The spring salmon fishing season starts in Scotland in January and runs through until the end of May. At this time of year some of the largest and most powerful salmon are consistently caught. It is not uncommon to land fish weighing in excess of twenty pounds during the spring months in Scotland. As the fish are usually very fresh the power they possess is second to none. Scottish spring salmon truly put both angler and tackle to the ultimate test. It is often the case that you don’t catch large numbers of fish during the spring months but the fighting qualities and the size of fish certainly make up for this. Many anglers prefer to catch two spring salmon in a day rather than eight or ten fish in a day later in the season.
Scotland has a number of prime rivers for spring salmon fishing. We have hand-picked some of the most productive spring fishing salmon rivers in the country for this package so that you stand the best chance of making contact with the king of fish at this special time of year. This exciting package offers the choice of three different fishing locations which can all be very productive depending on when you want to fish in Scotland during the spring season.
The Thurso river is one of the most productive spring salmon rivers in Scotland. The Thurso is located in the majestic Scottish Highlands where the scenery is truly jaw dropping. The Thurso River opens its banks to anglers on the 11th of January with the prime spring months usually being April and May. When fishing on the Thurso we would recommend that anglers stay at the fabulous Ulbster Arms Hotel which is located on the banks of the river. The hotel has been welcoming salmon anglers fishing the Thurso for decades and is a true fishing mecca in the area.
Another river which is productive during the spring months is the majestic River Spey. The Spey needs little introduction in Scottish salmon fishing circles and runs through the world famous whiskey country. There is no finer location in Scotland to fly fish for spring salmon as the fast flowing nature of the river makes it perfect for swinging a fly. The River Spey opens in February and regularly produces spring fish on opening day. The best time to chase spring salmon on the Spey is between the months of March and May. When fishing on the River Spey we recommend that anglers stay at Aberlour Hotel for fishers who have four legged friends and the Mash Tun which is also located in the pretty Speyside town of Aberlour. Both hotels are no more than a stone’s throw from the river itself.
The mighty River Tay holds the British rod caught record for an Atlantic Salmon weighing sixty four pounds which was caught in 1922. The River Tay opens its banks to anglers on the 15th of January and produces fresh hard fighting spring salmon from opening day. The Tay is the largest river we offer in this package and it has a reputation for produces large fish with fish caught regularly in excess of twenty pounds with some tipping the scales over the magical thirty pounds mark. April and May are usually the most productive months for spring fishing on the River Tay. We recommend that anglers fishing the Tay reside in is the beautiful village of Dunkeld which is situated on the banks of the river. Dunkeld was recently voted the best place to live in Scotland so you can see why it is such a firm favourite among visiting anglers in the area. The hotels we use in Dunkeld include Dunkeld House Hotel as well as the Atholl Arms. Both hotels are situated on the banks of the Tay and have a fine tradition catering for fishing guests.
To get the best from your Scottish spring salmon fishing experience we recommend three days fishing with four nights’ accommodation but as with all of our packages this can be tailored to suit your requirements. Many anglers consider catching a Scottish spring salmon the ultimate achievement in our wonderful sport. This exciting package allows you to experience exactly why! Contact us below for more information!
TIME OF YEAR - April - June
LOCATION - Various locations
WHAT’S INCLUDED - three days salmon fishing on two private, prime fishing beats, four nights accommodation, all fishing permits /licences, fishing tackle, fishing guide
EXTRAS - private transport, riverside catering
COST - POA, dependent on month
Check out below a sample itinerary of what you can expect with this fabulous package.
Welcome to Dunkeld which is situated on the banks of the River Tay in stunning Perthshire. Upon arrival check-in to the 4* Dunkeld House Hotel. Relax and enjoy a tipple whilst overlooking the River Tay and mountains beyond. Please note that standard check-in time at the hotel is 15:00hrs.
Nestled in the heart of Perthshire's stunning countryside, Dunkeld House Hotel offers an exceptional experience of Scottish country living. This luxurious four-star country house hotel is set within 280 acres of pristine woodland overlooking the mighty River Tay. The hotel boasts an unrivalled panoramic views that will take your breath away.
Steeped in history, Dunkeld House Hotel was originally built as the country retreat of the 7th Duke of Atholl. Today, it stands as a testament to its illustrious past, offering guests all the decadence and period features of a traditional country house hotel, combined with the modern amenities and luxuries expected from a four-star Scottish Country House Hotel.
Overnight: Dunkeld House Hotel (Superior Double room)
Today’s meal inclusions: None
Over the next few days’ you will be springer hunting on the mighty River Tay from the bank or boat dependent on your preference. After breakfast your Salmon Fishing Holidays Scotland guide will be waiting at the Dunkeld House Hotel, ready to meet and greet you before transferring you the short distance to the salmon fishing venue. After fishing your guide will take you back to Dunkeld House Hotel.
Your Ghillie David Gardener will be waiting at the Newtlye Beat of the River Tay ready to meet and greet you. You will be salmon fishing on the crystal clear waters of the mighty River Tay from both the bank and the boat dependent on preference. Enjoy some refreshments and an introduction. You will then have the opportunity to try out different methods of fishing for the Atlantic salmon. This includes fly- fishing, spinning & harling. Your guide will be with you throughout your time on the River Tay, providing you with a unique service. He will give you advice on what tackle to use, point out the best salmon fishing spots, help you with your fishing techniques if required and fly casting. When you hook a wild Atlantic salmon, your guide will be there to advise you during the long and exciting fight, ensuring that you have the best chance of landing that unforgettable River Tay salmon.
Lunch is taken during the hours of 1300hrs – 1400hrs and this is important in order to allow the pools to rest.
Duration of travel: 10-minutes
Overnight: Dunkeld House Hotel (Superior Double room)
Today’s meal inclusions: Breakfast
After a fun-filled few days’ Spring salmon fishing on the mighty River Tay, enjoy a traditional Scottish breakfast before embarking on your onward journey.
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