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 .
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Callum & Lennie