But on the Upper reaches, fishing is much more reasonable at various prices from PS20 to PS100 a day, and you will have every chance of landing a backender.
Both rivers have late runs of salmon and, in addition to stocks of coloured fish, there's a good chance of connecting with powerful, tide-fresh backenders, known as greybacks.
He said: "I've had the bus in some thick snow in my time but I'll never forget when I spun a backender
on some black ice.
For some reason, frosty mornings apart from being a joy to behold are prime times to catch a backender
With only eight days left in the season, anglers will be out in force hoping to connect with a powerful backender
We could have the best pilots, the best backenders
, the best guardian angels or pararescuemen ...
It wasn't long before the backenders
told us radar coverage wasn't optimal from that location.
A lovely frosty morning is prime time to catch backenders
, particularly the male fish.
always should listen up to the pilot's radio during the approach phase to help sort out the picture and provide backup.
They are true late-running backenders
- sometimes called greybacks - and they can weigh into the teens of pounds and more.
Some anglers might mistake them for early running springers, but in actual fact they are late spawning backenders
There's no great evidence of a huge run of late backenders
coming in at the moment either, as it has done in previous years.
are big and powerful and, even though many of them will be coloured, and as such destined to be carefully returned to fight again, they can given an angler a terrific scrap.
There have always been late-running back end salmon and they should be left in peace, along with the earlier running backenders
to get on with the business of spawning.
One spring salmon is worth half a dozen backenders
in every respect.