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

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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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