In Ireland salmon fishing can be enjoyed with various permitted methods. On this page I will give a brief description of the methods used.
Fishing is a great sport for any age group.
The most aspired to method in angling circles is to fly fish for
salmon, however I sometimes think that the skill levels and necessary
local knowledge involved in spinning and worm fishing are often
underestimated. Prawn fishing is by far the most effective method.
fisheries allow spinning. Spinning involves repeatedly casting and retrieving
an artificial lure, which is referred to as a ‘Spinner’, in an effort to
provoke a salmon into striking. The angler searches the water with successive
casts varying the speed and action of the lure.
Usually when spinning, it is
advisable to move on to another stretch of water if you’re not having any takes.
The trick is to cover a lot of ground. Personally
I think that the skills involved in spinning are often underestimated! Examples
of some Irish spinning baits that I have been successful with include ‘The Devon
Minnow’, ‘The Flying C’, ‘the Toby’ and the’ Rapalla’ plug .
The price at the end of a days' fishing. Get kids involved when they are young, and teach them how to do it respectfully.
salmon fishing using fly fishing is commonly seen as the supreme method. Some
Irish salmon and sea trout fisheries are exclusively fly only. Fly fishing is
usually carried out with a fly rod, although some anglers use a spinning rod
with a weighted floating ‘bubble’ float
on the end, instead of a classic fly rod.
The large double handed fly rod is
not necessary on most waters and a regular fly fishing road used for trout
fishing will generally be sufficient. Salmon flies fish under the surface. The
general rule is that when it’s cold you should fish a large fly in deep water
and when it’s warm and sunny, flies are smaller and fished closer to the
surface. Having said that, salmon are notoriously moody creatures that often
have no respect for the rules of man!
A fine catch of salmon!
A salmon fly
is a bit of a misnomer because they do not resemble flies in the same way trout
flies do. With the exception of the ‘Shrimp’ fly they do not really resemble
any particular living creature. On their day the salmon don’t seem to mind, and
the elegant tried and tested patterns such as the Munro Killer, or the Silver
Doctor and the Stoat’s Tail have banked fish for me year after year.
fly is a popular salmon fly used successfully around the world and was invented
by an Irishman called Pat Curry from Coleraine, when he tied his famous
‘Curry’s Red Shrimp’. The pattern now appears in many different variations.
for salmon is a very effective method. A bunch of worms are usually cast out
and left in a probable salmon lie. The hook is attached to a length of line
about 12 inches and tied to a swivel. The other end of the swivel is attached
to the main line and also serves as a stopper for a lead ball weight.
of worms swings attractively in the current, as the angler watches the rod tip
for jerks and pulls which indicate a bite. It is important to allow some time
for the salmon to get a good hold of the bait before you raise the road and
tighten to set the hook.
I’ve met old men on some of the rivers I’ve fished who
are masters at this method having spent their lives becoming intimately acquainted
with the river, knowing where the salmon lies are and knowing when the fish are
likely to be in a particular lie depending on conditions. Their favourite worm
is the large ‘Dendrobena’ which they refer to as ‘black heads’. For some, finding
a good source of these black heads is almost as exciting as catching the salmon
itself! One could also use a worm under a float, but I’ve seen more fish caught
using the first method.
fishing can be a deadly method for catching salmon. In fact it is so effective
that some fisheries don’t allow it. The scent of the prawn seems to be
irresistible to the salmon, especially prawns with a cluster of eggs attached.
The prawn is fished under a chunky plastic float and attached to a specially
prepared treble hook and pin. Copper wire is sometimes used to help secure the
bait. The prawns are usually dyed purple or red, with different colours
seemingly working better on different waters and conditions. They are stored
and preserved in sea salt.
fishing, too, can boil down to an art form. Every successful fisherman who uses
prawn fishing will have his or her own secret method of what type of prawn to
present and how they present it exactly. I know of one highly successful prawn angler
who discovered one day that he was being followed and spied on with binoculars by
others eager to uncover his secret.
Whichever method you use I hope you will have a good time in Ireland salmon fishing! Tight lines, Regards, Colm
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