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?

If you’re interested in Guided Grayling Fishing in Scotland 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.

Fishing in October Scotland 2014

What a great month of Fishing in October in Scotland for Scotia Fishing. The Trout season ended on the the 6th but our main focus in October is  Salmon fishing in Scotland as it is peak season. After the driest September on record the rains arrived in October, improving the Salmon fishing slightly on all our rivers, especially the River Tay!

The first guided fishing trip in October Scotland was for Atlantic Salmon on the River Tay.  The river was still low, the water hadn’t arrived yet and despite the beat being full of fish they had gone a bit stale and off the take. We had tried everything to fool one into taking but they just weren’t interested. We kept on fishing as if we were trying to catch running fish, hoping eventually we would land it in front of one’s nose but on this occasion they got the better of us!

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Can you spot the jumper?

It can be a frustrating old game Salmon fishing when the fish are behaving like that but still, it’s not a bad place to spend a day is it?

Lennie was out Pike fishing in Scotland in October with Mike and his wife from USA. They managed a few hard fighting Scottish Pike in tough, cold squally conditions using soft plastic lure tactics from the boat. Mike had a great day and sent a lovely message to Lennie to say thanks.

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Mike displays a nicely marked Pike

With the recent Pike success we headed back out with Phil and his partner to try for Pike fishing in October in Scotland using soft plastic lures. The temperatures had really started to drop at night now and the water temps were down 8 degrees from our previous visit. We could all feel the chill in the air and had to add a few extra layers! We managed to get a few Pike still despite the colder temperatures but the sport had definitely slowed down from the previous visit.

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Phil’s first Scottish Pike with head guide Callum Conner

Phil was out with me the following day, this time fishing in October for Salmon on the River Tay, which was looking glorious in it’s Autumnal colours! The river was a decent height after a big rise and was looking good. Fish were showing throughout the beat, I felt really confident we could get a Salmon. We started on the Vision 110 after a discussion with Phil he was keen to spin and avoid losing time learning to Spey cast effectively.

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Stunning views upstream as the warm light illuminates the trees

Phil fished hard all morning and just before lunch fishing one of the pools we covered a big cock fish, easy high teens that was jumping quite regularly. After five or six casts it smashed the 110 and Phil’s rod bent into the fish, only after a few strong head shakes it came off! I was gutted more than Phil was in all honesty, even more-so that we didn’t manage to connect with any more fish before the close of play. Phil still had a great experience and thanked us via email for an awesome time despite his recurring nightmares about losing that fish!

 

Lennie was out the same day with Lesley on the River Tay. Conditions were pretty good for this area of river and there was no shortage of fish in this beat, they were just proving difficult to tempt! Spinning from the boat in the morning Les managed to get a cracking looking cock fish in it’s full spawning colours.

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Aren’t they impressive?

I was back out for Salmon with Alyssa, a young American exchange student that flew in from Holland especially to fish for Salmon in Scotland. Alyssa was an interesting young lady studying fisheries management and had an impressive knowledge of fish and fishing. We were fishing a big river, 6ft above normal level and decided spinning would be the best to cover the most water. Alyssa fished hard all day and despite seeing a few Salmon we couldn’t manage to connect with any.

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Alyssa from Colorado – She loves Scottish Tablet!

Alyssa really enjoyed her day and left us a fantastic review on Tripadvisor but forgot to mention her introduction to Scottish candy “Tablet bar” on the car journey home! (Hope you are reading this Alyssa!) :).  

“I am an exchange student studying fisheries biology from the US studying abroad in Holland, and I made a goal to fish in as many countries as I could while I was overseas. I knew I wanted to try for Salmon in Scotland, so I contacted Callum at Scotia Fishing to guide me for a day. I had never had a guide before, at home I fish regularly for trout and warm water species and have never needed a guide. Going abroad, however, I figured I’d need someone to show me the ropes. I made the best choice I could have!
When I met Callum, he was warm and friendly and right away I felt comfortable. He is an extremely knowledgeable and trust-able angler, he really impressed me with his knowledge of fisheries, and I would recommend him to anyone for a day of Scottish fishing. Even though I was far away from home in a place I’d never been before fishing for a species I’d never seen in real life, I felt like I was at home fishing with a friend. It was certainly one of the best days on the water I’ve ever had in my life, and no doubt the scenery was breathtaking.
If you are considering using this guide service, DO IT! You won’t regret it!”

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Calling for a cab on the river tay…

It was another awesome day, with great company, good conversation, great laughs, beautiful scenery with pheasants and kingfishers flying by occasionally – fishing is not just about catching fish!

On the last week of the Salmon season the river rose to over 14ft causing one re-scheduled trip for next year which was a shame. By Thursday the river was still high but running clear and definitely fish-able! Thomas from Missouri was back in Scotland for his second attempt at Salmon fishing and looking to break his duck (no pressure huh?).  It didn’t take us long, within 20 minutes of fishing we had this beauty in the net!

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Fish on!

I was delighted to see Thomas get the fish he had been after for a few years and it was great to see such silver fish on the second last day of the season.  After a few high fives and and a few “yeehas” all round we got stuck back into the fishing, after another 30 minutes we were in again but this one managed to escape after a few seconds, still, it was a promising start! 

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Thomas got a fantastic fight from this fish – you can see the delight on his face!

After a nice hearty casserole for lunch we were back out on the opposite side of river, we fished the long run which was looking rather tasty, fish were showing and I had a good feeling about this. As we fished down we went back onto the killer spoon lure as we came towards the area we had seen a fish jump. Right on queue, as the lure swung round it nailed the lure just under the surface. 

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And he’s in again!

After a short energetic fight I slipped the net under Thomas’s second Atlantic Salmon of the day, a spanking wee Grilse which is extremely unusual but very welcome sight at this time of year!

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A stunning wee Grilse is returned to carry on it’s journey

For the last hour Thomas wanted to have a go on the fly and after a short spey casting lesson from Loop endorsed, SGAIC qualified instructor he was double spey’ing a red francis across the Tay – all we needed now was a taking fish! As the light closed in it was time to end the day with two Salmon landed, one small Trout and one lost Salmon – not a bad day’s fishing by anyone’s standards and another happy Scotia Fishing client!

 

Final day of the Salmon season on the Tay and I had my Swiss friend Arnaud back out for Salmon with his best friend Basil. From pick up in the morning at 7:30am they were as high as kites, their dream has been to fish in Scotland for Salmon and what better place to to fulfil this dream than on one of the lower Tay’s best and most scenic beats?

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Arnaud deep in concentration..

Despite high conditions and ridculously mild weather (16 degrees in Scotland at the end of October – crazy!) we felt confident, there were still fish running and plenty of residents to go at also. Spinning was the preferred method for both the guys and they fished like demons all morning but couldn’t muster a take – c’est la peche! 

Basil was full of the beans and a very entertaining character, the dram of Whisky at lunch time got him fired them both up as well as a top up of their local tipple “Williamine”, a smell and taste I will not miss boys sorry! The hipster cap went on back to front now, Basil meant business!

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Basil with his lucky hipster cap…

Fishing the opposite side of the river we had a few fish show in front of us and this photo below will be my favourite memory from these guys. As I took a photo of them a large Salmon jumped out the water about 6 feet away from them – much to their amusement.

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“Did you see that?”

Despite their effort the guys didn’t manage to land a Salmon on the final day of the season – maybe they just had other things on their mind?
Still a great day and a great day to finally let them get on with their business and draw an end to a tough Salmon fishing season, with some great laughs on the Tay, the Tay, the silver Tay, the greatest river on earth!

In October we managed to get out and fish in between guiding, fishing the same beats we take our clients. Callum managed a few when fishing in October in Scotland for Salmon.

 

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A fine example of a Scottish Salmon!

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A nice back-end Salmon from one of my favourite pools in Scotland – The Craig’s

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A baby crocodile!

We still have availability in November with Salmon fishing available on the river Tweed, Nith and Annan. 

Grayling fishing is now reaching it’s peak and we have availability throughout winter for guided Grayling fishing trips with two for one offer running from November – March 2015. Grayling offer fantastic winter sport and can be caught throughout the colder months no matter what the temperatures drop too.

If you are interested in fishing for one of our most beautiful species please get in touch by clicking here.

Tight lines!

Callum & Lennie

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Fishing in Scotland in September – 2014 Round Up

Fishing in Scotland in September got off to a flyer for our clients! We endured some beautiful weather, it still felt like summer for most of the month, with temperatures reaching 24 celsius which is crazy for Scotland. We also had one of the driest Septembers on record which didn’t help the Salmon fishing it must be said. Our first trip saw us looking after the lovely Bec & Gord all the way from B.C for two days on the River Tay. On the first day Gord managed to connect with a Grilse fishing the boil pool .

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Gord’s first ever Atlantic Salmon!

We saw very few fish the first day but enough to know they were there! Next day saw us on the Lower Tay, we were seeing lots of fish, ridiculous amounts to be honest but we just could not stop them. These fish had obviously dropped back in the recent big water and decided they wanted to head back up river – how anti social! We tried everything but it just wasn’t to be. I was gutted for Bec as she really stuck at it with the fly and deserved a fish for her efforts!

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Juraj made the right choice and fished with Scotia..

Next trip saw us Trout and Grayling fishing in Scotland on the Tweed system. With the water so law we were using the in fashion technique of “French Nymphing”. This is a highly effective method, especially in low water conditions associated with summer fishing. My guest was Juraj from Slovakia who was a big fan of Loop Tackle (good lad), he came dressed top to toe in Loop merchandise which was great to see! Juraj had done plenty fishing, especially French nymphing and had brought a box of lovely nymphs of which I will be replicating at the vice very soon.

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My Loop brother Juraj slips back a nice lady…

Despite low water conditions the fishing was great, albeit with mostly smaller stuff. Juraj must have landed between 40 & 50 small Trout and Grayling up to 1lb in weight, with the Grayling above being the pick of the bunch!

I also had out Ian from Australia for a days fly fishing targeting Grayling. Grayling were a species on Ian’s bucket list and his goal for today was to get one worth of a photo. It didn’t take long for Ian to start catching using French Nymphing tactics in the fast shallow runs.

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A typical french leader set up…

We must have had over 40 fish throughout the day up to 3/4 of  a pound. No monsters but great sport! Ian managed to get a Grayling worthy of a photo and was delighted with his day, mentioning it’s the most fish he has ever caught in a day! Fantastic, it’s always great to hear!

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Ian’s best of the day. Although he did lose what looked like a belter in the same pool shortly before!

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The mist burns slowly away…

We had a few beginners half day fly fishing in Perthshire courses on this month. With a group of lawyers and some lovely ladies from America and Northern Ireland. We had some amazing weather, again not the best for fishing but for visitors coming to Scotland there wasn’t a better way to see our country in all its beauty!

Here’s a couple of pics of the groups.

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American ladies enjoying fly fishing in Scotland, in the sun!

 

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Lawyers from Glasgow enjoy a half day introduction to fly fishing.

With low water conditions in September 2014 the Salmon have been a little on the scarce side, they’re just haven’t arrived there in the volume they should be at this time of year. Callum was looking after a group of three American gentleman Salmon fishing in Scotland on the Lower Tay in very low water, below summer level. We tried both fly and spinner throughout the day and despite a number of fish showing and running past us  we struggled stopping them. This has been a common occurrence this year, it’s very strange and highly frustrating! We were gutted we couldn’t get the guys into a Salmon but they still had a great day out on the Tay!

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The closest we got to a Salmon, the famous Fishponds cushion!

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Lunch is served…

September Fishing in Scotland

With a day off I managed to get out for a days Pike fly fishing with my good friend. We opted to take the float tubes with us instead of boat fishing. For anyone who hasn’t fly fished for Pike from a float tube – you are missing out! It was a tough morning with only a small Pike of around 3lb to show for our efforts. I had to talk my friend into staying and get re-motivated (yup, guiding on my day of, sigh). A wee pit stop was in order and we piled some food into us to get the blood sugar levels up. Concentrating on one of our hotspots where there is always Pike hanging around it wasn’t long before Jack hooked into a fish.

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23lbs of Trossachs Pike

I could tell instantly it was a big fish as it hardly fought once hooked, as it came towards the tube it woke up, oh yes! A long tussle ensued and I finned to shore snapping away with my camera as my friend tired this beast. Eventually we landed her, quick weigh and some pics and back she went to fight another day!

This is what Pike fishing in Scotland has to offer!

The following day saw me help out fly casting guru, Loop Akademi Director and one of life’s good guys Eoin Fairgrieve, as he was out the country he needed someone to fill in for some spey casting instruction pupils on the River Tweed. It was a first time for me on the lovely Ladykirk beat with very welcoming and professional ghillies (I’ll be back). As I was helping one of the pupils I made a point to him about checking his fly every dozen or so casts. He pulled in his fly to check it and it was tangled – point taken. Then within three or four casts I had to help him land this spanking wee Grilse!

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Well done that man!

This turned out to be only fish for the pupils on that day. The guys were a pleasure to teach and I personally enjoyed the day, always good to see your pupils improving.

Lennie was looking after American couple for some Trout fishing on a hill loch. It was a rather dreich (wet and misty) day with the fish not in the most cooperative of moods but they still managed a few Trout including this lovely Brown.

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Michael displays the Trout suing the famous baguette grip

With the weather being so warm for such a length period the stillwater temperatures hadn’t dropped and the fishing was really challenging as the fish were switching off during the day and only feeding at first and last light.

Lennie was also looking after the Ruzzin’s (Husband and Wife) from the USA who wanted to do some Pike fishing whilst in Scotland. They had some great sport with hard fighting Pike up to 8lbs caught using soft plastic lures. Pike are such a great sport fish and come highly recommended from our guides. We use fly and modern light lure fishing outfits and the Pike really give a good account of themselves. 

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A wee spirited Jack Pike

Hanri and Erns were our lovely guests from South Africa out to sample Salmon fishing in Scotland on the River Tay. The river was now very low, off the guage and below summer level. We really were up against it. There was a few fish about but as is often the case in such conditions, they are very hard to tempt. Despite the lack of Salmon they both enjoyed learning to Spey cast in the spiritual home of Salmon fly fishing!

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Hanri fishes in nice light on the Tay…

Also out for Salmon were Mickey from Essex who was a “diamond geezer” or great bloke for those unfamiliar with the Southern English slang! he was great company and a pleasure to spend the day with. His casting really improved throughout the day and he was double spey casting like a boss by the end of play! 

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Mickey pops out a double Spey on the Middle Tay

We also had a father and son Salmon Fishing trip on the river Tay with Jim and Phil from the USA. We still had desperately low river levels, despite being fish about they were extremely difficult to tempt. We tried super small flies, spinners fished slow, fast – the lot that week! The father and son duo were super keen to learn Spey casting and deserved a fish for their persistent efforts, sadly it just wasn’t to be!

Still it’s, not a bad place to spend a day is it?
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Phil fishes the Boil Pool

During that week I took a photo of a fellow angler fishing on the Tay, I thought it really summed up Salmon fishing in Scotland in September!

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Says it all!

Fishing in Scotland in September

We also had out a friend of one of our clients (Graham Davis, who gave us this live testimonial) from earlier in the year. Graham kindly recommended our services and Jim spent two days fly fishing for Trout and Grayling. being from Tasmania, Jim was desperate to fish Loch Leven, which is where the Trout in his native homeland all originated from! It was tough day, typical of Leven and they had one rise to a fly and missed it – bugger! 

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The lady of the stream…

I had Jim out for his second day on the river chasing a big Grayling. This area doesn’t produce numbers but instead quality! It’s a hard old slog but quite often these days are rewarded if you persevere. Jim must have landed well over 20 small Trout up to 3/4 of a lb in the morning but no Grayling. We found some fairly shallow fast running water, attached some heavier nymphs to the French leader and gave this area a good going over. It wasn’t long before Jim connected with a Grayling and as it surfaced I got excited as I noticed it was pig. This was the fish we were after!
Jim carried on applying pressure as it flopped around on the waters surface ( I hate it when they do this ). Before I could even get a chance to say ‘ease of’ it was gone! A few grunts of disappointment followed  before we re-grouped and got stuck back into the pool.

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Jim covers the pool…

Jim covered it right down to the bottom before he connected with another Grayling, this time around 1lb. Once I netted it I was showing Jim how to display the fish for the camera. ( For those who have never handled Grayling, they are the hardest fish to handle and photograph, very wriggly!) As I showed him I managed to magically make the Grayling disappear through my fingers – “sorry Jim, we’ll get another don’t worry”. Jim saw the funny side and luckily for me he had caught Grayling before so wasn’t that fussed about the photo! That was the only Lady of the day, despite covering lots of ground. The Grayling were not lying in their usual spots and I was still amazed to find them in such shallow water for this time of year in all honesty. It’s been a funny old season!

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Pike on the fly, from the tube – it’s better than sex!

Our second Pike job of the month saw us out with Swiss guest Arnaud who was a big Pike fan! He wanted a good experience having never caught more than one Pike in a day back in his homeland. He also would like to catch a Pike on the fly having never done so either. There are never any guarantees but I felt quietly confident we could achieve one on the fly and beat that record :). Well, to say we beat it was an understatement, Arnaud ended up with 9 Pike up to 12lbs including one on the fly!

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Arnaud’s biggest of the day…

A great day for Arnaud and he has booked another trip with us for Salmon later in the month – last day of the season to be precise! Looking forward to seeing him again as his enthusiasm is very infectious – lets hope we can carry on the good luck!

Last trip in September saw us out with a lovely family from Bermuda. No fish but what a great day they all had. They were great fun and the day was full of humour, it’s just a shame the Salmon weren’t interested – bloody low water conditions!

The Boyle family from Bermuda and our man Lennie!

The Boyle family from Bermuda and our man Lennie!

Fishing in Scotland in September is normally a great month and to be fair, we did see in glimpses what it can produce but in regards to Salmon fishing it wasn’t the best. We really need some rain and taking fish! At the time of writing we have just seen a rise in level on the river Tay with more rain forecast for the week – yeeha!

Big thanks to all our customers fishing in Scotland in September with us, it was a great month and we had a blast! 

October is shaping up to be a great month for Pike and Salmon fishing. We still have some availability so if you are interested in booking a trip get in touch now by using the “Email Us” button at the top of the page.

Tight lines!

Callum & Lennie

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August Fishing Scotland Round Up

Fishing in Scotland in August can be challenging but given the right conditions can also be very productive, it all really boils down to the weather! We started August with a bang this year with our client Jim from the USA managing to land three Grilse (One Sea Winter Atlantic Salmon) on the mighty River Tay!

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In the net!

Three Salmon in one day is as good as it gets in modern times and an outstanding result at any time of year, albeit they were only small Grilse. Jim made the most of the run coming through by spinning to intercept the running fish. Big thanks to my good friend, the Tay’s finest Ghillie “Iain Kirk” for captaining the vessel!

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Jim displays a spanking little Grilse…

Next Salmon day we had a slight lift in water and after much deliberating I opted to take my Australian guest to the Teith. It had been low for months and after a rise of two feet and a dropping water on the Monday I expected there to be a few fish about. Considering he had never used a double handed fly rod before it didn’t take him long to get to grips with the casting, here he is performing a double spey after 30 minutes tuition from proprietor, head instructor and Loop Akademi member Callum Conner!

 

Lennie was looking after French guest Arnaud for a days Guided Trout Fishing near Perth. Lennie speaks French pretty fluently which was a big help as Arnaud didn’t speak much English! Lennie knows this Trout water like the back of his hands, using his experience he managed to guide Arnaud to a fantastic day’s sport landing over a dozen hard fighting Rainbow Trout mostly on buzzers

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Happy clients into fish – that’s what we like to see!

A great day’s sport, Arnaud liked it so much he even wrote a blog post praising Scotia Fishing – Peche a la mouche en Ecosse!

Next up was the lovely Bilson family. They were looking to do some Trout & Pike fishing in Perthshire. We decided to split the day over two lochs in close proximity, fishing for Rainbow & Brown Trout in the morning then Perch & Pike in the afternoon. Master Bilson was the first up and caught his first fish on the fly on his first cast – literally! 

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A well conditioned Rainbow for young George – well done!

The fishing proved to be challenging after this mainly due to the bright sunshine but they missed a few more fish before stopping for lunch. After a fine lunch, freshly prepared loch side by our very own culinary expert & fishing guide “Leonardo Fullero” including wild chanterelle mushrooms and fresh smoked Trout our guests moved down to the lower Loch to fish for Jack Pike and Perch. Bliss was first up with a lovely Perch fishing the trusty old Mepps, re-rigged with single hooks to aid unhooking.  That was followed by a couple of small Jack Pike to 3lbs by George!  The family had a great day out and big thanks were relayed to our guide Lennie for giving them such a great Scottish fishing experience.

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The humble Perch – arguably on of our most beautiful fresh water species!

August seemed to be a popular month for Australian’s to visit Scotland, Callum was looking after two Australian guests Salmon fishing on the River Tay. Conditions were perfect, with 2ft of extra water upon arrival, we couldn’t have asked for better! The guys fished hard all morning with only one fish showing, it was tough.

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Some great light on the Tay…

In the afternoon we concentrated on fishing down the five trees into Luncarty, one of my favourite areas on Knowesbank. Ross managed a wee Brown Trout, not the intended species but always welcome! The last couple of hours we started to see a run of spanking Grilse coming through the pool but much to our frustration they were running hard and not looking at any of our offerings! The best way to end a good day’s Salmon fishing in Scotland regardless of the result is with a fine Scottish Dram!

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Cheers guys!

I managed to get out for a day myself on the Lower Tay with joining ghillie Harry down at Waulkmill. Fishing from the bank in the morning I took two Sea Trout in quick succession before stopping for lunch. In the afternoon we went out on the boat to cover some more water. The water was still coloured after a recent rise so we started to fish with vibrating plugs. This saw a change in results instantly with Harry losing a few fish on the trot, some very close to the boat and one that looked a bit of a pig- sickener! 

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Quick snap with the mobile and away she went..

I managed another small sea trout on the Vision 110 then like Harry also started getting hits and then connecting and losing fish after playing them for 15-20 seconds – so frustrating but on the other hand good fun. It’s not often you get sport like this when Salmon fishing in Scotland, we must have lost around ten fish between us in only a few hours of fishing. Great to see so many fish running in August.

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An osprey flies over head looking for lunch…

Our final Australian guest was Jarrad, a music teacher now living in England. He was up in Scotland for a few days with his partner doing some hiking and camping around Scotland. Like many anglers visiting Scotland, the Atlantic Salmon was on the bucket list! Jarrad was out for a day and this is never an easy task for us Guides but it’s a challenge we love to take on here at Scotia Fishing. Conditions were good with a slight tinge and the level dropping. We had the beat all to ourselves and Waulkmill/Goldcastle Ghillie Harry took us out on the boat in the morning to fish some of the pools easier. It didn’t take Jarrad long to connect with some chrome spinning with the Tay favourite “Toby Salmo”.

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Grip it and grin!

A fine Tay Grilse in top condition and mission accomplished! 

At least once a month Lennie and I try to get days fishing together to relax and go over ideas. This month saw us do a days Salmon fishing. We had low water conditions (typical of most of August) but the river had been dropping away following a recent rise so we were confident there should be some fish about. I managed to hook this coloured Sea Trout….

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A Sea Trout that has been in fresh water for a number of weeks..

Then a lovely Grilse at last knockings…

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Some anglers have all the luck…

One thing that we love to see is our clients taking the time to write positive feedback from their trips with us. We’ve had some phenomenal reviews lately.  You can see some of the Scotia Fishing reviews here

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This is Scotland… Ultra-light lure fishing in style!

Big thanks this month go out to the Lower Scone Ghillies, they are top professionals, extremely helpful and a credit to the River Tay!

September is a huge month for Scotland, we have the referendum then the Ryder Cup at local luxury hotel complex Gleneagles. 

We still have some availability in October so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to organise guided Salmon fishing trips in Scotland during peak season!

Until next month…

Bests

Lennie & Callum

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