It’s lovely on this windy, rapidly cooling day when autumn colours have gripped the Fens at last, and I can start to count the time before I drive north to fish in hours rather than days, to read of big, chunky salmon being caught on the Nith.
The latest FishNith offering diligently compiled by fellow Closeburn Castle rod owner Ed Baxter reports fish of 23lb, 22lb, two at just under 20, two 18-pounders, a 16lb salmon at Dalswinton and a Closeburn Castle 15-pounder – from our Beat 3 pool, Woodend – among 20 known fish caught last week in difficult high water condidtions.
It’s getting dark now as I write this at 6.30pm after a satisfying afternoon labouring out on the yard stockpiling giant bales of hay and straw from farmer John down the road. In an uncertain world, they sit in our barn as insurance against the winter.
And now the Solway 2 and 3-sea-winter salmon are starting to run into the rivers up north, and after returning 99 per cent of my salmon caught this year, I may yet get a silver salmon to pop into Neil’s freezer, then bring down over the Border and smoke for Christmas. And that feels good.