Go Small ... or ... Go Home
Summer salmon fishing means smaller hooks, right? Now it looks like we have a little more settled weather in front of us, it's time to get ready for the lower water levels and idyllic summer fishing.
Micro salmon flies are pretty special, they are not just smaller version of their bigger brothers. The micro salmon fly needs to be dressed much simpler and tied carefully, so it swims and fishes effectively despite its size. A quality micro salmon fly will look extremely lively. What better way to spend a summer day/evening than fishing a micro fly on a floating line?
Click on any image or button within this Blog for a closer look at our micro salmon flies.
We've also included in this email some of our top tips for getting the most out of your Summer fishing expeditions. Read on McDuff ...
As you are probably already aware, summer fishing requires you to step down in hook sizes. This stunning selection of 24 Micro Salmon patterns are all tied on either size 12 (Double), 14 (Single) or 16 (Treble) hooks. We've included the patterns which will give you the best chance in low water conditions, no matter which river you are fishing.
The patterns included are:
- 2 x Alistair Nordic Single - Size 14
- 2 x Caledonia Stoat Nordic Single - Size 14
- 2 x Executioner Nordic Single - Size 14
- 2 x Willie Gunn Nordic Single - Size 14
- 2 x Allys Shrimp Nordic Double - Size 12
- 2 x Cotter Shrimp Nordic Double - Size 12
- 2 x Kitchen Sink Nordic Double - Size 12
- 2 x Silver Stoats Tail Nordic Double - Size 12
- 2 x Allys Shrimp Micro Treble - Size 16
- 2 x Black and Silver Micro Treble - Size 16
- 2 x Black Brahan Micro Treble - Size 16
- 2 x Iceman Micro Treble - Size 16
Top Tips for Summer Salmon Success
We are by no means experts in the field of Salmon fishing (just enthusiastic amateurs!), but here's a few of the top tip's we've been given along the way:
- Try fishing upstream: If possible, try to fish 'up and across', you will have more chance of connecting with a fish if you approach it from behind, just keep in touch with the fly at all times.
- Time your fishing to the conditions: If it's going to be a bright, sunny day, either start early (just after sunrise) or later in the evening (assuming the beat allows it).
- Wade with care: When the water is low and the flows minimal, always take care when you are wading to not create a huge bow-wave in front of you. Try to be as stealthy as possible. If you can possibly get away with it, don't enter the water at all.
- Fish need oxygen too: Look at the water in front of you and target the more oxygenated water, tails of riffles etc. Essentially if you can hear the water, then fish it.
- Think Kylie Minogue - Small and Slim: It is pretty widely known that you should fish with smaller flies in low water conditions, but you should also take note of the profile of the fly. Choose a small slim fly where possible, it's much easier to impart movement to a slim fly in lows/slower water.
Fancy Something Even Smaller?
We will be starting to send out weekly emails, giving tips on fishing and which flies are working well, also including some patterns which you may not have seen before, along with fly history and some really nice Salmon fly artwork which you can download for free. If you know of anyone who you think would enjoy being part of our community, please pass this blog on to them and encourage them to sign up to our community here.