Once you get to your ideal location, how do you start? Fishing for salmon is a lot different than normal fishing. The team from Ocean Tackle Store have provided a few pointers to make the most of your salmon fishing experience.
First of all, the area for salmon fishing is very important. Of course we already know that some areas in Britain are a lot more suitable than others, Scotland having largest amount of rivers and lakes inhabited with the fish and oceans. Its best to use a fishery that is enthusiastic These fisheries will normally have RSPCA approval and all the fish will be healthy on a sustainable diet, ensuring they are happy salmon.
The time of year can also have an impact on how successful you are fishing, with spring and autumn being more rewarding times of the year. Also the best times of the day is when there is periods of low light on cloudy days. Bright and sunny days will encourage the salmon to hide and accumulate deep in the holes of the river. Of course if you can find one of these holes with plenty of salmon inside you can fish there all day long!
Fishing with a partner is always beneficial as you can work as a team. Whilst one of you fishes the other can help detect salmon, or climb onto a riverbank and observe the reaction and behaviour of the fish, locating correctly where they are. Obviously when you have located the salmon stay still and calm, salmon can get frightened very easily and make a bid for freedon, so always be patient. When you feel a tug on your line reel it in.
Of course having the correct equipment always helps and it alters from region to region, angler to angler. Always make sure your rod is strong enough, there is nothing as bad as letting a huge salmon get away just because your equipment wasn't up to the job. Salmon fishing of course is always made substantially straight forward by using the right equipment, so always ask for advice from the staff at the individual fisheries.
You will need fly-fishing equipment and lines, with a variety of flies and a range of bait. You will also require waders for the deep water in most rivers if you want to reach the prime locations. Also remember a landing net as this will greatly diminish your chances of losing the fish Make sure finally that you have a permit to fish in that particular river or lake or you could face legal charges.
Salmon are the more problematic of fish species to catch so its always best to practice your technique before you go to a salmon fishery. Of course using the right rods and lines always helps and can provide assistance with that all important catch of the day.