For all those anglers planning to fish for salmon in Scotland this weekend, sport could be curtailed due to the extreme weather conditions. Many rivers across the country will finish for the 2018 season on Monday which makes this weekend a popular time to wet a line on the Scottish salmon fishing calendar. Some anglers will be keen to have their final few casts of the year before the season draws to a close. Rivers like the Brora, Tay and Dee amongst others will all finish on Monday. Of course, there are a number of very productive salmon rivers across Scotland which remain open until the end of the month and rivers like the Tweed and Annan are open well into November.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast for this weekend looks far from promising. Water levels on many rivers are already currently high. This is especially the case in western and central Scotland, after spells of heavy rain during the early part of this week. Today storm Callum will batter much of the UK. This is a deep intense area of low pressure is centred in the northern Atlantic. Gale force winds and heavy rain will affect much of Scotland. High winds are not good news for salmon fishers during the autumn months, as often this leads to the river being saturated with leaves. In addition to this, heavy rain will already be falling on saturated ground and so it will, not take long for river levels to start rising once again. There is more heavy rain forecast tomorrow across much of central and southern Scotland as trailing weather front associated with storm Callum moves gradually further north. It should be colder and drier on Sunday but showers or longer spells of rain could affect much of central Scotland once again. If this weather forecast is accurate then many rivers may be out of commission by Monday. One glimmer of hope is that at least rivers like the Tay are unlikely to get coloured as there has been so much high water recently.
Mother nature is a funny thing and it is one aspect of fishing that salmon anglers have no control over. Hopefully, the weather will not be as bad as forecast but only time will tell. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope that the rivers which are still open in Scotland over the next few days do not get too high so that anglers can enjoy some good sport before the season finally draws to a close.