The Magnificent Salmon Adventure
By Jock Monteith 16th April 2018
It can't just be me even though you never hear anyone talking about but here goes anyway! What is this magical pursuit all about when it can keep you awake at night and make you desperate to get moving in the direction of the salmon river way before sun up!
Salmon Fishing Will Change Your Life
This is a life changing pursuit for anyone who's got half an inclination for the great outdoors and fishing. This game can completely consume your mind if you're not very careful and will put your head in a spin on any day you're booked onto a salmon river. When you're not fishing it'll make you browse in 'cyber space' for websites associated to all aspects of the game. I'll tell you something else that excitement is exactly the same for the vast majority of professional Scottish salmon men who still leap out of bed each day even after decades of full time river life.
God's Finest Natural River Assets
If you blend together God's finest natural assets like the wild Atlantic salmon, the magnificent Scottish rivers, sparkling clean fresh water, amazing natural riverbanks, beautifully coloured fly materials and a vast array of riverbank creatures for some pleasant background music then you'll start to see a part of the bigger picture. Add into the mix the sudden and 'off guard' rattle on your fly reel to instantly focus your thoughts and freeze time before tightening on the salmon and all hell breaking loose then you'll see another piece of this 'amazing' natural jigsaw.
The Sheer Excitement Of The Salmon River
To do this and experience all the above with other like minded souls in a controlled group of tactical brilliance is as close to excellence as you'll ever find on this troubled planet. Don't be surprised in this business if you find yourself in a heightened state of excitement even prior to arrival in the morning at the salmon river and hours before you even get your rod built up. As a professional ghillie I never got annoyed with anglers who turned up at the fishing hut mega early while I was still getting ready for the fishing day as I fully understood why this had happened!
God's 'Cyclical' Wild Salmon Runs
Too much 'negative' publicity gets placed on the ever changing & completely 'cyclical' wild Atlantic salmon runs by these scientist professor types who 'micro manage' this business as the so called 'experts'. Most of these people are paid well so they have to say something. Remember that saying 'if you've not got anything constructive to say then shut up'! In my opinion I'm convinced the 'Lost At Sea' doom narrative should be changed to 'Lost At The AGM'! There's only one expert at wild Atlantic salmon stock control and he has been manufacturing wild Atlantic salmon since the last ice age and probably well before that too! If there was only one salmon that ran the River Tay each season I know thousands of people who'd be out searching for it!
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