trout fishing in rivers and lochs
Brown trout are the indigenous species in Scotland and they
exist in almost all natural waters, from the tiniest burn to the largest
lochs. Sometimes they grow very big in lochs by feeding on smaller
trout and charr, reaching to over twenty pounds in weight. These fish
known as "ferox". For the most part however wild trout of
fifteen inches or more are highly regarded as sporting quarry by anglers.
the trout season opens in March, fishing does not really pick up until
April when large hatches of insects start to bring the trout to the
surface for an easy feast. April, May and June offer tremendous trout
fishing opportunities on the rivers and on many of the smaller lochs.
Later in the season early morning and late evening provide the best
chances of success during hot weather. Come September, the waters
to cool again and during the last few weeks of the season daytime hatches
again occur. Trout fly-fishing divides itself neatly into two categories,
rivers and natural lochs.
The season for brown trout fishing is 15 March to 6 October.
Scottish trout vary tremendously in their characteristics
from loch to loch and river to river. Their colours can be amazing,
bright reds, yellows and orange, greens, indeed every colour in the
rainbow. Their feeding patterns are quite varied also and so they can
be caught on almost any fly or technique - provided that it is the correct
one! Often the beauty of the fish alone is sufficient to make the angler
gasp in admiration. This colourful little trout was taken from a high
mountain loch where its ancestors have survived for thousands of years.
Trout fishing in rivers
Trout fishing in lochs