Salmon Fly Fishing
Salmon Fly Fishing
It does not matter where you play to go salmon fly fishing, from small rivers like the River Luce or River Cree in Scotland's beautiful Gallway coast to the stunning Midfjardara River in Iceland or the mighty Kola Peninsula and the amazing Varzuga River we have a great range of Salmon Fly Rods, Salmon Fly Reels, salmon flylines and accessories plus the essential salmon fishing flies, from deadly patterns like the Snaelda salmon flies or Monkey salmon fly to Icelandic patterns like the Red Frances Treble or the world famous Allys Cascade and Allys Shrimp Patterns.
A massive range of quality salmon fishing flies including Snaelda, Sunray Shadows, Tube Flies and hook based flies on single, double or treble hooks all backed by The Essential Flies quality guarantee.
Salmon Fly Fishing Gear
Anyone going salmon fly fishing will demand great tackle including salmon fly rods, salmon fly reels and salmon flies. We stock ranges from Snowbee, Wychwood and The Essential Fly at great prices delivered world-wide.
Planning Your Slamon Fly Fishing Triip
Before you go check the regulations where you intend fishing, some authorities prohibit the use of weighted flies so copper and brass tube flies become illegal! Some clubs allow only single or double flies then it is not worth arriving with a fly box full of treble flies. Good planning certainly helps. use Google Maps to ge arial veiew of the intended venues, this will allow you to start the planning process.
Talk to locals to understand the lies and pools plus successful salmon fly patterns and techniques.
More About Salmon Our target Fly Fishing Species
Is there just one species of salmon?
When we speak of "salmon" we are referring to either Atlantic salmon or Pacific salmon. There is only one species of Atlantic salmon: Salmo salar. There are six species of Pacific salmon: pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), chum (O.keta), chinook (O.tschawytscha), coho (O.kisutch), sockeye (O.nerka) and Masou (O.masou).
Do all Atlantic salmon go to sea?
No. Although most Atlantic salmon spend part of their lives at sea there are some which are non-migratory. In several lakes in eastern North America there is a form known as a land-locked salmon, Salmo salar sebago (Girard), though their access to sea is not barred. The fish is popularly called Ouananiche (Lake St. John) or Sebago salmon (Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and the New England States). In Lake Vänern in Sweden there is a non-migratory form of Atlantic salmon called "blanklax". Land-locked Atlantic salmon also occur in Lake Ladoga in Russia and in Norway in Lake Byglandsfjord. There are also land-locked Atlantic salmon in South Island, New Zealand.
How big can salmon grow?
Atlantic salmon can grow to a very large size and the biggest, which have reached up to around 70lbs (32kg), are usually caught in Norway and Russia. However, some very large fish have been recorded in Scottish rivers. It is generally accepted that the largest one caught on rod and line in the UK was taken by Miss Georgina Ballantyne in the River Tay: it weighed 64lbs (29kg). There is an 1891 report of a monster salmon of 70lbs, also caught in the River Tay, but on this occasion in a net belonging to a Mr. Speedie.
Do Atlantic salmon have a world-wide distribution?
No. Except for the land-locked varieties, they are naturally limited to the waters of countries bordering on the North Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea. The following countries presently have Atlantic salmon, in varying numbers: Canada, Denmark, England and Wales, Faroes, Finland, France, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, United States.