The Best Fishing Tackle to use in Scotland

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What type of fishing tackle should you use when fishng 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, whatever species you aim to target.

Its never a good idea to fly into Scotland and bring a lot of tackle and waders. Firstly, waders would have to be thoroughly sterilised before wearing them in a Scottish river, for fear of introducing parasites such as Gyrodactalus Salaris. Secondly, we can save you the hassle of carrying extra weight, and the worry you might lose your tackle on the journey. We provide everything you need to fish in Scotland. Our breathable Orvis waders are comfortable and we match them with sturdy wading boots fitted with PosiGrip tungsten studs to ensure a good grip, we have them in all sizes. We also carry a stock of women’s fishing waders, including the award-winning, lightweight Orvis Waders.

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Orvis Helios and Hydros reel

Fly Rods for fishing in Scotland

We use Orvis rods and have a range of Helios 2 and Helios 3 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, 11ft, 13ft switch rods for the smaller rivers, and the spate rivers on the West Coast of Scotland, like the Gruinard, River Alness, Orchy, Oykel and the Shin, and 14ft and 15ft double hand for large rivers such as the River Tay, River Dee, River Spey and River Tweed.

Sakura and Daiwa, spinning rods for predators and salmon

In our opinion, the Sakura range of rods reign supreme and are ideal for targeting predators such as pike, perch and pollack. We carry a range of Sakura rods in stock and you can enjoy trying various models such and the Shinjin, Trinis and Shukan. For large salmon rivers like the Tay and the River Tweed, we use 10ft and 11ft Daiwa whisker spinning rods, these rods are idea for controlling big fish in big water. We also use these rods when shore fishing in the sea for large Pollock.

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Pike fishing tackle

Best Tackle set up for Scottish Trout

Trout – Dry Fly
Fly Water Travel Scotland’s Trout Rivers Favourite Setup for Dry Fly
Rod: Orvis Helios 3F 9ft #5 weight
Reel: Orvis Mirage LT III
Line 1: Rio In Touch Trout LT
Line 2: Bario SLX 5 weight
Tippet: Varivas Super Yamame leader 4X (5.9lb) 14ft
Additional tippet Grand Max Riverge 6X 4.75lb (needed for the bigger trout)
Flies tied by Davie McPhail
Fly Water Travel Scotland?s Trout Rivers Favourite Setup for Nymphing(this would be grayling too)
Rod: Sage ESN 10ft 2 weight Nymphing rod
Reel: Sage ESN reel
Line 1: Mastery Nymph line
Line 2: Orvis Hydros Nymph line
Add’l Leaders: Rio Two Tone Indicator Tippet
Tippet 1: Fulling Mill Masterclass Fluorocarbon
Additional tippet Grand Max Riverge 6X 4.75lb (needed for the bigger trout)
Nymphs tied by Davie McPhail and Cuillin Rae

Ideal salmon tackle for big 4 rivers and Scottish spate rivers

Salmon – Big 4 Rivers
Fly Water Travel Scotland’s Big 4 salmon Rivers Favourite Setup(Rivers Tay, Spey, Tweed, and Dee)
Rod: Mackenzie DTX G2 14ft 9/10 weight double hand Spey rod
Reel: Danielsson Control 8/13
Line 1: RIO Products Scandi Outbound Versi tip
Line 2: Scott Mackenzie G3 Phased Density 5 Shooting Head
Add’l Leaders: RIO Products Freshwater VersiLeader 10 ft/ various densities
Tippet: Maxima 15lb Chameleon (20lb in the spring)
Spate River – Small River Salmon Set up (eg, Rivers Shin, Alness, Cassley, Luce, Gruinard and Avon)
Fly Water Travel Scotland’s Spate Rivers Favourite Setup
Rod: Mackenzie Atlas Fly Rod – 6 piece – 11ft 4
Reel: Hydros IV for line weights 7-9
Line 1: Scott Mackenzie G3 Phased Density 5 Shooting Head
Add’l Leaders: RIO Products Freshwater VersiLeader 10 ft/ various densities
Tippet: Maxima 12lb Chameleon (15-20 lb in high water)
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Salmon Fishing River Findhorn- with the 11ft 4″ Atlas
Our wader are all Orvis Sonic and Access, breathable. Our boots are Orvis Access with Vibram soles and tungsten studs. We hold over 4o Pairs of both in stock.

After all the expense of providing you with the very best tackle on offer, its vital to focus on what we call “the business end” I once knew an angler that had the best of rod, reel and fly line, and then used, cheap tippet and average flies.

Our tippets, are chosen depending on the water colour of the venue we fish and our flies are all hand tied by our guides. They are effective and unique.

Fishing Clothing for all seasons – what to wear?


All year round, regardless of what time of year I would recommend waterproof trainers for boat fishing waterproof outdoor boots for bank fishing. For anything else, chest waders and boots with studs. This includes predator fishing from the sea shore, as the studs will give ultimate grip and the waders stop you getting splashed by the odd rogue wave.

Nov  – March:

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

Alba will provide lightweight waterproof wading jackets, 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.

Alba will provide lightweight waterproof jacket, trousers and if wading we supply waders, 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 c 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.