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Scotland Sport Fishing

Updated on January 28, 2013

Introduction to Scotland Sports Fishing

While many visitors check out Scotland for its history, castles, and beautiful sweeping moors and highlands, not as many visitors know about the amazing sports fishing opportunities the country has to offer. Scottish sports fishing covers a wide range of popular fish species, and there is some incredible fishing to be found in the many rivers, creeks, and lochs that dot the country. And let's not forget about those firths! There is good saltwater fishing off the coastline of Scotland, but the waters can be treacherous and a paid guide is the only sensible way to go when it comes to that. There are many sports fish in Scotland that are popular among anglers, including: salmon, brown trout, and Atlantic trout. There are also "coarse fish" which are much easier to fish for and include many species such as grayling, pike, perch and roach just to name a few. Several carp species also apply to this term.  This gives both local residents and visiting anglers a wide array of choices when it comes to Scottish sports fishing.

Scottish Sports Fish

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Scottish Coarse Fishing

Coarse fishing is fishing for other species in Scotland that are not considered sports fish. There are some saltwater salmon and trout, and freshwater salmon and trout, otherwise most other fish found in Scotland are considered coarse fish, and this includes northern pike, perch, and many types of carp.  Coarse fishing is done with live bait and either a rod and reel or a long pole. In Scotland there is no season and usually no permit fee for coarse fishing, making this an appealing option for many visiting anglers who don't want to spend a lot of money fishing for trout or salmon for only a day or two and spending a lot of money on a license that's good for only a very short period of time.

Good Scottish Fishing Gear

It's hard to describe exactly what makes up good Scottish fishing gear, because different people are going to have different preferences when it comes to what type of fish they are going to go after. If you're looking for brook trout, your gear is going to be much different than if you are chasing after trophy sized northern pike. Fly fishing gear is a far cry from the regular rod and reel, and if it's the Atlantic Trout you're going after then you're talking about the possibility of saltwater gear. Good Scottish fishing gear is going to be any type of high quality fishing gear that works for your particular needs as an angler. Normal trout gear works fine for trout in Scotland, just in the same way that high quality pike fishing gear you use for yearly trips to Canada will work great fishing for pike in Scotland. If you're in doubt, you can always go the handyman route and make your own fishing lures before going on your trip.

Scottish Fishing Guides

Getting a local guide is always a good idea, especially if you're in an area that you're completely unfamiliar with in Scotland.  This can go both for saltwater fishing, but also for lake or river fishing.  Weather can be notoriously fickle in many parts of the country, so it is never a bad idea to have an experienced and local guide who understands the climate and exactly how the weather can shift.  Safety is always a good thing, and the knowledge of the guide will certainly come in handy.  Even if you are going to be fishing over a long period of time, consider hiring a guide for one day and then following that up by yourself if you feel comfortable afterward.

Scottish Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is alive and well in Scotland, and anglers have many options as to which type of fish they are going for. It's important to note that while trout are the most popular choice for fly anglers throughout the nation, they are also the most heavily regulated fish. There's nothing wrong with fly fishing for trout in Scotland, but you want to make sure you're on the right side of the law as the penalties can be very steep. However, there are also options for coarse fishing with fly equipment. A classic example is that group of anglers who love to fly fish for the mighty northern pike. These fish have no season or limit, making them a tempting target for anglers who love the heavy fight that fish like pike put up and can deal with the occasional equipment break as a result of the struggle.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds great. Although I am not a fisher woman but I enjoyed reading it.

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      I used to go fishing all the time as a teenager but have gotton out of the habit in later years. Scotland does look like a wonder country to vist too

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      ucangetfit 6 years ago

      You should give it a shot sometime, so relaxing, can be. Hello, hello

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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      My grandfather was from Devonshire Scotland so I’m aware of the beauty and sports available. Fishing was his favorite past time. One day I hope to visit Scotland and England…Great article and one that holds a special meaning to me… :o)

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