I recently had enough free time to go fishing for salmon for a whole week. Boy, was I excited! I had been looking forward for this adventure for quite a while and had done several preparations that I thought would come in handy for a person like me, who’d enjoy going out angling every day.
One of the first things you ought to do, especially if you’re just starting out, is get a special stamp or permit. This will allow you to avoid getting a very large fine. Salmon conservation programs are being organized and funded with the money coming from these permits, so you shouldn’t be offput by these expenses. Instead, you should think of them as the only way that can ensure that you’ll have some salmon to catch on your next fishing trip.
Another thing you ought to do, especially if you are a beginner, is work on your drift fishing. I know this may be hard if you haven’t had the chance to practice, but the most natural way of targeting salmon in a river is to throw the bait upstream. Let it fall to the area where you suspect the salmon is because this can make the fish think that the bait has come to it on its own.
While artificial lures are available at a wide range of online retailers, one of the most efficient baits for catching salmon is roe. The simplest thing you can do, and I did the same, is harvest and cure it on your own. There are many tutorials online that you can use to get informed and find out how you can complete this process at home. High-quality salmon roe cure can be found at most specialty shops, where you can even have a talk with a consultant. It doesn’t take too much time to prepare the roe this way, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money on the equipment. Probably the most important advantage offered by natural bait is that it attracts the fish thanks to its smell as it lets out a fluid into the water.
Another thing I did and one that I recommend, as well, is sharpening the hooks. That tough and thick jawline can’t be pierced through if your hook is rusty or just not sharp enough. Believe it or not, this is the essential piece of equipment in your whole ensemble, so pay extreme attention to it and check whether or not it’s sharp following a salmon fishing expedition.
I also made sure I had the proper clothes and protective equipment as the weather wasn’t going to be particularly warm. Nothing beats a good hat and a nice pair of boots or waders.