When you come to salmon fish in a new country or river often it can take a couple of days to learn about tactics, technique and where the fish may be lying. This can result in a dramatic reduction in the amount of time you are fishing effectively. This, of course, is no problem if you are salmon fishing in Scotland for a couple of weeks, as you can take your time and get to know the river and beat that you are fishing on. For many experienced salmon anglers, this is, of course, all part of the fun. There is no greater feeling than to arrive at a new river, assess the conditions and then make the right tactical decisions which will lead to catching a salmon. However, this can take time and therefore often it can be advantageous to have an experienced fishing guide to accompany you. If you are fishing for a few days and have some experience, then you may only need a guide for the first day or two. This will then mean that you have the confidence and knowledge to fish for salmon during the remainder of your holiday. 
If you are a relative novice then it can be vital to enlist the services of an experienced salmon fishing guide. The fishing guide will meet you at either your hotel or beat and accompany you throughout your day’s fishing. The salmon fishing guide will be at hand giving advice on technique and tactics and also show where the fish are likely to be lying in a pool. This will then give you a head start in your quest to land that elusive bar of Scottish silver.
Many private salmon fishing beats in Scotland have the services of a ghillie. A ghillie is quite different from a guide. Usually, a ghillie is employed by the estate that owns the beat and is there to give advice to all the anglers fishing on the beat. The ghillie will usually split his time during the day between everyone fishing, showing anglers the likely lies in pools, giving advice and any help needed. However, a ghillie is unlikely to be with one individual for the entire day. A fishing guide will give you that one to one service and will accompany you throughout the day.
It is important not underestimate the importance of having an experienced and knowledgeable salmon fishing guide, especially if you are relatively new to the sport and only have limited time on the river. So if you plan to come salmon fishing in Scotland, consider employing the services of a guide as often this can be the difference between success and failure.