Ice, fire and an SB Arctic


I have only been to Iceland once. In September 2006 I went on a Trout and Salmon job [Born to fish, forced to work and fish, right?] and caught this 7-8lb Arctic char. At least I think it was that size, as the fish which I returned was unweighed. I shall never forget an

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Last orders on the upper Nith

10352773_871426236214500_6669034098159120093_nThat there remain salmon set to spawn in the River Nith this winter has been proven by Rob Waddington on his laudable final two days of the season trip to the Nith a week yesterday.

Rob commented on how Thornhill looked like a ghost town after a very quiet salmon season but he stuck at it on the upper river beat north of Sanquhar we both know so well and where I have Continue reading

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Friday photo: Fish on!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGood morning everyone. Here to re- (re-) prise the HSA Friday photo feature is a shot of fishing friend Christopher Lloyd’s son Richard, into a salmon on the Ledges Hotel water of the South-west Miramichi this September.

Christopher very kindly arranged for us to fish here in 2012, and in very low water I was able to catch two grilse on a single-handed fly-rod. We stayed in the hotel for two nights: it is a lovely and very interesting gaff – of wooden ‘timber cabin’ construction and sited right on the river. The food was very good indeed.

Happy days.

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A trout from the world’s best salmon river

P1020513I caught this trout in 2010 on my first visit to the Kola’s Varzuga River. All right to be honest it could be 2011. Anyway it’s rather a pretty fish and quite a rarity on the Varzuga. Certainly it was regarded as very special by my guide and I’m pleased now he took the shot (even if I didn’t look it at the time). If it is 2010 the story is that I had yet to catch my first Continue reading

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Fish on at Moors pool on the River Cains

FullSizeRender Christopher L sent me this shot of his fellow rod last month, Wade, into a grilse on the River Cains (tributary of the South-west Miramichi in Canada). He said (and I concur) it is at the exact spot where I hooked a 15lb salmon two years ago. Immediately before this shot, Continue reading

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Downstream view at Beat 2, Closeburn last week

The Nith looking full with water in the meadows. And now with a 5 ft flood yesterday and more possible hurricane weather to come for the next week it’ll be lapping around the flood banks again.  Continue reading

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Braw from the Annan


Paul and I fished – and shared lodgings – at Middle Varzuga in June. That’s when I found out he is not only a good fisherman, but also a very good fly tyer.
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