In recent days the temperature has dropped dramatically across Scotland. Bitterly cold northerly winds and snow showers affected many parts of the country over the weekend. This was courtesy of northerly winds originating from the Arctic. There have been hard overnight frosts and snow over many northern hills.
The temperature can play a crucial role when salmon fishing in Scotland, especially during the autumn months. Later in the season salmon start to get more aggressive as they turn their thoughts towards the important process of spawning. This can often make salmon more inclined to taking a fly. The trigger factor for this can be a drop in water temperature. Over the past weekend there has been a drop in water temperature and so it will be interesting to see if there is an improvement in catches in the upcoming days. Many salmon anglers will be hoping that this will be the case, so they can enjoy some good late season salmon fishing on the Scottish rivers that are still open for business.
A number of rivers will close their banks to anglers on the last day of October which is only a couple of days away. The current cold snap is forecast to last until the middle of the week after which there will be a return to relatively mild conditions as southerly winds predominate.
The likes of the River Earn, Teith and Alness amongst others will finish for the season later this week. Of course, for those anglers that are looking to wet a line in November, there are still a number of salmon fishing opportunities across Scotland. The River Tweed is open until the end of November and fresh fish can be regularly caught up to the end of the season. In the past October and November have been prime months on one of Scotland’s most prolific salmon rivers. Rivers like the Annan and Nith in south-west Scotland also remain open well into November and these can also be productive.
Many salmon anglers across Scotland have now packed away their salmon fishing gear for another season. For the few that are looking to have one final cast before the season ends water conditions currently look promising. Hopefully, a few more fresh salmon will enter our Scottish rivers in the next few weeks and the catalyst for good sport could be a drop in temperature.