It is absolutely great to see so many of Scotland salmon rivers fishing so well in recent weeks. Indeed, last week all of Scotland’s “big four” salmon rivers produced well over a hundred a fish with some rivers posting numbers closer to two hundred. A combination of decent water conditions coupled with unseasonably cool temperatures appears to be the catalyst for the good sport. It has not only been on the bigger rivers where anglers have enjoyed good fishing in recent days. Rivers like the Thurso, Helmsdale, and Halladale just to name but a few have reported good catches. This is great news for anyone planning to come to Scotland for a salmon fishing holiday over the course of the next few weeks. It does appear that currently there is a good head of salmon in many of Scotland’s rivers and so prospects for the days and weeks ahead look promising.
Most of the salmon caught at this time of year in Scotland are fresh hard fighting grilse and larger summer salmon. Grilse can be great fun, especially on light tackle. They can be extremely powerful and acrobatic in nature when they fight. These qualities are why they are so highly prized by fly fishers during the summer months. In addition to the grilse, there are also larger summer salmon which run at this time of year. These are usually multi sea winter fish and can range from anything between ten and thirty pounds. If you hook one of these larger fish you know that you will be in for a fight to remember!
As there are so many rivers across the country that are currently fishing well there is no shortage of options for the visiting salmon angler. It therefore really depends on what the individual is looking for in terms of salmon fishing experience. If for example, salmon fishing on smaller rivers is your passion then one of the many salmon rivers in the `Scottish Highlands could tick all the boxes. Some of the rivers in this part of the country are spate rivers and so often fish better after there has been some rain and a subsequent lift in water. At the moment a number of these rivers have decent water following given recent heavy rain and so fresh fish have been able to run upstream freely.
Many anglers prefer to fish on slightly larger rivers. If this is the case then the River Dee or Spey might both be good options. Both rivers have fished very well in recent days with good numbers of fresh salmon being caught. Even the River Tweed which is traditionally not famed for its summer run has been producing some good numbers of salmon as well as some very large Sea trout. Of course, if you want to chase that big salmon then it has to be the River Tay. The Tay has a reputation for producing big fish and well over one hundred salmon and grilse were caught from the Tay system last week.
As every day goes by, more and more fish are entering Scotland’s salmon rivers. There is no better time to wet a line one of the country’s many beautiful rivers. Hooking some Scottish summer silver will be an experience that will live with you forever!