Again, if I’m going to England to go fishing… then I might as well go up to Scotland to fishing. Last time, I didn’t have any success in remotely hooking an Atlantic Salmon or any fish on the first day but I did, however, catch some sharks there to redeem the trip. This trip was not a revenge trip but rather a redemption trip. Sometimes, you have to go back to successfully catch the targeted fish. It’s not always a first-time-go. It might have been the same thing happening to me in Iceland where I am get these unknown calls to return there to fish it again…. maybe in the future, I might do it. I know that I had to do it several times in Mexico to finally land a yellowtail. But it’s not a goal that I should be pursuing but also enjoying the journey! Sometimes you become better at returning to a place and recognize new things which make all that traveling worth it!
And this time around, the persistence DID NOT paid off. Unlike the Chinook (King) Salmon and Coho Salmon that I’ve caught on a fly rod in the United States, I was not rewarded with an Atlantic Salmon yet again…. I saw plenty of salmon jumping in the river but they all just gave me the “Finger” and just swam around my fly. I did get two hookups but they did not stick so I’m blanked again.
The good news however is that saltwater fishing always redeems me. Even though it was rough in the start with the winds and waves while catching some mackerel, my guide took me out to a nearby wreck to try our luck in catching something. And wow, did I catch something!
I don’t know why but I can’t catch an Atlantic Salmon to save my soul. Only salt water fishing has been productive for me in Scotland. Maybe it’s a sign that I have to return just like what Iceland did to me…. and get away from all the over-tourism tourists. Some of these cities like London are just wayyyyy too crowded with the tourist crowds. Better to go out into the countryside or onto/in the water. Less people, less space competition, and a much better chance to do some great things like this: fish!