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Salmon Fishing in Scotland, the Holy Grail! May 29, 2020

 

Fishing for Atlantic Salmon in Scotland is a truly special experience. Scotland has a unique blend of spectacular scenery coupled with numerous magnificent salmon rivers to suit all angling tastes. When you combine that with Scotland being steeped in salmon fishing history, you soon begin to realise why so many anglers find it such an unforgettable experience and return year after year.
Firstly, in Scotland there are so many different salmon rivers to choose from. Each river offers its own unique challenge. From the beautiful small fast flowing mountain streams in the Scottish Highlands to larger more famous rivers like the Spey, Tay and Tweed there are truly no shortage of options for the visiting salmon angler. The location depends a lot on what kind of fishing the individual wants to experience. Most of Scotland’s salmon rivers are set on spectacular backdrop with high mountains ranges or beautiful rolling hills. Overhead, Osprey’s and Golden Eagle’s often soar. At dusk wild Red Deer arrive at the rivers edge to drink. Often you may even have to share a pool with the magnificent otter. All of this really makes you feel at one with nature.

If you prefer to pursue your quarry on smaller rivers, then the Scottish Highlands is the place for you. The Scottish Highlands is a magnet for nature lovers where the rivers are so remote and often through the course of a day you will not see another human being. It is the perfect location to lose yourself and forget the stresses and strains of everyday life. Many of the salmon rivers in the Scottish Highlands are spate rivers and so fish better after there has been some heavy rain and a subsequent lift in water. These rivers are usually productive anytime from April through until mid-September with the summer months often being the peak time.


As these rivers are smaller in size compared to some of their more illustrious counterparts like the Dee and Tay, the tackle often used especially during the summer months is lighter. In Scotland usually double handed fly rods are used when salmon fishing. In the Scottish Highlands rods ranging from twelve to fourteen feet in length are usually more than adequate. However, if the water is low and clear then stealth tactics can pay rich dividends. In such conditions, sight fishing can even be possible where you target individual fish. This can be extremely exciting as well as frustrating in equal measure especially if the fish do not want to play ball!


Away from the Scottish Highlands, there are still so many other options for the roving angler. The most famous salmon rivers in Scotland are known as “the big 4”. These are of course the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed. These rivers give Scotland much of its salmon fishing history and each river fishes well at certain times of the year.
The River Dee as the name would suggest winds its way through spectacular Royal Deeside. This area of the country has royal connections from being the summer home of the British royal family. Indeed, Balmoral Castle, where the queen resides during the summer months is conveniently situated on the banks of the River Dee.
The River Dee is traditionally one of Scotland’s most productive spring salmon rivers. The Dee fishes well from February through until the end of May with the peak months usually being April and May. However, in recent years, given adequate water the river has fished well during the summer months. As the Dee is larger than many of the salmon rivers in the Scottish Highlands a fifteen foot rod is usually favoured by many anglers.
Just across the mountains another very famous salmon rivers begins it’s journey. This is of course the River Spey. The Spey is famous for being the birthplace of the doubled handed Spey cast. Speyside is also the home of whisky country as there are numerous whisky distilleries dotted around the landscape. There is no better feeling than playing a salmon on the Spey while getting the faint aroma of your favourite dram being produced!

To this day, the Spey remains a firm favourite for the fly fishing connoisseur. Some of the pools on the River Spey appear to be hand built for fly fishing with beautiful fast flowing runs and slower deeper glides. The Spey usually fishes well from April through until the end of August. Much of the river is the same size as the Dee and so similar tackle is perfect for the job.
The River Tay is Scotland’s largest river and flows through beautiful Perthshire. It is often referred to as being “mighty”. Anyone that has fished it quickly realises why. The Tay is like no other salmon river in Scotland. It still, to this days holds the British rod caught record for an Atlantic salmon. The fish weighed a colossal sixty four pounds. Each year numerous fish over twenty pounds are landed and also a good number over the magical thirty pounds mark. If you want to catch a big Scottish salmon, look no further than the mighty Tay. The Tay can fish well throughout the year but usually anglers enjoy the best sport from April through to October. One of the reasons why the Tay is such a popular river is that it not only permits fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon but also spinning. Having the option of trying a different method other than the fly can make all the difference, especially when the fish are in a stubborn mood. With the Tay being such a big river, a fifteen foot rod is usually required for fly fishing. Make sure when your tackling up that you have double checked all your knots as when that line tightens on the Tay you just have no idea what size of fish is on the other end!

 


The River Tweed is the most southerly of Scotland’s big four salmon rivers. The Tweed runs through the magnificent rolling hills of the Scottish Borders. It is quite large in places especially in the lower and bottom sections. For years the Tweed has been renowned as Scotland’s premier autumn river. With the river being open until the end of November, in the past big catches were made from September onwards. Sadly, the autumn run on the Tweed has declined somewhat in recent years. However, the river still produces some lovely fresh salmon during the autumn period and many of these are big in size.
The salmon rivers located in the Scottish Highlands and the “big 4” are just a handful of salmon rivers that the country has to offer anglers pursuing the silver tourist. In addition, there are so many rivers which are like hidden gems, small in size but big on character and this what makes salmon fishing in Scotland so special. When you combine the sheer variety of rivers, spectacular scenery and some of the most friendly people you are ever likely to meet, it’s easy to see why for many anglers, salmon fishing in Scotland is the holy grail!


 

 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 info@salmonfishingholidaysscotland.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Summer is Near & Boat Safety Week is Here May 19, 2020

 

It's National Safe Boating Week, now that summer is near and boaters are anxious to get out of the home, it is time to promote safe boating practices.

Always recommended for people to take boater safety courses, we highly recommend the Boat US Foundation.It is a free on line course.

Most Important:

1. Use common sense on the water

2. Operate at safe speed

3. Always ensure passenger safety

Best Tips:

1. Flashlight with extra batteries

2. Duct Tape - for leaks

3. Bucket - In the event you need to throw out water

4. First Aid Kit

5. Whistle

6. Mirror - As a reflective object

7. Life Jackets- Should be Coast Guard approved for all on board

8. Fire Extinguisher

 

 


Top Locations for Mahi Mahi Fishing May 5, 2020

Mahi Mahi, the Hawaiian Dolphin fish are often found in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii and the coast of South America. 

Some top locations include:

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s rich coastline provides some of the finest fishing spots in the world, .

Bahamas

It is said that the Islands of the Bahamas is home to the great Mahi Mahi. Fishing records are established in the Bahamas consistently.

Stuart, Florida

During the winter months, Mahi Mahi migrate south of the east coast of Florida from Carolinas and provide excellent traffic to catch some fish. The average fish during the winter is about 10 pounds, while the average thickness is about 20 pounds. 

Mexico

Mexico has been named the maritime capital of the world and one of the top mahi mahi fishing destinations . The peak months are between May and December.


Anglers Self Distancing & Fishing April 21, 2020

 

Keep America Fishing says the American Sport Fishing Association

Keep America Fishing continues to monitor the current situation and its potential impact on the recreational fishing industry.

GO FISHING!

We hope that you continue to spend time on the water. What better way is there to practice ‘social distancing,’ as health authorities recommend, than to seize the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fishing? To that end, we have included some resources to help you stay up to date on ways to do just that.


Popular New Fishing Shorts Have Arrived for 2020. April 11, 2020

Hook & Tackle introduces brand new Dot Camo Fishing Short. Made of 100% soft polyester with a built-in stretch technology. Features a lined pliers pocket, mobile cell phone pocket. Jump in the water and come out practically dry! 

See our expert fisherman friend Shep Rose from the Bravo Networks show Southern Charm enjoying the shorts.

They look cool, feel cool and keeps you cool! Retail cost is $60.00 from sizes 30-42. Available at hookandtackle.com or at a dealer near you.