Spring & Early Summer Season Fishing Scotland Report 2018

It’s Mid July! We’re half way through the fishing season in Scotland and I find myself with an office day… I must update our blog!

Firstly apologies for the lack of content, we’ve been so busy! I hope our Instagram has kept you excited with all things fishy in Scotland!

March started off well for us with a Salmon landed for my American guest!

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Luke with a Springer from the River Tummel!

This one had been in the river a few weeks and was taken from a very fruitful lie for us this season. We had just lost one here the week before – same fish? Who knows!

Despite the well documented poor spring run of Salmon, we’ve had our best season ever! April into Mid May saw us land 11 Salmon for our guests and only lose two!

The biggest of the bunch was this 16 1/2lb stunner for returning guest Brant (Lefty) Weil.

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Brant with our seasons largest Salmon so far!

Regular readers of our blog may recognise Brant fished with me on the Tweed last October and also managed a Salmon on the fly!

It is fair to say the Spring Trout fishing hasn’t been as productive as recent seasons. This was partly due to the cold start to spring.  This followed a surge in temperature which saw a couple of weeks of great fishing before it fell away.

We still managed some stunning Browns though!

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His first ever Brown Trout – bravo sir!

Here my English guest displays a pig of Brown Trout! This was caught nymphing in early April amidst a sleet shower!

This Trout was landed 500+ yards downstream of where we hooked it! Yes, his first ever Brown Trout would you believe it!

German guest Stefan made the most of a lift in water and topped off his Salmon from the Tay (after losing four in one day!) with this yellow bellied beauty!

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Butter bellies!

The Grayling fishing in early pre-spawn was great! We haven’t seen the numbers we would normally see, but the quality is excellent!

 

We managed some epic fish to 2lb 10oz for our guests and head guide Callum Conner managed a stunning 2lb 13oz Tweed Horse!

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Early season the guides get to fish!

 

The Pike fishing through late winter and spring was ever consistent. We managed lots of Pike up to the 15lb mark but no sign of the big mammas!

As the water warm up and the lack of rain continues, the Pike fishing will really come into its own.

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Chunky one for Paul visiting from the USA

Here is a nice double caught last week for our American Guest Paul.

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What a fighter this one was!

And another American guest Catherine with a nice one too.

As we come into the warmest part of the year we are still experiencing low and warm water conditions on our rivers which makes fishing conditions a bit more challenging.

Hopefully there is some rain soon to freshen things up. I have a good feeling about later summer and fall fishing this year!

Tight Lines!

Callum Conner

Trout & Salmon Front Cover!

First of all Happy New Year to all our readers! As the title suggests, this is my first published front cover image!

I was delighted to get a call from Trout & Salmon magazine about one of our Grayling images they’d like to feature on the front cover of the February issue of the magazine.

Trout & Salmon is undoubtedly the UK’s No.1 fly fishing magazine and features some of the best in the business in their appropriate fields.

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                                             Yeah boy!

It needed a little tweaking to fit so I had to wait anxiously before receiving a reply from Andrew Flitcroft that it was all good!

It’s been a goal of mine in recent years to achieve this so I am delighted to finally get there. I’ve had a few inside the magazine but including a double spreader but this is the first front cover!

The images is a first Grayling for a client I guided on the River Teviot. It is definitely one of my favourite Grayling images!

Also great to see our sponsor Loop Tackle on front cover too!

What a positive way to start 2018!

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

Fishing Seasons in Scotland

The Fishing season in Scotland differs from river to river, loch to loch and species to species. This can become problematic for visiting anglers. We have decided to list the full fishing seasons of Scotland in this post to help visiting anglers when planning their visit.

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Our native Wild Brown Trout, one of the most popular targets in Scotland.


Trout Fishing season in Scotland

The traditional Trout fishing season runs from the 15th of March to 6th of October. Some fisheries (including the Tweed and Annan) have delayed their opening day until the 1st of April and end it earlier on the 30th of September. We can only presume this is to allow extra recovery time for the Trout and allow Salmon anglers more room during the peak back end period.

Stocked Rainbow Trout Fishing is available all year round, there is no closed season. The majority of Rainbow Trout are triploids (sexless), so they do not spawn in our waters and therefore do not require protecting.

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Traditionally the Grayling season operates during winter, although nowadays many rivers offer year round fishing for this wonderful species.


Grayling Fishing Season in Scotland

In recent years the Grayling has become a much sought after quarry for the discerning fly-fisher, particularly during the trout closed season. Subsequently most grayling season permits on our rivers run during the closed season for Trout. Please note that on many rivers the Grayling can be targeted on a Trout permit but it is recommended not to specifically target them during their spawning and post spawn periods which is generally April & May.

River Tweed & Tributaries – Available from the 1st of December to 28th March.

River Annan – Available from 1st of December to 28th March.

River Tay & Tributaries – Available all year, although not recommended in April & May.

River Earn – Available from 15th of November to 15th January.

 

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Atlantic Salmon fishing in Scotland is available 11 months of the year.


Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing Season in Scotland 

The Salmon & Sea Trout (often referred to as migratory species) fishing season is more diverse and varies in Scotland from river to river. Over centuries the Salmon have adapted their survival strategy to suit their environment, migrating at different times of the year. Some of our river management systems recognised this and subsequently adapted the seasons to suit, offering the Salmon protection during vulnerable spawning and post spawn periods.

Here you can read the full Salmon Fishing Seasons in Scotland.

 

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Pike – One of Scotland’s most popular coarse species target.


Coarse Fishing Season in Scotland

Coarse fishing is available all year round in Scotland, there is no closed season. Many lochs that allow Trout or Salmon fishing only distribute coarse fishing permits out-with the game fishing season. This is mainly to manage confusion over which species you are fishing for.

The main Coarse species that can be found in Scotland include: Perch, Pike, Roach, Rudd, Carp, Bream, Tench Chub & Ruffe.

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Pollock can be targeted year-round in some areas of Scotland.

Sea Fishing Season in Scotland 

The Sea fishing season in Scotland is like the coarse fishing season in that there is no closed period. Certain times of the year however suit different species and many can only be found during the warmer months. Sea fishing is also completely free in Scotland!