Monthly Archives: July 2012

Still slow on the Gaula – but they caught a 31-pounder

Norway has suffered the same fate as the UK this summer. There just hasnt’t been one and this has had a very dampening effect on the salmon-fishing, not least on the River Gaula. But I liked this real fishing story … Continue reading


Stories from the Castle

Now back in Cambs I can reflect on another restful/infuriating/brilliant five high summer days on the Nith. The result in fish terms was a sea trout and a 9 3/4 lb salmon but as always there was much more to it than … Continue reading

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Day 4 salmon: a belter!

So it’s taken us 4 days to catch a salmon – but my father only 20 minutes. Dad yesterday caught this belter of a Nith summer salmon from what always looked like our best chance of the week. The river … Continue reading


Down and up and then down

Yesterday was a day of rising water in the morning (to plus 2ft on our gauge at Beat 2’s Trolley pool), followed by a lovely evening water which I fished for two hours for one brown trout. Find of the … Continue reading

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Blog from the Bog

Morning all. I have set up my online HQ in the shower block at the campsite and here’s the view of Nithsdale from where I sit. Replete with electric socket, it allows me to ‘Blog from the Bog’ and credit … Continue reading


Sea-trout and a grilse (chance)

This was the superb sunset view upriver from Closeburn’s Woodend pool last night, then 30 mins later a 1.5lb seatrout was on the grass, swiftly released. This morning I had fished the head of Porters when a grilse splashed upstream, … Continue reading

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Nith: Day 1

Here’s Thornybank pool on the Nith today. All looked very nice, but very quiet. Going back there tonight..

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