Tackle Requirements

A great deal of choice is down to the individuals preference, however this page is meant to offer guidance only.

Salmon Fly Rod

Daiwa Newera SLR
Daiwa Newera SLR

My preference on the “Big” rivers would be a 15ft Double Handed Fly rod capable of casting a 10/11 weight line.  However, smaller, lighter rods can come into their own during spells of low water and high temperatures during the summer months.

 

Daiwa Newera SLR
Daiwa Newera SLR

Sea Trout/Trout Rod

While Sea Trout fishing at night, generally I prefer a 10ft to 11ft 7 weight rod, preferably with a fighting butt, as the action can often get quite frantic.  I prefer the 7 weight lines, just to preserve presentation.

 

Daiwa Newera Reel
Daiwa Newera Reel

Fly Reel

I have to admit, I have no real preference when it comes down to reels, providing there is enough backing and a decent drag system for controlling those heart stopping runs.

 

Daiwa Wilderness XT Spin
Daiwa Wilderness XT Spin

Spinning Rods

My preference when salmon fishing is the longer the better, I can’t see past an 11ft spinning rod and depending on the anglers capability and experience the best reels would have to be multipliers fitted with a good 30lb monofilament.  The longer rods and multipliers give you much better control when fishing a heavy weight and a floating devon minnow.

Accessories

Well, there’s one thing Scotland is famous for and thats it’s weather, be prepared!  Stay warm and dry, make sure you have sunglasses, life jacket and a good sturdy wading stick to hand.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Many thanks to Daiwa Sports for allowing me to use their photo’s