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How To Wade A Salmon River In Scotland

Understanding how to wade safely in a salmon river should always be the number one priority and secondly how to optimise your salmon catch potential.

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How To Wade A Salmon River In Scotland

Do I need to wade deep when salmon fishing

Wading too deep is a common fault in salmon fishing as a pool gets easily spooked by an angler moving too close to the the salmon lies. In addition to this the angler is more likely to stumble and get wet if he’s wading through a pool too deeply. Train your feet to become your hands as you feel your way along the riverbed and do not to commit your body weight to the next step until your are certain of a firm footing. Use a wading stick to assist where you cannot see the riverbed clearly. Polaroid glasses will also help you to see through the water's surface glare and protect your eyes from your high speed salmon fly.

How To wade safely when salmon fishing

In faster streams you can reduce the water pressure on both legs by wading sideways down the pool (facing the far bank) where the water pressure is on one leg instead of both legs (which wouldn't be the case if you were only facing downstream). When you approach any large riverbed stones always navigate through the inside edge of the stone as often there is deeper water directly off (or behind) big stones due to the river's natural scouring effect. 

What is the best wading depth when salmon fishing

During most salmon fishing conditions shin to knee depth is about the optimal depth for wading while fishing. Always wear a pre-serviced automatic life preserver for your own personal fishing safety when on or near the river. Our renowned salmon fishing guide service provides a life jacket for every fisher which is mandatory for use by all fishing guests. These automatic life jackets do not interfere with mobility or casting and could one day save your life.

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