Salmon Fishing Assumptions
By Jock Monteith 4th February 2019
You know what they say about assumptions being nine tenths of all errors! I can tell you for certain that assuming there's no chance of a salmon is a direct line call to our 'Salmon God' who's always tuned into careless words on the riverbank!
Drop The Ego On The Salmon River
Don't let your ego trick you into thinking there's no 'taker' in the pool you've just perfectly covered just because you've been unsuccessful. Salmon fishing is a great 'soul stretcher' and often a great 'ego leveller' too when a novice appears at the back of you to catch the only fish of the day!
Salmon Pool Coverage Timing
Caw canny with your assumptions when near any salmon river would be my personal advice as even if there wasn't a 'taker' there to intercept your fly on your last swim through a pool there's absolutely nothing to say one hasn't swum in and placed itself right in front of the next angler who fishes through the pool.
No Jumpers Doesn't Mean No Salmon
Many fishers turn up on a salmon beat and allow their heads to go down because no fish are showing. I recall many excellent catch days over the years where the only time salmon were showing was once you'd hooked them so often they'll keeps their heads down which you cannot blame them for!
Always Assume Salmon Are Present
Always assume there are salmon present as 95% of the time on most Scottish salmon beats there will be. Stay focussed and thoughtful regarding your salmon fly choice, depth & speed of swim and don't be shy at changing tactics if you feel the slightest urge to do so. On a riverbank you're mind should be 'alive' to the sub surface side of operations and great success is achieved from developing that water column mindset.
Become An Old Dog Otter
After you've seen enough evidence of what can happen on the riverbanks of Scotland (and often when you least expect it) you'll approach the river with a inner self confidence that will keep you going throughout the full course of the fishing day. Training your hands to get the best out of your Spey rod is one thing but equally as important is training your head to be a wise & patient old dog otter to stay confidently focussed on the task in hand!
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