Salmon Fly Fishing In Scotland

By 16th August 2018

There are many skill sets required in order to be successful in salmon fishing anywhere in the world and salmon fly fishing in Scotland salmon fly fishing in Scotland is no different. Assuming you've got the correct equipment levels and you're tuned in on how best to use that kit as you move from pool to pool then your thoughts should be fully tuned into the fly you're using and how & where in the water column to target its presentation.

Salmon Fly Fishing In Scotland

Contrary to popular belief when fishing in the very cold water of early Spring salmon are to be found in the top 3 feet of the water column and not down deep as per the 'deep & slow' Spring tactical nonsense you often here. To give you the logic behind that the warmer water thermals are to be found up high and this is where salmon will be more comfortable holding in the near freezing conditions of early Spring.

The Pitlochry Salmon Fish Ladder

If you go to the Pitlochry fish ladder on the Tay during early Spring you'll even see the kelts sitting high up in the water column with the sun on their backs and not 10ft down at the bottom of the viewing chamber tank. As the water warms during late Spring fish will go down to the cooler bottom area of the river. Understanding where to be fishing and selecting the correct sink tip to put your fly there is step one of tuning in correctly to the optimal fishing approach.

Deciding On A Salmon Fly Pattern

The next thought to then consider once you've decided on a salmon fly pattern is how heavily dressed do you want the fly. Personally I fish a heavily dressed fly when fishing down deep and one that will appear to be life like with soft hackles as it glides and waggles over the riverbed. For a faster fly fished up nearer the surface I'll choose a much lighter dressed equivalent of the same pattern and for middle of the water column presentation I'll go for a fly that's dressed somewhere in between. You can see exactly what I mean in this accompanying photograph.