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    Don't spend that much (or fish that much !) at the moment.

    To fish for salmon with any real gusto, I need to feel that there is at least a chance of catching one.

    Otherwise, I would probably trout fish or walk many miles of river bank if access is allowed.

    But when it all comes together, few things beat the sheer anticipation of salmon fishing with the water about right and salmon around. When you are expecting the line to tighten on almost any cast. When you are in a rush to tackle up because you can't wait to get a fly in the water as another fish shows in the pool in front of you.

    Even if you don't catch, the fishing can be enjoyable in those circumstances.

    When things are not so good on the fishing front - less time actually fishing, good company, great surroundings, observing wildlife are all part of the enjoyment of a fishing day/week.

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    Anything is better than watching Love island...

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    Quote Originally Posted by T7 View Post
    Anything is better than watching Love island...
    There’s probably more chance of catching something on love island!

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    I have never spent excessive amounts of money on fishing, ever. Perhaps in years when ive maybe bought a rod or reel, maybe new waders coupled with all consumables ,association permit and the odd day here and there, maybe £600-£700 tops. I consider myself to be lucky in the location i reside, i have many salmon rivers close by or within a driveable distance. This keeps cost down as i dont need to overnight, and i pity those that make those long journeys from down south or abroad, up here putting vast sums of money into the local economy with at times poor fishing conditions and not a fish to show for their efforts. Primarily i go fishing to catch fish. Ive never felt as though im wasting money, because i think i chose wisely when i fish where i fish and what tackle i spend my money on. It wasnt always like that early on, but that comes with experience. For those who have the disposable income and can afford to fish the finest rivers home and abroad, i salute you, you have probably worked hard for that. It seems to me to enjoy consistent sport more these days, you have to spend more and travel further. I also dont put myself through any angling turmoil because i simply refuse to fish over a dead river. I fish far less now. I miss it greatly, not fishing 4/5 times a week, but we are where we are. As i fish less, i have noticed i have got less active and its only now im realising this pastime has kept my fitness levels up. Salmon fishing gives you an education in all things nature, the animals, the seasons, the weather, the plants built up over the years. I will angle for as old and as long as i am fit to, the frequency and location will always depend on value for money for me.

    DCH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveygc View Post
    There’s probably more chance of catching something on love island!
    Classic !!

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    When I retired I added up the cost of my fishing shooting etc. and after counting the cost of fuel decided that it was stupid to upset myself and let the other half know that I have been kidding myself for many years.
    At the end of the day it is only money.
    Bob.

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    ? Why. Each to their own but for me:

    Because there is no finer thing than to go out and catch a sustainable tasty organic treat and put it on the table for food for friends and loved ones...

    Even though it hardly turns out that way, there's always hope.

    Simples.
    "...hooking mortality is higher than you'd expect: further evidence that as a numbers game, catch-and-release fishing isn't always as straightforward as it seems"
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    I do it for the ultimate high of booking a trip to a river in Scotland. Organising the whole event. Having your mates constantly on your case ringing you every day 2 weeks before the event as none of them want to share a room. You then cook for them every evening and have them whining because the food might be 20 minutes late one evening. You have them asking you to look at and correct their casting issues while you are trying to fish yourself. Then comes the piece de la resistance. A couple of them decide that rather than give you the tips for the ghillie, they want to pay him directly. They do of course short change him by a tenner each forcing you to apologise to him profusely as he looks at you in utter disgust and stump an extra twenty quid youself. Why do we do this? Because there is no finer feeling than to insert blazing hot needles into your own eyeballs of course. Ain't fishing with your 'mates' just a peach?
    I love my brick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perrypokemon View Post
    I do it for the ultimate high of booking a trip to a river in Scotland. Organising the whole event. Having your mates constantly on your case ringing you every day 2 weeks before the event as none of them want to share a room. You then cook for them every evening and have them whining because the food might be 20 minutes late one evening. You have them asking you to look at and correct their casting issues while you are trying to fish yourself. Then comes the piece de la resistance. A couple of them decide that rather than give you the tips for the ghillie, they want to pay him directly. They do of course short change him by a tenner each forcing you to apologise to him profusely as he looks at you in utter disgust and stump an extra twenty quid youself. Why do we do this? Because there is no finer feeling than to insert blazing hot needles into your own eyeballs of course. Ain't fishing with your 'mates' just a peach?
    Sounds like you need to keep fishing but trade in your fishing mates!!!!!

    I enjoy the peace and quiet when away on day tickets, also enjoy having the week on the Deveron with my mate and having a drink and crack, though things have been hard work all over the past few years, lost my first 5 salmon last year and ended up with 2 tiny grilse for the season, this year ive managed to land 2 springers and lost one so feeling re-invigorated for rest of season. Now just add water I think they will arrive, just a pity the water will arrive now im back at work

  10. #20

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    For myself it's about a few things , I fish mainly with my youngest son ,the time spent with him you simply can't put a price on .
    I don't , nor ever have , expected to catch every time I go out , there is I suppose that hunting instinct in us , trying new methods , different flies new rods and lines , gives us hope of success .
    I find fishing for salmon is a great leveler , by that I mean , rather like golf , you rub shoulders with people from all walks of life , builders , doctors , business men etc. Mostly sharing the hope that each other has some luck .
    I hope in years to come my son will have memories he can share of he and I , to tell his children about and that he can meet and socialise with different people which will broaden his horizons .
    For me that's priceless

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