For General Salmon fly fishing there are a few things to look for in a good salmon fly reel, here is our recommended checklist of features. Also check out our top tops for salmon fly reel protection.
Finding salmon can be very tough, always seek local knowledge and talk to the local fly fishermen, gillies or local shops. We are of course trying to tempt salmon to feeding when they actually do not feed in rivers. We are triggering responses so positioning of our fly is key.
With nearly 100 salmon fishing rivers in Iceland and most of those allowing between 4 and 20 rods to fish per day, there is a lot of fishing to be had in Iceland, but without the feeling of ever being cramped for space. Indeed when we went salmon fly fishing on the River Midfjardara or "The Queen of the Rivers" with over 220 named pools we had 12 fly fishermen split into 6 pairs one person fishing at a time with 3 gillies. This was over an incredible 115km river system. Such is fly fishing in Iceland. As is typical with many of the Icelandic river systems the season can be short, just 99 days in 2015 however 6000 salmon were landed ......
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).
Today's blog post discusses Black Magic Dry Flies, Salmon Hair Wing Flies, and Semperfli's Micro Glint which is great for buzzers.
At The Essential Fly we regularly get asked for advice on what rods should you take for that special salmon fishing trip, the answer of course varies depending on the river, water conditions and salmon flies used. For example if you are on a wide spate river casting large tube flies then you need a heavy fly line and you would be better so start with the basics the bigger the water the longer the fly rod!
Sunray Shadows, A modern souped up version of the Collie Dog with superb flowing wings released at £1.99 each.
Anglers will no longer be able to sell salmon or sea trout caught on rod and line, and all commercially caught fish will have to be tagged by netsmen to make them legally saleable. The new Environment Agency byelaw for England and Wales becomes active on January 31st. Find out more
New range of copper and nylon tubes released. 3/4" to 2" tubes available.