Professional Scottish salmon fishing career based advice on which salmon rivers are best to fish in Scotland.
This topic is not an easy one to answer as all Scottish salmon rivers have their moments and where last season on one river was poor for catches it could very well be prolific this year. There's also many other factors to take into consideration in wild Atlantic salmon fishing that are always relevent for catches such as water levels, actual fishing pressure (the only current stock measuring tool), the skill set of visiting salmon fishers, prior spawning numbers of adult fish (tracking back 3 to 5 years), in-river predation levels and the location of ocean coastal commercial fish farm enterprise in geographic location to the river's wild migrating juvenile salmon output. A few of the above topics are worthy of books being written and there's certainly enough content in any of these above topics for massive elaboration!
From a salmon fisher's point of view (for those who cannot move at short notice to coincide with recent rainfall levels) the bigger Scottish salmon rivers which have large loch-fed headwater catchments makes a sensible starting point as a huge loch-fed headwater catchment will provide a constant flow of river water which allow salmon to run the river at any point of the season and keeps resident salmon respondent. On a smaller Scottish river system salmon will not enter the river until a period of heavy rainfall has put the river in spate and until that time arrives salmon will stay and congregate in and around the river estuary. So my advice would be to firstly look for the bigger river that can sustain good water levels such as the River Tay which has the largest loch-fed headwater catchment of all of the Scottish salmon rivers.
Another point to consider on any Scottish river is when are that individual river's historic salmon runs expected throughout the fishing season. Some bigger rivers like the Tay will have salmon runs during the Spring, Summer & Autumn months yet smaller rivers may only have an Autumn run of fish. Fishing method consideration is also important as not everyone has the ability or desire to fly fish from the riverbanks all day. On the Tay fly fishing & spin fishing are allowed in addittion to a form of boat trolling called harling. So if tactical diversification is important then the Tay is a river where there are many different tactical fishing options.
My general assessment based on recent salmon fishing results is that the Tay is the safest bet for 'always fishable' good water levels from the Spring through to the Autumn months and has plenty of salmon present throught the Tay's long salmon fishing season. The middle River Spey is 'dynamic' in May & June and the Lower River Spey in July & August. The middle River Dee in April, May & June can be very good and the Upper River Dee in late August & September. Salmon however can be caught throughout each individual river's salmon fishing season. Follow this link for detailed information on how to find a professional salmon guide in Scotland who can give you a fishing advantage on any of these Scottish salmon rivers.
The potency from contact with a wild Atlantic salmon really needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
Professional Scottish salmon guide Jock Monteith's career information about where pike can be found on Scotland's famous River Tay.
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Professional Scottish salmon fishing guide advice on when Atlantic salmon spawn in the rivers of Scotland.
Professional Scottish salmon fishing guide advice on the best times of the day to catch salmon during the fishing season.
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Professional Scottish 'career based' salmon fishing guide advice on how best to align your salmon fishing approach to high water conditions.
Professional salmon fishing guide advice on the beautiful native otter populations that live on the River Tay and other Scottish salmon rivers.
A professional Scottish salmon fishing guide's 'career based' explanations as to why salmon jump in the rivers of Scotland.
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Professional career salmon guide advice on some of the optimal water conditions to catch salmon in during the Scottish salmon fishing season.
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Professional career Scottish salmon guide advice on the best logic based salmon fishing tactical approach during the very cold early Spring months.
On the many salmon river valleys of Scotland there are great hotel accommodation options for visiting salmon fishers.
Knowing the right time to land a salmon after you've hooked it is very important for a successful outcome.
Knowing how to optimally time your salmon fishing trip to Scotland is a key factor for success and there are a few different components to consider.
Professional salmon fishing guide advice regarding what week days fishing is permitted for salmon in Scotland and other useful information.
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Professional salmon fishing career advice on how to effectively set a spinning lure hook when fishing for salmon and other useful spin fishing tips.
Professional career based advice on how to select a sink tip when salmon fly fishing for salmon in Scotland.
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Useful information on how to catch salmon on the rivers in Scotland with details of the type of rods, lures & flies that work best.
How to understand the best mental and physical approach to a Scottish salmon river which should be part of your advanced salmon fishing strategy.
Understanding how to wade safely in a salmon river should always be the number one priority and secondly how to optimise your salmon catch potential.
Information on how to properly unhook and release a Scottish salmon with conservation of future salmon stock levels in mind.
How to understand and learn the importance of good riverbank movement which is a largely untaught yet vital skill when fishing for salmon in Scotland.
How to understand the importance of controlling the speed & depth of your salmon fly which is a vital skill when fishing for salmon in Scotland.
An insight into what species of fish Scotland has in its many rivers, lochs and coastal areas and how to arrange fishing on one of the 4 major Scottish salmon rivers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Tay for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Dee for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Spey for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Tweed for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Crucial information on how to effectively set a salmon fly hook during the adrenalin charged moment when a salmon takes your fly.
On some of the big Scottish salmon rivers it is possible to spin fish under certain water conditions. The River Tay allows spin fishing at all times.
It's very important when you're salmon fishing on a Scottish river to deploy effective riverbank movement spacings between each cast.
A professional salmon fishing guide will give you the best chances of success on the Scottish rivers as a guide will provide all of the essential equipment, tactical tuition & seasonally appropriate salmon river access.
There are over 400 salmon rivers in Scotland and many of these river systems or tributary rivers have different timings of salmon runs and many are recent local rainfall dependent.
There are various different components required to effectively fish for salmon in Scotland which are all important for a successful fishing trip.
There are 2 different ways to book Scottish salmon fishing, one being with a professional salmon guide to give you the best chance of success or simply buying the salmon fishing access on its own.
When you book a professional Scottish salmon fishing guide you will be taught how to fly fish with a double handed salmon fly rod and other important fishing skills.
When you hook a powerful Scottish salmon it is important to keep your composure and know exactly what you should be doing for a successful outcome to the fight.
Booking a professional salmon fishing guide gives you the advantage of learning on day 1 the essential salmon fishing skills you need for success in this amazing Scottish rural pursuit.
Learn how to perform the traditional Scottish Spey cast with a complete breakdown of the vital components that make up a perfectly delivered Spey cast.
Find out the best times of year to fish for salmon in Scotland's rivers.
It is mandatory under Scottish law to have a permit for fishing access whilst fishing on Scotland's rivers for salmon, sea trout or brown trout. A fishing licence is currently not required on the vast majority of Scottish rivers.