Easter is now almost upon us. This year, Easter is during the last weekend of March and so is relatively early in the calendar. During most years, the Easter period usually marks the beginning of the prime spring salmon fishing in Scotland. Salmon enter our rivers in ever-increasing numbers at this time of year, and the chance of catching that elusive Scottish springer becomes much more of a reality. 
Over the past few weeks, the Scottish weather has been quite inhospitable. There have been freezing conditions coupled with heavy snow. This has made salmon fishing challenging to say the least. However, in recent days, it has become milder, and as if by magic the salmon fishing seems to have improved dramatically. Many rivers across Scotland are now producing some nice clean fish.
Anglers on the River Spey have enjoyed some good sport. Traditionally, on the Spey, it is usually from March onwards, that spring salmon are caught on a more consistent basis. In recent days, beats likes Wester Elchies, Rothes and Delfur have all produced nice fish. There is currently a good covering of snow on the hills, and so there should be plenty of water in the river over the next month.
March and April are usually prime spring months on the River Dee. This season a few fishing days have already been lost due to the wintry conditions. There was a steady stream of gru floating down the river for almost a week which made fishing impossible. Thankfully, the river is now clear and conditions are decent. The beats above Aboyne Bridge opened at the beginning of March, and as water temperatures rise, these beats should produce some good sport. Royal Deeside is one of the nicest places to be during the spring months.
Catches on the River Tay have also picked up. Indeed, over the past few days, it has not only been the main river that has started to produce some nice fish but also some of the Tay's tributaries. So far, this season what has been impressive is the size of the fish being caught from the river. There have been numerous fish over twenty pounds landed and one well over the magical thirty pounds mark. The Tay has certainly lived up to its reputation of being a big fish river. As we move through March and into April, catches on the river should go from strength to strength. Usually, at this time of year, the fish destined for the River Tummel (one of the main tributaries) start entering the river in ever-increasing numbers and anglers will be hoping that the Tummel run will be plentiful.
March and April are also prime spring months on the River Tweed. Usually, it is the beats on the middle and lower which prosper. As the water temperature rises, beats on the middle river should also start to produce fish on a more consistent basis.
With the days now getting longer, and the weather slowly improving, there is no better place to be, than on the river bank. With each tide, more fresh fish are entering our Scottish rivers, so why not wet a line? It's easy to see why Easter can be a very special time on the river.