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    Default Re: Its not the fly you choose but how you fish it

    Quote Originally Posted by micka View Post
    And clearly many salmon follow our flies without us being aware of it a lot of the time.
    When the conditions are good that's something I've observed fishing a small river. I first noticed it the first time after putting the rod under my armpit to take a p!ss with a very short line out the salmon shadow followed the fly within a foot of the bank sniffed the fly and then turned away. I've recreated this a few times putting out a short line in shallow water; the way the fish move looks like territorial aggression, which most of the time they dismiss as no threat.

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    Default Re: Its not the fly you choose but how you fish it

    I apologise if I have missed something in this thread but if anyone hasn't yet read Salmon Fishing by Hugh Falkus may I suggest it is worth a look. It would be No. 1 on my list of Desert Island Books. It is the most authoritative book on the subject I have read and am on my third time of reading at the moment. The author has spent countless hours not only fishing for Salmon and trying every method in just about all conditions on various waters but he has also observed the fish in its environment from above and in clear water while others have offered their flies and baits to it. His observations are quite remarkable and I always find it a difficult book to put down. He answers all of the questions and points raised in this thread and more. The companion book Sea-Trout Fishing is equally as good. For the price and its now available in paperback it should be in every salmon fishers armory. I am sure you won't regret reading it. Put it on a birthday or Xmas list even - it makes it so much more pleasurable to read.

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    Default Re: Its not the fly you choose but how you fish it

    Quote Originally Posted by micka
    And clearly many salmon follow our flies without us being aware of it a lot of the time.
    I remember once on the Erriff (low and very clear), a fresh good grisle followed my wee Blue Charm for a couple of meters, its mouth was widely open on it and the fly was somewhere in between the nose and the throat... The fish never closed its jaws and went back to the depth of the pool.

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