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  • A couple fish from a small rowing boat on the calm waters of Loch Lomond
    Fishing, Loch Lomond
  • A man fishes for pike on the edge of Loch Ken
    Pike fishing on Loch Ken
  • Fisherman fly fishing for salmon on the ravenswood beat of the river Tweed, near Bemersyde, Scottish Borders
    Fishing on the river Tweed

Scotland offers world-class fishing. The big four salmon rivers the Dee, Spey, Tay, Tweed and their tributaries are unrivalled. The Don has hard fighting brown trout, while Loch Lomond and the rivers of Dumfries & Galloway offer fantastic coarse fishing.

Scotland’s big four salmon rivers, the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed attract fisherman from around the globe in search of world-class salmon fishing.

The River Dee is simply the best spring salmon river in the world and it is here that many of the salmon fly fishing techniques that we now take for granted were first developed. Rising in the magnificent Cairngorms and flowing for over 80 miles through beautiful Royal Deeside, this river offers peace and tranquillity as you cast your fly into the clear waters of this amazing river.

In 2010 the River Tweed, in the Scottish Borders, produced more Atlantic salmon than any other river in Britain - 23,000 catches - and now ranks among the top salmon rivers in the world. Although it is most famous for its salmon fishing, there is also an excellent run of sea trout in the autumn.

The River Spey is the home of speycasting - a casting technique used in fly fishing that requires a longer, heavier two-handed fly rod, referred to as a Spey Rod. One of the major attractions of this river is its sheer size and strength which produces excellent hard fighting salmon. Another great salmon river in the Highlands is the River Findhorn, which flows through Strathdearn past Tomatin and down into Findhorn Bay.

The record for the largest ever rod caught salmon in Scotland is a 64lb specimen taken from the River Tay in 1922. This is one of Scotland’s most complex river systems and many of the tributaries, such as the Earn, Isla, Tummel, Garry, Dochart, Lyon and Eden, also offer excellent salmon fishing. Loch Tummel, overlooked by the Queen's View, provides spectacular surroundings and excellent fishing potential for brown trout, perch and pike.

In the north east of Scotland, the River Don is one of the finest wild brown trout rivers in Europe and excellent pike and coarse fishing can be found around Loch Lomond and Loch Awe. The River Annan in Dumfries & Galloway is renowned for the size of its brown trout, and salmon and sea trout can be found in the pristine waters of the River Luce.

For further information and advice on fishing in Scotland, visit the Fish in Scotland website.