I also fished on the Nith in high summer with my father. Dad caught the salmon, a fresh beauty of 10lb.
The salmon fishing itself was not brilliant this year. I caught – oh blimey – I think 23. Eighteen in Russia but one each in Norway and on the Nith and three on the Miramichi.
I really can’t complain and I’m not complaining. But it has been a tough year. I was talking to Brian Fratel this morning in Farlows where I popped in to deliver my Christmas card to Brian and the team. Not so many big salmon, tough in Norway, tough in Iceland (drought), tough in Canada (drought), tough in many ways in Scotland (certainly a drought of salmon on the Nith this autumn).
So I started a new (non-fishing) job and I’ve been there 2 months now. It’s meant a new outlook but fishing remains just as important as it has ever been to me. I hope to spend more time fishing in Scotland in 2013, but will also fish, I hope the Gaula and the Miramichi and would love to see any HSA reader come out with me at the last two.
A really nice touch yesterday was to get a Christmas card from Margaret Hyslop, the friendly farmer’s wife of Ryehill Farm on the upper Nith where I failed to catch a salmon in October (I wasn’t helped by a five foot flood on day two then having to drive south to start the new job). I emailed her back and said I’d be back to fish next year I hoped.
Not a glamorous place Ryehill, but a beautiful place. The fishing costs per day the amount I take out of a cashpoint when I’m broke. Unlike the Varzuga which costs considerably more per day (but offers the cheapest cost per salmon available anywhere including the Nith!)