Fishing In The River Dee
Scotland is renowned for salmon fishing and is the home of some of the most popular salmon rivers in the world. The River Dee is one of the most famous and runs alongside the hotel making The Fife Arms the perfect base for fishing parties.
The salmon fishing season typically starts in early February and runs through to the end of September. Lucky for you, here at The Fife Arms hotel we have created an exceptional fishing experience with our team of experts. With February just around the corner, this makes for a lovely winter activity that everyone can get involved with, whether you are making a trip with your partner, family or friends.
To make your salmon fishing experience one to remember, we’ve put together a list of some useful tips and facts to help you fish for salmon in Scotland with success. Read on to learn more.
1. Prepare and check your equipment before you leave
Before you set off, be sure to do a check to make sure you have all the equipment you need to take with you. It’s handy to have everything set up and to have the bait prepared in advance so you can get straight to it without any delay – especially during prime time.
2. Time and plan wisely
Peak times to fish for salmon tend to be one hour before or after a high or low tide. Try to plan your fishing trip with caution around these peak times to increase your chances of success.
3. Take the weather into consideration
The weather plays an important part when it comes to a successful salmon fishing experience. Typically, gloomy days with overcast grey skies are the best to fish for salmon, as the fish prefer low lighting. Alternatively, in the summer months where it’s bright and hot, you should try to head out early at dusk or late at dawn for the best chances of catching salmon.
4. Choose a suitable bait
Roe eggs are a particularly popular choice when it comes to choosing bait for salmon fishing, as well as strips of fish such as herring (known as cut bait). However, as salmon fish prefer low lit surroundings, colourful metal spinnerbaits with sharp hooks have also proven to be very successful at deeper and darker levels, as the glistening reflection and bright colours attract them.
5. Ensure your hooks are sharp
The River Dee is known to be home to some big heavyweight salmon, with fish regularly weighing in at around 20lbs (some even reaching 30lbs!) Ensure your hooks are razor-sharp to increase your chances of a good catch and to securely hoist the salmon out of the water.
6. Use red or clear fishing line
Colour disappears the deeper it goes underwater, which is why the colour of your fishing line can make a huge difference when fishing. Red fishing line is the most effective as it is the first colour that disappears as light penetrates the water from as little as 15 feet. This, in turn, means the line will be invisible to fish at this level or deeper so the bait you attach to your line will appear more realistic and natural to attract the salmon.
Alternatively, a transparent clear line is also a popular choice, however, this may prove to be difficult for beginners to track and keep an eye on from above the water.
7. Adjust your angle to the speed of the water
Typically, the way to fish for salmon is to cast your line at a 45-degree angle and allow the line to swing below the water with your bait. This, however, is flexible dependant on the speed of the water, so give yourself some time to experiment and adjust. For fast-flowing water, try casting a shallower line for a sturdier grip and position, whereas if you experience a slow run of water, try casting at a wider angle to allow the line to move more freely.
8. Be patient
Patience is a must when it comes to fishing, especially if it’s your first time. Take time to prepare your gear, set up your position, read the water and take action accordingly. Learn what works well and adjust your technique to improve as you go on. Most of all, enjoy the experience.