Monthly Archives: September 2011

An English village green

There are only one, or at most two, non-fishing posts a year on this blog and normal business will resume shortly I promise. But I thought it worth celebrating a late September day that produced a record temperature of 28.8C … Continue reading

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A Nith October

October 2009. Two years ago and I was fishing down Thornybank pool on our Beat 3. A full floating line, a very short (two foot) bit of sinking polyleader and a long 15lb Maxima leader. A coloured fish grabbed my … Continue reading

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Local heroes

Aberdeenshire Dee Fisheries Development Officer Ken Reid sent this nice story about a project organised by local Police Officer Mike Whyte. It involved a second afternoon of work for eight young men from Banchory who put themselves forward to clear … Continue reading

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C+R at record high in Scotland

Anglers are increasingly heeding calls to operate a catch and release policy, according to the latest figures released by Marine Scotland today, helping to support vulnerable stocks. The figures show that the total rod catch for salmon was the highest … Continue reading


Thinking of Russia + extra photos

I know. It happens, I can’t help it. Amazing to think it was only four months ago. Four months since that intense week in May out on the Kola Peninsula, where salmon fishing dreams came true. Mind you …

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Hakan Norling Templedog

I was just going through some photos and found this shot I took of one of Hakan Norling’s superb Templedogs that was sent in to the T&S office at one point a few years back by Matt Hayes. Imagine the … Continue reading

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Orvis Stars

Orvis salmon rods have come somewhat late onto the scene of my own fishing career but they certainly have made up for lost time. Something of a dyed-in-the-wool Hardy man, I had never tried an Orvis double-handed fly-rod before 2009 but … Continue reading