So far this year, the weather during the summer months has not been kind to anglers in Scotland. In July the temperature was above twenty-five degrees somewhere across the UK every day. Conditions were very hot and dry and there was very little rainfall. This led to record low river levels. This coupled with very warm water temperatures hardly made for conducive salmon fishing conditions. Indeed the River Spey was running at its lowest level since the 1950’s in July. During the last couple of days of July, central and southern Scotland had some rain and there was a small lift in water.
Since early August weather conditions have changed somewhat across the country. It has become much cooler and there has been some rainfall. This had led to a lift in the water on many of Scotland’s rivers. In turn, the catches of salmon and grilse have improved significantly. Anglers fishing on rivers like the Dee, Tay and Tweed have all enjoyed some good sport.
The River Ness in the Scottish Highlands has enjoyed a productive season so far this year. In the past few weeks, the Ness has been one of the most productive rivers in Scotland with good numbers of fish being caught. Most of the fish caught have been sea liced and fresh which is great to see. As the Ness is such a short river (around only seven miles in length) fish can run hard even in low water.
The cooler wetter weather is likely to continue across much of Scotland over the next few days and hopefully, this will be the catalyst for improved catches.
August is a prime summer month on many of Scotland’s salmon rivers. Given decent conditions, it is usually when the runs of summer salmon and grilse peak. There is also a chance of catching some of the early running autumn fish towards the end of the month and these are usually much bigger in size. There are a great variety of locations to choose from in Scotland when chasing silver in August. If you fancy fishing on a smaller more intimate river in a remote unspoiled location, there is always the stunning Scottish Highlands to explore. Here, rivers like the Thurso, Alness, Brora and Ness can all produce excellent sport. If however, you prefer chasing your quarry on larger rivers, you can always choose to fish on the likes of the Spey, Dee or Tay. As always in Scotland, there is a salmon river to suit all tastes!