There are various different components required to effectively fish for salmon in Scotland which are all important for a successful fishing trip.
There are various different components required to effectively fish for salmon in Scotland which are all important for a successful fishing trip. Local salmon fishing knowledge on any salmon river in the world is always going to be advantageous and being out on the river with a professional Scottish salmon guide who is tuned into the mood of the river and who knows the exact effective tactical fishing approaches to match the prevailing water conditions is obviously going to give you the best chance of catching a salmon. Follow this link to book a salmon guide in Scotland.
If you're new to Scottish salmon fishing your professional guide will quickly bring you up to speed on how to Spey cast with a double handed salmon fly rod, move correctly between each swing of the fly and exactly how to reacte effectively to the take from a salmon. You'll also be taught what type of salmon water you can expect to find salmon holding in and how best to play & land salmon once hooked. If you're an experienced salmon fisher then 'fine tuning' on any of the above skills will be highlighted (if required) in addition to making sure you're fishing the best areas of the river during both the morning & afternoon fishing sessions.
Most of the Scottish salmon rivers are 'fly only' unless during bigger coloured water conditions where some rivers will allow an angler to use a spinning rod. On the River Tay (which is Scotland's largest and deepest salmon river) spin fishing is allowed in all water conditions and a well managed River Tay salmon beat will segregate fly fishing & spin fishing guests. The spinner can be highly effective at certain times on the River Tay and does give a new fisher big water coverage capabilities compared to what they could be expected to achieve with the fly. There's much skill involved in spin fishing too which is contrary to popular belief. A professional salmon guide on the Tay will be equiped with both fly & spin fishing equipment and will let the fishing guest decide which methods they'd like to learn.