River Tweed Fishing Guide & SGAIC Fly Fishing Instructor

Looking for a River Tweed fishing guide and fly fishing instructor? Scotia Fishing operate on many of Scotland’s finest rivers including the prestigious River Tweed where head guide Callum Conner (a qualified Scottish Game Angling Instructor) has fished extensively for over a decade. This depth of local knowledge and experience is invaluable when looking for a River Tweed fishing guide.

The world famous River Tweed offers some of the finest fly fishing in Scotland. With specimen Trout, Grayling and historically Scotland’s most prolific Salmon run. It’s no wonder many anglers travel from around the world to fish this majestic river!

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A guest fishes to rising trout under the supervision of River Tweed Fishing Guide Callum Conner

River Tweed Facts

The Tweed’s name comes from the anglicisation of the Gaelic word ‘Tuath’ which means ‘North’.
Tweed clothing (i.e  Tweed caps etc) has born its name from the connection with the River Tweed, many of the rivers resident ghillies still sport the full traditional Tweed attire to this day.

The River Tweed is the 2nd largest river in Scotland and is unique in the fact that it flows through Scotland and England, forming the border between both countries before emptying into the North Sea at Berwick upon Tweed. It meanders its way through a beautiful setting amidst the stunning, historic, Scottish Borders countryside.

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Your River Tweed Fishing Guide knows the best spots to catch salmon, trout & grayling

The Tweed is also unique in that there is no spinning allowed after the 14th of September so it boasts the most fly caught Salmon in Scotland.

It has a total of 13 main tributaries including the bonnie River Teviot, Leader, Whiteadder, Ettrick and River Till, all of which provide good fishing in their own right.

The River Tweed is also the only river in England where a rod license is not required to fish.

River Tweed Species

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Monster Grayling for Swedish guest on the from River Tweed…

The River Tweed Grayling fishing is exceptional, along with its main tributaries it is arguably the finest Grayling fishery in the UK, if not Europe! We have been fortunate to guide our clients to many memorable Tweed system Grayling of specimen proportions, as well as landing them ourselves. Grayling fishing is available throughout the year with peak times being in winter. There is something special about winter Grayling fishing, not even sub zero temperatures will stop them feeding!

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A stunning Middle River Tweed Trout

The Brown Trout fishing on the River Tweed seems to be improving more and more in recent years. In April, May and early June the dry fly fishing can be exceptional and this is the best time of year to target the larger specimens, when you can carefully select and cast at the bigger fish. At this time of year the fish seem to have food on their mind and are a little bit easier to tempt. After this spell the nymph fishing and evening rise comes into its own!

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2nd Salmon of the day for Australian guest Mick on the Middle River Tweed

The River Tweed Salmon fishing is some of the best in Europe. The Tweed has been the most prolific river in Europe for a number of years, 2010 saw a record breaking catch return. Although catches over the past couple seasons haven’t been quite what we’re used to, like many rivers in Scotland this has mainly been down to a lack of rainfall.

The spring Salmon run has seen an increase in recent seasons. Spring is a special time to catch a Salmon, many hardcore Salmon anglers yearn to catch “springers”. Fishing can be purchased at a more affordable price and although Salmon are present in lesser numbers, the fish are often better takers. This mainly mainly due to the colder water temperatures.

The Salmon season on the Tweed is one of the lengthiest in the country, running from 1st February till the 30th of November. Salmon can be caught throughout the season with peak times being April/May & early June and then famous back end Autumn/Fall run September – November.

 

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River Tweed Fishing Guide Callum Conner with a big brown trout from the river about to be returned.

Hiring a River Tweed fishing guide and fly fishing instructor with an in depth knowledge of when and where to fish this iconic Scottish river is paramount to ensuring your best chance of success. Get in touch with us now via the contact us button here and at the top of the page to discuss guided fishing on the River Tweed.

 

Grayling Fishing in Scotland

I’ve been Grayling fishing in Scotland since I was 18 and I can remember when I caught my first ever Grayling down on the River Tweed. After a few trips without success, I managed to eventually catch one after applying some advice I was given on a fly fishing forum (they can be helpful places sometimes!).

I was fishing for Grayling in the summer and set up with a duo of klinkhammer and gold beaded hares ear. I was told to strike every time the klinkhammer disappeared and eventually I struck and it moved – I had hooked something.

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Where the love began, my first ever Grayling and equally impressive hair style – blonde streaked mullet… Those were the days hey?

I landed the fish (which was over 2lb) and safely returned it before proceeding to catch another smaller one and calling it a day. That’s where the love began.

Over the years I have fished various rivers throughout Scotland, building up local knowledge on the rivers and refining my techniques. Without blowing my own trumpet I’ve been lucky enough to land my fair share of specimen Grayling along the way.

It was on the 1st of January 2015 I first beat my personal best with this horse of a Grayling caught on a red tag hares ear and measured at 48cm but look at the shoulders on this thing!

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This was a personal best at the time…

I have caught and weighed Grayling up to 2lb 12oz and this was a bit longer but unbelievably fatter! Easily 3lb plus. That’s only a number though, I just enjoyed catching the fish. Far too much emphasis in fishing these days is on pounds and ounces, just enjoy it!

Now I have beaten it twice in what has been a special, special year for myself personally with Grayling of 3lb 4oz then 3lb 5oz.

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Huge Grayling caught in rising river – the rule books aren’t gospel! Apologies for the background photoshop but fish like these are pretty special and we have to protect our marks and more importantly these fine fish.

It’s hard to believe this majestic looking species were considered a pest many years ago. Persecuted by anglers and ghillies worried they ate all the Salmon eggs.

Thankfully attitudes have changed and they are now a much sought after quarry in Scotland, particularly in winter.

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Fly fish stunning Scottish rivers

Grayling can be fished for all year round although it’s advised to avoid fishing for them during spawning times for obvious reasons. Although related to Trout & Salmon they spawn at different times preferring early Spring.

The great thing about Grayling fishing in Scotland is even in the coldest depths of winter, driving sleet, heavy snow, rain and wind they will still feed when little else is willing to take a fly. I have caught them in temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees celsius!

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Bugging for Grayling

Grayling fishing in Scotland is up there with some of the best quality sport we have in the country (in my opinion). We have a number of quality rivers such as: the River Annan. Earn, Clyde, Isla, Nith, Tay, Tummel, Tweed & Teviot.

All these rivers offer fantastic Grayling fishing with with healthy populations and specimen captures every season.

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Young Jaco from Italy was a star! Three big grayling he had this day. Two over 3lbs!

Whether you are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirlingshire, The Borders, St Andrews or Perth there is good Grayling fishing to be had within an hours drive – what are you waiting for?

Here is a little film I worked on with Speycast Media for Loop Tackle Design trying to capture the essence of winter grayling fishing in Scotland.

 

Winterfish from Speycast Media on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in Guided Grayling Fishing please get in touch now.

We provide full equipment, waders, permits, transport, guides, lunch and photographs from your day to keep as a souvenir.

New for 2015 is our Winter Grayling Fishing Packages with special offers available.

 

Salmon Fishing on the River Tay in Scotland

Salmon fishing on the River Tay in Scotland holds a special place in our hearts. It is our most local river that’s part of Scotland’s “big four” salmon fishing rivers and we would argue it offers the best value Salmon fishing in Scotland. The River Tay is Scotland’s largest river, flowing an impressive 117 miles from source to sea.

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Stunning Autumnal light when Salmon fishing on the River Tay!

The River Tay is steeped in tradition and Salmon fishing history. In-fact the biggest ever Salmon caught in the UK was caught on this very river back in 1922 by Miss Georgina Ballantine. It is still the British record rod caught Salmon to this day and unlikely to ever be beaten!

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Salmon fishing on the river tay in Scotland during low water conditions in September.

Scotia Fishing provide guided Salmon fishing on the River Tay from opening day in January up until the last day in October.

The great thing about the River Tay is fresh fish run the river from opening day, until the last day of the season. This means you will always have a chance at landing a bar of silver!

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A great back-end Salmon for Dan from Oklahoma on the River Tay!

The River Tay has a great spring, summer and back end run which makes the river very unique and consistent throughout the season.

The tributaries of the river Tay have some of Scotland’s most prolific spring salmon catches. If you time it right,  they can offer you one of the best chances of landing a spring Salmon in Scotland!

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Can you spot the jumping Salmon

Salmon Fishing on the River Tay

The Tay is one of the few Scottish rivers that will fish in mega low summer levels right up to 12ft above summer levels which was conditions we faced on the last week of the season in 2014 and still caught fish!

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Ronnie with a coloured back-end hen typical of fishing in the fall & autumnal months.

Up until the end of the 2014 season the Tay ran a trial extension period for four years with the season running to the end of October. This was a great idea in our eyes but following a vote in December 2014, land owners on the river have opted against this being applied for on a permanent basis.

This is a shame, as on the second last day of the season in 2014 we were still catching bright bars of silver like the one below.

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A stunning wee Grilse from the 2nd last day to the extension season.

 

There are so many picturesque beats offering first class Salmon fishing on the River Tay with great ghillies and facilities to match.

Different sections of this magnificent river fish best at different times of the year. Scotia Fishing will use our knowledge and experience of fishing and guiding on the Tay to select you the best beat suiting your requirements to give you the best opportunity possible of landing that prized Atlantic Salmon!

Our packages include:

  • Hotel pick ups
  • Permit / License
  • Personal guide per 3 anglers
  • Qualified tuition
  • Full safety equipment
  • Top of the range fishing tackle hire
  • Breathable waders & boot hire
  • Hearty Scottish themed lunches & non-alcoholic drinks
  • Photography to keep as a souvenir
  • Complimentary fine dram of single malt whisky

 

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A stinker of a salmon from the River Tay. Caught on the fly by Scotia Fishing owner..

We offer one of the best value services in Scotland and have built up a reputation for delivering results. Don’t just believe us, check out the independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Please visit our Salmon fishing in Scotland package page or get in touch using the “Contact Us” button to find out more information about Salmon fishing on the River Tay in Scotland.

Best Salmon Fishing in Scotland – Our Thoughts

The best Salmon fishing in Scotland. How does one prove such a statement? Well, in our opinion there are number of factors that contribute to defining the best Atlantic Salmon fishing in Scotland. Scotland has an abundance of prolific Salmon rivers, with each one having it’s own unique feel, appearance, history, traditions and charm.

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A pristine example of a prized, fresh run, Scottish Atlantic Salmon.

 

Here’s our thoughts on what makes the best Salmon fishing in Scotland.

 

1. Accessibility is a major factor. Somewhere within a short drive from the major Scottish cities is a must.

2. Value for money. A river with affordable Salmon fishing options to cater for all budgets at the various times of year.

3. Well managed. A river managed well, with helpful, professional ghillies looking after the beats and providing a welcoming atmosphere to the visiting anglers.

4. Scenery & wildlife. After all, it’s what Scotland is famed for.

5. Quality of fishing. It has to offer quality fishing all year round, good spring, summer and a back end run.

6. History and charm. Scotland is the home of Salmon fly fishing, Spey Casting and the British record Salmon.

When we sat down to go through all the above criteria, in our opinion, the best Salmon fishing is on the mighty River Tay.  Let us explain how we come to our conclusion.

 

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A client fishing the River Tay in Summer levels

 

 

You can fish the River Tay within a short drive from all Scotland’s major central cities and towns such as, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee, Fife, Stirling & even St Andrews.

It offers the best value for money Salmon fishing in Scotland. Affordable permits and access to such beats can be found all year round, even in peak season when booked in advance.

Fresh run Atlantic Salmon can be caught from opening day, right up until the very last day of the season in most conditions.

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The Best Tay Salmon fishing in Scotland in stunning woodland estates

The Tay has a reputation for big fish and due to it’s size, fresh fish will run the system even in the lowest of summer levels. It will is fish when below summer level and up to 12 feet above summer level, offering reliable and consistent Atlantic Salmon fishing throughout the season.

For those that can’t fly fish, Spinning is allowed all year round.

The Tay has different types of water to suit both fly and spin anglers. Beautiful long streamy runs, deep holding pools – it really has it all!

Many of the Tay’s tributaries offer Salmon fishing and in fact some of the best Salmon fishing in Scotland in the spring time (given the correct conditions), is found on the River Tay’s tributaries.

 

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The bank-side trees are lit by the warm Autumnal light.

 

Meandering through the Perthshire countryside (often referred to as the start of the Highlands), the River Tay is surrounded by beautiful scenery, the banks are lined with impressive Beech and Oak trees, which come Autumn/Fall are simply breath-taking when illuminated by the warm evening and morning autumnal sunlight.

An array of impressive wildlife can be seen whilst fishing the River tay, including Kingfishers, Ospreys, Deer, Otters and Pheasants are often spotted whilst fishing.

The river Tay is the largest river in the UK by volume of discharge. It has the largest catchment area of approximately 2000 square miles and  is the longest river in Scotland spanning an impressive 120 miles from West to East.

The River Tay home of the UK’s largest rod caught Salmon caught by miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922, weighing an astonishing 64lbs. A record which is unlikely to ever be beaten. (pic shown above)

 

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Miss Georgina Ballantine’s 64lb Atlantic Salmon from the River Tay

 

So for the above reasons, the River Tay offers the best Salmon fishing in Scotland – in our unbiased opinion!

For anyone interested in guided Salmon fishing trips in Scotland please follow the links to find out more information on our Salmon fishing packages in Scotland or get in touch by filling in our contact form here.