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    Salmon Fishing Scotland

    A friend of mine (complete novice) is looking to travel to Scotland and would like to catch (and eat) a river salmon. Can anyone recommend anyone and what sort of dates would be best? Cost is really academic.

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    Step one: make a big pile of money on the lawn and set fire to it.

    Step two: stand waist deep in cold water for 4 days, repetitively swinging a large pole. Ideally, ensure complete immersion on at least 3 occasions.

    Step three: engage in conversation with at least 3 people who tell you that you should have been here last week.

    Step four: stay up to 2 in the morning drinking far too much whisky on at least 2 nights. Savour the hangover while standing in the cold water the next day.

    Step five: go to Waitrose and buy a side of Scottish salmon.

    You have now completed an authentic Scottish salmon fishing experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    Step one: make a big pile of money on the lawn and set fire to it.

    Step two: stand waist deep in cold water for 4 days, repetitively swinging a large pole. Ideally, ensure complete immersion on at least 3 occasions.

    Step three: engage in conversation with at least 3 people who tell you that you should have been here last week.

    Step four: stay up to 2 in the morning drinking far too much whisky on at least 2 nights. Savour the hangover while standing in the cold water the next day.

    Step five: go to Waitrose and buy a side of Scottish salmon.

    You have now completed an authentic Scottish salmon fishing experience.
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    okay, I get the picture. Is it really not worth bothering?

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    Yip, salmon have no respect of fat wallets and wrong river conditions but you wll be told that the best time to catch a salmon is the day before you came and the day after you leave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8en7am1n View Post
    okay, I get the picture. Is it really not worth bothering?

    In a word, no.

    Trout, on the other hand...

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    Head away from the mighty rivers (Spey, Tay, etc) and look for association water on smaller rivers. For less than 30 a day your mate will have as much chance of catching salmon as those who spend thousands. You can have fantastic salmon fishing in Scotland on a budget.






    Both caught in late September on Association water using a secondhand 50 Orvis 14' salmon rod I bought on eBay, with a 50 Pfleuger reel from John Norris. When the conditions are right on the smaller rivers you can, in fact I'd almost say will, catch fish.

    In 18 years of salmon fishing I've had one blank year.

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    P.S. never thought my 3,500 post on Stalking Directory would be about salmon fishing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    In a word, no.

    Trout, on the other hand...
    Wouldnt entirely agree with this. It can be a lottery based on the conditions, but the so can stalking!
    I've not got a huge amount of experience in salmon fishing (although am very experience on trout) but on the two separate weeks I have fished (on the same Scottish salmon river, not one of the famous ones btw). I caught 5 fish the first week and was happy, the biggest being 16lb. The next year on the same beat of the same river I caught nothing!

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    Thanks to everyone who has responded and Mike for the contact.

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