So it is five days to go until the Nith salmon fishing season opens.
Let us hope 2018 is a better year for this famous and much-loved Dumfriesshire salmon and sea-trout river.
Sixteen salmon in 16 years is not a lot for me and my dad (who’s caught 3 of those) but when they come they come and sea trout runs have picked up a bit in recent seasons.
This winter has at least been a wet one and there have been two four-foot floods in the past Continue reading
So the Tay opened and it has been a quiet start:
I only heard of one Tay springer caught on the 15 Jan opening – on Loch Tay. In good conditions the subsequent days have not exactly been raining springers but fish have been caught from Glendelvine, a very fresh 19lb from Stobhall on 16th an old river fish from Cargill and a couple from Balathie but not exactly loads.
Meanwhile: Happy Burns night…
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.
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.
Taking no chances on Canada’s Renous
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
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?
I 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.