Many anglers that come to salmon fish in Scotland want to catch a springer. A springer is a salmon that usually enters the river between early January and the end of May. These fish are highly prized among salmon anglers and rightly so. Spring salmon are usually much larger than their summer or autumn counterparts. They also have fantastic fighting qualities which can lead to memorable battles on the riverbank. If you come to Scotland to fish for salmon during the spring season it is unlikely that you will catch huge numbers of fish but the fish that you do catch are likely to be big in size and in pristine condition. So where are the best places to chase spring silver in Scotland?
There are a number of productive rivers across the country which produce decent numbers of spring salmon. Salmon are caught regularly in January and February, but catches are more consistent from early March onwards. For a number of years, the River Dee in Aberdeenshire has been one of Scotland’s most productive spring salmon rivers. The Dee opens in early February and good numbers of fish are caught from opening day onwards. Catch numbers increase through March and April which makes the River Dee a good bet for some early season sport.
Another river which can be very productive during the spring months is the mighty River Tay. The Tay is well known for producing big fish. Indeed in 2018, there were a number of fish caught from the river which weighed in excess of thirty pounds during the early part of the season. The Tay opens in mid-January, but the cream of the spring fishing really starts in March with the prime month often being May. If you are looking to catch a big spring salmon in Scotland the Tay could be the river for you.
The River Spey is world famous in salmon fishing circles. It is the birthplace of the famous double handed Spey cast. The Spey also enjoys a good spring run and some of the fly water on the river is second to none. Like the River Dee the Spey opens in February and the prime months for spring salmon fishing are usually April and May. The Spey is smaller in size compared to the Tay which makes it more coverable.
There are so many spring salmon fishing opportunities in Scotland and we have only looked at three options. For those who have not caught a spring salmon, Scotland is the destination to change that. Catching a Scottish spring salmon is an experience that will live with you forever!