Across Scotland, the 2018 salmon fishing season is drawing towards a close on some rivers. One of the most famous and productive salmon rivers in Scotland, the Tay finishes on the 15thof October. We are therefore now currently in the final full week of the season. In the past, September and October have been prime salmon fishing months on the Tay. The river has always been famous for producing good numbers of autumn salmon with fresh fish being grassed until the end of the season. In recent years the autumn fishing has been disappointing with limited numbers of fresh fish being caught. 
After a difficult summer this year, the fishing on the river has picked up. Over the past month between two and four hundred fish have been caught from the river during most weeks which is a more than respectable tally. Some of the fish landed have been fresh which is good to see.
So what lies in store for anglers fishing during the final few days of the 2019 Scottish salmon fishing season on the River Tay? Heavy rain has been falling over the west side of the Tay catchment area and because of this river levels have been rising today. There is also further rain forecast later this week so let us hope that it is not a washout. If and when water levels settle there should be an excellent chance of anglers enjoying some good sport. There is a decent head of fish on many of the beats on the river now and with this latest lift in water, it is likely that the fish will become more aggressive especially if there is a drop in temperature. Often at this time of year, the fish lying in the pools will turn their thoughts towards spawning once it gets colder and this can make them more inclined into taking a fly.
In recent weeks the best of the fishing has been on the beats located on the lower river. It has been good to see some beats around the Dunkeld area also pick up some nice fish. With the latest lift in water, more fish should run upstream into the middle river and so beats in this area should enjoy some good sport.
Let us keep our fingers crossed that the weather gods are in a good mood over the next few days and we don’t have a big flood. Hopefully, then anglers fishing on the river can enjoy a fruitful end to the season.