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Fishing in October Scotland 2014

What a great month of Fishing in October in Scotland for Scotia Fishing. The Trout season ended on the the 6th but our main focus in October is  Salmon fishing in Scotland as it is peak season. After the driest September on record the rains arrived in October, improving the Salmon fishing slightly on all our rivers, especially the River Tay!

The first guided fishing trip in October Scotland was for Atlantic Salmon on the River Tay.  The river was still low, the water hadn’t arrived yet and despite the beat being full of fish they had gone a bit stale and off the take. We had tried everything to fool one into taking but they just weren’t interested. We kept on fishing as if we were trying to catch running fish, hoping eventually we would land it in front of one’s nose but on this occasion they got the better of us!

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Can you spot the jumper?

It can be a frustrating old game Salmon fishing when the fish are behaving like that but still, it’s not a bad place to spend a day is it?

Lennie was out Pike fishing in Scotland in October with Mike and his wife from USA. They managed a few hard fighting Scottish Pike in tough, cold squally conditions using soft plastic lure tactics from the boat. Mike had a great day and sent a lovely message to Lennie to say thanks.

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Mike displays a nicely marked Pike

With the recent Pike success we headed back out with Phil and his partner to try for Pike fishing in October in Scotland using soft plastic lures. The temperatures had really started to drop at night now and the water temps were down 8 degrees from our previous visit. We could all feel the chill in the air and had to add a few extra layers! We managed to get a few Pike still despite the colder temperatures but the sport had definitely slowed down from the previous visit.

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Phil’s first Scottish Pike with head guide Callum Conner

Phil was out with me the following day, this time fishing in October for Salmon on the River Tay, which was looking glorious in it’s Autumnal colours! The river was a decent height after a big rise and was looking good. Fish were showing throughout the beat, I felt really confident we could get a Salmon. We started on the Vision 110 after a discussion with Phil he was keen to spin and avoid losing time learning to Spey cast effectively.

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Stunning views upstream as the warm light illuminates the trees

Phil fished hard all morning and just before lunch fishing one of the pools we covered a big cock fish, easy high teens that was jumping quite regularly. After five or six casts it smashed the 110 and Phil’s rod bent into the fish, only after a few strong head shakes it came off! I was gutted more than Phil was in all honesty, even more-so that we didn’t manage to connect with any more fish before the close of play. Phil still had a great experience and thanked us via email for an awesome time despite his recurring nightmares about losing that fish!

 

Lennie was out the same day with Lesley on the River Tay. Conditions were pretty good for this area of river and there was no shortage of fish in this beat, they were just proving difficult to tempt! Spinning from the boat in the morning Les managed to get a cracking looking cock fish in it’s full spawning colours.

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Aren’t they impressive?

I was back out for Salmon with Alyssa, a young American exchange student that flew in from Holland especially to fish for Salmon in Scotland. Alyssa was an interesting young lady studying fisheries management and had an impressive knowledge of fish and fishing. We were fishing a big river, 6ft above normal level and decided spinning would be the best to cover the most water. Alyssa fished hard all day and despite seeing a few Salmon we couldn’t manage to connect with any.

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Alyssa from Colorado – She loves Scottish Tablet!

Alyssa really enjoyed her day and left us a fantastic review on Tripadvisor but forgot to mention her introduction to Scottish candy “Tablet bar” on the car journey home! (Hope you are reading this Alyssa!) :).  

“I am an exchange student studying fisheries biology from the US studying abroad in Holland, and I made a goal to fish in as many countries as I could while I was overseas. I knew I wanted to try for Salmon in Scotland, so I contacted Callum at Scotia Fishing to guide me for a day. I had never had a guide before, at home I fish regularly for trout and warm water species and have never needed a guide. Going abroad, however, I figured I’d need someone to show me the ropes. I made the best choice I could have!
When I met Callum, he was warm and friendly and right away I felt comfortable. He is an extremely knowledgeable and trust-able angler, he really impressed me with his knowledge of fisheries, and I would recommend him to anyone for a day of Scottish fishing. Even though I was far away from home in a place I’d never been before fishing for a species I’d never seen in real life, I felt like I was at home fishing with a friend. It was certainly one of the best days on the water I’ve ever had in my life, and no doubt the scenery was breathtaking.
If you are considering using this guide service, DO IT! You won’t regret it!”

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Calling for a cab on the river tay…

It was another awesome day, with great company, good conversation, great laughs, beautiful scenery with pheasants and kingfishers flying by occasionally – fishing is not just about catching fish!

On the last week of the Salmon season the river rose to over 14ft causing one re-scheduled trip for next year which was a shame. By Thursday the river was still high but running clear and definitely fish-able! Thomas from Missouri was back in Scotland for his second attempt at Salmon fishing and looking to break his duck (no pressure huh?).  It didn’t take us long, within 20 minutes of fishing we had this beauty in the net!

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Fish on!

I was delighted to see Thomas get the fish he had been after for a few years and it was great to see such silver fish on the second last day of the season.  After a few high fives and and a few “yeehas” all round we got stuck back into the fishing, after another 30 minutes we were in again but this one managed to escape after a few seconds, still, it was a promising start! 

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Thomas got a fantastic fight from this fish – you can see the delight on his face!

After a nice hearty casserole for lunch we were back out on the opposite side of river, we fished the long run which was looking rather tasty, fish were showing and I had a good feeling about this. As we fished down we went back onto the killer spoon lure as we came towards the area we had seen a fish jump. Right on queue, as the lure swung round it nailed the lure just under the surface. 

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And he’s in again!

After a short energetic fight I slipped the net under Thomas’s second Atlantic Salmon of the day, a spanking wee Grilse which is extremely unusual but very welcome sight at this time of year!

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A stunning wee Grilse is returned to carry on it’s journey

For the last hour Thomas wanted to have a go on the fly and after a short spey casting lesson from Loop endorsed, SGAIC qualified instructor he was double spey’ing a red francis across the Tay – all we needed now was a taking fish! As the light closed in it was time to end the day with two Salmon landed, one small Trout and one lost Salmon – not a bad day’s fishing by anyone’s standards and another happy Scotia Fishing client!

 

Final day of the Salmon season on the Tay and I had my Swiss friend Arnaud back out for Salmon with his best friend Basil. From pick up in the morning at 7:30am they were as high as kites, their dream has been to fish in Scotland for Salmon and what better place to to fulfil this dream than on one of the lower Tay’s best and most scenic beats?

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Arnaud deep in concentration..

Despite high conditions and ridculously mild weather (16 degrees in Scotland at the end of October – crazy!) we felt confident, there were still fish running and plenty of residents to go at also. Spinning was the preferred method for both the guys and they fished like demons all morning but couldn’t muster a take – c’est la peche! 

Basil was full of the beans and a very entertaining character, the dram of Whisky at lunch time got him fired them both up as well as a top up of their local tipple “Williamine”, a smell and taste I will not miss boys sorry! The hipster cap went on back to front now, Basil meant business!

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Basil with his lucky hipster cap…

Fishing the opposite side of the river we had a few fish show in front of us and this photo below will be my favourite memory from these guys. As I took a photo of them a large Salmon jumped out the water about 6 feet away from them – much to their amusement.

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“Did you see that?”

Despite their effort the guys didn’t manage to land a Salmon on the final day of the season – maybe they just had other things on their mind?
Still a great day and a great day to finally let them get on with their business and draw an end to a tough Salmon fishing season, with some great laughs on the Tay, the Tay, the silver Tay, the greatest river on earth!

In October we managed to get out and fish in between guiding, fishing the same beats we take our clients. Callum managed a few when fishing in October in Scotland for Salmon.

 

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A fine example of a Scottish Salmon!

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A nice back-end Salmon from one of my favourite pools in Scotland – The Craig’s

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A baby crocodile!

We still have availability in November with Salmon fishing available on the river Tweed, Nith and Annan. 

Grayling fishing is now reaching it’s peak and we have availability throughout winter for guided Grayling fishing trips with two for one offer running from November – March 2015. Grayling offer fantastic winter sport and can be caught throughout the colder months no matter what the temperatures drop too.

If you are interested in fishing for one of our most beautiful species please get in touch by clicking here.

Tight lines!

Callum & Lennie

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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 .

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Gord’s first ever Atlantic Salmon!

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!

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Juraj made the right choice and fished with Scotia..

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.

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My Loop brother Juraj slips back a nice lady…

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.

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A typical french leader set up…

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!

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Ian’s best of the day. Although he did lose what looked like a belter in the same pool shortly before!

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The mist burns slowly away…

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.

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American ladies enjoying fly fishing in Scotland, in the sun!

 

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Lawyers from Glasgow enjoy a half day introduction to fly fishing.

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!

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The closest we got to a Salmon, the famous Fishponds cushion!

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Lunch is served…

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.

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23lbs of Trossachs Pike

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!

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Well done that man!

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.

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Michael displays the Trout suing the famous baguette grip

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. 

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A wee spirited Jack Pike

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!

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Hanri fishes in nice light on the Tay…

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! 

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Mickey pops out a double Spey on the Middle Tay

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?
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Phil fishes the Boil Pool

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!

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Says it all!

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! 

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The lady of the stream…

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.

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Jim covers 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!

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Pike on the fly, from the tube – it’s better than sex!

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!

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Arnaud’s biggest of the day…

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!

The Boyle family from Bermuda and our man Lennie!

The Boyle family from Bermuda and our man Lennie!

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.

Tight lines!

Callum & Lennie

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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 Glasgow

Guided Fly fishing near Glasgow can be easily arranged with Scotia Fishing. Glasgow is only 20 minutes drive from our HQ, we can have you fishing in some of Scotland’s finest fishing locations, surrounded by stunning scenery after a short car journey from the city centre. Quality Salmon, Trout, Grayling and Pike fishing can be arranged with expert, qualified and personable fishing guides.

What about guided Salmon fly fishing near Glasgow?  Why wouldn’t you fish for the king of fish while visiting the home of Salmon fly fishing?

 

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Salmon Fly fishing near Glasgow in secluded woodland estates

 

Experience fly fishing near Glasgow on one of Central Scotland’s most beautiful Salmon beats. Not only is this river surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife, it also produces a lot of Salmon. However, it has a particular reputation for big fish with a 40b Salmon landed from this beat in recent years.

 

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Stunning rivers, a taste of the highlands only 40 minutes from Glasgow!

You can find out more about our packages for Salmon Fly Fishing Trips in Scotland.   Fly fish for Wild Brown Trout near Glasgow on scenic Lochs, either from boat or bank. In only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow city centre you can be in the heart of the Trossachs National Park with an abundance of suitable Loch’s to choose from. Our experienced fishing guides will use their knowledge to select the best venue that suits your taste and the local conditions.

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A fine wild river Brown Trout for French Scotia Fishing guest.

We can also organise guided fly fishing near Glasgow for Wild Brown Trout in the small Trossachs streams or lowland rivers which are famous for producing large specimens, both are within an hours drive from Glasgow city centre. Wild Brown Trout Fishing Trips in Scotland

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Fly fish stunning rivers near Glasgow like the famous Clyde

The Trout in the smaller streams may not be big but what they lack in size they often make up for in beauty and spirit. A real purists fly fishing experience!

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A proper Scottish Grayling caught French Nymphing in the Fall

Grayling fly fishing offers all year round fishing with peak season being October – March, although they can be caught all year. Grayling are a favourite amongst our guides for their beauty and sport, often feeding when the Trout switch off. You can find out more information about Trout & Grayling River fly Fishing trips in Scotland.

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Pike. The Apex Predator. The Don Corleone of fish in Scotland!

In our opinion one of the most exhilarating fishing trips in Scotland has to be Pike Fly Fishing. Pike grow big, 20lb plus specimen’s are common, they fight hard and will readily take a fly with bad intentions! Pike offer tremendous sport on the fly – they come highly recommended by Scotia Fishing guides! You can find out more information here about Pike fly fishing trips in Scotland. All our packages include:

  • Hotel Pick Ups from Glasgow City Centre
  • Permits
  • Personal guide per 3 anglers
  • Qualified Tuition
  • Full safety equipment
  • High-end fishing tackle hire
  • Hearty Scottish themed Lunches, Snacks & non alcoholic beverages
  • Photography from your trip to keep as a souvenir

We offer one of the best value guided fishing services in Scotland, don’t just believe us – check out our independent reviews on Trip Advisor. If you’d like to experience some fly fishing near Glasgow you can get in touch with the various links throughout the post or the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page.