- First set your reel clutch
at MINIMUM CHECK, to allow line to be pulled off without
resistance. After you have made your cast, mend the line if
you wish to slow the passage of the fly on fast water.
- Place the rod in the hand
that is the same as the bank you are fishing,
- Right Bank as you look
downstream have the rod in the RIGHT hand.
- Left Bank as you look
downstream have the rod in the LEFT hand.
- Holding the rod with your
hand at the upper part of the handle, extend your arm, have
the first rod ring at eye level. Place the butt of the rod
on your thigh. This will be a comfortable position and your
other hand is left free.
- As the current moves the fly
line across the river KEEP THE ROD TIP TO THE BANK SIDE OF
- When a salmon takes your fly
DO NOTHING !!!!!!!!!
- Keep the arm holding the rod
locked . DO NOT STRIKE !!!!!!!!
- Allow the salmon to pull off
a much line as it wants.
- THE PRESSURE OF THE CURRENT
ON THE FLY LINE WILL SET THE HOOKS
- To put pressure on the
salmon, PLACE THE PALM OF THE FREE HAND ON THE EXPOSED RIM
ON THE BOTTOM OF THE FLY REEL.
- This will act as a break, it
is then easy to play your salmon.
- Once the salmon starts to
tire, you can then increase the clutch setting on the reel.
Do this in small increments according to the strength of the
salmon. Keep reeling in any line that you can.
- At the earliest time, when
wading, get out of the river and onto the bank. This will
give you greater mobility should the salmon take off up or
downstream. TRY TO KEEP LEVEL OR DOWNSTREAM OF THE SALMON
- Do not let the salmon get
too far downstream, the pressure of the current can break
out the hook hold.
- KEEP THE TOP OF THE ROD HIGH
so that the rod acts as a shock absorber. The only time you
drop the rod point, is when the SALMON LEAPS. When this
happens PLACE THE TIP OF THE ROD ON THE WATER. This takes
direct pressure off your fly leader. When the salmon
re-enters the river RAISE THE ROD. Do not give slack line.
Always keep pressure on the salmon.
- When the salmon is played
out it will lie on its side, this is when you bring the fish
over and into the Gye net, taking the net well up the bank
before using the priest. Many salmon have jumped back into
the river simply because the net was not taken up onto the
Irish Atlantic Salmon
28 lbs. 3 oz. Atlantic Salmon
caught by Bill Canning Read More >