Just came across a book review (online, but it’s published in Country Life) by David Profumo on The Salmon by Michael Wigan [Harper Collins, £25].
I know Sir Michael from Trout and Salmon magazine days when I had many long Continue reading
It was good during an online sojourn the other day to see that my blog post on Guideflyfishing’s blog which they published in September 2011 is still up there on this link
It was strange to relive the memories of what was a great end to the Gaula season two years ago, with the experience enhanced when I inadvertently became a small part of the filming for Daniel Goz and Anton Hamacher’s acclaimed fly-fishing film, Gaula River of Silver and Gold (as well as having the pleasure to meet them both out there in action).
So in case you may like to read it, and visit Guideflyfishing’s blog [very worthwhile they supply to UK dealers, Rio fly lines, Vision rods and Lamson reels among other goodies], and link through to their main site, here it is:
It is difficult to know what put the kybosh on the fishing on Norway’s River Gaula around Storen in the last full week of the 2011 season but here’s a Continue reading
Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet recently.
Been settling in to what looks a very long close season ahead but with some fishing at the end of it which will be well worth waiting for. Sorry to sound mysterious!
Did you catch your Christmas salmon? I didn’t, but in these days of C+R that’s often the way of it.
I’ve got one in the freezer that is getting on a bit so may get it heavily cured/ smoked & should be good.
Finally I went to a dinner of 196 other fly fishermen in London last week at the Savoy hotel. My friends from Farlows were there (with news of a new Russian owner) and many others so it was a good bash. I had a short conversation also with Kola Peninsula legend Peter Power at one point which was a bit of a thrill!
Still working on my short story about a fishing hat: watch this space!
Meanwhile may your Christmas shopping trips be mercifully brief and your 2014 fishing plans well advanced. You are welcome to join me on the Gaula August 3-10 let me know!
Just to post this one I took of the sun rising in the east one morning about 8am, last month in Nithsdale. Saw it from the car and just had to take a photo.
Upper Railway pool, Norwegian Flyfishers’, Gaula, August 2013.
Just look at the Gaula flowing deep and slow through the trees –
Hoping to get some pics of fish caught by Rob Waddington’s party on the upper Nith in due course. They fish next week, Tight lines chaps!
Returning a Gaula grilse this summer in the NFC’s Home Pool.
Well recovered and time to put this one back. At least 8lb cock fish which probably came into the river in September but in good nick.
A fish returned one minute previous to this photo at Burn Pool, Closeburn Castle and time to relax a bit after what has been a funny ol’ season.
It was the Park Shrimp what did it again! Actually this is the fly I caught my Gaula fish on – the Nith tube was a bit bigger (coloured water, lots of leaves, and with a small barbless double Loop tube hook on).
On the Nithsdale back road between beats 2 and 3
Nice light up North..
Approaching Cample valley en route to Beat 1, 8.30 Wednesday morning.
No more fish but a decent late season fling although I didn’t see a fresh salmon show all week.
That said a 25 pounder spotted jumping by Roger on Saturday morning: fresh or coloured not ascertainable.
And two lads fly fishing Barjarg had first ever fish on Saturday morning: Congrats.
But good to be up there again and here are a couple more shots.
A fish in the morning (see previous post), then a very enjoyable visit to Nith legend Roddy Dickson.
I took photos of Roddy’s trophy cabinets and lovely old shots of Dumfries.
This is me wearing Roddy’s Scotland blazer. With Roddy, 81, obviously. Roddy shot for Scotland 36 times. He is also one of the best and most prolific Atlantic salmon fishers in Scotland.
Roddy's father ran buses and lorries in pre war Dumfries.