Salmon Beat Magnificence
By Jock Monteith 12th September 2021
Look at this for a River Tay shot of 'swirling' God sent salmon fishing water magnificence. Even if you're a non salmon fisher can you not feel the pull of curiosity that would have you take a detailed closer look at what's going on under the surface of the river in glorious salmon water like this. The salmon river has the power to easily captivate your spiritual soul if you allow her in.
Modern Day Living
Let's not kid on here as to where we are as a species. The vast majority of people have been 'conditioned' to accept completely unnatural living, eating and work conditions and are under the constant financial strain of modern day living. They say your 'health is your wealth' as many poorly people would certainly agree and mental health also definitely plays a part in that saying especially through these shitty lockdown times. The movement of the salmon river will however almost hypnotise anyone who stands beside her for a few minutes or more so the 'energy' of the river in itself is an amazing attribute of this fine pursuit. Add into the mix perfect 'living' natural scenery and the occasional silver flash from a salmon's flanks and you do indeed have a recipe for positive mind captivation!
Why We Fish For Salmon
There are clearly many fascinating reasons why we pursue salmon however the salmon rivers of Scotland will place you back into a far distant time whether you're aware of what happens to your spirit on the river or not. Where do you think the fascination of salmon fishing comes from if it's not from a deep routed need for 'natural' freedom paired with the excitement of being in with a chance of catching such a fine fish which once upon a time its capture by whatever means would have been so crucial for our very existence.
The Social Side Of Salmon Fishing
As pack animals we take much from the social side of salmon fishing too and meeting fellow 'hunters' on the Scottish riverbanks must also resonate with our past. You cannot change deep gene routed desires to hunt in Mother Nature's amazing playgrounds and salmon fishing very much falls into that category. The next time you book fishing ponder for a moment and ask yourself why. If you do you'll more than likely identify other areas of the pursuit that outweigh the apparent focal point of simply trying to catch that often 'elusive' salmon.
The Most Fabulous Pursuit Of All
There's nothing I've ever experienced that compares to the thrill of just knowing that at 'any moment now' there's a chance that your carefully presented salmon fly is going to be intercepted except from when those initial 'heart racing' tugs on your fly reel begin. What other pursuit can create this level of excitement I often ask myself as I've certainly never experienced this anywhere else in life. Salmon have always been tricky to catch so the natural spacings between hooking opportunities whether it be minutes, hours or days adds to this mix of brilliance as if it were far too easy I'm certain it would be less potent. I am convinced however that the bulk of the attraction in this supreme rural pursuit is largely about good old natural 'escapism' and why the hell not!