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I've always had an obsession with fishing kit since my early childhood days and that obsession hasn't gone away. Look at these reels and salmon flies all getting dried out after a day on the river before getting stored away again.
What a nice selection of Scottish salmon flies to choose from at the start of the fishing day. Rather than lugging a big fly box around like this simply select a few at the start of the fishing day to match the water conditions and put them in a smaller fly box in your pocket.
A perfectly equipped and arranged salmon fly box like this could only be owned by a professional! Look at the perfect single hooked tube fly selection on the left hand side which comprises of the 'Copperass' & 'Jock's Shrimp' fly patterns. Even a couple of different strength spare monofilament leaders are there just in case needed.
My 'Copperass' salmon fly is an absolute weapon for attracting sub-surface attention on the Scottish rivers. From a 1' to 2' inch tube fly down to sizes, 8's, 10's & 12's this is the only fly I fish from January through to late Summertime. If you fish one just make sure you've a firm grip of your rod!
Here's me orientating my fly box to the energy of salmon present! The water in the background is the Tummel/Tay confluence which is a renowned salmon fishing hot spot between Pitlochry & Dunkeld in Perthshire.
Here's a few different Wheatley of England salmon fly boxes stacked with a few deadly salmon fly patterns. There's Maxima fly leader material there too along with electric tape to secure the rod joints from loosening off while Spey casting. And let's not forget the forceps for the easy unhooking of salmon prior to release.

What Equipment Do I Need To Fish For Salmon

Knowing if you have all the correct salmon fishing equipment can seem daunting when you are new to this glorious pursuit. That is where our short but comprehensive fishing kit list can help.

What Equipment Do I Need To Fish For Salmon

What are the correct basic salmon fishing equipment levels in scotland

On the River Tay which is Scotland's largest salmon river it is vital that you come prepared with the correct salmon fishing kit levels. The Tay is also the deepest river in Scotland so sink tips of varying densities are important for sinking your fly to the appropriate depth in the water column while fly fishing. A full floating lines which might be fine on the shallower Scottish rivers are of no real use on the Tay. If you're booking a professional River Tay salmon guide he will make sure all of the correct equipment is there for you to use.

Can I bring my own salmon fishing Equipment

what salmon fishing equipment will you need to fish on Scottish salmon rivers;

  • Salmon Fly Rod 14ft-16ft (9/10-10/11 weight) on the larger Scottish salmon rivers
  • Salmon Fly Reel salmon size (with 30lbs backing) and 9/10-10/11 floating fly line with selection of sinking tips ranging from type 1.5 ips to 10 ips (ips = inch per second sink rate)
  • Chest Waders with studded boots (to counteract slippery riverbeds)
  • Waterproof wading jacket with hood (in case of heavy rain)
  • 15lbs-25lbs leader material (a heavier leader for a heavier fly)
  • A selection of salmon flies (see suggested patterns below)

What equipment will you need to spin fish for salmon;

  • Salmon Spinning Rod 9ft-11ft
  • Salmon Spinning Reel 5000 to 8000 in size (fully fitted with 18lbs-35lbs mono or braid)
  • 12 X 20g-35g spinning lures (see suggested lures below) with swivels

what Other Essential Pieces Of fishing Kit To Bring;

  • Sunglasses for eye protection
  • Life jacket
  • Digital camera
  • Suncream for skin protection
  • Warm thermal clothing
  • Warm hat
  • Good thick warm thermal socks
  • A spare set of dry clothing

A salmon landing net with a knotless mesh will also be required.

What are the Best Salmon Fly Patterns For Scottish Rivers

The favoured Scottish salmon flies that have good success rates are patterns like the Copperass, Ally's Shrimp, Willie Gunn, Cascade, Orange Flamethrower, Sunray Shadow, Stoats Tail & Silver Stoat. In the early months of the year and late Autumn these patterns fish well tied on copper tubes from 1 to 2 inches for added weight and from late Spring through to early Autumn regular double hooked versions fish well. Personally I've always been a fan of Partridge hooks and the Salar doubles in silver, black or gold are without doubt quality hooks. Many of the Scandinavian fly patterns work well too for Scottish salmon like the Snaelda & Pot Bellied Pig ranges.

What are the best Spinning Lures For Scottish Rivers

Spinning lures on the Scottish rivers that do very well are typically the ABU 30g Salmo toby in copper or silver, silver or copper 28g regular ABU toby, 20g-30g flying condom in red, orange, black, yellow or purple & the devon minnow in black & gold, black & yellow for the Spring months & black & orange or black & red for the Autumn months. In recent years the more castable Rapala & Vision Oneten lures have also produced consistent results especially in the black & gold and red & orange type of colour ranges.