Wild Brown Trout wade fly fishing in the world famous River Tweed
The Scottish brown trout has been in our rivers and lochs (lakes) since the ice age. Wild brown trout from the famous and now closed down hatchery on Loch Leven, were taken all over the world, to stock rivers and lakes in North America, South America, New Zealand and Tasmania. Not to be confused with the German Browns, the wild Scottish trout is pure and…Scottish.
Some of these wild fish that live in lochs where they cannot escape downstream have their own ecosystem and we know a few lochs in Scotland, where you can be confident that the fish are a pure strain dating back to the ice age.
Scottish Wild trout are hard fighting, acrobatic and stunning. They take on the marking of their environment and diet. The paler buttery, golden trout tend to live in alkali rich feeding lochs and rivers and darker fish are caught where there is a lot of peat and acidity in the water.
The River Tweed offers different strains of Wild Brown Trout, but all of them beautiful. If you’re looking for a day with wonderful scenery; warm knowledgeable guides; premium tackle and service…a chance for real trophy river trout close to Edinburgh, then this is the ideal choice.
The best time to catch these fish is in April and May, when large hatches of ephemerids like the Blue Winged Olive hatch in numbers, and trout that are hungry after a sedentary winter, start feeding heavily on the hatches. This is the time when large specimens can be captured. By mid to late June, the best fishing can be in the evenings with big hatches of fly and in the summer, streamer fishing can be more successful especially after a flood (spate) Then of course there are abundant shoals of grayling throughout the Tweed system, this can liven up a days fishing when the trout are not feeding. By June, the sea trout arrive in the river. The best time to fish for them is in darkness, but they can and do get caught during the day.
The iconic River Tweed
The Tweed is the second longest river in Scotland and takes great pride in the fact that it produces more fish caught to the fly than any other river in Britain.
All along its 97-mile course, this ancient river is surrounded by myth and mystery. Your guides have fished this river since they were boys. The River is set in stunning scenery and offers some of the best of wild brown trout fishing in Scotland yet you will be fishing only 50 minutes from Edinburgh City Centre.
How does your fishing guided day go?
You can be collected from your hotel by your guide, a day normal runs from 08:30 to 17:30, however, we are flexible with timings.
We provide everything you need. Quality fishing tackle and specialist Scottish tied dry and wet flies. Orvis wading jackets and waders are supplied as is eye protection/sunglasses and life vests.
Your guide will be on your shoulder all day and is happy to give you local fishing techniques, casting tips, take photos and share stories. When you need solitude you can just enjoy the river.
Included in this package
- All licenses and fishing permits for a private stretch of the river
- Transport arrangements
- Professional dedicated river guide, learn to read the river and connect with fish
- The latest fishing tackle and techniques; hand tied flies and top-end tackle (Tenkara fishing also available at no extra charge)
- Photographs of the day with link to Dropbox
- Clothing, footwear/ waders, and sunglasses
- All you need bring is your enthusiasm
- Gourmet cooked lunches served in a riverside cabin, with wine and a welcome Dram. All the ingredients are locally sourced and organic. – £40 for 1 person, £50 for two.
- Alba Game Fishing Baseball cap £25
- Professional photography and photo-book of your day’s experience £250
- Luxury fishing accommodation 2 miles from the river Tweed POA.
- Alba Game fishing secret weapon fly box- with 15 hand-tied patterns £85