A salmon angler’s worst nightmare is to be confronted with high-coloured water on arrival at a fishing beat. These conditions do not fill you with confidence for the day ahead. If however, river levels have peaked and the water is dropping, there is a chance that during the day, fishing conditions may improve, providing there is no further rain. Conversely, if the water is rising but the river is still fishable it can be a race against time before you need to call a halt to proceedings. It can be much more difficult to tempt a salmon to take a fly in rising water but not impossible. Often there is a two or three-hour window from when the water first starts rising during which fish may still take. The length of this window of course depends on how quickly the water is rising. It is therefore always worthwhile fishing just when the water starts rising as the results can often be spectacular.