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Scotland the Brave

For many Scotland is a must-visit fishing destination - here's why
James Stokoe, Ripon Khalique and Hywel Morgan tackle the Scottish coast in pursuit of the legendary monster Skate. Renowned as one of the UK's largest fish, these mysterious flat fish have been caught to over 9 feet long and 200 pounds in weight. Venturing into the deep and dangerous waters off Oban, known as the Skate mecca, they enlist local experts Leigh Taylor and Scott Patterson for guidance. From casting lures from the rocks for feisty pollack to dropping baits in 400 feet of water, the team encounters an abundance of marine life, but when a small fish gives Hywel a run for his money, James braces himself for a back-breaking battle when a true giant moves in on the bait. Through drama and laughs, the show explores how anglers like Scott and Leigh have brought this magnificent species back from the brink of extinction.
In this episode of the Game Fisher's Diary, Rae is salmon fishing on the River Deveron in north east Scotland for the very first time. Its May and Rae is looking for an elusive spring salmon and is being hosted by the Deveron, Bogie and Isla River Trust. With strong winds around and cool water, Rae decides to start fishing lower in the water column with a Blue and Black Conehead.  Also called the country's 'forgotten river' and Scotland's 'hidden jewel, salmon fishing on the Deveron can be fantastic and is in fact the fifth most prolific river in Britain, so can Rae hook into a Deveron Springer? To watch this show, just login or register now
A group of passionate fly fishers from around the world – Ken Packie from the USA, Clare Carter from England, Paula Shearer from Canadian magazine Fly Fusion and Brandon King from South Africa – head to the spiritual home of fly fishing – Scotland, for the trip of a lifetime. The gang first head to the great River Ness to try to bag one of fly fishing’s ultimate prizes – a Scottish Atlantic Salmon. After that they head to the wild West Coast’s rugged landscape to fish the rarely fished hill lochs and small rivers, trying out ‘dapping’ and attempt to catch the predatory ferox. Some of these waters are so inaccessible that they need a helicopter to reach them. This really is the Scottish fishing trip of a lifetime.  
Blue Charm is brought to you by Ian Gordon, a former world champion Spey Caster and very experienced salmon fisherman. He learned his trade on the River Spey, the home of Speycasting, and is considered one of the leading salmon fishing coaches in the world. In this feature length film Ian covers every aspect of fly fishing for salmon fishing in Scotland, including Speycasting instruction (single and double), fly tying, watercraft, history. He fishes some of the most well known rivers, including the Spey (naturally), the Dee and the Findhorn. A more comprehensive look at salmon fishing in Scotland you could not hope to find. You can find out more about Ian Gordon and his hosted salmon fishing trips on his website To watch Blue Charm, just login or register
In this episode of The Game Fishers Diary, Rae fishes one of the few Salmon rivers in Scotland he’s never cast a line on, the historic River Doon in Ayrshire. The Doon really is one of Scotland's hidden fishing gems, better known for Robert Burns famous Brig O’Doon poem, which coincidentally is Rae’s starting point for this trip. It’s mid-august and the water is up, setting the scene for a perfect session. Rae begins with friend and Salmon veteran Dave to watch the fresh fish leaping the dam, before joining prominent gillie Freddy Taylor. After days of frustration, Rae finally hooks into the fish of a lifetime.
Rae Borras indulges himself on some of the best beats of perhaps the best Salmon river in Scotland, the River Tay, in this episode of The Game Fishers Diary. The longest river in Scotland, the Tay flows through picturesque Perthshire countryside to the east coast. Known for having the biggest Salmon in the UK, it’s no surprise the Tay was home to miss Balentine’s British record of 64 pounds back in 1922. Rae fishes the first beat as a guest of husband and wife team Gary and Rona, who educate Rae on the simplicity of tactics that pay off on the river. After some quality fisherman’s natter with the locals on the banks, Rae jumps on the boat with third generation youngster gillie, Daniel, and soon feels the pull of a strong, fresh Atlantic Salmon on the end of his fly line.
Rae Borras is right at home in this episode of The Game Fishers Diary, as he heads north to his cottage on the banks of the River Tweed to fish the autumn run of Atlantic Salmon. This yearly getaway is a real privilege for Rae, situated casting distance from the bank. As Salmon anglers around the UK will tell you, it just doesn’t get any better than the hallowed Tweed when it comes to Salmon. It’s the most desirable week of the year, the first of October, and despite rising water, the Salmon are present in massive numbers. Top gillie Dougie Tate has no problem putting Rae onto the fish, and he enjoys a session anyone would aspire to have.
The River Dee is one of the most celebrated salmon rivers in the UK, and with good reason. Rising in the Cairngorn Mountains at nearly 4000 feet above sea-level before flowing into the North Sea via Aberdeen harbour. This series of short films is a stunningly shot guide to some of the most well-known beats on this celebrated river.


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