The 2017 Scottish salmon fishing season has been productive on many rivers so far this year. Good numbers of spring salmon have been caught across the country and amongst them, some big ones landed, including a few fish over the magical thirty pounds mark. Some of the quality of the fish caught have been second to none. This has been in spite of there being little rainfall across the country and subsequently river levels being very low. Indeed, 2017, so far has been one of the driest years in Scotland. The capital city Edinburgh has actually experienced the driest April on record. This just makes you wonder how many more springers would have been caught if there had been good water conditions.

Some of the quality of the springers caught in 2017 has been second to none

Between early March and June, many rivers had no lifts in water, which is pretty much unheard of. There was very little residual snow left on the Scottish mountains after a relatively mild winter, so as temperatures rose the rivers did not. Some ghillies commented that they had never seen the rivers so low during the spring period. What was surprising was that it remained dry for such a long period, especially in the spring. Many anglers and ghillies started to do a rain dance and last week their dancing paid off, as prayers were finally answered.

River levels have been extremely low this year so far

During the first week of June, two low-pressure systems brought heavy rain and strong winds to many parts of Scotland. Almost all the rivers across Scotland had a decent spate. The rivers got a good clean out and conditions are now much fresher. This has encouraged large numbers of fresh salmon and grilse to run our rivers, which is great news. Across the length and breadth of the country, rivers are in excellent condition with good water, ensuring that there will be decent sport in the weeks ahead. From rivers like the Naver, Brora and Thurso in the Northern Highlands, down to the beautiful River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, all have decent water.

Heavy rain last week provided some much needed water in many Scottish rivers

On the back of the lift in water, grilse and summer salmon have started to run our rivers in ever increasing numbers. As we move through June and into July, these numbers will increase on almost a daily basis. Already some cracking sea liced summer salmon and grilse have been caught and let’s hope that this is a sign of things to come.

The prospects for the summer season ahead look promising

If similar numbers of summer salmon and grilse enter our rivers, as springers have already done this year, then visiting salmon anglers are in for a treat, as during the summer months the sport is often fast and furious. The next eight weeks should see us enter the crème of the Scottish summer fishing season, when the grilse are in abundance and the larger summer salmon are plentiful. Let us hope that summer 2017 is a season to remember across Scotland for all the right reasons. With the recent lift in water, prospects for the weeks ahead are looking very promising on many of Scotland’s salmon rivers.