A unique fishing experience
tailored to your personal needs…
Whatever your level of ability, Doune Angling Services have a tuition package that can easily be tailored to your personal needs. Whether you have never held a fishing rod, or if you are the most steadfast of anglers, we can accomodate you.
We are proficient in all types of fly fishing, both for trout and salmon. We can cater for anyone, and have successfully taught: Ladies, Children and Senior citizens. Beginners lessons are ideally one to one or small groups of family or friends. Larger groups require one instructor for every 4 people as a minimum standard.
A fly fishing day from Doune Angling Services is great fun; and is coupled with the tuition on some of the best fly fishing lochs and rivers in Scotland.
All equipment is supplied including:
Transport can also be arranged if required.
The more accomplished angler's tuition will have an emphasis on technique & approach with a session tailored to individual requirements. Techniques for rivers and stillwaters can be taught including spey casting.
What can I look forward to?
The tuition offered by Doune Angling Services includes:
Brown trout are the native trout species in Scotland and survive in most natural waters. Brown trout which live in lochs can grow very large as they feed on smaller trout and charr: they can reach in excess of twenty pounds in weight. These larger brown trout are what is known as ferox trout. It is most common to find wild trout of around the 15" mark, these are considered to be the perfect sport size. The trout season opens in March, however fishing tends to be slow till April arrives, when hatches of insects start to tempt the trout to surface feed. April through June offers a wealth of trout fishing chances on rivers and smaller lochs. Late season, early morning and late evening often give the best chance of success in hot weather. In September, the waters temperature will drop, and the last few weeks of the season, hatches of insects will again become present. Brown trout season fishing is 15 March to 6 October.
Rainbow trout are named because of its shiny coat, which can have pink and blue shades in it. They have a light body with dark spots, a shallow forked black tail and a white mouth. Rainbow trout prefer fast moving rivers and clear lakes. A Rainbow trout’s size averages from two to four pounds, with the higher averages found in lochs at around eight pounds. One of its abilities is to adapt to different conditions. It can be difficult to catch because it can put up an amazing fight, mostly because of its ability to strip at least 100 yards of fishing line in no time at all. This makes the rainbow trout is a popular game fish. The rainbow trout usually likes a loch temperature ranging between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius, and will only stay in one place if there is a fresh constant supply of cold water. They like to stay in between aquatic plant growths, near weeds, logs and other hiding places.
Rainbow trout eat many different types of food in their habitat. Foods common to them are usually fresh aquatic plants, small fish and minnows, fish eggs, insects and worms. They like to strike any type of spinner, minnow-shaped lures, and anything that is fresh, doesn't have a foul smell, and isn't more acidic or basic then the water you are fishing in. As the rainbow trout gets most of his vitamins and minerals from the insects, the best way to catch the fish is by fly-fishing.
There is no closed season for rainbow trout as they are not an indigenous species to the united kingdom and they can be fished for all year round.
A number of commercial fisheries now stay open over the winter months for rainbow trout fishing, these can be weather permitting.
Scotland has exceptional salmon fishing. Its famous rivers include: Spey, Tay, Dee and Tweed. The vast amount of rivers in Scotland are home to many thousands of salmon, some of which swim a long way into the mountains to reach their home pools to spawn, and thus begin a new cycle of their life. The young salmon develop in clean waters for a number of years before starting their journey to the salt water feeding grounds via the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Some of them reach the Davis Straight on the west coast of Greenland before heading home again, a distance of 6000 miles as the crow flies! Upon their return they battle their way past nets, killer whales, dolphins and the thousands of seals that prey upon them around the coasts. The survivors, a small percentage of those that hatched in the rivers return home safely to reproduce and provide unbeatable sport for the angler fortunate enough to encounter them.
Spring salmon are the earliest running sea winter fish. In most rivers the main runs start to arrive in March. April and May are the best times for spring run salmon. These fish can be large. By June the first of the grilse arrive and continue to run from then until the end of the season, their weight increasing with each passing month. Large multi sea-winter fish are interspersed with the grilse which add spice to the sport. By autumn some of these fish can be veritable monsters.
Salmon fishing is available in Scotland from 11 January until 30 November although some rivers do not open until February and some close on 30 September.
Sea trout are the sea-running form of the brown trout, a species that adopts many different approaches to life. Little is known about life habits of sea trout, and the length of time they spend at sea varies considerably between fish from different rivers. It is understood that sea trout do not migrate far from the coast. It is believed that certain fish may have preferences for selected feeding grounds.
In most occasions, patterns of movement along the coast are believed to varie widely. Their growth in the sea is fast. Many fish gain body weights of 0.5-1.5 kg within their first year. Older fish which have spent longer periods at sea may gain weights in excess of 5-10kg.
Sea trout feed on prey items such as smaller crustaceans, marine worms, sand eels, sprats and terrestrial insects. Larger fish are able to consume larger prey items. Like salmon, most sea trout return to their native river to spawn.
Whether you are hosting clients or wanting to host an activity that will promote team-building, Doune Angling Services can orchestrate an experience to meet your needs. Business guests have previously enjoyed salmon fishing on rivers such as the Tay and the Ericht, as well as trout fishing on some of Scotlands best loves and most famous lochs.
Fly fishing has been announced as 'the new golf', and what is ever becoming more common, is business deals being reached on the banks of rivers and lochs, as opposed to the golf course. Of course fishing is just part of the corporate fishing day, with time afterwards in relaxed surroundings to reminisce about the days events whilst enjoying the finest food and drink. Our corporate fishing days away fromthe office provide an excellent instance for developing relationships with existing or new clients.
Corporate Hospitality available from Doune Angling Services includes:
All equipment for your corporate day is supplied including:
Transport to your chosen fishing location can also be arranged if required. A picnic lunch or hot lunch is available depending on the location, and we operate a team of ghillies that are able to ensure that your guests have plenty of guidance and tuition, to make their day a memorable one. Other Activities.
If you have partners or guests who would rather not take part in fishing activities, there are many other exciting activities to take part in locally which can be arranged with prior arrangement. Accommodation.
Fly fishing clubs have previously enjoyed trout fishing days and competitions on some of Scotlands most famous fishing Lochs such as Loch Venachar and Carron Valley reservoir.
Doune Angling Services acan arrange your perfect Club day incorporating:
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements. For further information please get in touch.
Take the stress out of arranging your fishing trip, by letting Doune Angling Services do the work for you. We are able to plan an inventory that will make your trip an unforgettable one.
Accommodation can be booked to your requirements, but will largely depend on the size of your party.
We can particularly recommend Brook Linn Country House in Callander. Although there are many exceptional places to stay in the locality.
Doune Angling Services are able to arrange pick ups and departure from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports as well as Railway Stations.
We are able to supply all the neccessary equipment for your trip, including all rods and reels.
If you have partners or guests who would rather not take part in fishing activities, there are many other exciting activities to take part in locally which can be arranged with prior arrangement