Re: This was a Shock!
Salmon are treated as a commodity. The U.S. is the only place where you are not sold salmon fishing and there is little to no salmon fishing here. Consequently, you pay for salmon fishing elsewhere. The price is whatever the traffic will bare. Lower where there are few salmon. In Iceland, where the salmon rivers are the most productive on earth, last I heard it was $15,000 per rod week. Leave your wife at home. In Casupscal , Quebec, the crappy part of the Matapedia cost in the 1980s when I was there was $25/day. I fished for a week and never got a rise. I did see a 46 pound salmon being weighed at the Ministry where they sell you day tickets, which was taken from a more expensive parts of the river. Money buys good water which yields good fishing. That is about as large an Atlantic as you will probably ever see. In broken English the Frenchman who had it admitted that was the biggest salmon he ever saw. Almost humorous that my striper fishing earnings were funding my salmon fishing.
Of course if you are a cheapskate you can pay more for better fishing. Good rivers with prime sections are privately owned and no money can buy you in. The late Ted Williams owned a good section of the Miramachi. Sneak in and someone will shoot you.