March and April Guests Fishing in Scotland 2015

The fishing in March & April in Scotland 2015 for Scotia Fishing clients has been particularly productive despite the cold temperatures, let us share with you a few highlights. March was mostly cold with spell of rain to keep the rivers at a good height, but the Salmon just didn’t arrive in numbers and if truth be told, the start of the season was very slow throughout Scotland. The Tay continues to be Scotland’s number one river at present with consistent catches throughout March and April.

In April we saw hotter than average temperatures but it was mostly dry and cold the remainder of the month which did effect the Salmon fishing, especially towards the latter part. We also had snow and lots of hailstones – proper Scottish spring weather!

Unfortunately Ron got washed off the river and we headed to fish a Loch as a backup. The weather was typically early spring like and we endured a rather bizarre few hours of fishing.

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Not a bad day…

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Uh ohh…

And sun, this would repeat itself over the next hour before we decided to opt for shelter

And sun, this would repeat itself over the next hour before we decided to opt for shelter

 

73 year old Ron from USA was a remarkable man, he told me a rather touching story of why he is still working at 73 and I instantly admired his attitude and drive. Due to the horrendous weather we had to move Ron’s day to try avoid the bad weather and managed to get a day Salmon fishing on the Tweed.

Ron had never cast a spey rod before and took to it impressively, within an hour he was throwing some lovely loops like this!

Ron Circle C Cast

There has been a rather cold wind lingering around most of the March & April which has halted back the fly hatches and it has seen sporadic surface activity on the rivers. This is usually the best time of year to catch big trout feeding on early season hatches of Large Dark Olives and March Browns. When they’ve been on it has been very worthwhile with special Trout like this one pictured below making an appearance.

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Proper Wild Brown Trout

Our clients had some great days fishing for Trout & Grayling throughout March & April. American singer & songwriter Chuck Ragan managed to fit in a short day session in between his busy european tour and was rewarded with a few grayling and trout on the River Tay.

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Chuck Ragan with his first ever Grayling

 

Tattoo Artist Ed from New York managed an awesome treble of Grayling over 2 pounds including this one which was pick of the bunch!

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Show the ladies some love…

 

First time fly fisher from England Chris fished with his son in tough, low & clear water conditions but landed a few fish including this pristine 2 pound Grayling!

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Recovering well after spawning..

 

The wildlife on the river banks in Scotland is impressive, with many beautiful birds, otters, minks and now beavers in the Tay system. On Tom’s river day we had Deer roaming along the opposite bank whilst fishing for Trout, making for a special atmosphere. Birthday boy Tom managed 2 great fish over his days with us, including an absolutely stunning example of a river brown trout that had the most awesome blue markings down it’s flanks.

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A chunky river trout

 

Tom also managed this nice Pike on the final day of his trip to seal of a memorable fishing holiday in Scotland.

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Great bunch of lads from Lake Como!

 

 

 

I had a ball with Mr Garrity from the USA who was an ex guide and a good joker. He spent a few days in Scotland fishing for Salmon and Trout with us. The Trout fishing during his time was particularly tough but this fine example of a River Tay Spring Salmon certainly made up for the lack of Trout!

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Camera shy Mr Garrity shows of his prized catch!

 

When the fishing is tough in Scotland, it’s not a bad place to spend the day is it?

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Stunning light on the River Spey #holygrail

 

I even managed to get out fishing myself and fished up on the spectacular River Dee managing a baggot (last year running salmon that hasn’t spawned) under the guidance of good friend of mine and resident ghillie Al Peake. It fought very well and we both were surprised after it surfaced to notice it couldn’t be counted.

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Al throws a nice line at the neck of the pool where I caught my baggot!

 

I managed to land this chunky river brown and lose a Salmon on the Tweed…

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Proper chunky Brown Trout – I was on the receiving end of some great guiding from resident ghillie Scott

 

Then eventually I got my own Salmon account off and running also with this fine example of a Tay Spring Salmon,  nice deep fish and a solid fighter.

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A fine example of the calibre of Spring Salmon the Tay can produce!

 

May is one of the best months of the year for fishing across all Scottish species, the water temperatures are on the rise, the pike and grayling have now spawned, the salmon are running hard and the trees are starting to look more green every day, everything is coming into it’s own. We can’t wait to get amongst the fish with this months clients!

If you are looking to book a fishing trip please get in touch using the contact buttons at the top and bottom of each page.

Tight lines

Callum

The River Tweed Trout Fishing Season Starts Today!

Today is the start of the River Tweed Trout fishing season 1st of April (No fools..), we wish we were out chasing those wily spotted residents that inhabit the Tweed today but office duties are essential!

April/May is a great time to be out on this river, the best of the dry fly fishing is historically during these months, when you also stand a chance at landing some real specimens.

Last year saw some phenomenal fishing early season with massive hatches of Grannom Sedge. A few of our friends managed some stonking wild browns during this period.

Here’s a sample of the kind of Trout the Tweed has to offer:

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Horse of a trout caught whilst on my own scouting new areas…

If you’re interested in a guided fishing trip on the River Tweed please get in touch.

Best of luck to all those fortunate anglers out today, the river is in good condition although it is still blustery I’m sure there will be some fish on the feed!

Tight lines

Callum

Fishing in March in Scotland 2015 with Scotia Fishing

Fishing in March was quite good to us, we managed some great fish for our clients including Grayling, Pike, and Trout but the Salmon evaded us!

We had some real mixed weather conditions which are typical of early spring/ late winter in Scotland. We’ve seen highs of 13/14 degrees, snow, hail, heavy rain – you name it we got it! The river shave been up and down also but when settled conditions have been good.

The Grayling fishing this winter has been very good to me personally, managing to top my personal bests on two occasions.

First with this Grayling at 48cm and unweighed..

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Hunchback of grayling dam…

Then this 3lb 5oz specimen a few weeks later.

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Blurred to protect our spots – sorry.

Then the following week I managed another chunk at 3lb 4oz from a new venue when out chasing Trout!

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A stunning Grayling with unbelievable colouration…

 

Having spoke with many other friends in the fishing fraternity we think it’s been a big fish year. Let’s hope for the same this season!

Trout fishing on the rivers has been slow to start with, the water temperatures are still low and only occasionally are we aw signs of life in March but temps are increasing as we write this review. The LDO’s are hatching and fish are rising!

The River Tweed Trout fishing season kicks off today and we cannot wait to get started with this beautiful river’s spotted residents.

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Still bit of feeding to be done on this one, but great acrobatic fight!

 

Pick of the bunch for Grayling this winter was Mr Ed Molina, a highly regarded tattoo artist from USA with a great brace of Middle Tweed Grayling of 2lb 4oz and 2lb 10oz…

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Show those lady’s some love…

American singer and songwriter managed to break from his UK touring schedule to sneak an early morning raid on the River Tay for Brown Trout and Grayling, managing a few Grayling and a Trout on the Scottish version of the San Juan Worm – “The Squirmie Wormie”

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Can you spot the squirmie…

We had some nice Pike in March too with Josh nailing the pick of the bunch with a low double figure Pike caught in freezing conditions! The cold gets forgotten about when you’re catching fish though…

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JP with a great Pike

That’s a round up of the latest winter fishing and March fishing in Scotland –  April is shaping up nicely, the Salmon runs will start to increase into May, the trout fishing starts to come in to it’s own and the Pike will be on the hunt post-spawn at end of the month when sport can be hectic!

We still have some availability so please get in touch using the contact us button at the top of the page if you’d like to experience Scottish fishing at its best!

Tight lines

Callum

Chasing Silver Front Cover Boy

I must say, I was extremely fortunate to be the Salmon fisher featured on the front cover of top international fly fishing publication “Chasing Silver” winter edition.

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Snap t’ing in the icy River Tweed… 

Big thanks to fly fishing’s gentleman Eoin Fairgrieve/ Speycast Media for using me as the model (so to speak!).

Spring is looming here in Scotland and temperatures are on the rise. To think that this image was only a couple of weeks ago with snow all around us and bitter cold icy temperatures!

More updates to come soon – stay tuned!

Tight lines!

Callum Conner