Atlantic Salmon Fishing Basics | How To

Atlantic Salmon Fishing Basics | How To


welcome everyone to the new fly Fisher
I’m your host Bill Spicer on this week’s show the subject is Atlantic salmon hard
fighting and acrobatic is wiped many fishermen travel on an annual basis from
around the world to fish with as much sought after species will talk about the
flies the equipment and line control techniques also we’ll talk to the
beginner in the audience with some casting tips and knots it promises to be
a great show so stay with us on this week’s show the new fly Fisher
crew is in Newfoundland our home base will be just outside the town of Corner
Brook our host for this week is Ray Humber owner of newfound outfitting
newfound outfitting is situated between the Lewis hills and the blow me down
mountains on the serpentine River which runs down a twenty kilometres stretch of
wilderness to the Gulf of st. Lawrence from June until October the principal
runs of salmon entered the rivers to seek out shallow rapid areas where
spawning gravel is available the capacity to return back to the same
stream they were hatched has captivated and mystified biologists for hundreds of
years salmon are among the most beautiful of
fish streamlined silver and graceful they are powerful – among the greatest
fighters in the fishing world and perhaps most important of all Atlantic
salmon are symbol of clean unspoiled waters that run wild to the sea and I got it next cash well this is
another big fish that’s another big fish oh wow oh my goodness runner right at me
this one I had no problem getting on the real because he he took a lot took off
away from me this guy’s gonna jump oh yes another
jump look at that look at that he’s got his head note he’s gonna go into my
backing here in a second he went way out there now he’s running right at me like
they typically do so you got to be prepared to be able to take your line in
quickly he’s gonna come up again I can tell yep yep well that’s a big fish got
him got him it’s another good fish yeah six seven pounds maybe yes I think how
about six boat six there we go just another quick little look and away
she goes now that’s a darker fish so it’s been in the river a little longer
than other ones there he goes oh that was absolutely fantastic absolutely
fantastic gotta check my nut my not now these fish are so big and so powerful
you must check your your knot and your leader every time and right there I get
a little nick right there that’s probably from touching that rock so
again I got to retie the equipment when coming to
Newfoundland is simple number seven and number eight weight
rods the lines you’re only allowed one line and that’s a floating line you
cannot use any kind of sinking line sink tip or anything like that leaders the
same length as a rod in this case I got a 10-foot number seven so I got a
10-foot leader with it now the reels there’s the working part that you want
large Arbor Atlantic salmon are very powerful and they go for long runs but
then they turn around and come right back at you so you need the ability to
take up line fast smooth drags now that’s utmost importance because they go
for their long runs if your drag isn’t smooth you’re going to break Tippett’s
so if you’re going to put any money at all put it into your reel but that in a
nutshell is all you need number seven and number eight way rods
floating lines regular size leaders it’s gonna jump oh yeah
gotta love it gotta love it Wow wowee lovely
that’s fresher fish that’s a freshmen fish guy now the secret to all the success of
Evan having his presentation it’s far more important to present the fly than
the fly itself yes there is a difference of the fly but if you don’t present the
fly properly the fish won’t bite it in the case here we have a V split and I
positioned myself where I think the fish are so I can cast up and have the fly
float dragged free towards me and I’m drawing in the line as it gets closer to
me so presentation is everything when it comes to Atlantic salmon fishing when dry fly fishing it’s of utmost
importance to be quiet that means how you make your land your fly land and how
you lift it up off the water land is easy you just want a nice soft landing
let it land like so now lifting it off the water you don’t want this that
created sound makes this big smacking noise and will spook the fish now
there’s a couple of ways we can lift the line up off the water to stop that what
we want to do is break the film on top of the water and we can do that by
wiggling first and lifting up I’ll show you again wiggle lift it up or we can do
what’s called a snake roll which is that and what that does it breaks the surface
tension of the water and allows you a silent lift again you don’t want it so
that it’s a big rip off the water the fish hear that they hear that that’s no
good best time and this river címon fishing
I’d say the fish start hindering the river early June they take a while
before they get up to the falls we take guests around the latter part of
June so I say you can’t really go wrong with mid-july
into mid-august but we take sports right up until the end of August goes but the
weather conditions prevail you have great fishing right up to Labor Day
weekend let’s talk today a little bit about
basic fly casting first off efficient fly casting is based on the 180 degree
rule now what that means is simply straight back and straight through if
you take away from that straight back straight through your efficiency drops
off and you can’t cast very far so I’ll show you some grips today that will help
you first off what I teach first for most of my students is the thumb on top
thumb is the strongest part of your body your hands are underneath your fingers
are underneath the the rod and when you cast it’s straight back and my fingers
here go towards the target I go directly over my thumb and towards the target the
biggest mistake I see that people make was this bringing it around like that
and then through and that takes away your 180 by doing this and through it’s
got to go directly over your thumb and back now the second grip is called a key
grip it’s like if you were to grab a key and put it in your door that’s your grip
there so it’s on top of the rod and I’ll show you like this with my forefinger on
this side and my thumb on that site but now if you notice my palm is in the
front so when I cast directly over my hand and I push my palm ahead back and
ahead I recommend this grip for people with with bigger hands or very strong
people somebody’s got a very strong grip this will help you a lot you won’t throw
tailing loops as you would with a thumb on top of your strong person now the
third grip I’m going to show you is for accuracy I see a lot of small stream
casters use this and it’s the thought the forefinger in front it’s simply that
again you’re placing your hand on top your thumb at the side and your finger
to the side here and how this cast is a game I thought my palm is in the front
but all I have to do is point my finger where I want to go straight back over
for my 180 and straight and this is extremely accurate you can get
underneath bushes get around stumps whatever you want by just pointing your
finger at your target back point your finger to where you want the fly to go
so there’s your three grips that you need when fly casting try one find out
which one’s right for you and take it from there got’em whoa my god my
goodness another one that’s going to go out to sea which is good when they make
their way out to the to the open water like that they go away from the pool and
not disturb it so the other fish will be ready to hit this guy is doing the same
thing running right back at me and he’s gonna come up here in a second there he
goes yes sir whoa my goodness have you ever seen such fish that leap as much a
Turpin I guess but freshwater fit well I guess this is saltwater too but the
leaping is what is incredible nice grills nice grips very active tack
robotic and away it goes now I have a situation in front of me
here I have two different currents I have the fast current out in front of me
but directly in front of me it’s almost dead and if I do a normal cast to the
fish the fly only has a drag free drift for a very short time then it starts to
drag because my line is pulling right there
so the solution to that it’s called a reach cast and all the reach cast is is
mending your line downstream before it falls so all I do is stop the rod and
then move my line downstream and I’ll get a much longer drag free drift by
doing that I move the line downstream the fast water takes the fly down
without any drag if I leave my line upstream like so the line is being
dragged right away and the fly is moving over and it’s not what you want you want
to drag free drift when we started our Lodge this area was
is it is a protected area we were fortunate enough to have permission to
get permission to build our lives in 96 it was very small in the beginning but
as time went on we we were permitted to enlarge and in 1999 we started taking
our first fishing sports it was a wonderful thing we I took four down I
took a few fellows down as just on a fam tour with them and they had a really
good time we caught fish and they just love the area they’ve been coming with
me ever since and they were bringing groups so right now I’m just proud to
boast a 95 to 98 percent return rate year after year it’s 2010 now so we’ve
been on the go now since 99 with the flesh fishing and it’s been really good
very happy with it when selecting wet flies for high water
over low water your selection should be a heavier dressed for high water in this
case there’s more hackle on this it’s a brighter color and gives a bigger
profile in the higher water now when you get low and clear water you want
something less dressed for instance this fly here a less of a wing there’s only a
little hint of orange and a little bit of yellow that would be a good choice a
completely black fly would be a good choice for low and clear water so
there’s your difference when selecting for high water over the water the
biggest challenge to Atlantic salmon fishing is regulations dictate you may
not wait your line at all that means you must use floating lines no weight on
your leader or inside the fly so this creates a big problem for us when the
salmon are on the bottom and not rising what do you do well normal hook would be
a light gauge hook like that that you might use in low water
conditions but that’s not going to go down very far so what we must do is use
a heavier gauged larger hook this is the only way you’re going to get it to sink
and with mending techniques that we use when we cast when get this to sink and
we’ll show you that later on in the show how to do that but your choice would be
heavier gauged Corpse to get them down a good supply of flies to bring with you
when you’re coming to Newfoundland would be bombers and various colors but bugs
green machines Green Highlanders blue charms and silver
tips now what we have to do because the
regulations dictate we can’t use any weight to get our fly down in order for
me to get the fly down I got I got to use mending techniques and one mending
technique that we use is called a stack man it’s done like this I cast my line
across the water when it lands I mend upstream and I mend again and again and
I’m letting line out as I go the line of the hook will sink to the bottom and
then I swing it to where I feel the fish are that’s another big one
okay give it a second this is really important I just had a fish rise I’ve
got to wait only a minute that’s all you got give him a second to think about it
and then put it back over so in the time it took for me just to talk to you
now I’ll cast again gonna miss him there oh no I’m not oh yeah so again like I
said it’s just in the time it took me to talk to you I waited and the very next
cast that fish come up and this is something that I’ve learned from the
guides in Newfoundland and when I say I say it each show listen to your guide
listen to your guide they know what they’re talking about unbelievable boy
this one’s going a little crazy in there yeah for sure now it’s doing the typical
salmon thing and it likes to roll okay we got it there and just show it to the
camera again another fine this is the girls and it’s been in the river for a
little bit so we’ll let her go right away another hand Oh in a way she goes
ket release is a very important we are enjoying healthy populations of salmon
in our rivers and I’d like to think that they’re getting stronger but the minute
you think about the stocks getting stronger it seems like bang we have a
bad year but I think the time has come that people should be practicing to cut
in release use our cuts released ethics do it properly and to make sure that
salmon stocks survive and last for generations to enjoy got um oh my god look at that take whoa
and this is this a good fish whoo he’s going south on me ah whoo that
was unbelievable and you know I really had to fight hard to get over to this
spot it’s ten minutes from the lodge a nice easy walk a little boat ride across
the river and a nice easy walk and we’re into this kind of fishing my goodness and one thing I found about Atlantic
salmon they don’t like to go into the into the current they like it better in
into this slower water so that’s a convenience for yourself as far as
fighting the fish tremendous and like I’ve said all program I’m going to allow
the guide to handle the fish this is a catch and release only area and I want
to make sure that the fishes is is okay before we let it go I don’t want to
handle it too much he’s got a glove well show the camera and then we’ll let it go there we go and a nice flying girls
exciting isn’t it ten minutes from the log I hope you enjoyed today’s show and
learn something about the Atlantic salmon for more information on this show
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