How to release a salmon (not)

Here’s a little salmon fishing video showing, quite clearly, how not to release a salmon. We were fishing Northumberland’s River Tyne in the back end of 2013 and the river was as full of fish as it ever gets. That being said, as any salmon fisherman will tell you, just because the river is full of fish doesn’t mean you’re going to catch them. Autumn salmon can be the most frustrating fish to chase – jumping here, there and everywhere, as if to torment your fruitless efforts. This one, however, fell to our persistence.

Granted, the release was not textbook, but you can see how lively the fish was. That’s because we always fish with minimum 18lb (Maxima) monofilament – strong enough to apply a lot of pressure to even the largest of salmon. We believe, as many others do, that it’s important to land your fish as quickly as possible, making sure you don’t subject the salmon to prolonged stress and exertion. As this video shows, fish that are landed quickly can usually be released quite quickl,y with their energy reserves very much intact.

Fisherman: James Green
Ghillie / cameraman: Andy Blyth

[Time Andy got himself a better camera!]

Already know this? Why not double check by reading our tips:

How to release a salmon in 14 easy steps.

There’s also a great video, with some lovely fishing action and a cracking take on a dry fly. Enjoy and tight lines!

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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.