A psychological & tactical profile breakdown of what separates regular salmon fishers from the elite team of sub surface salmon magnet technicians.
There's a rare breed of salmon fisher who frequent the Scottish salmon rivers who appear to be clearly operating on a different bandwidth to what regular salmon fishers operate on. These fishers seem to seldom blank even during the toughest of water conditions yet always appear humble and are never too smart to realise that salmon fishing is a never ending learning process that will often take a full lifetime to truly understand.
A true salmon fishing expert will know how to align their vibe with that of the river and how to keep their confidence and excitement levels under a kevlar wrap. The inner confidence a true professional posesses is a powerful inner feeling and that attribute paired with their ability to listen to the constantly changing vibe of the river will flash salmon hooking possibilities through their mind on multiple ocassions throughout the fishing day. A true salmon fishing expert will also understand the importance of salmon river observation and will never rush over eagerly into the river to start fishing. The expert knows only too well that once the basic sub surface tactical thoughts are in place paired with that inner suspicion of where a taking salmon is holding then they're often only a dozen casts away from success.
Having observed and personally known many in the Scottish salmon fishing game who fit into this expert status I'd say that the number one attribute that seperates them from the pack is having an uncanny 'feel' for the mood of the river and where to expect a taking fish to be located at any time of the fishing day. A true salmon fishing expert will also be flexible in their tactical fishing thoughts and will never switch off as to where the possibilities of a fish may lie throughout the full course of the fishing day. All tactical notions that appears in the predatory mind of an expert will not only be listened to but will also be actioned. These often subtle tactical notions only have to be correct once for a successful outcome to the fishing day.
A true Scottish salmon fishing expert will always have a definite idea of where their salmon fly is targetting in the water column based on the prevailing water conditions and temperatures. An expert will never just go through the motions of salmon fishing and will always be tuned into exactly what depth their fly is fishing and at what speed. There will be nothing left to chance in the mind of a salmon fishing expert even though this may not be apparent to observers who are only seeing and observing what is happening above the waterline. When an expert's salmon fly lands on the water that is when they really 'switch on' whereas a regular fisher will normally at that point 'switch off'.
Another attribute of a true salmon fishing expert is that they will clearly understand the value of effective riverbank movement throughout the full course of the salmon fishing day which enables them the ability to manufacture their own salmon fishing luck more than a regular salmon fisher can do. Effective fly swing spacings (after the depth and speed of fly have been taken into consideration) will by the law of averages position their fly at least once over a taking fish during the fishing day. That 3 foot fly swing spacing movement between each cast is an unspoken weapon when searching a big Scottish river for a sub surface cooperator and should never be underestimated or ignored and all true Scottish salmon fishing experts will be fully aware of that.
On a personal basis I'd fish better on an empty stomach and wait until lunchtime but again not overeat at lunchtime or while out on the river. Waiting for a big feed at night was always a trigger to get me off the river but maintaining full river vibe to mind connection on an empty stomach seemed to always allow my inner tactical thoughts to run wild much more than on a full stomach. Avoiding excessive alcohol or caffeine seemed to also allow a higher state of river vibe connection although that was often a difficult nut to crack while working on the Tay in the company of fantastic fishing guests! A drop or 2 of nascent iodine in you tea in the morning will also assit the functionality of your 'third eye' via the decalsification of your brain's pineal gland. Deep breath control utilising the nostrils more than the mouth also seemed to improve the river vibe connection along with periodic thoughtful riverbank observations throughout the course of the full fishing day. Focussing on your peripheral vision on a big Scottish river like the Tay for subtle signs of salmon movement from either running or holding fish would also often provide the edge for having the fly in the correct square yard of a pool at the right moment of the day!
The potency from contact with a wild Atlantic salmon really needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
Professional Scottish salmon guide Jock Monteith's career information about where pike can be found on Scotland's famous River Tay.
Professional Scottish salmon guide advice on how to conduct yourself properly on the salmon rivers of Scotland.
Professional Scottish salmon fishing guide advice on when Atlantic salmon spawn in the rivers of Scotland.
Professional Scottish salmon fishing guide advice on the best times of the day to catch salmon during the fishing season.
Professional Scottish salmon fishing advice on targeting the correct depth of salmon fly to match the water conditions of the salmon river.
Professional Scottish salmon guide advice about how to tune into a Scottish salmon river and align your vibe with that of the river environment.
Professional Scottish 'career based' salmon fishing guide advice on how best to align your salmon fishing approach to high water conditions.
Professional salmon fishing guide advice on the beautiful native otter populations that live on the River Tay and other Scottish salmon rivers.
A professional Scottish salmon fishing guide's 'career based' explanations as to why salmon jump in the rivers of Scotland.
Professional Scottish salmon fishing guide career based advice on why a salmon takes a fly in the fresh water of a river when it's not in the river to feed.
Professional career salmon guide advice on some of the optimal water conditions to catch salmon in during the Scottish salmon fishing season.
Professional Scottish salmon fishing career based advice on which salmon rivers are best to fish in Scotland.
Professional career Scottish ghillie advice regarding the conservation of wild Scottish salmon stocks and the practice of 'Catch & Release'.
Professional career based salmon fishing advice on where the main likely salmon hooking areas are to be found on Scottish rivers.
Professional career based Scottish salmon guide advice on the best time to fish the River Tummel in Perthshire.
Professional career Scottish salmon guide advice on the best logic based salmon fishing tactical approach during the very cold early Spring months.
On the many salmon river valleys of Scotland there are great hotel accommodation options for visiting salmon fishers.
Knowing the right time to land a salmon after you've hooked it is very important for a successful outcome.
Knowing how to optimally time your salmon fishing trip to Scotland is a key factor for success and there are a few different components to consider.
Professional salmon fishing guide advice regarding what week days fishing is permitted for salmon in Scotland and other useful information.
Professional career based salmon fishing advice about how to fish for salmon on bright light days.
Professional career based salmon fishing advice on how to make sure you catch many more salmon than most salmon fishers achieve.
Professional salmon fishing career advice on how to effectively set a spinning lure hook when fishing for salmon and other useful spin fishing tips.
Professional career based advice on how to select a sink tip when salmon fly fishing for salmon in Scotland.
Professional career salmon fishing expert advice on how to force a salmon to take your fly when they are playing hard to catch.
Useful information on how to catch salmon on the rivers in Scotland with details of the type of rods, lures & flies that work best.
How to understand the best mental and physical approach to a Scottish salmon river which should be part of your advanced salmon fishing strategy.
Understanding how to wade safely in a salmon river should always be the number one priority and secondly how to optimise your salmon catch potential.
Information on how to properly unhook and release a Scottish salmon with conservation of future salmon stock levels in mind.
How to understand and learn the importance of good riverbank movement which is a largely untaught yet vital skill when fishing for salmon in Scotland.
How to understand the importance of controlling the speed & depth of your salmon fly which is a vital skill when fishing for salmon in Scotland.
An insight into what species of fish Scotland has in its many rivers, lochs and coastal areas and how to arrange fishing on one of the 4 major Scottish salmon rivers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Tay for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Dee for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Spey for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Straight forward factual information on the best way to book fishing on Scotland's famous River Tweed for beginners or experienced salmon fishers.
Crucial information on how to effectively set a salmon fly hook during the adrenalin charged moment when a salmon takes your fly.
On some of the big Scottish salmon rivers it is possible to spin fish under certain water conditions. The River Tay allows spin fishing at all times.
It's very important when you're salmon fishing on a Scottish river to deploy effective riverbank movement spacings between each cast.
A professional salmon fishing guide will give you the best chances of success on the Scottish rivers as a guide will provide all of the essential equipment, tactical tuition & seasonally appropriate salmon river access.
There are over 400 salmon rivers in Scotland and many of these river systems or tributary rivers have different timings of salmon runs and many are recent local rainfall dependent.
There are various different components required to effectively fish for salmon in Scotland which are all important for a successful fishing trip.
There are 2 different ways to book Scottish salmon fishing, one being with a professional salmon guide to give you the best chance of success or simply buying the salmon fishing access on its own.
When you book a professional Scottish salmon fishing guide you will be taught how to fly fish with a double handed salmon fly rod and other important fishing skills.
When you hook a powerful Scottish salmon it is important to keep your composure and know exactly what you should be doing for a successful outcome to the fight.
Booking a professional salmon fishing guide gives you the advantage of learning on day 1 the essential salmon fishing skills you need for success in this amazing Scottish rural pursuit.
Learn how to perform the traditional Scottish Spey cast with a complete breakdown of the vital components that make up a perfectly delivered Spey cast.
Find out the best times of year to fish for salmon in Scotland's rivers.
It is mandatory under Scottish law to have a permit for fishing access whilst fishing on Scotland's rivers for salmon, sea trout or brown trout. A fishing licence is currently not required on the vast majority of Scottish rivers.