Three reasons it’s looking good for 2015

Gaula (August):

Miramichi (September):

Nith (October):
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Pippa’s fish..


.. eating a hammerhead shark (obviously).

Hope you are all surviving the winter. The Daily Express says this morning we are set for weeks of Arctic lockdown, with unremitting

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2014 in review


Fish on! Middle Varzuga, June 27th, 2014.

Good afternoon everyone (no it’s not 2015 yet!), hope you are having a great New Year’s Eve and your Christmas was merry.

I don’t need much of an excuse to post but in this case it was to convey that the statisticians emailed me to say that Henry’s Salmon Adventure blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2014.

Apparently, if it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Which didn’t sound that much to me – unless you’re talking about the ‘Noo Yoik’ Tube stuffed to the gunwales like those London Continue reading


Ice, fire and an SB Arctic


I have only been to Iceland once. In September 2006 I went on a Trout and Salmon job [Born to fish, forced to work and fish, right?] and caught this 7-8lb Arctic char. At least I think it was that size, as the fish which I returned was unweighed. I shall never forget an

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Last orders on the upper Nith

10352773_871426236214500_6669034098159120093_nThat there remain salmon set to spawn in the River Nith this winter has been proven by Rob Waddington on his laudable final two days of the season trip to the Nith a week yesterday.

Rob commented on how Thornhill looked like a ghost town after a very quiet salmon season but he stuck at it on the upper river beat north of Sanquhar we both know so well and where I have Continue reading

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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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