The Beast – and a beauty


Kevin with his bruiser from Gaula’s Junction pool. Thirty one pounds and he looks it.

So the weeks pass by after a memorable visit to the Gaula at the start of this month and before August, and the Norway salmon season, ends next Wednesday, I just wanted to post this photo of our lodge mate Kevin Knowles from California with his big one.

It’s a male fish, was released like all our fish that week, and it was exactly double the size of one I caught that same morning of Friday 5 August. Continue reading

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Russia in Caithness

So. (Sometimes you have to start with So don’t you?) The Thurso.

Four hundred and 42 salmon to 24 rods in one week last month.

It’s like the Kola peninsula really, and to have it happening in Scotland is great news.

Anyway. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. And dream.

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Back and Beyond


Simon Kitcher and Christopher discuss tactics on Gaula’s G1 bridge.

Well I’m back. From Norway. It was.. words fail me. Good, really good. And special.

Grilse perfection off the tide.

Grilse perfection off the tide.

So what happened? It rained. And we caught some fish. And we met some great guys especially Pierre from Switzerland, who is cool.

What else happened? We stayed in Per Arneberg’s marvellous lodge. We (I) stayed up very late each night drinking nothing stronger than coffee. We looked

Christopher's  'Robjents' flybox.

Christopher’s ‘Robjents’ flybox.


C casts on beat E7, where there was a double hook-up our first night (not by us!). And a colossal fish was lost after it went down under the Kval bridge then sawed the leader to shreds on a rock :O

on in admiration as the Young Americans drank hooches of beer yet still caught fish throughout including a 31-pounder (you heard).

And we met Supa Guide Simon K, outwith whom there is no Gaula knowledge worth Continue reading

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Scotland’s summer bounty

IMG_0219Braewater on the Spey brought good water for fishing friend Christopher this month. Levels fell from 1’6″ to 4″ and in slightly coloured water a cast in Lower Dipple on Thursday with a size 6 Castle Killer brought this nice silver summer salmon. Christopher said “We averaged 3 fish a day all above 10 pounds and most in the high teens.”

Gillie Hugh Stevens holds Christopher’s fish.

Elsewhere, FFC friend Neville managed seven sea-trout and three salmon at Tillmouth, fishing with another club member and friend, Chris Lapsa, about three weeks Continue reading

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Stoat’s Tail, why not?

One of the first salmon flies I ever tried. The second, in fact. Thanks to FishDee for this.

I say tried. Also tied. I tied a Blue Charm and a Stoat’s Tail at my first salmon fly tying session. Two days later I’d caught my first salmon – albeit on the Blue Charm not the ST. The year was 1981..

Stoat’s Tail- Cooper Tail: golden pheasant crest Tag: oval silver Body: black floss with oval silver rib Wing: black hair Hackle: pinch of black cock or hen Yellow Stoat 1/4″ – 1/2″ yellow electrical flex Pinch of Stoat’s tail above and below The Stoat’s Tail in its various guises is the quintessential hairwing salmon […]

via A Fly To Try This Month- Stoat’s Tail — FishDee

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The fish are in


Nice fly water at Caulbeck on the middle Nith in July

Four salmon to 15lb and four sea trout to 3lb were caught at Dalswinton on the Nith on Monday according to Fishpal. Then a 17lb salmon from Friars Carse on Wednesday and a brace of sea trout to 5lb. Also on the website there’s a report of two salmon hooked and lost at Friars Carse on the Monday evening, on the trout rod, with a couple of sea trout to lessen the blow. So it seems that, after a low-water month of June the water coming Continue reading

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Friday photograph

PaulPRitchardDee7539_875416437069982495_oCome on it’s not that bad is it? We’ve nearly made it through Brexit Day 1. So here’s a cool photo courtesy of Paul Pritchard who hooked and released [a Canadian form of words that, me not Paul] a big Dee Springer in the Floating Bank pool of the Tilquhillie Beat on the famous River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

I think it’s an absolute cracker, this action shot taken in April or May this year, with a silver fish jumping and the line and bend in the rod, and the whole video is available on YouTube (just search some of the words above, you’ll find it).

Paul described the fish as powerful, nearly a metre long (well 89cm), weighing an estimated 15lb. He told me: “It made multiple explosive runs after falling for a surface stripped Continue reading

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