Summer is a fantastic time of year to be out on the banks of a river in Scotland chasing that elusive silver tourist. In Scotland, the start of summer usually heralds better weather and with lovely long balmy evenings, salmon fishing can really be an experience to remember. Due to the recent pandemic, unfortunately, many people will not be able to travel abroad on holiday as they had maybe first planned. Some will, therefore, be looking to holiday in the UK instead, especially Scotland. With hotel and self-catering accommodation likely to open up, in the upcoming weeks, this could be the time to experience the delights of a salmon fishing holiday in Scotland.
There are no shortage of options when it comes to salmon fishing in Scotland during the summer months. There are so many different rivers to choose from. Much depends on which part of the country you want to visit and what else you want to do during your time in Scotland.
The Scottish Highlands for obvious reasons is a very popular destination. With magnificent unspoiled scenery, it’s easy to see why. There are some fantastic salmon rivers located in the Scottish Highlands and these can be very productive during the summer months. Rivers like the Thurso, Alness and Ness amongst others can all fish well in July and August. Many of the salmon rivers in this part of the world are smaller and more intimate than some of their counterparts located further south. However, they might be small in size, but they are definitely big on character. Many of these rivers are spate rivers, so become more productive after there has been some rainfall and a subsequent lift in water. If you are lucky enough to be fishing after a lift in water, then the sport can truly be fast and furious with often good numbers of fish caught.
There are some beautiful hotels, self-catering chalets and lodges which are located on the banks of many of Scotland’s salmon rivers in the Highlands. They can be the perfect base for a salmon fishing holiday and also for exploring the surrounding area.
It is not only the rivers in the Scottish Highlands that can be productive during the summer months. Further south the likes of the River Dee and Spey can also provide the visiting angler with some good sport. The Spey runs through the heart of beautiful whisky country with a different distillery often no more than a stone’s throw away. The River Spey usually has goods runs of grilse and summer salmon which makes it one of the top rivers in the country during the summer months.
The River Dee is also another option. Royal Deeside provides a spectacular backdrop for any visiting angler wetting a line on the Dee.
Moving further South, there is, of course, beautiful Perthshire. This is a favourite area for many people that visit Scotland. In Perthshire, you are really spoiled for choice when it comes salmon fishing with so many great rivers to choose from. From smaller rivers like the Lyon, Isla and Earn to the famous mighty River Tay. The great thing about fishing on the River Tay during the summer months is that it is not water dependent. Even if there has been little or no rainfall fresh salmon will continue to run the Tay due to its size and general depth. The summer fishing on the Tay system is usually at its best in July and August.
These are just a few examples of some of the many productive salmon rivers that anglers visit in Scotland during the summer months. There are so many other options. When you combine Scotland’s abundance of salmon rivers with its breath taking natural beauty, magnificent accommodation options and warm and friendly people it’s easy to see why salmon fishing in Scotland could be that staycation to remember!
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