Beautiful Tay Springers
By Jock Monteith 21st February 2018
We are now officially into the finest time of the Scottish salmon fishing season for that 'once in a lifetime' encounter with the very finest and most astute marine creature of all. Welcome to the 'Springer' zone.
Naturally Occurring Salmon Run Cycles
Unlike many who profess to know this business I've personally been through the 'mill' on the riverbanks of Scotland on a successful professional basis without boring you too much with the details. To my mind and I'm sure more salmon anglers will soon also be realising that the Spring run of salmon that enter the Scottish rivers looks as if it going to dominate for a while until 'Mother Nature' re-shuffles her deck once more. Natural cycles are a fantastic part of Scottish salmon fishing and should be embraced by all anglers and accepted as part of the magic of salmon fishing.
Why Do We Ultimately Fish For Salmon
One of the main attractions of Scottish salmon is obviously actually catching a salmon but that is not the 'be all and end all' if that doesn't happen and I don't know any angler or professional ghillie anywhere who has a 100% batting average. The sheers escapism, natural riverbank beauty, the flows & swirls of the river, the excitement of the tug on the fly reel and many other salmon fishing attributes are what does it for me and thousands more salmon fishers. The 'natural' world is where we came from and deep down that instinct to return is present in even the most 'hard core' city dwellers.
A New Era Of Salmon Fisher Hosting
If you're a ghillie with zero conversation or personality then now's the time to change. We are now well and truly into the 'customer service' era and client hosting skills are absolutely paramount to the client experience for a reasonable chance of repeat bookings. If that means a 5 mile run at 6am in the rain to blow the cob webs off your brain then do it. We as a nation have one of the very finest salmon fishing infrastructures in the world paired with the best salmon fishing traditions and fly fishing style!
Learn From Salmon Fisher Success
Personally I don't like it too easy when I'm fishing for salmon anywhere and would rather be the 'wise guy' third or fourth through the salmon pool to catch the only fish of the day than have an easy fish lined up for me. There's much more of a buzz involved if your mind has had to go deep into 'subsurface' mode to force a salmon that's seen it all to take than casting for that newly arrived 'sea liced' assassin who's coming for anything you launch at him. If you see the above occurring on any river make that guy your fishing buddy and 'observe' as there are not many about but they most definitely do exist.
Changing Scottish Salmon Runs
Often I do just wonder if the reducing Autumn salmon runs may have something to with the fact that these salmon haven't been protected against slaughter the same way Spring fish have been in the last decade on the Tay and a few other Scottish rivers. Just my own honest observations but it is probably more of a temperature driven issue due to the 'naturally' occurring cyclical temperature changes the planet goes through whenever she chooses forcing the bulk of the Autumn run to appear in the closed season as I've personally witnessed many times before. In the meantime thank God and your lucky stars for being fit & healthy at this place and time and get yourself out into the Scottish Spring salmon zone for another chance encounter with Old Sam!
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