The lonesome angler is in for a real treat when visiting Scotland. There are 11 major rivers running through Scotland, with each of these having a myriad of streams and further rivers running from them, not to mention over 30,000 (yes, you read that right) lochs spread out across the land. To say that there are a few fishing opportunities there is something of an understatement, but when there’s so much choice at hand, making a decision can be a tricky proposition. If you’re considering taking yourself off to Scotland soon, then take a look at our favourite destinations to get a few ideas as to where you might be able to cast off…
Located just west of nearby Pitlochry, fishing in Loch Tummel can be a very scenic experience and is a great proving ground for those seeking brown trout, perch or pike. Fishing sites are easily accessible on the southshore and can be found via unclassified road signs for Foss. Permits can be bought from the Loch Tummel Riparian Association for the price of £8 a day, £25 a week, or £40 for the season – giving you unlimited access to this excellent site.
You’ll find plenty more trout, pike, perch and also salmon at Loch Lomond, the largest body of water in the UK and an area that is well supported by numerous tackle shops and jobbing ghillies. You can buy permits in those shops, as well as post offices in the local area, but you won’t need to purchase one if you are only planning on coarse fishing. There are different regs and rules for each part of this region, so it’s best to do some research before casting off for the day.
The Tay is renowned around the world for its excellent Atlantic salmon fishing and is widely regarded as one of the best places to catch that particular fish in the UK. The river splits off into dozens of tributaries and includes long stretches of wide quick running water; the perfect challenge for budding anglers. Hiring a ghillie is a must when fishing in these areas as many spots are virtually bereft of fish at certain points of the year.
Salmon fishing is also the first order of the day when it comes to angling on the River Dee, a majestic river that runs from the heart of the Cairngorm mountain range down to the North Sea mouth at Aberdeen. Fishing season commences on the 1st of February and ends on the 15th October, with salmon numbers being healthier than they’ve ever been thanks to a 100% ‘catch and release’ policy, however that policy has been lifted for the 2019 season. There an excess of 50 fishing beats throughout the length of the river and fish as heavy as 30lbs have been known to be seen in the region.
Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention the namesake of this very blog. The River Annan is a haven for Trout and Grayling, however there’s a strict fly fishing only policy on all stretches of the river. Trout season is from 15th March to 6th October, but anglers can fish for grayling throughout the year, making this a popular site for tourists and locals alike. Grayling specimens of over 3lb are regularly caught on the river, making it our top of the pick.