For us it is unfairly easy.
Salmon fishing is something that is not just part of our life but is our life, from logging off catch reports last thing at night to putting on last coats of varnish to flies tied the night before ready for their maiden voyage swinging across pools in a tantalising way. Spending everyday on the river, really getting to know her in all of her moods, trying different techniques and tactics for fishing and having willing fishermen to try different things when things get tough, having the opportunity to take a stroll down the garden for a cast at that magical hour, makes catching salmon not just a job but a lifestyle. I feel we can occasionally take this for granted.
As a newcomer into our beloved sport things aren’t quite so straight forward…..
Minds filled with questions, do I buy tackle? What tackle do I need? Where can I fish? I can’t spey cast…Am I wasting money on a booking a beat when I don’t know what I’m doing? Is it good conditions, what are good conditions? Do I need waders, which ones do I need? Lines…….There are so many it is impossible to choose….?
Things in the tackle world have become a little complicated, don’t get me wrong, I could find an excuse to have every line and rod on the market, just as a joiner needs all of his tools in his tool box but likewise you can still create something special with a saw, hammer and nails! So a single, balanced outfit is all you need to get started.
The Dee Fisheries Trust held an introduction into salmon fishing last week down at Invery beat on the Middle Dee. 10 keen anglers and soon to be Salmon Fishermen came a long to the day. Craig Macdonald, Alastair and Myself took the guys out in groups. It’s great being given the opportunity to help with all of those questions they may need answering and trying to simplify some things for them. It can be a daunting thing getting into the sport.
We began with a little intro and safety followed with the basics of spey casting, an essential part to presenting a fly to Salmon, arming them with casts needed to fish any bank in any wind it was a morning of ‘lift, sweep & lift’ with The Roll Cast, Double Spey and Circle C casts in their armoury they could confidently fish the afternoon away.
A cracking bbq lunch, and we attempted to simplify and explain the world of fly lines without blowing a fuse with all they had learned in the morning!
They continued the afternoon fishing in the capable hands of Carl Revel, Ross Macdonald and Graeme Simpson with one on the bank from what I hear!
Sunday was similar with a bit of a twist… Simon who owns Kemnay Beat on the Don had asked us to put on an improver salmon fishing day for his syndicate members. It was nice to be able to get into a bit of nitty gritty and discussing ways of managing your surroundings to presenting a fly amongst overgrown riverbanks, tree branches and rushes.
The day began much the same going through and straightening any kinks in the various spey casts. Lunch was followed with Al demonstrating how to read and approach a pool, how to hang a fly in a small calm piece of water at the head of the pool, different angles to cover each feature, and various different retrieve approaches used in salmon fishing.
We finished the day with some single handed work, looking at places where the single hander would be better used for salmon and vice versa.
A really enjoyable day for all involved and a great finish to a busy weekend.
I hope the guys feel more equipped to get into the sport and look forward to seeing them on the river bank sometime soon!