There are many more than four good reasons to go fly-fishing in Scotland, but some reasons are better than others.
We are often asked, “can I have a fishing vacation in Edinburgh?” The answer is an emphatic YES, it is most certainly possible to base yourself in Edinburgh and still enjoy fly-fishing for Atlantic salmon, wild brown trout, rainbow trout, grayling or pike. Scotland’s beautiful and historic capital city of Edinburgh, is perfectly situated for […]
As providers of activity holidays in Scotland, specialising in fishing, hunting and golf, we are often asked for suggestions of what to do during a Scottish vacation in the fall. So here are our top 10 picks of sportsmen’s activities in Scotland this Fall;
Summer vacations in Scotland are not normally promoted alongside warnings about maintaining hydration and the importance of liberal applications of factor 30 sunscreen, but 2018 has not been a normal year. Following on from a very hard, persistent and late-arriving winter, spring was relatively short-lived. Then arrived summer.
The spring run, which has been improving on several of our rivers, is facilitated by the tail-end of the winter bringing fresh rain and usually quite consistently high river levels. As the temperatures slowly rise, the levels are further augmented by snow melt in the Highlands. As a result, the Scottish Atlantic salmon fishing is good from mid-March into May.
Similarly, the autumn run of Scottish salmon is initiated by low pressure cells sweeping in from the west, bringing with them the cooler temperatures, wind and rain. With the seasons seeming to come later than in the past, this autumn run is manifest by increasing numbers of fish entering the Scottish river systems from mid-September, through to the end of the season.
So what then of the summer? In the usual course of things, the Scottish summer can best be described as generally frustrating. Just as three consecutive days of relative warmth prompt us to declare that summer has finally arrived, the rain moves in, the wind picks up and the jackets are retrieved from the back of the wardrobe. However, it is this very pattern of unpredictability with the weather that gives cause to celebrate Scottish salmon fishing in the summer months.
Sadly, 2018 has seen the hottest temperatures and driest conditions in over 50 years. This has resulted in abnormally low river levels across the country. On the Spey in particular, we are seeing parts of the riverbed which haven’t been previously exposed in perhaps a hundred years! And the effect on the fishing has been significant.
Without freshets of water pushing into the estuaries, the salmon are not induced to leave the sea. Instead, they will follow in on the incoming tide, test the estuarine conditions and then fall back as the tide ebbs, unconvinced that the river is capable of providing safe passage to the redds. This daily prevarication provides a bonanza for the legions of seals lying in wait. The urgent need to control seal numbers has never been made more obvious than by the experience of this summer of 2018.
Fishing package in Scotland with Frontiers International Travel
We are delighted to announce that River & Green has partnered with US-based Frontiers International Travel to launch a 6-night fishing package in Scotland in June 2018.
For several years, we have worked in close cooperation with Frontiers to provide a range of holidays for their US clients. Previous trips have included pheasant and partridge shooting, deer hunting and a wide variety of fishing. This new initiative marks a significant step forward in our working relationship.
This “high-end” fishing trip to Scotland is an adjunct to Frontier’s popular Irish fishing package. On the day of arrival, the clients are met at Edinburgh Airport and carried by chauffeur driven MPV to their exclusive use country house hotel in the heart of Speyside, the home of malt whisky.
After settling in and before dinner, there will be a champagne reception at which the clients will meet with their guides for the next day’s fishing. This is a great opportunity for us all to become better acquainted and discuss tactics and techniques for the days ahead.
The first two days are to be spent fly-fishing for Atlantic salmon on the world famous Gordon Castle beat of the River Spey. Late June is an excellent time to be on this very special part of the river and securing access to the beat at this time is a rare privilege. Here the river offers spectacular fishing in stunningly beautiful surroundings, with easy wading and a comfortable fishing hut where we will enjoy a riverside barbeque for lunch.
Following on from two days of salmon fishing, we head south to Cromlix Hotel; the 5-star hotel owned by Scotland’s tennis ace Andy Murray. Set in beautiful countryside near Stirling, this fabulous hotel is a shining example of the very best in Scottish hospitality. Here we stay for 2 nights, during which period we have a day of guided fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout on Carron Valley loch. The setting of the loch is amazing. It’s as if you were in the heart of the remote Scottish Highlands and yet you are only about an hour from Edinburgh.
The trip is finished off with a day and a night in Edinburgh; Scotland’s historic capital city. Our hotel, the award-winning 5-star Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel is situated at the west end of Princes Street with views onto Edinburgh Castle. From our base in the very centre of the city, our clients will have free time to explore the ancient capital and shop for gifts and mementos of their holiday. This is supplemented with a 2-hour private walking tour of the city, conducted by a “Blue Badge” accredited guide. On our final evening, we enjoy a private dining experience in one of the capital’s best restaurants, where we will raise a glass or two to “next year!”
The entire trip, including all accommodation, transport (excluding flights), meals and guided fishing costs about £4,500 per guest.
We are very proud to partner with Frontiers International Travel. As Frontiers are arguably the world’s finest providers of fishing and hunting vacations, we are honoured to be selected by them to deliver the quality they demand of their suppliers, to the benefit of their loyal clientele.
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Two weeks ago we had the pleasure of guiding a great group of American clients during their vacation sea trout fishing in Scotland. Sea trout fishing in Scotland is a real experience to be savoured, fishing takes place through the night and not only is the fishing thrilling, the scenery is stunning and the whiskies are pretty good as well!