The best flies to use when salmon fishing in Scotland vary somewhat from river to river and depending on the time of year and the water condition. In this article we are discussing fly patterns, but it is worthwhile noting that the size and method of tying also vary significantly depending on conditions. In low water, summer conditions, you should be using small flies tied on traditional double hooks or small plastic tubes. In higher, colder water you need to go with larger heavier flies tied on Waddington shanks or brass tubes.
So here is our recommendation for five essential flies for your Scottish salmon fishing experience.
When stripped across the current, this fly looks all the world like a sand eel and it can stimulate the most aggressive takes. When you know that the fish are there, but they are simply ignoring the traditional patterns, tie on a Sunray and strip it through the pool. It doesn’t always work, but it does arouse the fish. Many Scottish salmon have fallen to a small traditional pattern fishing right after the pool has been fished through on a Sunray.