Chasing Scottish summer silver!
Traditionally, the summer salmon fishing season in Scotland extends from the beginning of June through to the end of August. It is usually a very productive period in the Scottish salmon fishing calendar. The summer salmon fishing opportunities in Scotland are truly endless. In the past, June was looked upon as being a bit of a quiet month, when most of the springers had already run through the system and anglers were still waiting for the grilse and summer salmon to arrive. In recent years, this has not been the case. Some of the larger summer salmon are often caught in June. These appear to run earlier on some rivers. The early running grilse are also often larger in size. When you combine this with the possibility of catching a late running springer, sport in June can be fantastic. In addition to this, June is also the prime month for Sea trout on many Scottish rivers.
The summer salmon fishing opportunities in Scotland are truly endless
If the salmon are not playing ball, chasing a hard fighting Sea trout is always a welcome distraction. Sea trout weighing up to ten pounds are frequently caught from some Scottish rivers.
Summer is also the perfect time of year to visit Scotland as part of a family holiday. The weather is usually good and the days are long. Often, in bright, hot and sunny conditions, the best time to fish is early in the morning and then again in the evening. This allows plenty of time through the course of the day to spend with the non-fishers in your party and sample some of the other delights Scotland has to offer. This ensures that your family holiday can encompass interesting activities for everyone and not just the anglers amongst you. Just think of what it would be like to get up at the crack of dawn and head down to a beautiful secluded river in the Highlands and catch a couple of hard fighting fresh grilse before breakfast. Then spend the day with the family exploring our beautiful countryside or secluded beeches.
Scotland has plenty of stunning beaches to explore
Why not visit one of the many famous tourist attractions like the mysterious Loch Ness or the regal Balmoral Castle? After a day relaxing with the family, head back to the river in the evening once the sun sets and have another cast, chasing salmon and Sea trout into dusk. To round of the perfect day, relax with a nice dram back at your chalet or fishing lodge. With there being plenty of daylight in Scotland during the summer months, this can often be the perfect way to enjoy some salmon fishing and have a wonderful family holiday.
A beautiful Highland river
The visiting angler is truly spoiled for choice in the summer when it comes to the number of productive salmon rivers across the country. In the highlands, the rivers are much smaller and more intimate. Often, they can be comfortably covered with a single-handed fly rod. Many of these rivers are spate rivers with crystal clear water. If you can time your visit right, you can truly have some of the best sport imaginable with hard fighting summer salmon and grilse.
The River Spey also has a fantastic reputation for producing good numbers of salmon in the summer. The runs of fish usually build through June and peak in early July. Given adequate water, the fishing can also be good in August.
The River Spey can be highly productive during the summer months
Another productive river in the summer months is of course the mighty River Tay. The Tay enjoys a good grilse run, usually from mid-June onwards and numbers peak in late August. The Tay has a great advantage over some of the other rivers, as the fishing does not depend on there being adequate water. As the Tay is such a big river system, even in the lowest water, fresh sea liced fish have no problem running to the headwaters. Indeed, when the river is at summer level, the fly-fishing for salmon can be second to none.
A big River Tay summer salmon
With excellent salmon fishing opportunities, wonderful scenery and a multitude of activities for the family to enjoy, Scotland truly is a destination to experience on that summer family holiday. So why not come and visit our wonderful country this summer and chase some Scottish summer silver? You won’t be disappointed!