Only ten days or so until I drive up north to go fishing again for a week on the Nith at Closeburn Castle with two days on the Tweed at Birgham Dub.
Grilse? Bigger summer salmon? Sea-trout? I don’t know and the Nith is so unpredictable but there is rain up there, or rather heavy showers as I write. Very rarely is it ever enough though – you need one of those ear-splitting summer thunderstorm downpours to really get the fish up off the tide.
Meanwhile I selected a few images of previous Julys up in Scotland as a reminder of how ace it is up there (with the possible exception of one of my fry-up riverbank breakfasts). The first photo shows a brace of sea-trout caught last July from the Stream at Birgham Dub, the bigger was 5 lb.. Oh go on 5 lb plus. Oh go on 5 lb 6 oz. Or thereabouts…
… and here’s Birgham’s ‘Wires’ whence both fish came:
July 2009: a perfect Nith summer fish: Dad's 13-pounder and his first-ever salmon.
Andrew N with a 12 lb Birgham salmon caught last July
- View from our Beat 2 hut on the Nith – under the same horse chestnut that in the October week brings conkers raining down onto the roof in a wind in that iconic autumn scenario. Idyllic in summer too, as you can see.
There's that breakfast, eggs over-easy..
July 2007: eight inches of water overnight and suddenly some grilse appeared. Two of them (well three - lost the other one!)
You know I really can't think which Nith pool this is but it may be Woodend. Lovely evening light...
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