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The huge decline in Atlantic Salmon fishing in Scotland

The huge decline in Atlantic Salmon fishing in Scotland has seen the largest growth in destination fishing holidays.

This will probably come as no surprise to any Atlantic Salmon angler or gillie who has been fishing and working in Atlantic Salmon fishing in Scotland over the last ten years. Year after year, we have seen Salmon fishing in a significant decline. There are so many theories, and yes, many people say that Salmon fishing comes in cycles and what goes around comes around.

However, the fishing has now passed the point where anglers have reduced their number of Atlantic Salmon fishing days in Scotland or stopped going altogether. Many of these customers have now broadened their horizons so they can still scratch that Atlantic Salmon itch, leading to over a 200% increase in bookings for Salmon fishing worldwide.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, below we have put some links and ideas of where in the world you can experience Atlantic Salmon fishing again as it should be.

If you would like to see all our Atlantic Salmon fishing destinations in one place from around the world Click here.

Below are all the countries we have some amazing lodges in that you can both target and catch Atlantic Salmon.

iceland

The landscape is varied, but over 62% of the country is tundra, and over 14% is lakes and glaciers. It’s from these glaciers where most of Iceland’s hundreds of rivers originate, carving and sculpting their way through the landscape on their journey towards the Atlantic.

Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic ocean; it covers 103,000 square kilometres and is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Widely known as ‘the land of fire and ice’ due to its glaciers and active volcanoes, it’s dotted with natural wonders.

The crystal clear, high oxygenated waterways are renowned for the world-class freshwater fly fishing they offer. Atlantic Salmon, found in abundance, are what attract thousands of travelling fly anglers year after year. Salmon fishing in Iceland’s rivers is not a new sport as the English gentry first started fly fishing for them back in 1860. It’s now known to many anglers for some of the best Salmon fishing in the world today. Click here to see all of Iceland’s Atlantic Salmon destinations.

norway

Much of the country is dominated by mountainous or high terrain, with various natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and varied topography. These sights are extremely popular with tourists, and it’s no surprise that Norway was recently voted the ‘world’s most unspoilt travel destination’. However, it’s not just sight-seeing tourists who visit in great numbers, as Norway is extremely popular amongst travelling anglers, who venture in their thousands to take advantage of the unbelievable freshwater fly fishing the country has to offer.

The Atlantic Salmon fishing in Norway is home to some of the world’s most giant specimens and is a true bucket-list destination for the fly angler, with countless lakes and rivers to cast a fly in too. The Orkla, Gaula, Lakselva, Reisa, Namsen and Alta rivers are some of the most popular, both for the numbers of fish and size, with fish to over 30lb landed every season.

The crystal clear, high oxygenated waterways are renowned for the world-class freshwater fly fishing they offer. Atlantic Salmon, found in abundance, are what attract thousands of travelling fly anglers year after year. Salmon fishing in Iceland’s rivers is not a new sport as the English gentry first started fly fishing for them back in 1860. It’s now known to many anglers for some of the best Salmon fishing in the world today. Click here to see all of Norway’s Atlantic Salmon destinations.

canada

Canada is the second-largest country in the world by landmass and covers an incredible 3.85 million square miles, and is home to ten provinces and three territories. Featuring the most amount of freshwater lakes of any country anywhere globally, it’s also home to over 47 rivers exceeding 600km in length, so it’s no wonder that Canada can offer some of the world’s best fishing.

It’s well known for the monster Sturgeon on the Fraser River and the giant Bluefin Tuna off Prince Edward Island, but it is truly famous for the world-class Salmon fishing it has to offer.

Fishing the fast-flowing crystal clear waters for the majestic and powerful Atlantic Salmon with a backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, will not only make your fishing experience all the more pleasurable but will also leave an everlasting impression. These things are what see’s thousands of anglers return year after year. Click here to see all of Canada’s Atlantic Salmon destinations.

If you’d like to learn more about our Salmon fishing holidays worldwide, whether for Atlantic Salmon, Chinooks, Coho’s or Chum then contact our fly fishing expert Peter Collingsworth on 01603 407596 or email at peter@sportquestholidays.com as he would love to talk with you.

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