Atlantic Salmon

Alternatives to Atlantic Salmon Fishing in the UK and Ireland


Atlantic salmon fishing has long been a popular activity in the UK and Ireland, but concerns about declining salmon populations and the impact on the environment have led many anglers to seek alternative fishing options. In this article, we will explore some of the alternatives to Atlantic salmon fishing that not only provide an exciting fishing experience but also contribute to sustainable fishing practices.

1. Trout Fishing

Trout fishing is a great alternative to Atlantic salmon fishing. With numerous rivers offering trout fishing opportunities in the U.k and Ireland. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of catching these beautiful wild fish whilst still being surrounded by rural tranquility and deploying very much the same familiar tactics.

Wild trout populations in the UK and Ireland are generally more stable than Atlantic salmon populations, making it a more sustainable choice.

Local lakes that are regularly stocked with good fighting rainbow & brown trout are a great alternative for the fly fishing enthusiast, with most being fly only and catering to the anglers needs.

2. Coarse Fishing

If you're looking for a diverse fishing experience, coarse fishing is an excellent option. Coarse fishing encompasses a wide range of fish species, including carp, bream, and roach. There are many fisheries across the UK and Ireland that offer coarse fishing opportunities, providing anglers with a chance to catch different species and enjoy the tranquility of freshwater lakes and rivers.

3. Sea Fishing

Sea fishing in the UK and Ireland is a fantastic alternative to Atlantic salmon fishing. The coastal waters are home to a wide variety of fish species, including cod, mackerel, Pollock and bass, most more than willing to take a well presented fly.

Anglers can charter boats for 3-4 hours around the bay or head out to the deeps for the day where larger species can be found.

Fishing from the rocks, piers and beaches, usings a lighter set up (light rock fishing) with baits and lures, enjoying the thrill of reeling in your catch while taking in the beautiful local coastal scenery is always a great option to.

4. Fly Fishing for Grayling

Fly fishing for grayling is another exciting alternative to Atlantic salmon fishing. Grayling are known for their acrobatic jumps and challenging fights, providing anglers with a thrilling fishing experience. Many rivers in the UK (Excluding Northern Ireland)  have healthy grayling populations, making it a sustainable and rewarding choice for fishing enthusiasts.

5. Pike Fishing

Pike fishing is a popular option for anglers seeking a different kind of challenge. Pike are predatory fish known for their aggressive strikes and powerful fights. In the UK and Ireland, there are many lakes and rivers where anglers can target pike, offering an adrenaline-filled fishing experience.


While Atlantic salmon fishing has its allure, exploring alternative fishing options in the UK and Ireland can be equally rewarding. Whether you choose trout fishing, coarse fishing, sea fishing, fly fishing for grayling, or pike fishing, you can enjoy the thrill of angling while contributing to sustainable fishing practices. So grab your fishing gear and embark on a new fishing adventure! 

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