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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

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.

Fly Fishing in Perth Scotland UK

Fly fishing in Perth Scotland offers the visiting angler a multitude of fishing options. Perthshire is home to some of the best Salmon, Trout and Pike fishing in Scotland. It’s home to some of the most prolific Salmon fishing rivers in Europe, including the mighty River Tay.

Our team of professional fishing guides combine over 50 years of local knowledge, passion and experience of fishing in the Perthshire countryside.

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The iconic River Tay in all its glory!

Salmon Fly Fishing in Perth Scotland

Experience Salmon fishing near Perth in Scotland on the iconic River Tay with our professional fishing guides. Salmon fishing in Scotland is not just about the fishing, this is the home of Salmon fly fishing.

Our guides will teach you how to Spey cast using double handed fly rods or you can spin cast which is often very effective given the right conditions.

We also offer guided fishing trips on the lesser known rivers in Perthshire like the Tummel, Earn, Isla, Garry and Tilt. These can often be productive Salmon rivers in the right conditions, some fish better in the spring, some in the back end.

Using our knowledge and experience of these rivers we will choose the river and beat we think offers you the best chance of landing that prized Atlantic Salmon!

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Salmon Fly fishing Perth Scotland on the mighty River Tay!

Trout Fly Fishing in Perth Scotland

Scotia Fishing can organise guided Trout fly Fishing in Perth on one of Scotland’s most iconic Trout fishing lochs, Loch Leven. This shallow fertile loch has some of the best natural feeding in Scotland. Trout grow here to epic proportions, but be warned – they are no push-overs!

When the fish are on here there is simply no better Loch in Scotland! Loch Leven is also steeped in history, its unique strain of Trout have been introduced all over the globe, Tasmania, Australia especially.

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A serious brown trout caught on the dry fly!

Fly fishing in Perthshire is not not just about Loch Leven, there is an abundance of lochs and rivers in Perthshire offering quality fishing for wild brown trout and grayling. What the wild brown trout often lack in size they make up for in beauty and spirit.

 

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The beauty of fishing in Perthshire…

Grayling are our winter saviour, when the Salmon season is over the grayling fishing really kicks of! They tend to shoal up and offer great sport in the colder months. The ‘lady of the stream’ (as they are often referred to) are a firm favourite with Scotia Fishing guides due to their beauty.

We can organise trips all year for grayling but the peak season is really November – February.

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A proper Grayling from the River Earn near Perth

Pike Fly Fishing in Perth Scotland

We can arrange Guided Pike Fishing in Perth Scotland with our head guide Callum Conner who’s a fanatical Pike angler. He has the water craft skills and guiding experience to put you on to these hard-fighting predators. An enviable list of big Pike to over 40lbs for himself and clients to over 20lbs!

Pike are a species of fish rarely associated with Scotland but many would argue they are our number one sporting species.

The Pikes aggressive predatory nature means they can be caught all year round using fly, lure or bait. Although we do prefer to target them using fly fishing and modern lure techniques.

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The end result of some guided Pike fly fishing in Perth Scotland Uk – sorry for the photoshop but we have to protect our secret spots!

All our packages include:

  • Transport
  • Permits
  • Professional, personal guide
  • Qualified tuition
  • Top of the range tackle from brands like Loop Tackle Design & Sakura Fishing
  • Breathable waders & boots
  • Full safety equipment
  • Gourmet sandwiches & Non Alcoholic Drinks
  • Professional photography from your trip to keep as a souvenir

 

If you would like to find out any more information about fly fishing in Perth Scotland or book a guided fishing trip please get in touch via the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page or follow the numerous link through the post.

Fly Fishing Near Gleneagles

Scotia Fishing have a number of options for guided fly fishing near Gleneagles. Scotland is synonymous with Salmon fishing and luckily Gleneagles is only a few miles from the “Mighty River Tay” home of the British record rod caught Atlantic Salmon!

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A happy Scotia Fishing Client releasing a 17lb Spring Salmon

Check out our sample itinerary for a days Salmon fishing near Gleneagles and Salmon Fishing Scotland Package to view prices and book now.

River Trout & Grayling Fly Fishing Near Gleneagles. Scotia Fishing guides have a vast knowledge of the local area and there is some great river fishing to be had when conditions dictate. Both Grayling & Brown Trout can be caught  in the same day on the same river.

Grayling are arguably one of the most beautiful species you can catch in fresh water. They offer anglers year round sport but peak season is from November to February. Wild Brown Trout in Scotland tend to average around a 1/2 lb and what they often lack in size they make up for in beauty and spirit!

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Scotland is home to some of the best Grayling fishing in Europe!

Trout & Grayling Fishing in Scotland Packages.

Loch Fly Fishing Near Gleneagles. Scotia Fishing can offer you the chance to fish for the sporting Rainbow Trout from a boat surrounded by the scenic Perthshire Hills. Artificially stocked for anglers pleasure, the Rainbow Trout average around 2lb, giving great sport to anglers.

We can also offer you the opportunity to fish for Wild Brown Trout in the Perthshire Hill Lochs from  bank or boat. There is something special about strolling around the shore casting along the margins fishing for our spirited Wild Brown Trout .

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A fine Brown Trout!

Trout Loch Fishing Packages in Scotland.

Pike Fly Fishing Near Gleneagles – In our opinion Pike are the most under rated species in Scotland, these fresh water predators offer unbelievable sport on a fly rod. Scottish Pike grow in excess of 20lb in many of our Lochs.

Pike have no fear and will literally nail your lure or fly with bad intentions just inches away from you, providing heart stopping hits. Once hooked they will often tail walk across the surface of the water in an attempt to free the hook.

We can fish for Pike using jerk baits and modern lure fishing techniques as well, if you don’t fly fish these are equally as effective and exciting methods.

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The Pikes aggressive nature makes them a firm favourite with Scotia Fishing Guides

Pike Fishing in Scotland Packages.

Come and book a guided fishing trip or vacation with Scotia Fishing and experience the best of Scottish Fishing!

You can get in touch with us via the ‘Contact Us‘ button at the top of the page or:

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