Some interesting angling images about Cairnton, AHE Wood and Sherriff JDD Dallas

Fascinating information here on AHE Wood.

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From Thomas Thore’s Hardcore Flyfishing website.

 

My good friend Ken Reid sent over a collection of amazing old photos from the River Dee

 Arthur Wood was an engineer by training and had a passionate, and developing interest in salmon fishing: in the eyes of the fishing community, he is credited with proving the value of greased line tactics. Greased-line develops the concept that, as water temperature rises, salmon prefer to rise from their rest on the bottom of the river to take flies presented on, or close to, the surface. As fishers we now relish, and the heart stops, when we see a boil on the top of the water.
 
 
 
 

Wood’s book JOCK SCOTT goes into great detail on the subject. Now we take a ‘floating line’ for granted, but until the 1960s manufacturers had not developed the line technology to produce self-efficient lines that…

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Happy Christmas 2017

Tight lines and a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2018 to all my cherished and loyal followers! May this be the season you either catch more salmon, or a seriously big salmon takes your fly and stays on the line until you are able to bring it to hand or bank and then carefully release it back into the river. Having taken a nice picture (which you can send to this blog!) and carefully measured it from fork of tail to tip of nose.

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So 2018 has a special excitement for me in that my book on Salmon Fishing, which is about how to catch more of them, is to be published by White Owl Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword books. Scheduled for October ’18. Keep following HSA and I shall be sure to update you! You can follow White_Owl_Books on Instagram or on Twitter at @WhiteOwlBooks or on Mr Zuckerberg’s FB.

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Taking no chances on Canada’s Renous

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SO: 2017? Well the Nith continues to concern all who love her – but I had a couple of nice if low water visits to the Gaula in Norway and the Miramichi in New Brunswick, eastern Continue reading

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The Glenkiln Sculptures

I forget whether I ever blogged about the Glenkiln reservoir sculptures my dad and I, and my mother on one occasion, used to visit before they were stolen, well one was and the others removed about 5 years ago. Sculptures by Rodin, Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein. We still have the photographs and for me they still stand in the wild Dumfriesshire uplands . .

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Guest blog by Tony van Diesel

A trip to the Glenkiln sculpture walk in the Dumfriesshire countryside seemed like an inspired plan for a cultural walk. But it was to end in a big disappointment.

Tammy had been leafing through our favourite mini-walks guide book. When she suggested that we could see a Rodin, an Epstein and no less than four Henry Moores all on a four mile walk, it seemed the perfect choice.

We quickly polished off the brunch frankfurters and set off to Glenkiln reservoir, just a few miles to the east of Dumfries.

Art attack

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We parked the van at the head of the reservoir, and were a bit puzzled when the Rodin “Saint John the Baptist” wasn’t where we thought it would be, overlooking the car park.

But we put it down to bad navigation, or poor observational skills, both of which…

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Highlands adventure

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Northern boathouse. Photo by Paul Rouse

A friend I met yesterday is planning a multi week / month trip around the Highlands of Scotland from late June 2018. He’d like to fish association water for salmon and sea trout up there.

Can anyone advise on detail of where’s good plus prices/ contacts?

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November challenge

Murdo-Crosbie-Cowhill-8lb-salmon-released-1I have been sorting through all my fishing photographs, and some images that are not mine, for a, ahem, project I am working on (more news very soon) and one action shot I really like is this one of an 8lb salmon being played at the Cowhill beat of the Nith. That much I can get from the jpg info, and also the name Murdo Crosbie.

If anyone knows Mr Crosbie, or can give more info, or if indeed this is your photo, then please get in touch. It is a nice shot with a good ‘fish on’ bend in the rod. Looks like September? Finally, the info says the fish was released.

So apologies for a bit of a no show of late on the blog (see above project). Hope you rounded of your seasons well if you don’t still have a day or two on Nith or Tweed.

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Mira comes good

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Well done Christopher on your Doctor’s Island ‘20’.

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PS My book is all but written. It will help you to catch one of these, and then one or two more after that..

WATCH THIS SPACE AND . . . TIGHT LINES!

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Fall colours coming through

3picMira17It should really be Fall colors or alternatively, Autumn colours shouldn’t it. Ha.

So here is a quick one from the Miramichi. Pictured is the Southwest pool just below our house on which we have shared drought-shrunken water with six other ‘sports’ from (Byzie’s) Country Haven camp, a fair few head-and-tailing but disinterested salmon, one right under my rod tip, and… a belly-flopping beaver. I just knew it wasn’t a salmon as it was close in to the bank. Didn’t I??

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