It has been a strange and very tragic year for obvious reasons for many people around the world. Looking ahead there does appear to be some hope when it comes to the global pandemic in terms of a vaccine. It is hoped that by Easter many people will be able to get some form of normality back into their lives. If this is the case and it is a big “if” then it should also be much easier to travel. Many anglers will be thinking about booking a fishing holiday and trying to relax after such a turbulent past twelve months. If salmon are your quarry then look no further than Scotland as a destination to visit.
Scotland truly has it all when it comes to a holiday destination and more specifically as a salmon fishing destination. There are so many wonderful rivers in Scotland each with their unique character. From the smaller more intimate rivers of the Scottish Highlands like the Thurso, Alness and Oykel to the larger rivers like the Tay, Tweed and Spey. There truly is a river to suit all salmon angler’s tastes. Each river offers a different challenge to the visiting angler from stealth tactics in the small highland streams to casting a big rod hunting big fish on some of the larger rivers. The options are endless.
If anglers want to experience spring salmon fishing in Scotland it would be fair to say that they have to be prepared for some inclement weather especially during the early part of the season. Generally, in spring there are fewer fish in the rivers but the fish that are there are usually large, fresh and extremely powerful. This is what makes anglers return to Scotland year after year. Usually, the prime spring months in Scotland for salmon fishing are between March and the end of May.
If you prefer better weather and want to enjoy a good family holiday with some added salmon fishing then the summer months could be the time for you. The days are long and the salmon fishing can be an altogether much more agreeable experience. The prime summer months are usually from mid-July through until the end of August. Usually, at this time of year, Scotland’s rivers tend to fill with hard fighting grilse and larger summer salmon. Given decent conditions, sport can be both fast and furious.
It would be fair to say that the autumn salmon run has been disappointing in many of Scotland’s rivers over the past few seasons. However often September sees the best of the sport with many of the larger summer fish entering some rivers. This can be when the largest catches are made.
Away from the riverbank, there is no shortage of other reasons why Scotland is the perfect destination to spend some time. The scenery is truly stunning with soaring mountain ranges and unspoiled deserted golden sandy beaches. Scotland is steeped in rich history with no shortage of castles and battlefields to visit. There are wonderful accommodation options from five star hotels to fishing lodges on the banks of the river. You really are spoiled for choice. Don’t forget to sample our World famous Scottish whisky by having a wee dram to toast your salmon!
As you can see it is not only the wonderful salmon fishing that draws visitors to Scotland each year. There are also many other reasons. There is one thing for sure if you do visit Scotland next year, you are sure of a warm Scottish welcome!