5 Top Spots for Spring Salmon Fishing in Scotland

If you’re thinking about taking a fishing holiday in Scotland, now is the time for salmon fishing.  Scotland has an abundance of fantastic (and famous) rivers and the salmon season has just begun.   This time of year brings high quality, fresh ‘springers’, so why not head to one of these top spots for some early salmon fishing in Scotland?

The Tweed

One of the world’s top salmon rivers, the Tweed is located in the beautiful Scottish Borders.  Spring salmon are present in the lower Tweed beats from the beginning of February.


The Tay

The Tay, in picturesque Perthshire, is the first of the large rivers to open, with most anglers spinning at this time of year for the highly sought after spring salmon.  It is the largest river in Britain and famous for it’s Atlantic salmon fishing.

The Spey

For another world famous river, head to the scenic Moray Speyside area to fish the River Spey.  The river is one of the largest rivers in Scotland and is also known for it’s strength.   At this time of year,depending on the temperature and water height, it is probably best to fish downsteam of Grantown.

The Dee

The Dee in Aberdeenshire is a classic salmon river and is famous for its multi-sea winter/spring salmon.  Spring salmon fishing in the Dee is internationally renowned with a greater number of catches than other Scottish rivers.  In February, the best spring salmon fishing is found in the lower and middle-lower beats.



The Nith

The season starts from late February on the Nith and most ‘springers’ are caught on the lower and middle beats, like the other salmon rivers.  The Nith travels through the stunning and varied landscapes of Dumfries and Galloway.

Whichever part of the country you fish in, why not enjoy the flexibility of staying in your own home from home?  Cast a line into a pool of self-catering accommodation for fishing in Scotland.

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  • danniapearl
    12th March 2012 10:23 am

    When I was a kid my father and I used to fish every weekend, I really enjoyed the time when were together. Fishing is somehow a great activity to strengthen bonds between you and a family member, It’s kinda relaxing and enjoyable moments. I really missed that time. It’s really a perfect place for fishing, Nice!.

    Dannia from renewables finance

  • ASSC
    15th March 2012 9:45 am

    Thank you for your lovely comment :-)

  • Carl
    16th March 2012 4:38 pm

    I’m so with you – when I think of fishing in Scotland I immediately think of my father and I and our annual pilgrimage chasing (usually elusive) brown trout in Loch Awe.

    I’ve started up a holiday rentals business in Eastbourne on the south coast of England, but can only hope that I offer my young boy enough tantalising moments on my kayak, catching sea bass, that he catches the bug and one day we can head back up to the lochs to re-visit the old haunts.

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