March in Scotland heralds the start of the meteorological spring. After the cold dark days and long nights of winter for many March cannot come soon enough. There is a notable change in daylight with the days beginning to stretch and as we gradually move through the month the weather usually starts to improve.
So far this season the weather has been atrocious in Scotland especially through much of February when numerous named storms have battered much of the country. It felt like it was never going to stop raining and if that was not enough the gale force winds were relentless. This all resulted in very little meaningful salmon fishing taking place with many rivers in flood on almost a daily basis. However, in the past week water levels have dropped and catches have started to improve with some sparkling Scottish salmon landed. As we look ahead to the month of March, we can hope for better things to come especially if the weather starts to play ball.
On many of Scotland’s salmon rivers catches start to improve in March as the spring run begins to build. With more fish entering our river systems on a daily basis the likelihood of making contact with that elusive spring salmon increases as each week goes by.
Catching a salmon at this time of year on the fly is the ultimate achievement in our wonderful sport. The salmon that run Scotland’s rivers are usually very powerful and often big. This is what makes catching a March springer so special. There are no shortage of fishing options across the country when it comes salmon fishing in March. In the Scottish Highlands rivers like the Thurso, Helmsdale and Oykel all start to produce fish on a more consistent basis. The great thing about the Scottish Highlands is that you are salmon fishing on rivers which are set on a spectacular backdrop with some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. It truly is a remote wilderness and a special place to wet a line.
Away from the Scottish Highlands, there are plenty of other rivers to explore in March. Catches on the famous salmon rivers like the Spey and Dee also improve. Both these rivers have already produced some beautiful salmon this season and hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. In fact, the River Dee is traditionally one of Scotland’s most productive salmon rivers during the spring months and hopefully, March 2020 will be no exception.
The mighty River Tay is also another option. Last week the Tay produced numerous nice springers. As always there is a chance of catching a big fish on the Tay as it has a reputation for producing some of the largest salmon in Scotland.
In the Scottish Borders, the River Tweed can also be productive in March. The Tweed can enjoy a good early spring run and when river levels are settled and at an optimum, the sport can often be fast and furious.
There are no shortage of options when it comes salmon fishing in Scotland in March. With the days getting longer, weather getting better and more fish entering our rivers it can truly be a magical month to be out on the water!