Another Bear’s island

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 14.17.53I have been enjoying watching Bear Grylls’s The Island on Channel 4. Where two groups of about 14, one men, one women, go off and try to survive – and ultimately thrive – on two separate tropical or at any rate sub-tropical islands for a period of seven weeks.

I have loved it, actually, especially last night’s 12th and final episode of the men’s adventure which I watched on the old Ch4+1 Continue reading

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Friday photo

imageHappy days on the Spey in June nearly three years ago.. I think it’s the Gas pool (I know it’s Carron & Laggan) and with my first ever Spey fish, a springer of 10lb, it was a gas. Meanwhile a fisherman caught four at Dunkeld club water on the Tay yesterday! And lost three more (I mention this extra info only to give the indication of fish running in numbers).

So there it is, I’ve said my ‘good lucks’ to those in the vanguard of the Roxtons Varzuga operation. Spey (as it happens) man Bill Drury told me today he is heading Continue reading


Under way at Closeburn Castle


Burn Pool in October last year.

I was pleased to hear today from our secretary Geoffrey Walter up at Closeburn on the Nith that the first springer of the 2015 season has been caught and released from our Burn Pool on fly.

The fish, a fresh-run eight-pounder, was caught by Mike Hirst two weeks ago on a ‘not particularly nice day, overcast and showery’.

Sadly I have been only twice in the last decade during my April week and it will

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I’ve started collecting in a small way

8636Books, books, everywhere. I suddenly realise I’ve got loads of them, many of them about salmon, sea-trout and trout fishing. This will come as no big surprise to loyal followers of HSA.

I have signed copies, dust-jacketed copies. I have mentioned some here before, such as The River Within which Bill Currie (WB Currie) signed for me on the kitchen table of his farmhouse, Raperlaw, in the Borders on a fishing trip with him in late August, 1998. Going Fishing by Negley Farson, the book Hugh Falkus – recently downed from his aircraft after a disastrous Dunkirk sortie – asked for (and was given) from a Luftwaffe prison cell. (I once wpid-20130602_141337.jpgworked in the same newspaper office as American journalist Negley’s son, Daniel – whose grand-uncle was Bram Stoker of Dracula fame. Sadly I never asked him to sign his dad’s book.) I have a signed copy of The House the Hardy Brothers Built by James Leighton Hardy (thanks, Charlie), a signed copy of Chris Newton’s biography of Falkus, A life on the Edge, and of course Charles Ritz’s A Fly Fisher’s Life (not signed!). I even have a more recently acquired copy of a paperback on fishing by John Nott, Thatcher’s defence secretary at the times of the Falklands War (after meeting him at Continue reading

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Dreich on the Nith


Beat 2 at Closeburn, October 2014.


Monday photo

Guide Sergay releases a fish at Bear Island.

Guide Sergay releases a fish at Bear Island. Varzuga, May 2011.

Trawling through my blog library, this one caught my eye. It’s Sergay, Russian guide out on the Kola’s Varzuga, who was great company out there in 2011. It was a stunning week, the ice still lay on the shore (i.e. both banks of the river). And the fish were there in their 100s and thousands…

I’m not going this year, but I am going to the Nith and Miramichi. I’ll miss it but I look forward to this year’s hunting grounds.

Wild fish, wild places…

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Wild life and running fish


Good afternoon everyone – it seems time to post again now that it’s March, and suddenly everything seems to be moving just a bit and there’s even some fish news on the grapevine.

What has been happening? It has been a time of big numbers, that’s what. The day after my last post I celebrated my 48th birthday. Sixty of you are now following this blog – thanks – and 180 of you have now liked my Facebook page Salmon Adventure – a sort of Californian-based cousin of this blog dedicated to increasing the personal fortune of Mark Zuckerberg (not really).

When an economist talks about numbers he’s talking about the economy, when a weather professional talks about numbers then he Continue reading

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