For the past few weeks, the weather across much of Scotland has been atrocious. We have had numerous named storms including Ciara and Dennis and for much of February, Scotland has been battered by relentless heavy rain, strong winds and even snow on some occasions. Numerous low pressure systems have raced in from the Atlantic powered by a supercharged Jetstream and deposited large amounts of rain across the country. This has led to frequent flooding and subsequently, very little meaningful fishing has taken place.
However, there has been an improvement in the weather this week and gradually river levels have dropped. The pools on many rivers have become more defined and, on some afternoons, it has almost felt spring like around some parts of the country. Next week we move into March which is the start of the meteorological spring. Usually, in March, the weather starts to improve, as do catches especially as we move through the month. So, as anglers, we will all have our fingers crossed that this will be the case.
In the past few days, as the conditions have slowly improved, there have been some beautiful spring salmon caught from a number of Scottish rivers. Last week the world-famous River Spey produced its first fish of the season which is unusually late. Again, this was because the river had been so high through much of February. There have been more fresh fish caught from the river this week.
On Deeside fish have been caught from the River Dee on most days. The Dee is traditionally one of Scotland’s most productive spring rivers and hopefully, this will continue to be the case as we move through March with plenty of nice springers landed by anglers.
The River North Esk in Angus has also produced some stunning springers which has been good to see. The North Esk is often a river overlooked by many anglers but can be very productive during the early part of the season.
As with many rivers around the country, anglers on the River Tay have also suffered due to the extreme weather conditions. Indeed, it is very rare for the Tay to be so high for such a prolonged period of time. As a result, very little meaningful fishing took place on the Tay system during the last two weeks of the month. However, in the past few days, as river levels have gradually dropped, there have been some beautiful spring salmon landed. Both Loch Tay and the River Tummel have produced nice fish. In the next few weeks, more fish should get caught from the River Tummel. On the main Tay, there have been some fine fish caught including some taken on the fly which is always good to see.
With the weather now slowly improving and some nice big spring salmon currently running Scotland’s rivers, this could be the perfect time to come to Scotland and chase that elusive springer. At this time of year, there is no shortage of rivers where you have a realistic chance of landing the king of fish. So why not come to Scotland and make your salmon fishing dreams become a reality?
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