River Tay Salmon Fishing
Jock Monteith 9th March 2017The River Tay is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers and is fortunate to benefit from an extensive salmon fishing season that runs from the 15th of January to the 15th of October each year. The Tay is known as a big fish river and often produces such speciments and in recent years salmon up to 45lbs have been caught.
Fly Fishing For Salmon
Jock Monteith 10th April 2017There's not much any area of angling that compares to catching a wild Atlantic salmon on the fly which is a very rewarding experience. There's so much information pushed in the direction of those who are relatively new to the sport it becomes a maze of mainly irrelevance as I'm about to explain.
Scottish Salmon Fishing
Jock Monteith 24th April 2017The entire Scottish salmon fishing scene in my professional opinion has to date been massively under presented where catch statistics figures and water levels have become the main industry drivers instead of the bigger attributes like visual presentation which has been lacking.
Hooking A Salmon
Jock Monteith 25th April 2017One of the most important parts of Scottish salmon fishing is knowing exactly how to hook a salmon when it comes to inspect your salmon fly. If the entire Scottish salmon fly fishers fully understood this 'logic backed' procedure I've no doubt Scottish fly fishing rod catches would increase significantly.
Salmon Fishing Agents
Jock Monteith 14th May 2017In any form of business if there's no competition things tend to get stale and boring and the salmon fishing business is no different as for over a decade presentation levels have sadly not moved forward to a degree where I honestly believe it has hurt the industry.
Covering A Salmon Pool
Jock Monteith 19th May 2017On the big Scottish salmon rivers like the Tay don't waste your day trying to force a salmon you've seen to take your fly as normally if a take is going to occur it will happen fairly quickly after a salmon sees your fly.
Scottish Salmon Rivers
Jock Monteith 23rd May 2017When it comes to global thoughts regarding salmon fishing there's nothing that really compares with Scotland and its 400 salmon rivers which are all in relatively close proximity to one another. Add in a few international airports along with fantastic local river valley accommodation options and you'll understand where I'm coming from.
The Scottish Salmon Fly
Jock Monteith 2nd June 2017There are so many thousands of different salmon fly patterns available these days online or in the tackle shops it would literally make your head spin. From what I have seen from decades of professional involvement that effective salmon fly selection is of less importance than the depth & swim speed of the fly coupled with good water coverage.
Scottish Salmon Beats
Jock Monteith 10th June 2017As a boy I recall fishing the Tay and never once did I hear the statistics regarding what had been caught nor did that deter from the excitement and exhilaration of going to the river. At best the ghillie might choose to inform you of the previous season's catches but more often than not nothing would be mentioned. This surely would make you wonder how on earth they ever managed to sell their salmon fishing!
River Tay Boat Fishing
Jock Monteith 20th June 2017The use of a traditional River Tay 16ft coble salmon fishing boat on the Tay offers several distinct salmon fishing advantages on big rivers where there are often an abundance of long distance salmon lies. A skilled boatman on the Tay or any Scottish salmon river will handle his boating techniques with absolute perfection even though on the majority of occasions you'll not even be aware of his concentration levels.
Salmon Fly Movement
Jock Monteith 28th June 2017When you're fishing your salmon fly in most fast moving streams there will be a certain amount of natural movement as the fly arcs around in a semi circle from it's initial casting angle starting point to the riverside edge below you. Most of the time salmon flies these days are tied up with materials like buck tail of arctic fox tail that will react to these varying water pressures and to varying degrees.
The Salmon River Vibe
Jock Monteith 6th July 2017Far too much attention these days is spent trying to work out when the best time would be to visit a certain beat or salmon river. The reason I state this is because a wild Atlantic salmon operates over a completely different frequency and set of rules than we could ever fully understand or appreciate.
River Dee Salmon Fishing
Jock Monteith 15th July 2017When you're fishing for salmon on any river often you'll get no visual signs that fish are present until there's a tug on your fly. With this in mind stay consistent and operate on the assumption that salmon are there and in the mood to take your fly. Focus on your water coverage via good movement which in theory should always place your fly in front of a taking fish.
Salmon Fishing Expertise
Jock Monteith 22nd July 2017In whatever business or trade you've chosen in life you've either established a credible and thorough education in your field of expertise or you simply have not. In Scottish salmon fishing the same logical rules apply where 'time in' experience is just as crucial to gaining a full understanding of the multi faceted skills that are necessary for giving any quality type of advice in Scottish salmon fishing.
Salmon Fishing Gift Vouchers
Jock Monteith 30th July 2017While there's a vast selection of things you could buy for a loved one or colleague to make a 'special gift' there's little that compares to giving a quality introduction into the naturally beautiful & fascinating world of Scottish salmon fishing.
Catch A Perfect Scottish Salmon
Jock Monteith 9th August 2017There's nothing that compares to the thrill and excitement involved in catching perfect fresh run Scottish salmon. This lady angler caught this fine fish during the month of April near the River Tummel junction on the River Tay.
Professional Salmon Guides
Jock Monteith 19th August 2017If you're planning to come to Scotland on a salmon fishing trip and don't fully understand Scottish salmon fishing tactics or have the correct salmon fishing equipment levels it is best to book a professional guide to set you off on the right footing.
Salmon Landing Nets
Jock Monteith 26th August 2017While fishing for salmon it's very important that you have & carry at all times a suitable landing net that can be used to stabilise your salmon prior to releasing. Unfortunately even the very best landing net manufacturers are often found lacking when it comes to the choice of net bag that they fit to the frames of their salmon nets.
Playing A Scottish Salmon
Jock Monteith 2nd September 2017Once you've mastered the art of how to fish effectively down through a salmon pool it is very important that you master the art of effectively playing a salmon too. There's a few important factors to keep in mind once the excitement of the initial contact is under control and you're ready to play your fish.
Salmon Beat Operating Standards
Jock Monteith 10th September 2017There are many operational attributes that make a salmon beat function well for enhancing the client experience and for catching salmon. In the next couple of paragraphs I'll eloborate on my take on a few of these factors which I can speak about having spent much of my life running salmon beats on the River Tay as a professional head ghillie.
Effective Salmon Fishing
Jock Monteith 17th September 2017The moments leading up to a picture like this are some of the most exciting you can experience in the natural world. From the initial tug on the fly reel indicating the presence of a fish you'll receive a shot of adrenalin which will enhance your focus on the magnificence of what's occurring.
Book A Salmon Fishing Guide
Jock Monteith 22nd September 2017When you've been in this business long enough you'll start to be aware a rare breed of fisher or guide who have a special skill set when it comes to catching salmon. Just because someone is a professional guide does not guarantee the presence of this rare skill set and on occasion you'll see it in regular salmon fishers when they come to fish the river.