|Knowing your river, knowing the wild Atlantic salmon
Playing the wild salmon
- Live Release takes angling to a new level of understanding the river and the water conditions. It is knowing that high water temperatures and low water levels are particularly stressful to Atlantic salmon. It is taking that into account when you fish, and how you treat the fish on the end of the line.
Bringing the Atlantic salmon in
- An Atlantic salmon on the end of that line is under stress and it is important not to play the fish to utter exhaustion. Severe exhaustion reduces the salmon's odds of surviving.
- An exhausted fish needs help. Support the salmon underwater in a natural position facing the current, handling it as little as possible. Give it time to recover. The goal is for the wild Atlantic salmon to swim away on its own. Keep the salmon in the water. Like an athlete having just completed a major race, this fish needs all the oxygen it can get from the water passing over its gills.
- The goal is for the wild Atlantic salmon to swim away on its own.
Removing the hook from the wild Salmon
- In quiet water, bring the wild salmon quickly within reach. Leaving the salmon in water and without squeezing it, remove the hook carefully with pliers or thumb and forefinger. If necessary, cut the leader near the fly and spare the fish.
- Check out the short video on bringing in the fish.
The benefits of barbless hooks was explored in an excellent article by Bill Baake in 2008 (see associated file)
Photographing the wild Atlantic salmon
Measuring your wild Atlantic Salmon
- Plan Photographs Ahead. Check out our page on photographing wild salmon before releasing them.
- Got a good image you want to share? Email us a digital image and a note to let us use it.
- Salmometer - This can help you estimate the weight of the salmon you are releasing.
- Download the salmometer to print off click here
Associated File: Benefits of Barbless Hooks