As the 2019 fishing season in Scotland comes to an end I have to look back with fondness of another great year showcasing fishing in Scotland to clients from across the globe!
Spring Fishing Season 2019
I got our season off and running with my first ever Salmon caught in February from the River Tay! I was having a stressful time and there is no better way to de-stress than to go fishing!
The Spring Salmon season started well with some returning client Richard aka the Salmon slayer managing a fine brace! This was the larger of the two at 14lbs!
Local man Bill made the journey south to fish the Tay for the first time and done superb landing this wee springer from one of my favourite pools on the River Tay!
The spring run did suffer later on this season as there seemed to be a smaller than average run. May was unusually tough for us with very few fresh fish entering the system.
The Brown Trout dry fly fishing was at times, sensational! Experienced rods done very well during huge March Brown and Large Dark Olive mayfly hatches. This is the best time of year to fly fish for Wild Brown Trout on our rivers. This presents the opportunity to land fish in excess of 5lbs!
Mr Rehwaldt capitalised on a short but huge March Brown hatch to land this well fed early season brown.
Clara from Malaysia took a day off during a trip to see the Spice Girls and tried fly fishing for the first ever time. She done great matching more than just the hatch!
The Pike fishing picked up after spawning and late May saw us back on the water chasing Scotland’s Apex predator! No leviathans for us during this period but visiting angler managed his first ever Pike on the fly after a few minutes of fishing!
Summer Fishing Season 2019
As the heat increased the trout & grayling fly fishing became a little slower and fishing was predominately nymphs and streamers in higher or coloured waters. Some lovely fish were caught using streamer tactics when conditions dictated.
Maddie smashed it out the park with a number of stunning Tweed Trout on the streamer!
The Grayling would make the odd appearance with some lovely summer specimens on the colder less bright days.
Dr Ian Phillip CBE wanted to rekindle his fond childhood memories of fishing with his father. He must have been looking down guiding him that day as he managed to land his first ever Grayling fishing a stretch of river he used to fish with his father when he was a boy!
The Grilse run arrived on the River Tay and our clients managed some great sport with these on both spinners and fly. Grilse are one sea winter Atlantic Salmon and tend to enter the rivers here in late spring and summer. They are normally very aggressive and good takers!
I managed a couple of days north up on the River Dee for a change of scenery and was rewarded with three Atlantics over the trip with this one the best of the bunch and my biggest for the season.
The Tay sea trout put in the odd appearance and seemed to be getting caught at larger than average. Our client managed this chunky sea trout fishing from the boat.
The summer Pike fishing was epic at times on poppers and large jerk baits. Giacomo smashed his personal best with this lean leviathan on the jerk baits!
Fall Fishing Season 2019
As the waters cooled the Pike fishing picked up with this chunky high double being the pick of the bunch for our Dutch party.
The Trout season drew to a close with a few nice fish throughout the year. Trout river fly fishing offers the most challenging and skilful experience here in Scotland.
The Grayling fishing picked up and we managed a number of fine specimens including this absolute tank!
The most famous time of year to fish for Atlantic Salmon in Scotland is fall. This is when the largest number of Salmon are in our rivers.
I managed a couple of outings in the River Tweed during this period due to cancellations and was rewarded with this lovely back end fish on the fly from the Upper river. Cleanest I have seen in recent years during this period so high up the system.
Ed Sheeran lookalike Tom Allsop done us all proud landing our biggest salmon of the season at 19.5lbs on the Mighty River Tay – what a fish!
Meanwhile, the ladies were absolutely smashing it this year! The lovely Fiona Thomas landing this well proportioned Salmon from the River Tay!
The Flordian ladies outdid their husbands with a fine brace of fresh Grilse from the boat too!
We still found a few Sea Trout in amongst the Salmon. Mike from Switzerland landing his first ever on a lure in a big dirty water!
We also landed our first ever Scottish Pink Salmon! These are non-native but do appear every odd year in small numbers. A couple of years ago there were numerous catches throughout Scotland’s salmon rivers. This year – not so many. This one was ready to spawn worryingly – releasing eggs everywhere whilst holding! Also caught among prime spawning gravels. We did try the same area in hope to remove another but to no avail!
Winter Fishing Season 2019
Our 19/20 winter campaign is just kicking off but we’ve managed to land some great Pike of late on dead-baits.
The Grayling fishing has been sensational so far with quality over quantity and fish averaging 2lb plus – this is world class fishing! Early winter saw some fantastic results on the river with some beautiful Grays for clients including some firsts!
2019 Fishing Season Summary
No doubt the low spring salmon run affected our overall catches this spring but we still ticked away. Hopefully this small blip was just a one off and we cannot wait for the 2020 springers to arrive! Summer and fall were consistent with some lovely fish caught and plenty of first’s!
The Trout fishing is improving year on year in my opinion. There is no doubt the quality of the fish we have in our rivers. It is the most challenging fishing available here in Scotland from skill level point of view!
Pike continues to be the most consistent species in terms of catches – regardless of the conditions!
The Grayling fishing is improving all the time. It goes in cycles around 7 years they say and at the moment it was at the low end of the cycle meaning numbers are low but the size is up. We notice this immensely with average sizes around 1 1/2 – 2lbs.
2020 is already shaping up to be a busy season. We have some new venues and projects coming soon – stay tuned to the blog for more updates!
The main fishing season is well underway here in Scotland. With a rare day in the office I have decided to update you all on our fishing season so far!
We got our spring Salmon season campaign up and running super early this year. I had a rare day to myself fishing on the River Tay and managed this 8lb bar of silver!
The first client salmon capture was a guest from Germany who landed his fish but unfortunately a mishap meant we never managed a photograph. Next up was David Denne on his bachelor party.
Our Salmon catches are almost on par with last season, we have suffered a little with the low water recently so hoping for some rain soon to freshen up the river again. There has been steady catches all month on the river
Returning guest Richard spent three days last fall on the River Tweed for Salmon in tough conditions, so much so we fished for Trout and Grayling instead and had a great few days.
This year he returned for three days Salmon fishing and managed a fine brace at 8lbs and 13lbs.
Good to see returning clients already this season including my main man Josh from Pennsylvania on his fifth fishing trip with us!
Our Trout season got off to a bang with an absolute pig on the streamer!
Then Mr Rehwaldt had a very respectable Brown on the Jingler during a huge March Brown hatch in early April. The fishing then was insane!
Since then the Trout fishing has been hit and miss with windy conditions often putting the kibosh on the dry fly fishing. When conditions are favourable there has been some incredible hatches and sport to match!
The Grayling season ended in April to allow for spawning. We had a great winter season though with some real lumps! This one below was a new personal best Stevie.
As May progress the water temperatures should rise and fishing should improve particularly for Trout. Salmon runs peak in May for the spring run so things are looking very positive for the next few weeks!
Scotia Fishing Head Guide
In 2018 I had the pleasure of guiding this great guy Magnus Linden from Sweden to two epic days of Salmon fishing in Scotland
Not only was Magnus a a true gent, he was a very lucky (key ingredient for Salmon fisherman) and skilled Salmon angler.
His wife bought him a gift to celebrate his 50th birthday Salmon fishing in Scotland with Scotia Fishing.
In two days he hooked a total of ten Salmon! Unfortunately he lost five in one day but still an outstanding effort, especially given the tough low water conditions we were faced with on the River Tweed.
On the River Tay Magnus managed to lose five Salmon but still land two including a beautiful silver fish and a proper tartan male in full spawning livery.
Day two, his birthday (of which he shares with my son) we moved to the River Tweed and in low water conditions fished a single hand rod for extra stealth.
First fish fell to a very small Sunray shadow. He also managed a nice Brown Trout just over 5lbs.
Then on the trusty Red Frances Magnus managed to land another two Salmon including the biggest of the trip around 12lbs.
An excellent two days to spend on the river celebrating your birthday and a true example of the quality of Atlantic Salmon fishing available in Scotland on its day!
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