2017 Fishing Season So Far Report

Wow where has this season gone! It’s mid September and I am getting a small break in between moving homes to write a little update/report on the fishing!

Spring this year was a strange affair. April became the driest April on record for Edinburgh. This had an effect on the river fishing, undoubtedly.
We endured a tough period of fishing throughout April and May with temperatures reaching 27 degrees celsius up on the river banks some days. Such periods of heat and low water do make for tricky fishing, particularly with Salmon.

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Worth falling in for mid-fight.

However, there were a few still getting caught and our guest above Will from California done well to land this beauty after falling in mid-fight! Don’t expect any sympathy from the guides until the Salmon is landed folks! 🙂

The Trout fishing for us was a challenge in Spring but did improve into the summer. We did manage a few nice ones but none of the real big Trout we often encounter at this time of year on the dry fly.

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Erin had a blast with trout on the Tweed system!

Before and after the Grayling spawned saw some great sport but there were some tough times in the low water conditions. Stealthy anglers were rewarded with fish up to 2 1/2lbs.

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“That fish Gray”

The Pike fishing was pretty reliable in spring. It did take a while to get warmed up at the Pike loch before they really switched on !

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Ken displays Mrs McMillan’s excellent Pike! Look at those markings!

We also had the pleasure of guiding culinary legend and all round gentleman Mr Albert Roux (O.B.E).
I had the pleasure of four days with Albert and two members of his team. I enjoyed the breakfasts and lunches and will savour those bank-side chats!

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Canelou, Vytas & Albert enjoying some Pike fishing in Perthshire!

As we moved into summer the rains came and the temperatures dropped in typical Scottish summer fashion! This done wonders for the fishing and we endured some of the best fishing of the year so far in July/August.

Ian managed this proper Tay Salmon after losing one earlier on the fly. A quick change of tactics resulted in this fine specimen.

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Ian’s second Salmon on his second day of fishing. He lost one shortly before on the fly also!

Dave from Cape Cod managed a nice fresh Grilse on the fly during two days of fishing on the River Tay.

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All the way from Cape Cod Dave managed this beauty on a fulling mill cascade fly

Also worth noting was the Sea Trout fishing in early summer. Alexis had this little spanker from the Tay on the fly when fishing for Salmon.

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Beautiful Sea Trout for Alexis from France!

The Grayling really switched on in the bigger waters and we had some really good fish on the nymphs not shy of the 3lbs mark.

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Medwin displays a rather thick Grayling!

With high river conditions we brought out the streamers for the Trout and I saw a few fish well over 2lbs lost by clients during this period. A real sickener but that’s fishing! There were a few nice ones though including Mr Shintani from Canada below.

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Nice trout for Eric on the streamer!

The Pike fly and lure fishing was pretty good when we had settled weather conditions and some nice fish came to both methods. Pick of a bunch would be Jeff’s pictured below. He fished away solidly all day with nothing until the last ten minutes. Landing a 8lber closely followed by this 17lber and an awesome fight!

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Pike are just awesome on a fly rod!

I even managed to sneak in three days of fishing myself up in the Highlands and managed a Salmon each day.

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Sometimes I get to fish too! 

The fish of the trip however was my friends first ever Salmon, what a way to start your Salmon career with a 9.5lbs sea-liced bar of silver. They don’t come much more perfect than that!

Ewe Beauty – My First Salmon from Scotia Fishing on Vimeo.

It feels very Autumnal now here in Scotland and the river banks are looking splendid as the leaves turn. This is a truly special time to fish in Scotland – cannot wait to update you on the rest of our season in the coming weeks!

Tight lines

Callum

Kids Fishing Trips in Scotland

We always get asked via enquiries if kids are welcome on our fishing packages. Absolutely!

As passionate anglers and guides, we find nothing more rewarding than welcoming newcomers (kids especially) into our wonderful sport! This is the ultimate in job satisfaction.

We can offer some exciting, child-friendly options for kids fishing trips in Scotland.

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Young Nico From France with one of 15 Pike landed in a day with Head Guide Callum Conner

Our head Guide Callum Conner is one of the most qualified guides in this industry. He holds an up to date disclosure (a must for working with kids in the UK) to compliment his other angling qualifications.

We try to cater for all ages of kids and experience levels but would agree that below seven is too young. Mainly due to size and strength more than anything. We would also listen to your judgement and shorter sessions may be an option.

Here are some of the highlights we’ve had over the past three seasons with kids fishing in Scotland with Scotia Fishing.

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Young Louis, is a little superstar. Some hilarious chats on the bank about football teams. Managed to persuade him to support my local team in Edinburgh and still supports them on his return so he gains extra brownie points!

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Superstar Louis with a fine Scottish Wild Brown Trout!

 

One of my most memorable guiding experiences with Jacopo from Italy. One of the most talented and polite young anglers I have met.

After hooking two Salmon in a day in 2015 and losing them whilst trout fishing, he returned in 2016 to put it right and on his second day landed this epic 18lb Atlantic Salmon on the River Tay!

 

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18lbs of River Tay Power House – no problem for this Italian teenager!

 

Junior Maier from Canada landed some special Pike with us including this 15lber!

 

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15lbs of pure predator for this young man!

That is just a small selection of some of the highlights we’ve had with kids fishing in Scotland with Scotia Fishing over the years.

If you’re looking to organise kids fishing trips in Scotland then Scotia Fishing have the experience to provide them with a great experience!

Please contact us using the “Contact Us” button at the top of the screen.

Summer Fishing in Scotland 2016 Update

The 2016 Summer fishing in Scotland is almost coming to an end – where have the months gone!
Apologies for the lack of updates with the blog, we’ve had a lot going on at Scotia HQ.

We’ve had a very positive season with many clients visiting from across the globe including USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia. Our summer has been rather cold, which although not so pleasant for those visiting the country on vacation, has made for better fishing conditions!

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Scotland in summer, it takes some beating for natural beauty!

Late spring and summer period has seen some great fishing spells for all species, particularly salmon. The Tay has received consistent runs throughout the summer months with many multi sea winter Salmon mazing an appearance throughout the river system.
The lower river has fished particularly well from July onwards, with some beats having their best July for over a decade!

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Returning the new record Salmon landed 18lbs of Tay silver!

Our clients felt the rewards of this with some good catches. The highlight of the bunch had to be returning customer Jacopo (only 13 years of  age) landing a Tay powerhouse 18lb Atlantic Salmon!

Kid Catches 18lbs Salmon From River Tay Scotland! from Scotia Fishing on Vimeo.

This young man is a little superstar!

Also having a great day was big Sebi from Switzerland with a stunning brace of Tay silver on the fly! Not bad for your first time ever Spey casting!

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A few “woo hoos” were in order!

His girlfriend also lost two spinning – what a day that could have been!

With the colder weather our rivers fished very well and we had much better brown trout fishing than last year. We picked up a number of nice browns on nymphs during this period.

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Robert (Rab) aka 603 Fly Guy with a nice brown on the Euro nymphing set up!

I had a great day out with Robert on the river chatting about all things fishy – the fishing was as good as the banter also!

Cody had a cracker right at the close of play, proving it pays to fish hard to the end!

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Cody’s new PB Brown Trout on the Frenchie…

As well as the ever obliging and very welcome Grayling…

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Rafael’s first ever Grayling!

The Hill loch brown trout fishing has been hit or miss, on the colder days it has almost felt like winter up at these higher altitudes, putting the fish down. We have still managed to catch a few though!

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It can be cold up on the tops of these hills. Still as beautiful though!

Leonard had some good sport fishing traditional Scottish wet fly tactics.

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Leonard with an average wild brown trout…

The Pike fishing has been consistently good with fly and modern lure fishing tactics. For a couple of weeks the big fish were hard on the feed and our clients landed some great pike during this period on lures..

The biggest of the season so far goes to Piotr using light lure fishing tackle.

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As fat as they get, this Pike was sitting under some of the largest shoals of Perch fry I have ever seen!

Chad managed a cracking first ever Pike on the fly.

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A hard fighting Pike on fly…

Just look at the beautiful colouration on these Pike!

I managed a couple of short breaks myself including a three day trip to Iceland (report to follow soon). I also took a recent foray up to the Highlands with my partner. We were unlucky with the weather though and endured some spectacular wind and rainstorms, which put an end to the fishing, but made for some interesting photographs!

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Tornado like wind storms up in the Highlands of Scotland

The summer fishing period in Scotland is coming to an end for 2016. With the arrival of Autumn we hit one of the best times of year to fish for all fresh water species in Scotland.
It is also one of the most beautiful seasons to be on the water with the leaves turning on the trees and misty mornings – I can’t wait!

Tight lines!

Callum Conner

Scotia Fishing Head Guide
SGAIC Qualified & Loop Tackle endorsed Instructor

Our 2016 Season So Far Update

As I sit down to write this post, I find it hard to believe we are in the middle of May already! The Scottish spring weather has been nothing short of terrible up until recent weeks! Two weeks ago I was fishing in five inches of snow on a hill loch, today we are in 20 degree celsius heats and getting tans!  You certainly don’t come to Scotland for the weather…

Our season so far has been fantastic. We’ve had many clients from all over the globe and most have caught fish in tough conditions with the odd red letter day here and there. The cold spring has definitely halted dry fly sport on our rivers with hatches sporadic and the fish rising sporadically also.
But with the warmer weather we can only see positives for the coming months.

The Grayling fishing earlier this year was nothing short of exceptional! We had numerous big fish for clients and even managed a few ourselves during quiet spells.

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Oh yes, she’s good…

The Chen family from Singapore had a great day in early spring, enduring temperatures more akin to winter, but that didn’t stop the fish feeding and they had a great introduction to fly fishing on the river landing, a few brown trout and grayling on the much talked about Squirmie Wormie…

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All smiles in the cold for this Singaporean family of professional fishers!

Ed from the U.S managed a stunning little Rainbow Trout on the River Tay. Rainbow Trout are not indigenous to Scotland and this was likely an escapee from a nearby trout fishery. By law we had to dispatch this fish,  but it did not go to waste and I enjoyed it for my tea!

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An unusual catch but welcome on a hard day, gave a great account of itself and tasted darn good!

I managed to get out for a few days myself for Trout and managed this beauty at the end of March. I had to take a video on my phone to get a photo – the joys of fishing solo without a skilled photographer/guide…

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Taken on a mobile phone so apologies for poor quality..

Matt from South Africa had a great day’s sport with plenty of Grayling and Trout fishing March Brown’s down and across – everyday is learning day folks!

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Matt with a nice wild river brown.

The Trout dry fly fishing hasn’t really ever kicked of like it did last year. I remember guiding Bud from the U.S in April last year (see below) and the surface activity was unreal! Olive Uprights, March Brown’s and Large Dark Olives had the fish going crazy.

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Dr. Robertson in April 2015 nailing browns left right and centre during a huge fly hatch…

This year so far I can only recall one day similar, when I was guiding James and his father in mid April. We picked up numerous Grayling in the morning on nymphs then in the afternoon the Large Dark Olives started to hatch and the fish came on, big style!

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James had lots of action with fishein in this size bracket on the famous Olive Jingler!

They continued to land over a dozen trout between them – no monsters but all on the dry. A great day’s sport.

The father and son duo also had a great day later in the week fishing for Pike and managed two nice fish, however one slipped out of the weigh sling before we could photograph but we did manage to snap this fella…

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Nice 17lb pike for James on a small soft plastic lure and 7ft spinning rod

 

The Pike fishing in general has been consistently good and living up to our thoughts of them being the most reliable species to fish for here in Scotland. Since April we have been focusing on the Trout rivers allowing the Pike to spawn in peace.

I had a great time with local father and son teaching them how to fly fish on the River Tay. This youngster managed his first ever fish on the fly – you can see his excitement. It is hard to beat watching young anglers catch their first fish on the fly!

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Well done young man!

The Salmon fishing this spring has been slow to start but the Tay has been pretty consistent since April. The low water is making things a little interesting and the fish are running very hard at the minute. The Tummel was bouncing with fish earlier this week with many running up the Salmon Ladder into Loch Faskally.

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Fishing a very low River Earn in Spring…

I have personally managed three days of Salmon fishing and have landed two so far. I had one on the fly from the River Tay last week, with the ghillie releasing before I could get a photo with it! 🙂

And this beauty below at the end of March spinning on a tributary of the River Tay.

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Head Guide Callum Conner with a gracious selfie…

Our guests have hooked three and landed only one so far this spring! Raphael from Quebec had one day of guided fishing with Callum and managed this beauty on his fourth cast then later lost another one in the afternoon.

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Fourth cast, bang… That’s the way to do it!

This gave Raph an unbelievable fight, snagging us up twice. He done really well to land it.

This is just a taster of many jobs we’ve had so far this season.

All fishing prospects for the remainder of May look good, the water temps have finally risen, fly life has increased, the Pike have finished spawning and are now on the feed – big time. The central belt rivers are incredibly low at the minute for this time of year and a splash of rain wouldn’t do us any harm just to top up the levels.

It is now peak season for us and we are out every other day on the water. We are super excited to see what the remainder of spring and the summer fishing has to offer our clients in 2016!

Tight lines!