The Scottish Highlands & Islands
The Highlands and Islands offer some of the finest salmon fishing opportunities in Scotland. They cover a massive geographical area north of the Great Glen. The Highlands are an unspoilt remote wilderness and offer a truly spectacular backdrop for even the most discerning of salmon anglers. The unique blend of stunning scenery coupled with prolific salmon rivers makes the Highlands one of the most exciting salmon fishing destinations in the country.
Many of the rivers in the Highlands are spate rivers and are quite small in size but big on character. These rivers include the Thurso, Helmsdale, Naver and Findhorn. Most of these rivers have an excellent spring run and fish are regularly caught from January throughout the course of the season.
The River Spey is probably the most famous and prolific Highland salmon river. It is, of course, the birthplace of the famous double-handed Spey cast. The Spey runs through majestic countryside with a magical whisky distillery never being more than a stone’s throw away. The River Spey is one of Scotland’s “big four” salmon rivers and is a truly wonderful place to salmon fish. With its excellent spring and summer runs of hard fighting fresh salmon, gorgeous scenery and of course a plethora of world famous whisky distilleries, the River Spey is a natural destination for many anglers that come to Scotland to fish for salmon.
Away from the mainland, there are also a number of islands around the north-western coast of Scotland, which offer excellent salmon fishing opportunities. The most notable of these are the unspoilt Islands of Lewis and Harris. The fishing on these islands is at its most productive during the summer months with July and August being prime times of the year. There are some famous and very prolific river systems on both Lewis and Harris, which allow salmon fishing not only on rivers but also on lochs from a boat. This traditional style of fishing can be very exciting and highly addictive. Salmon Fishing Holidays Scotland can arrange salmon fishing on several rivers and lochs on many of Scotland’s stunning and remote island locations.
Traditionally, the prime fishing months in the Highlands and Islands are between March and May for spring salmon and then again between July and September for grilse and summer fish.
As many of the rivers are much smaller compared to the rest of the country, they allow you to fish for salmon in a much more intimate setting. Usually, no more than a fourteen-foot rod is required and in low water often a single-handed trout rod will suffice. Often during the summer months, when the water is clear, stealth tactics using smaller rods and light tackle can pay rich dividends.
The Scottish Highlands & Islands are truly a salmon anglers dream. With bountiful salmon fishing opportunities, scenery that will take your breath away and beautiful places to stay and visit, your salmon fishing holiday in the Scottish Highlands will never be forgotten.