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Which Salmon Fly Should You Use?

We've all been there - you get to the water’s edge and just tie on the same fly which worked the last time you were out - hoping it will still be successful. Well, how about using a little bit of modern technology to give you a helping hand in deciding which fly to use?

With that exact scenario in mind, here at Salmon Flies HQ, we have been working on a project for the last 8 months and after extensive user testing, it's finally ready to release. It's a website (accessible on any device) that shows you which flies to use on which rivers, based on the date, river levels and conditions. It retrieves all of these details automatically, and then references them against a comprehensive database and multiple live feeds behind the scenes, to display:

  • Images of the suggested flies to use for the river selected.
  • For each fly it gives you a short description and also provides information on hook sizes and weights.
  • Each of the flies displayed are clickable, where it takes you to larger images and more information on each fly.
  • You even get the option to have the results emailed to you.

The website currently covers the most popular salmon rivers in Scotland, Wales & England (with more rivers – and countries - being added), and best of all, it's free of charge (with no annoying adverts)!

Note: We should also point out that there is never any substitute for a good local ghillie's knowledge.


To use the site:

Using your phone, tablet or computer, just access www.which-salmon-fly.com (alternatively you can click any image within this email. or the button below):

Access our "Which Salmon Fly?" website

This will take you to the website:



Click on "Country" and select from the drop down list the country you are interested in. This then presents you with a list of salmon rivers in that country, for example, choosing Scotland and the River Tweed, will present you with the following in July:

As well as displaying the flies, the site also displays a live feed of the current river levels for various stations across the length of the river, so anglers can be prepared for the current conditions:

If you would like to check which flies to use for a forthcoming fishing trip, just use the Trip Planner section, choose your Country, River, Month & Water Level then click "Update Results":

Once you're happy you have the results you need, scroll down, click on "Email Results", fill in your details and the results will be delivered to you direct to your inbox:

Our 'Which Salmon Fly?' service currently only covers the most popular salmon rivers in Scotland Wales and England - We are adding more rivers, so keep checking back for updates.

We are also more than happy to expand this service to cover more countries and are actively looking for partners outside of the UK to help us expand it to other countries around the world. If you do know of anyone who could help us, please feel free to share this blog with them.