The salmon season on the rivers and tributaries commences on 1st February and closes on 15 October. Fresh salmon enter the Forth every day of the year and so may be caught all season through. Fishing is available from Monday to Saturday, there being no Sunday fishing in Scotland.
Summer on the river Teith
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
There are more than a dozen beats on the river and all have good reputations. Unfortunately the better known ones are either let on a weekly basis to regular tenants or syndicated. Among these beats are Cambusmore - with 26 named pools, Lanrick Castle - 3.5 miles of fishing which includes the famous Weir Pool, Deanston Distillery Fishings and Doune Lodge. The lowest beat on the river is the Blue Banks Fishing where the river enters the Forth. Day permit fishing is available on the Town Water at Callander, Blair Drummond Estate - which has the Ardoch, Chapel, Horse Hole and McLaren Pools and the Blue Banks Fishery.
Some of the best fishing is below the confluence of the Teith downstream to Stirling. At this point the river is slow flowing and over 50 yds wide and best fished by spinning. Permits are available on the town water. Fishing is also available from Aberfoyle down to Gartmore Bridge and downstream of the bridge on the Gartmore Angling Club waters.
The Allan Water is a river in central Scotland. Rising in the Ochil Hills, it runs through Strathallan to Dunblane and Bridge of Allan before joining the River Forth. This river offers a variety of fishing during the yea, but Brown trout and Atlantic salmon are the main species targeted with the seasons. The river also gets a good run of seatrout.
The local angling club has the majority of fishing rights on the river and tickets/permits can be bought through them via this website or their own website. See fishery pages for more info.