Bank holiday is upon us and what better way to spend your days off then casting a line with family and friends for salmon or trout. We’ve listed some top destinations and affordable days out available this weekend and during the season.
England: River Test: Regarded as one of the finest chalk streams in the United Kingdom, with its quality game fisheries the river is regarded as the Mecca of dry fly fishing. Prices for a days fishing on this famous river start from £90 per rod.
River Tyne: The Tyne is a rising angel in the world of high end salmon fishing and has been voted the number one salmon river in England. Anglers can fish for salmon 7 days a week during the season (Scotland, salmon fishing is not allowed on Sundays). Sky Sports visited the River Tyne last September and caught salmon – you can watch their film by following this link. Salmon and trout fishing start from £7.00 per rod.
Stillwater Fishing: Latest news from Northumbrian Water; Great sport expected at Grassholme and over the bank holiday weekend as it has just received a bumper stocking along with more tagged trout and no need to pack a picnic as freshly baked Taylors pies and pasties are on sale in the shop. Check out availability for all Northumbrian Waters Fisheries online, and with family day tickets at £35.00 its a great day out.
Wales: River Towy: Enjoy over 10 miles of mainly double bank fishing on the Towy at Llandovery. Anything from a fresh run grilse to a ten pound sewin is a possibility. Large pike also lurk in the deep murky pools but it is also possible to fish the tails and gravel runs for brown trout with a fly rod. A days salmon fishing costs £25 until the end of the season.
Scotland: River Annan: The river is an intimate river that throughout most of its length offers fishing for salmon and sea trout of the highest calibre. Almost the entire river is coverable by anyone with moderate ability with many of the beats offering classic fly water. A days salmon starts from £7.20 per rod.
River Tay: The River Tay is internationally renowned for its Atlantic salmon fishing. It is one of the best salmon rivers in the United Kingdom, indeed in the European Union. The river is currently enjoying an excellent season with salmon up to 35lb caught so far. A days salmon fishing starts from £24 per rod and trout £10 per rod.
River Spey: The River Spey is a jewel amongst some of Scotlands finest salmon rivers, not only for sport but also for its picturesque scenery. Fishing starts from £30 per rod
Argyll System: Arygll is without doubt one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic counties, from its craggy peaks to lush wooded valleys and a shoreline covering some 1800 miles. With warmer weather on its way this should start to bring the salmon into the systems and the seatrout should start arriving as well, fishing is available from £15.00 per rod.
River Tweed: The River Tweed has always been internationally famous for its salmon fishing, with people coming from all over the world to fish it. Latest report from the Tweed: It was good to see a complete weeks fishing despite being one of all four seasons in one. FishTweed saw 176 salmon and 10 sea trout reported to Gillieline for the week. Landed in the area from Ladykirk through to Fairnilee, with Lower Tindal on Till. Junction had the best of the sport with 26 for the week, with Hendersyde close behind reporting 25. The largest reported was a massive 34lb fish from Junction. Lower Tindall had a fish on Tuesday which was good to see. Fishing is available from £20 for Salmon and £5 for Trout
River Dee: Has historically been thought of as arguably the top spring Salmon River in the world (Feb-May). Latest report FishDee beats reported the best catches for the season so far with 185 salmon reported. River levels are in good order following the large flood from the previous week with temperatures around the mid 40’s Fahrenheit throughout the week. A days salmon fishing starts from £20 per rod.
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