Salmon Fishing Preparedness
By Jock Monteith 2nd May 2018
It's not just the salmon beat ghillie who's got to get his beat & fishing hut in top order to receive guests but the anglers also have a responsibility to turn up at the river with everything they need and preferably on time!
Salmon Fishing Mind Control
Once this business starts consuming your every thought (if it isn't already doing so!) you'll find it difficult not to dwell on the sport even if you're weeks away from your next river outing. Tackle shops, fishing websites and tying flies will keep you tuned in with all the latest salmon fishing products and fish that have been landed so the reality is that when you're mind is engaged on this amazing pursuit the actual salmon fishing time for most anglers only equates to about 10% at best! What a great sport indeed that can do this and so typical of the magic & excitement that surrounds the capture of a wild Atlantic salmon. It's good to have an obsession in life that's as healthy as pursuing God's finest marine creature on a beautiful Scottish river.
Look After Your Salmon Fishing Kit
A serious salmon fisher will take great pride in making sure they've got the correct equipment levels and everything is in good working order. It's the little things that count in salmon fishing like having a couple of your known favourite salmon flies as spares and an extra length of leader material coiled up in your pocket and a pair of forceps clipped onto your fishing jacket to ease the unhooking process to get the fish back into the stream quicker. Get your tackle bag perfectly organised and prepared and your fly reel with that faint smell of WD40 and you'll be amazed how when that side of things is in perfect order how you'll then take your fishing approach even more seriously.
The Productive Messy Salmon Fly Box
Look at the above pretty picture of a well stocked salmon fly box. Isn't it lovely to see the perfectly aligned patterns and sizes all sitting in neat little rows. Well on the face of things a fly box should only look like this as the start of the season after it's annual sort out as the fly box of a productive salmon fisher or ghillie should look a total mess but one where two or three of the favourite patterns could be selected while the owner is blindfolded! That doesn't mean that your favourite salmon fly shouldn't be dried off properly after use which is always good practice but if you're a professional ghillie or serious salmon fisher you'll find it difficult to sort out your salmon flies to the same degree of perfection which the long 'tedious' hours of the closed season provide!
Advise Your Ghillie Via Telephone
With the latest data protection rules that have recently come into play make sure you've called your ghillie to advise of your fishing day participation 48 hours before and call him again if you happen to be running late for arrival on the fishing day. A ghillie cannot put the fishing day plans on hold for any angler when he's other guests to look after and show the pools to or when he's booked out in the boat or is teaching as a personal guide that day. A call to the ghillie is crucial when you're running late so you're figured into the pool rotations which will only ever be to your advantage. Turning up unannounced at 11am expecting a salmon beat ghillie to be standing there to attention with the kettle boiled ready for you is highly unlikely ever going to happen and nothing a simple telephone call wouldn't have sorted. To run a salmon beat properly the ghillie needs to know who's coming and if they are running late and it's as simple and as logical as that.
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