Catching Scottish Salmon
By Jock Monteith 11th August 2020
It is one thing to understand how to consistently hook salmon on the fly when the opportunity arises but it's a completely different dimension understanding the value of the correct mindset to get to that exciting moment of the fishing day. The following paragraphs will give you a few of my thoughts on this which I'm 'absolutely' convinced are highly accurate.
Stay Under The Salmon's Radar
I read a book once about the Indian tribes of North America who use to follow and live off the huge herds of buffalo that roamed the nation. These Indians who were totally dependent on hunting success for their tribe's existence would never start to hunt thinking about making 'the kill' as they were convinced it would mean no success.
Strangely Familiar Behaviour
These astute Indian hunters were completely convinced that if their minds where in that 'must kill' mode that the beasts they were hunting would pick up the signal and disappear away from danger. Sounds impossible on the face of things I know but I can 100% relate this to Scottish salmon fishing after decades of watchful & observant river life. Many creatures operate on a different frequency than we do so be aware of that when you're out pursuing salmon.
The Wrong Words In Salmon Fishing
As a ghillie if I ever hear the words from a salmon fishing guests 'come on fish' I completely cringe and know beyond doubt that we are heading for a blank day. If a red indian's spear was ever acting as a transmitter to forewarn a buffalo of imminent danger then what on earth is a 15ft carbon fibre antenna going to do to a navigational expert like a salmon! Don't ever use or think those words while salmon fishing would be my advice.
Fine Tuning Your Fishing Approach
A big part of fine tuning your salmon fishing approach is knowing how to stay under the radar and blend into the surrounding environment. Don't think for one minute an Atlantic salmon is not an absolute survival specialist as its amazing journey to and from its oceanic feeding grounds should be all the proof you need to tell you otherwise.
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Successful Scottish Salmon Fishing
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