FishPal caught up with Callum Conner, Director of Scotia Tourism Ltd, earlier this week. He will be joining Anne, Wednesday 23rd September, on the FishPal Live at 7pm.
Q:What has fishing been like for you and Scotia Fishing post Lockdown?
Despite the uncertain times the fishing in Scotland this year post lockdown has been world class at periods!
Firstly, it has been immensely encouraging to teach so many newcomers to the sport of fly fishing over the summer. Families, ladies, children, boys & men – I truly hope this continues!
This particular youngster below managed his first ever capture on a fly rod, a solid Rainbow Trout. This was during a 2 hour lesson with SGAIC instructor Callum Conner after learning the roll and overhead cast within 30 minutes!
Q:What have you missed?
There is no doubt after coming out of Lockdown we had missed the best of the dry fly fishing on our rivers. However, the lack of angling pressure saw us return into a bonanza first few trips as the trout were eager to take just about anything we threw at them!
Panamanian Student Isabelita had an outstanding day with a bunch of big trout and grayling on her first ever fishing trip!!
The Sea Trout fishing has been exceptional on the Tweed. One can only presume the positive effects of net removals etc. On the back of any lift in water levels we were connecting with some very chunky caesars!
I even managed a cast myself at times…
Q:How are Scotland’s river fishing?
I have observed most of Scotland’s rivers are fishing well this season but most related to us has been the salmon fishing on the River Tay & Tweed. July & August were the best I have witnessed in my time of Salmon fishing on the River Tay.
Our clients done well on the river with the most memorable day being father and son duo Peter & Bertie managing 3 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout – not bad for your first foray into Salmon fishing!
Here is Bertie with his first ever Salmon!
Returning client Derek fished with me five years ago and was great to see him back! After losing his first fish on a spinner right at the net, he changed to the fly and landed this hard fighter!
Q:What’s the prospects for Autumn?
As we move into fall/Autumn our attentions will turn to the Upper River Tweed for Salmon and some Pike fishing in the Highlands with lures, fly and dead-baits when the cooler temps set in.
So safe to say we are looking forward to the colder weather and searching for a few crocs in both species!
As the morning frosts increase it will then be time to target one of our favourite species, Grayling! For anyone it may be of interest we made this short film last winter about Grayling fishing on Scotland’s iconic River Tweed!
Director of Scotia Tourism Ltd
SGAIC & SANA Licensed Fly Fishing Instructor
Loop Tackle, Patagonia, Fulling Mill & Sakura Fishing Endorsed.
Scottish Whisky Ambassador
Scotia Fishing – Scotland’s highest rated guided fishing provider on Tripadvisor!