Recently a thirty-pound spring salmon was caught from the Lees Beat on the lower River Tweed. For most anglers, catching a spring salmon is the ultimate achievement and a fish of thirty pounds even more so. To combine these two incredible feats together has to be a tremendous feeling.
The salmon that run our Scottish rivers at this time of year are usually large and very powerful. It is the perfect time of year to go specimen hunting. Nothing beats catching a hard fighting Scottish spring salmon in February or March. There are several excellent salmon fishing opportunities across Scotland at this time of year, which do not cost the earth and are well worth considering.
A cracking early season springer
In the Highlands rivers like the Thurso and Halladale start producing fish on a more consistent basis in February and March. Indeed, there has been a fish of over twenty pounds caught from a Highland river already this year and hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. The River Spey can also be a productive river in the early spring. The Spey opened in mid-February and fish are caught from opening day right the way through the spring period. Salmon fishing on the Spey is always a special experience and there are some exclusive beats that have rods available representing great value. The River Spey’s close neighbour, the Findhorn had a fantastic start to the season last weekend when a beautiful twenty-two pound fresh was caught on opening day.
A beautiful fish caught from the River Findhorn on opening day.
The River Tay is definitely an option worth considering. Being already three weeks into the season, the Tay system has produced a number cracking fish. The Tay is renowned for producing big fish. As we move through February and into March catches will improve and the chances of landing that fish of a lifetime increase with every tide. Beats on the River Tay allow both fly-fishing and spinning, so there is fishing to cater for all tastes. Moving further south, the beats on the lower Tweed can also be productive in February and March. The Tweed has already produced some lovely fish this season including the thirty pounder. Some of these beats can be quite difficult to book but opportunities do arise from time to time. If conditions are favourable, anglers can enjoy some good sport on the lower river at this time of year.
What salmon fishing dreams are made of, a magnificent fish.
Salmon Fishing Holidays Scotland can design short fishing breaks as well as offer some excellent single day fishing on private beats around Scotland on rivers like the Halladale, Spey, Tay and Tweed amongst many others. These fishing opportunities are well worth considering. Catching a spring salmon at this time of year is probably worth ten in the autumn and catching a biggie is what salmon fishing dreams are made off. A dream that can become a reality and not break the bank!