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).

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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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