Salmon Fishing Catches
By Jock Monteith 6th October 2018
The biggest injustice I've seen in Scottish salmon fishing to date which supersedes the damage done to the ecology of Northern Hemisphere rivers via expanding populations, hydro power generation, fish farming, commercial forestry and agriculture practices is without doubt the introduction of catch statistic for the main marketing driver of Scottish salmon fishing.
Assessing A Salmon Beat Correctly
How can you accurately assess a salmon beat that lacks the regular returning client base to fish its pools each day that another beat may have or a salmon beat that has a less effective internet marketing presence which again attracts less anglers. Catch statistic marketing is seriously flawed and something as beautiful as a Scottish salmon beat should only have ever been marketed with good visual salmon fishing graphics and informative salmon beat fishing scripts.
The Theme Of Salmon Catch Statistics
In the 70's when I first started fishing the River Tay salmon fishing was not driven by catch statistic marketing and it was the excitement of going to the salmon river which was the main driver for all fishermen. The beat ghillie would talk about what had been caught recently or what the total for the previous season had been only if asked. If a salmon beat is only marketed on current catches then it's created a marketing trap for that venue in times of lower stock periods or times when less anglers are present. The financial loss to a salmon beat created during low fishing pressure times of the season is an unnecessary loss of revenue for that beat and its local economy.
Flawed Salmon Fishing Marketing
For a catch statistics based marketing approach to ever be remotely accurate you'd logically need to apply the exact same daily rod pressure to all salmon beats to gain the accurate picture as to the current fishing potential. As an example of that a beat can record 2 salmon that 6 anglers have fished for and still look better on paper than another beat which has caught 1 salmon for 1 angler fishing. The actual daily or weekly rod pressure is never taken into consideration to back up catch statistics therefor if you're looking purely to catch statistics for guidance you're not necessarily getting a true picture when it comes to assessing the potential of a salmon beat.
Why Is A Rested Salmon Pool Better
From a salmon fishing point of view a rested salmon pool will always stand you the most potent chance of a cooperating salmon as the less a salmon sees of a fly or lure the more likely it is to respond. If you're fishing on salmon pools that have been completely bombarded morning, noon & night then salmon will switch off completely more often than not. To my mind this is not true salmon fishing as there has to be an element whereby you know you're approaching a salmon pool at some point during the day that hasn't been over-fished.
Salmon Catch Statistic Marketing
Personally if I was the chairman of any Scottish salmon fishery board I'd instantly ban catch statistic internet marketing as all it has done is train homegrown salmon fishers to react primarily to the catch peaks which don't highlight actual rod pressure or other relative factors like how competent are the visiting salmon fishing guests. A fishery board chairman should be encouraging or demanding high quality graphic visuals from salmon beats for marketing purposes and encouraging beat ghillies to become more involved in sharing video footage & salmon photographs on social media platforms to inform anglers visually of individual fish being caught.
A Wild Salmon Is A Unique Creature
How can you effectively take some 'city hatched' statistical graph and effectively apply it to something as magically wonderful as the mind set of a totally independent migratory creature that ultimately decides itself exactly when it is going to appear home in its native river. We don't necessarily always see the physical presence of salmon in our rivers to know that there's a high probability they are there. Nor should we be relying on a statistical digit to give us the faith needed to pursue them. Good old natural anticipation is another key component that makes up the magic of Scottish salmon fishing.
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