lines, Short Spey and Skagit all perfectly balanced to maximise your enjoyment and chance of catching.
Reassuringly, there’s no need to bring any gear whatsoever. We provide quality Orvis breathable waders. Men, women’s and kids sizes are stocked and we fit the wading boots with expensive tungsten studs for better grip on the river bed.
Importantly, for your safety, please remember to bring your sunglasses, but if you forget, don’t worry, we carry spares.
Lastly, your guide will be on your shoulder all day and is happy to give you casting tips, take photos and share stories. Naturally if you need solitude, we’ll take a back seat and stay within eyeshot in case you need us.
Included in your fishing day
- Salmon Fishing permits for a prime beat of River Tay
- Transport arrangements can be arranged from Edinburgh, Gleneagles, St Andrews or Perth
- Professional Orvis Endorsed fishing guide and SGAIC casting instructor
- The latest fishing tackle and techniques; hand tied salmon flies, and premium fishing tackle.
- Spey Casting clinic, lessons or fine tuning if required
- Photographs of the day, air-dropped to you from your guide at end of day
- Clothing, footwear/ waders, and spare sunglasses
- Brand new Crewsaver auto – inflate life vest (see below)
- Alba Game Fishing “fishing in Scotland” Baseball cap (see below)
- Professional photographs of your fishing experience by a dedicated professional photographer. We us a Nikon D850 frame format Nikon DSLR and prime lenses. Link sent to Dropbox or DVD provided – £350.00
- Gourmet cooked riverside lunches served in a riverside cabin, with wine and a welcome dram. Organic or locally sourced ingredients. – £40 for one £60 for two.
- Excellent Fishing Accommodation
- Specialist Box of salmon flies, hand tied by Alba Guides 20 of the best salmon flies for the River Tay (that work) £80.00