About the sport
Salmon fishing is one of the oldest forms of fishing. In medieval times, it was done by netting as an
essential part of feeding a hungry population. In the Victorian era, rod fishing became a sport and it has
grown in popularity ever since to become the ultimate type of game fishing.
Despite its elitist image, good salmon fishing is in plentiful supply and isn't necessarily expensive. We
hope that these pages will help you get to know the sport and find some fishing to suit you, whatever your
budget or ability. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Fishing on the River Dee at Woodend.
Types of salmon
There are many different types of salmon that are fished for, but the main type is the Atlantic salmon that
can be found in rivers adjoining both sides of the North Atlantic, including the North Sea and the Bay of
Biscay. There is also the Baltic salmon found in rivers adjoining the Baltic sea to the east of Sweden.
On the west coast of America and Canada, there are other species of salmon, such as Pacific and Coho. They
only return to their rivers once to spawn, and die thereafter, whereas the Atlantic salmon returns to the
sea after spawning and can comeback to its native river several times.