FISHING NOW ALLOWED IN SCOTLAND AFTER COVID-19

On the 28th of May the Scottish Government announced its first phase of opening back up the country after the 10 week lockdown restrictions. Thankfully for all the anglers out there it included the addition of fishing as a suitable outdoor activity.

We are advised to only travel within a five mile radius of our homes although this is only a guideline and not law, clearly stated by the first minister herself. We are strongly advising clients to bear this in mind and to follow the guidelines. This includes social distancing measures.

With that in mind as of Monday we will be opening back up and offering tuition and guiding services in the locality whilst also practicing strict hygeine measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

You can be assured that your health and safety is always our priority and in preparation of getting back to work our Head Guide has sat an online course from the World Health Organisation in the infection prevention and control of Coronavirus (COVID-19).



All tackle and equipment will be wiped down with anti bacterial spray upon the session ending.

Where possible we would advise all clients to use or bring their own tackle and waders etc. This also applies to food and drinks for the foreseeable future.

With the rivers opening today there has already been some great Salmon catches and with them reming untouched for over two months I suspect the fishing to be insanely good for the coming weeks so don’t hesitate to get in touch and get back out on the water! Jus think how little flies all those fish have seen in our rivers and lochs – how exciting!

Tight lines to all the Scottish anglers venturing back out today!


Fishing in Oman – Arabian Sport Fly Fishing

Back in December 2015 I was fortunate enough to get an invite from my friends Clare Carter and Brandon King to go fly fishing in Oman.

How Fishing in Oman came about!

I met Clare and Brandon here in the Highlands of Scotland on a film set on which I was commissioned for still imagery.

They had mentioned their plans to start guided fly fishing trips in Oman and would love to get me over to do some fishing and get some images for their new website.

As Christmas approached the allure of leaving single digit temperatures and warm sandy beaches was too much and I booked my flights to go fishing with Arabian Fly Sport Fishing!

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The Journey

I flew with British Airways and the flight was pretty stress free, except for the usual Edinburgh to London delayed flights (lets not go there…).

I travelled from Edinburgh to London Heathrow with an overnight layover. Then in the morning to Abu Dabai, then onto Muscat.
The main flight took 10 hours and I was concerned how I would handle this but to be fair it was a breeze on a brand new 747!

Arriving in Muscat at midnight the first thing that hit me was the heat. Us Scots are just not meant for this!

It must have been 20 degrees in pitch black darkness! Clare and Brandon met me at the airport and took me back to theirs to stay one night before driving further south.

I arrived not knowing what to really expect in Oman.  The people were so warm and friendly, speaking very good English too. The scenery was also far nicer than I could have imagined, making the long drives around the country rather enjoyable.

We arrived in our new destination near Salalah, where I believe Arabian Fly are based permanently now. The first 3/4 nights would be camping on the beach to fish for Permit!  

Now, I must confess, although an outdoors person I am not really a fan of camping. However, this was probably the best experience of the whole trip.

Clare was a wee superstar and had base camp set up more akin to glamping! I think I stayed in far worse hotels. We had a shower, inflatable beds and full cooking equipment!

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Let the fishing commence!

The first afternoon on the beach was tough. Brandon mentioned the wind was really strong, as strong as he’d seen down here. This was unsettling more sand than normal and would make spotting Permit in the shallows very challenging. The first afternoon all we spotted were Mullet crashing into the shallows.

Brandon was great, knowing conditions were tough he took his time to go over the presentation, hooksets and how to play the Permit so I was prepared when my chance came. It was a good way to break me in and experience a completely different style of fishing.

The wee superstar Clare had dinner prepared for us arriving back and sat around the camp at night enjoying a cigar and just chewing the fat.

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The next morning I was awaken by the incoming tide, which is pretty special by the way! The ghost crabs had kindly filled my tent with sand as they burrow their holes around your tent in the dark.

Conditions looked much more favourable than yesterday. Brandon was confident today we’d be able to spot some Permit! A quick coffee and some oats prepared by the lovely Clare and we were off!

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Best Fly Fishing Guide in Oman!

For anyone that hasn’t done Permit fishing from shore, it is not for the unfit. The tactics here were to walk up and down a 6km beach from one end to the other while scanning the first twenty to thirty feet of ocean for feeding Permit.

We literally done this from first light to last light! I also done this with 20kg of camera equipment on my back.

The interesting thing about the fishing also was the Permit’s feeding wasn’t influenced by the tide. They can be caught at any time of the flood or ebb.

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After a couple of hours my guide Brandon spotted a Permit feeding – way before I did! My initial shock was how shallow the water it had came into. I had been looking too far into the waves. Now I had to get my act together sharpish!

Brandon guided me into position, talking me through as we get ready to present the fly. First cast at this Permit,  I strip on Brandon’s command and third strip everything tightens up “fish on”.

The adrenaline is well and truly flowing at this point as the fish takes a good few yards of the reel pushing with the tide until it all goes slack!

I laugh and let out a couple of warm hearted expletives while Brandon reassures me we’ll get the next one!

My First Permit on fly!

We carry on walking for another 20-30 mins and come across another. Again, Brandon spots this before me and guides me into position, as I strip I have lost sight of the fish and I’m just focusing not the strip when suddenly it all goes tight – fish on!

A nervous couple of minutes ensue as the Permit makes fast powerful runs back into the ocean using the outgoing waves to its advantage until Brandon finally lands her for me.

Yeeha! I got my first ever permit! A few obligatory images and back she went.

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We continued on a high for the rest of the day. I think we spotted another two that day with me spooking one with a little bit too accurate casting…

Another species we managed to come across quite rarely was a “Grunter”. A stunning fish that I’m led to believe usually patrols deeper water?

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Boat Fishing in Oman

The next few days we fished from the boat. Targeting whatever we were likely to come across. Arabian Fly’s boat is sensational by the way, absolutely perfect for fly fishing.

We spent a few days exploring new areas with the boat and would target Tuna when the opportunity arose, with the main focus on trolling for Sailfish.

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It’s quite cool when you are driving on the boat as the flying fish come out of nowhere – such a cool site. Also I had a baby whale shark come right up alongside the boat which was just awesome – so gutted I didn’t get a photo of it!

The sea was littered with turtles and jumping baby Manta Rays. These things are hilarious!

Some of the wildlife in Oman surprised me,  I saw hundreds of camels, small Deer type animals on the beaches, flamingos, crabs, dolphins, turtles and birds of prey.

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When driving on the boat all of a sudden you would come across these feeding balls of Tuna, wow! What a sight these are!

We tried like a bear to hook these fish but they were seriously tough due to the size of bait they were taking.

We did manage to hook a few though…

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I also had the most intense looking Garfish taking my lure and following it in, I could not for the life of me land them! As soon as they were hooked they would jump in the air like mini Marlin It was great fun while it lasted though!

Another species I caught on a Light Lure Rod was this Triggerfish – these things have some pull! Make sure to keep your fingers away from those chompers though…

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For the last couple of days before heading back up the country we fished another of Brandon’s shore marks where he had spotted GT’s in the past, Africans Permit, Bluefish and Pompano.

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I had some great sport with the Bluefish which I am a huge fan of now! These things are super aggressive!

They smashed the topwater lures with gusto and gave a good fight for their size. They would smash into sardines revealing their location and you would then make a cast right into the frenzy and hold tight.

We spotted a GT here on day two marauding the shoreline but the time we spotted it, got the gear out we had lost sight of it.

This was a common issue because of the high winds I had experienced during my visit. The debris in the shore was bad and did effect spotting fish.

Needless to say, we didn’t catch very much the day we spotted the GT – clearly he had been harassing any fish in the bay!

I had a few small three spot pompano from this shore mark too. They were such a beautiful fish, would love to have caught some of the bigger ones!

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One the last half day before heading back to Muscat, Brandon took me to another Permit beach mark. Here we fished for a couple of hours but noticeably the ocean was much colder here. All we spotted here were sand sharks and a pod of dolphins in the background.

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My fishing was now over but I’d had a blast. I was delighted to have caught a Permit during a break in the strong winds.

Brandon dropped me at the airport while I got an inbound flight to Muscat where I’d spend a day looking around before flying out in the evening.

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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

I decided to visit the famous Sultan Qaboos Mosque. What an unbelievably impressive building this is.

I knew very little about Islam and was very interested chatting with the sheikh about religion.

I couldn’t believe it when he told me his wife was from Bonnybridge in Scotland which made form funny comments…  It really is a small world!

Fishing in Oman for me is a must for the serious or keen Saltwater adventure angler. The Permit fishing here has to be up there with some of the best in the world!

Clare and Brandon at Arabian Fly Sport Fishing do a great job and booking with them you will be in great hands!

To find out more information on fishing in Oman please visit Arabian Fly Sport Fishing.

Best Pike Fishing in Scotland Near Edinburgh

Scotia Fishing have access to some of the best Pike fishing in Scotland near Edinburgh!

Edinburgh is a fantastic location to visit in Scotland. The city has all you would ever need as a tourist visiting Scotland. Beautiful architecture, historic streets, palaces, castles, a beach and one of Europe’s best cities for food and drink!

It also benefits from being ideally situated only one hour from beautiful countryside and some of the best Pike fishing!

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Best Pike Fishing Guides

Scotland is a bit of a sleeping giant when it comes to Pike fishing. When you think of Scotland, you will likely think of Atlantic Salmon fishing. Scotland is the home of Salmon fly fishing, so we can fully understand this thinking.

However, we feel the Pike is the underdog, If the Salmon is the king, the Pike is the prince!

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Our Head Guide Callum Conner is recognised as one of the best pike fishing guides in Scotland.
He’s been a fanatical Pike angler from a young age. Covering the length and breadth of Scotland to amass a wealth of knowledge on Scotland’s best Pike lochs and when it is best to fish these lochs. 

During this time he has built up a respectable record of large 20lb plus Pike captures. He’s also one of only a hand-full of anglers in the country to have caught a wild of Pike of over 40lbs! (image above)

Using this experience we will guide you on carefully chosen venues to suit your experience.

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Best Pike Fishing Lochs in Scotland near Edinburgh

Pike fishing in Scotland will take you into some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer. Fishing the iconic Scottish glacial lochs with roaring stags and aggressive tail walking Pike to interrupt the tranquility.

The glacial lochs are the ultimate challenge for the visiting Pike angler. Due to their size, local knowledge is paramount to success.

A good guide will use his experience to assess the conditions and how best to fish the loch. This will maximise your chances of success.

The glacial lochs are the best for larger Pike. We recommend booking a minimum of three days to give you the best chance at landing a 2olb plus specimen!

We’re fortunate enough to have come across some lesser known private lochs and have gained privileged access for our clients.

These private lochs have some of the best Pike fishing in Scotland near Edinburgh. Big numbers of hard fighting Pike can be caught here all year round.

These lochs have fewer 20lb plus Pike, but lots of sporting Pike in the 4-10lb class which are outstanding on light gear and fly!

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Best Fishing Methods to catch Pike in Scotland

Spring Pike Fishing

In early spring the Pike can be be lethargic until the water warms up. During this period we will fish for Pike with bait (dead-baiting) during the morning session.

After lunch we will try fishing from the boat with lures and flies in shallow to medium depth water. Using a depth finder to locate the drop-offs from shallow bays into deeper water with sinking fly lines. 

Once the water has warmed up and the Pike have spawned by mid to late May we will fly fish from the boat with 9ft #9 fly rods from Loop Tackle and streamer style flies or for spinning anglers we use light lure fishing rods 7ft in length rigged with fixed spool reels, braided mainlines equipped with an array of soft plastic, spinner baits and surface lures from Sakura-Fishing. 

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Summer Pike Fishing

Summer pike fishing is our favourite! This time of year we can find the Pike in shallow areas and sometimes sight cast to them with surface lures and surface flies. This is the best way to catch pike in Scotland!

Pike will often bow wave chasing fast stripped flies just subsurface. At this time of year your guide will use the Minn-Kota engine to manoeuvre quietly into position for you to reach the sun-bathing Pike!

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Autumn/Fall Pike Fishing

Autumn/Fall see’s us revert back to Spring style tactics for pike fishing. As the water cools so does the Pike’s willingness to chase a bait. This all depends on the climate at the time. It is Scotland – so very hard to predict!

As October approaches the Pike will be slowing down and lure fishing opportunities become restricted to the warmer mid-day before eventually resorting to dead-baiting all day. 

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Winter Pike Fishing

We fish for Pike using dead-baits mostly from October to April. This method involves fishing with static baits.

Using a variety of different frozen baits we cast into the loch at various areas using a selection of rods to cover a suitable area. As the baits thaw the scent permeates into the water.

The Pike has a very advanced sense of smell and will sniff out the baits, sometimes very quickly. On its day, this is a very effective method and large catch days are possible.

Has this post wetted your appetite to try some Pike fishing?

Read our reviews on Tripadvisor about pike fishing near Edinburgh.

For more information on Pike fishing trips in Scotland, you can contact us via the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page.

Winter Fly Fishing in Scotland for Grayling


When fall ends and one fishing season ends, it is time to turn my attention to winter fly fishing in Scotland for Grayling.

For me there is no more exciting time of year to be out fly fishing than in winter.

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Typical Winter Fly Fishing Scene in Scotland on the River.


As the leaves begin to fall and the frosts become more frequent it is time to dig out the merino wool socks, big thermals, the 10ft #3 weights and the tungsten beaded nymphs!

Grayling are one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. A species you wouldn’t normally associate with Scotland.

You probably think of Trout & Salmon and quite rightly so. For me, the Grayling is the underdog. As a Scotsman this is a characteristic I can certainly identify with! It’s arguably our most consistent wild river species in terms of the quality of fishing – in my humble opinion.

Grayling History


Introduced to the Scottish lowlands in the 1800’s from England as an experiment. Grayling were not an indigenous species but have since flourished.

Since their introduction, they have managed to survive decades of persecution. It was once deemed a pest or nuisance fish, a threat to the Salmon populations for eating eggs.

Thankfully in recent times this attitude has changed and now grayling are very much sought after species in the U.K as angler look to extend their season beyond the traditional trout and salmon season.

Winter Grayling Fly Fishing in Scotland Film

When it comes fly fishing for grayling in winter our head guide Callum Conner has an unmatched passion. He decided to make this film with his friend to encompass what it is all about!

Winter fly fishing in Scotland is certainly not for the faint hearted. Sub-zero temperatures and cold fingers and toes are all part and parcel with the experience! The rewards are very worthwhile for those willing to embrace the cold.

The rewards are very worthwhile for those willing to embrace the cold. You can encounter some of the best winter fly fishing in Scotland within an hours drive of Edinburgh and Glasgow!

To find out more information or book a guided trip please visit our winter package page linked here or get in touch via the contact us button at the top of the screen.