Well folks, all our salmon rivers are now in full swing, with lots of spring salmon being caught the length and breadth of our rivers, in what has been a positive start to the season.
It takes great pleasure to see the Tay having what appears to be a red letter February with March looking like it’s going the same way. The Tay is without a doubt a tremendous spring river and it is always a true pleasure to see spring catches excel, not mentioning the impeccable standard of the fish themselves.
What is interesting is that we have heard that the few rods that have been out on the upper Tay between Kenmore and Aberfeldy have been scoring well although not reported online. We have heard that one beat landed 6 fresh fish in a week for only a very limited rod effort. For those of you who prefer the small to medium sized rivers then the Tay below Kenmore should offer you something of interest not to mention the cracking scenery.
Given the modest mid week fishing effort on the Tay and the affordable fishing that is available. If you have not fished the river so far this season then I would get booked up to get in on some of this 1st class action.
As many of you may already be aware we have been out filming over the few months for Hooked UK for our online fishing TV channel (www.flyfishingchannel.tv). We are humbled by the uptake on these shows where only in the last 30 days we have had in excess of 17,500 views! This certainly bodes well for the future and we are taking pride in using these shows not only to help build Salmo as a brand, but to help develop Scotland and the UK as a global fly fishing destination. We have some exciting sponsorship in the pipeline which in time can only help us raise the standard.
Our latest show from the South Esk can be views at the foot of this blog or by visiting the channel link at the top of this page.
Some of our forthcoming shows include, Spring Salmon on the Helmsdale, Loch Leven, Harris and Lewis, The Tay, Lake of Menteith, North Uist, The Tyne, The Spey. Additionally, we will also have much more from the Dee and Esks with some nice surprises lined up along the way.
We have a sister channel also (www.fromfield2stream.tv) which although will still feature Hooked UK shows, will also feature other fishing disciplines. FF2S will also feature hunting, shooting, gun dogs as well as country affairs and more. Both these channels are free to subscribe to so if of interest, please join the many other viewers and subscribe to keep up to date with our shows.
Lastly, as the spring salmon fishing is now in full swing being mid March, for some of us, thoughts now start turning to the opening of the Trout fishing season.
Although still likely to be very cold given the whiteout conditions outside my window today, next Friday will give the green light for trout anglers to hit the rivers and lochs as it will be the 15th March. Our first trout fishing trip of the season will be on the one and only Loch Leven at Kinross. This year Michael Wilson has advised that he will open the loch for business from the season outset. This is a few weeks earlier than normal so it will be interesting to see what turns up in the catches. Never one to turn down a challenge, Myself and Stan Headley will be out onto the loch to hopefully catch that early season trout from this fantastic loch.
The NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have been carrying out ongoing extensive research on Loch Leven in order to try to get a better feel for the fish population of the loch in terms of trends in numbers and sizes of fish. Last week, they produced the an update with what made some very interesting reading. Click here to read the update.
If any of you are looking to book fishing of spend a days guided fishing on Loch Leven or indeed any of our rivers with one of our guides, then please email us at email@example.com or call us on 0845 838 1936 for details.
As always, we wish any of you who are braving the elements over the coming week, whether it be on the river chasing silver, or fishing for trout, Tight Lines!
Until next time,
All the best,
Here is the latest Hooked UK from the South Esk in Scotland chasing Spring Salmon