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

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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

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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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Last day innit

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Yesterday on Beat 2 offered level-pegging water levels pepped up by extraordinarily heavy showers.

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I took this picture of the showers at their heaviest from the haven of our hut.
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Am I a mug?

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I must be. Haven’t seen a fish for two days. But ‘they’ said they’re catching fish on the lower river and ‘they’ (salmon forum website) said fish are now running the Nith but are ‘difficult to catch’.
‘Difficult to catch?’! You have to laugh.
Still I am loving it up here as always. Family and friends, including ‘Varzuga’ Paul are sending encouraging messages along the lines of: Keep the faith. Don’t get depressed.
That sort of thing, useful stuff!
Paul also said: Henry, fish the fly, just don’t spin, ever.
Sort of a spin (ha ha) on Rabelais': “Beuvez toujours, ne meurez jamais.”

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Dumfries at Whitesands. Today.

Gonna give it one more go, WITH THE FLY! A red conehead, Paul.   

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Wednesday report

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No fish yesterday or today. Eerily quiet.

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The iconic majesty of Wild Boar fell, driving up through the Dales, yesterday.

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Nithsdale, yesterday at dusk. Also the Trigony Hotel garden, looking autumnal.

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Howard’s Toby. I rescued it, cast across the Nith from right to left bank into my feet. I said I’d return it to him tomorrow when I meet him at Beat 1.
And that’s a true fishy story.
More anon.

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You’d look like this too…

DCIM100GOPRO…if you’d just seen the weather forecast.

It is finally the eve of my long-awaited Nith week. The usual plan of driving up on the Sunday has been knocked back by contemplation of a fairly severe weather forecast including six hours or so of heavy rain and near gale-force winds starting this evening and running until noon tomorrow. With this adding to Friday’s deluge I thought I’d turn the knob forward 15 hours or so and leave early tomorrow morning – getting to mid-Nithsdale, and my beat, in the afternoon. A 5 or 6 foot flood after weeks and weeks of summer low will have brought fish up from the Solway Firth, no question, but the river will be flooded and brown by tomorrow. Maybe okay by Tues and Weds, let’s see.

Sitting in my kitchen in Cambridgeshire and charging the GoPro on the MacBook I took a picture to check all was working. The old place was looking quite nice and you can see the Continue reading

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