TIPS for ATLANTIC SALMON FISHING
are the basic strategies that have helped me catch Atlantic
salmon. I am sure they will help you catch more as well. I
will explore them in forthcoming articles that I hope will
be published. Each published magazine article and book will
be announced on this web site.
day, dark fly; bright day, bright fly is an important rule.
I can recall few, if any, exceptions. The dividing line between
bright or dark situations is whether the sun is visible. If
the sun is not visible, then a dark pattern will be more effective.
If the sun is faintly visible, then very likely a dark pattern
with a little sparkle would be the best choice. Bright sunlight
even with scattered clouds indicates a bright pattern.
situations occur when the fish faces a sun positioned upstream.
A fly presented to the salmon in this situation must pass between
the sun and the fish. The fish sees only the silhouette of
the fly as it passes. A silhouetted fly appears as a grey colorless
shape. A silhouetted fly is less attractive than one highlighted
by a sun positioned downstream. My experience also indicates
that a bright sun upstream makes the salmon more interested
in holding near the river bottom and less interested in surface
activity. The silhouette concept is important in determining
the most advantageous time of day to fish particular river
salmon are strongly attracted to the wake left by a fly traveling
on or very near the surface of the water.
bug and muddler patterns have a greater diameter and are more
buoyant than conventional wet fly patterns. Thus, patterns
tied on down eye hooks are more likely to rise to the surface
and make a wake as the line pulls them against the current.
eye hooks incline the underside of the fly against the current.
Thus, there is more pressure on the underside and less pressure
on the top surface of the fly. The pressure differential causes
the fly to rise towards the surface and make a wake as the
line pulls it against the current.
hooks weigh less than double hooks. The less a hook weighs,
the better the chances the fly will rise to the surface and
make a wake. Single hooks also increase the percent of hook-ups
landed. In addition, single hooks cause less bleeding so fish
released will survive.
fishing results will be obtained when the air temperature is
warmer than the water temperature. This rule is not absolute
but it often explains why the fishing turns on or turns off.
This rule is an excellent planning tool for the best times
to begin and end daily fishing during the Atlantic salmon fishing
are special pools where a no drag or dead drift presentation
is required. These pools are typically public, subject to constant
continuous fishing pressure, and there are always significant
numbers of resident salmon present. These salmon may be resident
for several days, weeks, or months. The fish in these pools
learn to associate a dragged fly with danger. Thus in these
heavily fished pools a dry fly dead drifted and not a wet fly
pulled against the current is the most productive presentation.
water, large fly; low water, small fly is another important
rule. Relative water level determines fly size. I suggest the
fly patterns in your box should be organized with different
sizes of each pattern grouped together so the correct size
of a particular pattern is available for differing water levels.
Buck Bug Magic:
Catch More Atlantic Salmon
Jerome shares his tips & tricks for improving your fishing
using Buck Bugs.