Atlantic Salmon Fishing

Without a question the Atlantic Salmon is the meanest fish that can be taken on a float. We care for more in Maine but at present the most preferred fishing is in Canada’s eastern provinces and in Newfoundland.

The Atlantic Salmon migrate to spawn from the sea to the cold rivers, but unlike their Pacific relatives, they don’t die later and instead live on to ten years at which time they spawn as many as three times. The salmon still return to the same river he was hatched from.

Within the rivers nothing other than fly fishing is allowed. No special or unique tackle is required contrary to general belief. Except that you should splice fifty yards of 18 pound test line and have a reel big enough to carry it, your stiff fly rod and your ordinary fly line will do fine.

Numerous salmon flies are offered but Silver Gray, Silver Doctor, Jock Scott, and Black Dose are the most common in the order mentioned. The camp you ‘re staying in usually provides the gaff or net.

Fishing can be achieved by wading, but the canoe is more common on larger rivers, as it can be pooled up stream and more water can be filled down the way. To handle the canoe a guide is required.

Fishing will take plenty of time so that all the water is hidden as the eyesight of a salmon is not too good and they will never strike if they are less than six feet away from the line.

Within the rivers nothing other than fly fishing is permitted. No fancy or special tackle is required contrary to general belief. Except that you can splice fifty yards of 18 pound test line and have a reel wide enough to hold it, your stiff fly rod and your ordinary fly line should do fine.

Numerous salmon flies are provided but Silver Gray, Gold Dr, Jock Scott, and Black Dose are the most common in the order mentioned. The camp you ‘re staying in normally includes the gaff or net.

Fishing can be achieved by wading, but the canoe is more common on larger rivers, as it can be pooled up stream and more water can be filled down the way. To handle the canoe a guide is required.

Fishing will take plenty of time so that all the water is hidden because the eyesight of a salmon is not that good and they will never strike if they are less than six feet away from the line.

In one significant aspect, salmon fishing varies from trout fishing in that you can under no circumstances keep a looped line in your left hand while the fly is on the surface. When you do it and a salmon attacks he either tears out the fly or destroys your chief. If he enters, there will be no question about it and no effort will be made to “horse” him in, as you absolutely can not.

Although some fishermen tend to hunt for salmon in the early mornings and later evenings, just as many hunt were hooked at midday. Unlike most fish they take on a shifting temperance more readily, which is often the result of a rise or fall in water.

Like other fish, on first cast, salmon won’t always catch a net. The author knows of one case in which seventy-two casts were made over a salmon at one place before he took the fly.

I suggest a seven or eight ounce rod with a detachable ass, if the fisherman wants to outfit himself with special salmon tackle. A triple tapered line of the type “Torpedo Taper,” with one hundred yards of eighteen pound backing test line. A drag-on reel and wide enough to accommodate the extra thread. Leaders will be eight feet long at least, and weigh about 10 lbs. A landing net at the top about 17′ x 18′ with a handle six foot long and 36′ wide.