Eoin says “With the new season fast upon us, 2011 sees the launch of our new Ultimate Early Spring Fly Selection. After our successful launch of the Fishpal Autumn fly selections in 2010, I’ve selected these flies to cover a range of conditions for the beginning of the season. With early spring fishing tactics based around presenting the fly close to the fish’s holding position, I’ve specifically chose a range of tube flies that are well established, successful patterns that will work throughout our UK and Ireland spring rivers.
The main factor to consider when salmon fishing at this time of year is the cold water will slow down the salmon’s metabolic rate. This will limit the salmon’s willingness to travel great distances to intercept the fly. With this in mind, use these flies with sinking lines or fast sinking tips will allow you to fish the fly deep and close to the salmon. Also consider the speed the fly is coming through the stream. If you are fishing a fast, streamy pool, think about mending the fly line upstream once it enters the water. This will have the effect of slowing down the speed the line swings through the pool and the opportunity for the fly to get down amongst the fish.
If you are lucky enough to be out on a salmon river in the next few weeks, I wish you every success and tight lines for the rest of the season!”
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