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Old 21-10-2017, 05:51 PM
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When a Salmon takes, how long do you let the fish draw off before tightening in to set the hook?

I had three good offers on a day out earlier in October on the Allanwater in Dunblane. I connected with the first fish and had a good tussle, but was too hasty(read desperate) with the following two. This was quite depressing given the perfect conditions that prevailed throughout the day: great height of water, overcast and little wind.
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When the fish pulls.pull back.

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When you feel a tug on the end of the line, lift the rod tip up fairly fast. That should do it. I believe it is called a "strike".
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Saying God Bless the Queen before you strike is rubbish in my opinion strike when you feel a firm tug.
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When you feel a tug on the end of the line, lift the rod tip up fairly fast. That should do it. I believe it is called a "strike".
But I was always told that with a salmon one doesn't strike. Hence the question. I have caught salmon on the fly before and the draw of a take and the tightening up have worked before, but this two fish have given me the yips!
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Some you win.Some you lose.Especially this year.That's the nature of Salmon Fishing.

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When a fish takes, do nothing for a second or two, then start stripping lots of line of your reel until there is an enormous bow of line in running water. The pressure of this will hook the fish.

Now I am not a salmon fisher, but that used to be quoted in some of the old books!


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Default Re: How long is enough?

The other one is saying 'god save the queen' then lifting the rod into nothing, this tradition is favoured by salmon fishers the world over
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When a fish takes, do nothing for a second or two, then start stripping lots of line of your reel until there is an enormous bow of line in running water. The pressure of this will hook the fish.

Now I am not a salmon fisher, but that used to be quoted in some of the old books!


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Seriously.do not do this.Especially on the Allan.

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First RULE never, I repeat, NEVER strike a salmon ,if you are prone to doing so, most trout fishers are, no, all trout fishers are, hold the rod down the side of your thigh on a straight arm, that will prevent an involuntary 'strike'.
Now depending how the fish took the fly will indicate your chances of success in landing it.
If it took on the dangle ie as near as damn it directly below you and was gentle, you have a better than evens chance, if however it was a hard take on the dangle, I'd say less than evens; lip hooked quite probably and won't be with you long.
If it took when the fly was fishing across the current or pool then you have a better chance of a good hook hold. I always let the fish hook itself, ie let it turn then tighten. I always use doubles.
Some will disagree, in my experience this is what I have found. In any event good luck and TIGHT lines.

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