If your planning to come to Scotland for a salmon fishing holiday this year, there are still a few rivers that are open for business in October and November. Over the past weekend, a number of rivers closed their banks to anglers and these included some of the larger more famous Scottish salmon rivers. On Saturday, both the River Dee and mighty River Tay finished for the 2017 season, however the River Tweed amongst a few others remain open until the end of November. It is not only the River Tweed that remains open for the next few weeks, as there are also other rivers which have seasons which extend through until the end of the month and beyond. Traditionally, these salmon rivers have good runs of autumn fish and can be quite productive, given decent weather and water conditions.
The majority of the rivers in the Scottish Highlands have now closed for the season. However, there is one exception, the River Alness. The Alness flows into the Cromarty Firth just north of Inverness and is open until the end of October. The river is a typical Highland spate river which is small in size but big on character. If there is good water in October the river can be very productive. Indeed, looking back at salmon catch records, October is the most productive month on the river.
Moving further south, the River Earn which flows into the River Tay estuary at Newburgh, is another river which is open until the end of the month. The River Earn usually gets a decent autumn run of fresh salmon and can be productive in October. The Earn is much smaller than its mighty neighbour the River Tay but can still produce some cracking fish at this time of year.
The River Teith is another river which usually produces fresh fish during the autumn months and remains open until the end of October. The river runs through the heart of Stirlingshire and is a dream to fish. There is some lovely fly water on the Teith to explore and the river fishes better after there has been a rise in water. The River Teith is another river for anglers to consider if they are looking for some decent autumn sport.
As we have already mentioned, the River Tweed and its tributaries like the Teviot and Ettrick are open until the end of November. October and November are traditionally prime months on these rivers. Unfortunately, over the past few years the autumn run on the Tweed has been poor. However, this could all change this year and let us hope it does.
Away from the River Tweed, other rivers like the Nith and Annan in the Southwest of Scotland are also open in November. Both these rivers are good salmon rivers in there own right and have traditionally produced decent numbers of autumn fish.
So, as you can see there are no shortage of rivers still open around Scotland. We are so lucky in Scotland that we have such a long salmon fishing season and that anglers can chase silver right through until the end of November.