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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm a new member and am looking for some advice. I will be traveling on a family vacation through Scotland from mid May through early June. So far I don't have a itinerary, just know that we're going. I am hoping to spend a few days salmon fishing but don't even know where to start. I don't want to take my spey wquipment with me so would have to rent an outfit there. Can somebody out there help me get started with the planning? We will rent a car and plan to tour the country, so i'll be able to get around. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Rewick
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 12:41 PM
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Get ahold of Ian Gordon, he has it all figured out in that area. Plus he is a really good guy!
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Thanks, he's got a great web site. Can hardly wait to delve into it. Any tips, suggestions, etc. are greatly appreciated. Rewick
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 02:23 PM
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Hopefully Tyke will chime in, he helped me out a lot on my trip this last June. From what I know (which ain't much) the River Dee is good early season river for salmon. Oh, and Fishpal is your friend w w w fishpal com
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Great calls above on contact info and I'll toss in Malcolm Newbold aka "WillieGunn" who posts here occasionally. Retied Gillie I might add.




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Thats a fine time of the year to fish in Scotland, especially the rivers on the east or north coasts. The big four rivers, the Spey, Dee, Tay and Tweed are all worth a visit, as well as some of the medium sized rivers such as the Deveron, Don and Findhorn. Access and availability varies from river to river and it is certainly worth getting in touch with a guide for more local advice and to arrange access. Both Ian Gordon and Malcolm Newbould are very good starting points.
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I went there on my honeymoon about the same time last year. Found a great cottage to rent in Craigellachie which is about 10 minutes drive to the public water in Aberlour and a lot of other private water nearby. Can't post the link here as they are not a sponsor, but think 3+ acres, hot tub, heated floors on the main level, fireplace... paradise. PM me for details on the cottage.

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I went there on my honeymoon about the same time last year. Found a great cottage to rent in Craigellachie which is about 10 minutes drive to the public water in Aberlour and a lot of other private water nearby. Can't post the link here as they are not a sponsor, but think 3+ acres, hot tub, heated floors on the main level, fireplace... paradise. PM me for details on the cottage.
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Here's the addie, you add the w w w
visitcraigellachie.com/keepers-cottage.html
Great location for touring the distilleries and fishing in the heart of the spey valley.

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As has been mentioned above the Dee is prime at this time of year, particularly the middle/ upper beats.

Some availability is posted on the Fishdee website at present but most beats are currently sorting out next year's bookings with their regular tenants & so there will be some more availability once this is completed as some will not renew this year or will renew but can't fish their week this year for various reasons & so will sub-let on a "one-off" basis.

The Tweed [particularly the middle river beats & the upper most of the lower river beats] can also fish well at this time & so is also worth a look. I believe that Tweedside Tackle in Kelso [A nice market town with a cobbled square & historic ruined abbey at the point where the Teviot joins the Tweed, the site of the famous "Junction Pool" where the middle river transitions to the lower river] can arrange tackle hire & sells good flies & everything else you will need.
There is also an Orvis Store + a third tackle shop all within about 100 yards of each other.

Kelso is also a good place to stay for a night or two, plenty of B & B's, pub's with rooms or hotels to chosde from depending on your preferences/ budget. Further upstream Melrose is a good base to fish the upper middle river beats such as the Pavillion beats, Boleside, Dryburgh, Bemersyde etc; I can give you a couple of numbers for B & B's if you are interested [my party stay here for our autumn week every year] or would recomend Burt's hotel either to stay or just to eat & enjoy a good pint of beer/ malt in a nice atmosphere.

Remember many beats will have a gillie who can provide local knowledge & advice & fish pal will usually give his contact details with the booking so you can call a few days before for an update & pick suitable gear & fly sizes / patterns etc. Alternatively if your budget permits you could employ a guiding service [I don't know who are subscribers & who are not so I'm not going to tread on any toes by mentioning names in case I get it wrong & inadvertantly offend anyone].

It might be best to work out your itinery first to establish where you are going to be & when & then to look at what is suitable & available on these dates. I presume it is a holiday with fishing rather than a fishing holiday so obviously some concessions will be required but there is plenty of scenary. history to enjoy in Scotland, plus the distilery visits etc so that shouldn't pose too much of a problem.

If you have some ideas & want my view then feel free to send me a pm, but I may be off line a lot over the christmas break.

Regards, Tyke.

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You might consider staying at the Raemoir House outside of Banchory if you plan to fish the Dee, as I did earlier this year. Amazing place, amazing river. Unfortunately for me, the weather and my trip were at odds and it was not until after I returned home that they had a massive snow fall and even bigger influx of fresh fish, resulting in anglers landing rediculous numbers of salmon the following week. To illustrate, I spent two days fishing the lower Dee and my wife sat on the bank in shorts and a tanktop getting a tan... in late-March. That week, I think that only a handful of fish (i.e. <6) was landed on the entire river. That's the way it goes sometimes.

I certainly hope that the fish gods cooperate and that the timing of your trip works out. And seriously consider Raemoir; the atmosphere, food, and service were all top-notch, and my wife and I (both of whom are true "foodies") thoroughly enjoyed every minute. During our stay, a number of salmon anglers were present, and the decor of the place is very angler-friendly.

If you plan on being in Edinburgh for a few days, PM me and I'll send you the names of some great places to eat there, also. We're hoping to get back over to Scotland in '14.
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