The Best Fishing Tackle to use in Scotland

What type of fishing tackle should you use in Scotland? Here is a list of tackle we use and recommend.

At Alba Game Fishing we pride ourselves on using the high-quality fishing tackle to help maximise your chances of success.

We provide everything you need for Scottish rivers, lochs and sea fishing from the coast or deep sea. Our breathable Orvis waders are comfortable and we match them with sturdy wading boots fitted with PosiGrip tungsten studs to ensure a good grip.  Our trout, salmon, pike and sea flies are hand tied here in Scotland by our professional fishing guides. We also carry a stock of women’s fishing waders, including the award-winning, lightweight Orvis Waders and boots.

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Orvis Helios and Hydros reel

What type of Fly Rods to use in Scotland

For trout fishing, we prefer Orvis rods and have a range of Helios 2 and Helios 3 fly rods for competent casters. The go-to rods we use are the excellent Clearwater fly rods, and we have everything from 4 weight 10ft rods to double hand Spey rods.

For salmon fishing, we use Scott Mackenzie fly rods, 14ft and 15ft double hand spey rods for large rivers such as the River Tay, River Dee, River Spey and River Tweed. When fishing smaller rivers such as the Orchy, Gruinard and spate rivers on the West Coast of Scotland, we use 11-13 ft Orvis Helios 2 Switch rods.

Spinning rods for salmon, pike, and pollock fishing

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Shore fishing for pollack in the west of Skye

In our opinion, the Sakura and Shimano short spinning rods are perfect for spin casting for pike from a boat. We also use these rods when shore fishing in the sea for Pollock and Wrasse. When deep sea fishing we carry a range of Penn and Shimano boat rods and Penn twin speed multiplier reels loaded with Daiwa Accudepth and J Braid.

For salmon fishing a longer rod is needed and  an 11ft Daiwa Whisker is a good option, especially when playing a big salmon on one of the Big 4 Rivers in Scotland. These rods are also useful for shore fishing for Pollock where you are casting over an underwater shelf, as the extra height gives the correct angle to bring a fish in safely over the ledge.


All year round, regardless of what time of year I would recommend waterproof trainers for boat fishing waterproof outdoor boots for bank fishing.

Nov – March:

Warm trousers a long-sleeved T-shirt, shirt and a thick fleece. A warm hat and most important, polarised sunglasses.

Alba will provide lightweight waterproof jacket, over trousers and if wading we supply waders, boots and auto inflate life vests.

April – Oct:

Lightweight trousers(convertible’s are best) a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a lightweight fleece. In April, Sept and Oct the weather can turn cool so bring an extra layer. A baseball hat and warm hat as back up and most important, polarised sunglasses.

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Pike fishing tackle

Alba will provide lightweight waterproof jacket, trousers and if wading we supply Orvis breathable waders, Orvis Sonic wading jackets, wading boots and auto inflate life vests.


Scottish weather is totally unpredictable. Because we are close to the sea, a large continent, the Arctic and the warm air from the gulf stream, there are many conflicting influences.This can, however, make for some dramatic scenery and skyscapes and at times the light is breathtaking.

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Trout flies for Scottish Rivers

In the winter the temperature tends to hover around the 3 degrees celcius mark, with occasional frosts, snow tends to only settle on the higher ground and in the mountains. We have an expression in Scotland, 4 seasons in one day and in the summer this can sometimes be the case, so its best to always have a few spare layers.

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The beautiful Scottish Highlands