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  1. Scotland
  2. Firth Of Forth
  3. When to fish

When to fish

Length of season

The salmon season on the rivers and tributaries commences on 15 January, the first of the large Scottish rivers to open, and closes on 15 October. Fresh salmon enter the Tay every day of the year and so may be caught all season through. On the River Earn which is more dependent on autumn salmon, the season commences on 1 February and goes on to 31 October. Fishing is available from Monday to Saturday, there being no Sunday fishing in Scotland.

Summer on the river Teith

Spring fishing

Salmon enter the rivers even before the season opens and a fresh 'springer' may be caught anywhere in the main stem of the rivers right from opening day. Most anglers spin at this time and early season fishing has an adventurous feel about it! However, the early springers are the most beautiful and prized of fish making all the effort worthwhile. Salmon numbers increase as the spring progresses and by April fly fishing accounts for many fish.

Summer on the river Teith

Summer fishing

The number of fish entering the rivers increases markedly in the summer. In addition to runs of summer salmon, grilse runs build up in June and usually reach peak numbers in July.

Some of the best fly fishing is to be had in the summer with lower water levels allowing lies to be reached which otherwise can only be covered by boat. While the angling athlete can find ample challenge on the rivers such is the range of fishing available that people of all physical abilities will find something to suit them.

Autumn fishing

Big runs of fresh fish enter the rivers in the late summer and autumn. Most fish are grilse of around 6-10lbs or salmon of about 15-20lbs, with a prospect of fish up to 30lbs. More and more in recent years fresh run sea-liced fish are being caught right up to the end of the season and indeed continue running after it. On many beats the fly still does well in autumn but with rising water levels most anglers find spinning a necessity.

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