Salmon Fishing in Scotland
Fishing Ladies Salmon Fishing in Scotland
Salmon fishing in Scotland, an inspiration to female anglers! The Atlantic Salmon is one of the most prized fish among game anglers. These fish possess fantastic fighting qualities and are extremely powerful. Scotland is one of the world’s top destinations when it comes to salmon fishing. Salmon Fishing Holidays Scotland is the premier outfitter in Scotland and will help anglers realize their dream!
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People from far and wide come to Scotland to chase this elusive fish. Salmon are no by no means easy to catch. What makes them so elusive and such a challenge is that they do not feed in freshwater. The only reason they will take a fly or lure is if there are feeling aggressive or threatened or even in a playful mood. So, to say there is no exact science when it comes to salmon fishing is a bit of an understatement. You can be fishing in a pool on a river with lots of salmon jumping. On every cast the fish may be seeing your fly but choosing to ignore it. This can be very frustrating, but it also makes the moment you hook one of these fish even more special.
Salmon fishing in Scotland, history
The British rod caught record for an Atlantic Salmon was actually caught by a female angler in October 1922. The fish weighed a colossal sixty four pounds. This magnificent specimen was caught from the River Tay and has inspired generations of female anglers to fish for salmon in Scotland. To this day there are more females getting into the sport and many of them are very good fishers. Certainly, Ballantine’s salmon inspired me, and this was one of the reasons why I started to salmon fish over ten years ago.
Little did I know then that salmon fishing would become such a passion for me and nowadays I am never far away from the banks of a beautiful Scottish river chasing silver! Scotland has a vast range of salmon rivers for the visiting angler to choose from. Indeed, there is a river to suit even the most discerning angler’s tastes. From the larger rivers like the Tay and the Tweed which are located in central Scotland to the Highland rivers of the north like the Thurso, Helmsdale and Spey, there is a salmon river for every angler. Most of the rivers allow fly fishing only but some rivers in the south of the country also permit spinning. However, the traditional way to fish for salmon in Scotland is with a double handed fly rod and many anglers employ the famous Spey cast. Spey casting is an art and when done correctly is truly majestic to watch.
Salmon fishing in Scotland, seasons
The best time of year to come to salmon fishing in Scotland depends on the river itself as the runs of salmon peak at different times. As a general rule for spring salmon fishing the prime months on most rivers are usually anytime from March through until the end of May. During the summer months the fish are usually slightly smaller than in spring. However, there are more fish in the rivers as the runs of salmon increase in number.
The prime summer months are usually from July through until the end of August. Much during the summer months depends on the weather and rainfall. If river levels are low and it is very hot and sunny, salmon fishing, just like any other fishing can be a challenge. It is during these times that often fishing early in the morning and then last thing at night can produce the best results. The fish are usually more active at these times and this makes them more inclined into taking a fly or lure.
From September onwards the famous autumn run of salmon start to enter Scotland’s rivers. The autumn period is often when large numbers of fish can be caught. The fish that enter the river at this time of year can be large in size. The prime autumn period is usually between September and mid-October. At this time of year, the rivers are at their most populated and anglers stand an excellent chance of making contact with the king of fish. The salmon fishing season in Scotland ends on most rivers by the middle of October but a handful of rivers remain open into November.
Scotland salmon fishing techniques
In terms of tactics when fishing for salmon in Scotland much depends on the time of year and the weather itself. When it comes to fly fishing, most anglers use a double handed fly rod anything from thirteen to sixteen feet in length. This is usually coupled with either a shooting head or Spey fly line which can have variable sink rates depending on the water temperature. Strong nylon needs to be used usually with a breaking strain somewhere between fifteen and twenty pounds. In terms of flies each angler has their favorites but much depends on the water height and temperature.
As a general rule when the water is high and cold (during the early spring months) usually a larger heavier fly is favored. During the summer months often smaller more subtle flies can work well especially if the water is low and clear. What makes salmon fishing in Scotland such a special experience is that it takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the country.
Scotland offers more than just fishing
Anglers fishing in the Scottish Highlands will experience some of the most rugged and breath taking scenery. The Highlands are a remote unspoiled wilderness and often the only company for the visiting angler is the Red Deer or the Golden Eagle soaring high overhead. In central Scotland many of the rivers run through spectacular valleys and anglers have a stunning snow-capped mountain backdrop to accompany them whilst fishing.
Scotland is not only a world class salmon fishing destination but there are also so many other experiences away from the riverbank for the family to enjoy. The scenery is second to none and there are numerous famous land marks like Loch Ness and Glen Coe amongst others to visit. There are endless beautiful beaches on the west coast to explore and many of Scotland’s castles are steeped in rich history. This is all before you have had a chance to visit some of Scotland’s famous whisky distilleries and sample their world famous product!
Ladies welcome in Scotland
For a female angler, Scotland is such a welcoming female friendly angling destination. This is what makes it so popular. So, if you want to follow in Georgina Ballantine’s footsteps and chase a large Atlantic Salmon then Scotland could be the destination for you. With its numerous prolific salmon rivers, breath taking scenery and rich history you won’t be disappointed! Samantha Datta is Director of Salmon Fishing Holidays Scotland www.salmonfishingholidaysscotland.com a bespoke tailor made travel company that specialises in arranging salmon fishing holidays in Scotland. For more information on salmon fishing in Scotland please email firstname.lastname@example.org.