It starts with the water. It falls on the
distant mountains and moors, joins a thousand silver streams between the heather before
spilling into a lonely lochan or swelling a tumbling cool burn. The streams
multiply, feeding island-studded lochs and grander rivers that sweep down broad glens and
on through softer pastures and rich lowlands towards the sea. A land of sparkling waters,
Scotland has perhaps the greatest variety of freshwaters in Europe.
But - no published
No "Where-to-Fish", will find the best of Scotland's fishing for you. That you
will only do for yourself. What Scotland offers the fisherman is much more than a specimen
fish or a record bag: it is the rare chance to explore and to discover.
Of course, there are fabulous and famous marks for the sea angler - but many other
areas remain virtually unfished. Scottish waters have produced some monster pike - but
many remote lochs are still to be tried. And there are trout lochs, hidden gems among the
hills, that will not see a fisherman's fly from one summer to the next. For this fishing
you need only a spirit of adventure - although a map, a compass and a pair of walking
boots wouldn't go amiss.
You may find your specimen fish or record bag. You may not. What you will find are
pure waters, and peace and quiet amid stunning scenery. It is as good as fishing gets.
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