Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing is a popular sport and leisure activity that takes place all year round. At one time, anglers thought of Iceland as being the haven for salmon fishing, but in recent years, it has been overtaken by Scotland in terms of the number of fish caught.

The average number of salmon caught in Scotland over a 10-year period is 74,000, compared with 43,000 caught in Iceland over the same time span. England is improving as a salmon fishing location, with around 14,000 caught over the past decade.

In the past, England wasn't thought of as a particularly good salmon fishing location, but recent improvements initiated by the Environment Agency have helped restore salmon stocks, as a result of the 2015 consultation document, the Salmon Five Point Approach. The agency, the government and other partner organisations launched the action plan to stabilise our native Atlantic salmon stocks to safeguard the future population.

Action has been taken to tackle factors that influence the salmon's life-cycle, including better river management, tackling water flow and water quality issues and removing barriers to migration. Salmon fishing enthusiasts agree this will lead to a better environment and therefore greater numbers of fish.

Salmon season

The salmon season officially starts in the spring. The Atlantic salmon leaves its marine feeding area to return to the river in which it was born. There, it lays eggs to ensure the existence of future generations of salmon. Amazingly, salmon can migrate up to 2,000 miles to spawn.

Anglers who take advantage of the early season fishing say there's no such thing as "bad weather" and many are out fishing, even if there's still snow on the ground. Statistics show that the River Wye, stretching from mid-Wales to the Severn estuary in England, is an excellent location for early season salmon fishing in March and April. Catches of 20lb and even 30lb have been recorded there, so the River Wye is at the top of the Salmon fisherman’s bucket list - with 100 miles of river, there are plenty of casting options. Monmouth is a popular location in low water, Ross is best for middle-depth water and the area above Hereford is ideal for high water.

Top rivers

Apart from the River Wye, the River Findhorn in Scotland is another notable destination, thanks to its stunning scenery, highland location and massive numbers of fish. It flows into the Moray Firth on the north east coast. The 3.25-mile Logie section is particularly popular, particularly from mid-February to the end of September.

Another top spot is the River Dee, which spans the border from Wales to England. Fishing at the location is managed by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the River Dee Trust. The early spring months are not for the feint-hearted, as there can be up to 2ft of snow on the ground!

In summer, the River Barle in Somerset, running into the Exe at Exebridge, and the River Lyn in Lynmouth, are all havens for salmon fishing. Seasoned anglers advise newcomers to approach them with gear normally used for large trout rather than salmon, such as single-handed number seven or number eight rods and intermediate lines.

In autumn, the Tyne River in north east England is good for salmon fishing throughout September and October. It produces around 3,000 fish annually and many of them are 20lbs in weight.

Winter salmon fishing is enjoyed on the River Tweed in Scotland. It is known as one of the UK's great salmon rivers and spans 97 miles, crossing the border into England. It flows through the Scottish borders region and forms a historic boundary with England. In the winter, the beautiful surroundings may be snow-covered, but the fishing is excellent.

Preparing for a fishing trip

When you're planning a fishing trip, always make sure you take the correct clothing and equipment. Even if the weather seems warm, prepare for the unexpected. Always wear a breathable base layer to keep you warm and keep moisture away from your skin - this can be a long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt made from a lightweight material.

Wear a mid-layer comprising your regular clothing, and even if it's fine when you set off, take some waterproof clothing as an outer layer - not forgetting waterproof footwear too. The outer layer should be windproof and breathable. Your jacket should also be loose-fitting enough to allow you sufficient movement to fish.

Prevent heat-loss through your head with a hat and pack an extra fleece for warmth, in case you get stranded anywhere overnight. Sunglasses with a UV filter are a good idea to protect your eyes. Don't forget to pack an insect repellent - nothing can spoil a good fishing trip more than mosquitoes and other insect bites.

Make sure too that you always have the best storage equipment for your fishing gear, such as Solent Plastics' reely good fishing storage boxes. Our range of airtight plastic storage boxes and trunks is also suitable for marine use.

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