Professional career based salmon fishing advice on how to make sure you catch many more salmon than most salmon fishers achieve.
In Scottish salmon fishing instruction the main focus tends mainly to be only about casting a fly rod via the traditional Spey cast and how elegant and how much distance can be achieved. This of course doesn't matter to a salmon as what goes on above the waterline is of zero significance for a successful outcome to the fishing day as long as you can 'reasonably' fully extend the line you're working with. Most salmon are hooked at a range of 15 to 25 yards which is the range area where your fly is under full swim control. With this in mind a distance cast is 35+ yards is less important for fly control reasons than most fishers would understand as a long range salmon fly is uncontrollable by the vast majority of salmon fishers therefore the fly is not effectively fishing.
One of the main things that really matters for making sure you have the best chance of catching salmon is having good fly swing spacings between each cast (and remember that even a bad cast will be straightened out quickly by the current). How your boots are perforning on the gravel, rocks or sand are of far more significance when it comes to catching salmon than a nicely presented aerial distance Spey cast. The spacing measure I've personally found to be a winning formula is 3ft between each swing of the fly so that is the exact distance I'll move between each fly delivery which also ensures huge water coverage over the full course of the salmon fishing day. This 3ft distance is usually not too far away from the end of your fly rod's cork handle to the rod's first butt ring. Therefore if you want real precision movement between each cast pick a riverbed stone (or feature) directly underneath your rod's butt ring (when the fly fishes out and the rod is pointing downstream at the end of the cast) and move to it between each cast.
The end result of adopting subsurface salmon fly mentality paired with effective fly swing spacings is the inevitable take from a salmon. Once you've hooked your salmon then it's important that you know how to play the salmon correctly and safely. Never play a salmon from an upstream position (when possible) as playing a salmon that's downstream will prolong the fight as you'll have little control of the fish and technically you'll also be adding the weight of the river to the salmon's advantage. Play your salmon from a 'side on' position (even if you've got to walk downstream) as it's that side strain that will imbalance the fish and force it to fight therefore eventually tiring it. Exerting reasonable salmon rod bend power on the fish through the fight is best as if you lay into a fish it will normally reciprocate and when a salmon does that early in proceedings it can easily end in the loss of the fish. It is important to look for a calmer, deeper snag free area of the pool to steer the fish into to make the landing stage easy with a favourable outcome. When a fish is ready to be landed it should only be a simple case of drawing it in one steady movement over a pre-sunk landing net.
The second most important factor is adopting a sub-surface thought process as focussing and knowing how your salmon fly is performing in the stream (regarding its depth & speed) is of major significance for success in this business. In cold water you really want a slower fished fly and in warm water a faster fished fly often works best. Depth of fly really depends on water temperature and I personally go deeper with my fly swim presentation when the river is warmer and salmon are much more likely to be holding deep. To learn these delicate salmon fishing skills and many more book a Scottish salmon guide and give yourself a new set of salmon fishing skills and a better chance of succes in this amazing traditional Scottish rural pursuit.
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 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.