Good afternoon everyone (no it’s not 2015 yet!), hope you are having a great New Year’s Eve and your Christmas was merry.
I don’t need much of an excuse to post but in this case it was to convey that the WordPress.com statisticians emailed me to say that Henry’s Salmon Adventure blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2014.
Apparently, if it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Which didn’t sound that much to me – unless you’re talking about the ‘Noo Yoik’ Tube stuffed to the gunwales like those London Tubes I travel on. Then it’s quite a lot I suppose.
But: quality not quantity – everyone of my HSA followers are top people – I know most of them and am related to some and married to one (after all she – Chloe – helped me set the thing up in the first place, back in 2010). I have fished with quite a few too – and that’s important. So to celebrate here are some mug shots of some of them.
I’ve been having a great Christmas. Been thinking quite a lot about my fishing too, and writing about fishing, about which I have some exciting news to be announced in due course.
The last five years especially have been just so amazing in terms of my interaction with the fishing world. I have met some truly wonderful and interesting and most importantly good people and having a few days off, well 2 weeks for Christmas, have been sifting through papers, photos, mementoes, fishing tackle you name it. All of which have really amazed me at my good fortune in ‘fishing large’ throughout the Atlantic salmon world – Scotland, Norway, Russia and Canada – in the last few years.
Of course, I was fishing before 2010, and had some great trips, with Trout and Salmon magazine, and before that building up my fishing experiences on the River Nith and the Tweed where I have been lucky enough to fish since 1998, and since 2000 with pal Andrew, with whom I had a long fishing conversation 48 hours ago (he wants to come out and fish the Gaula with his son in August which I hope will happen as I’d love to have him in my group and I can’t think of anyone who would enjoy the Gaula more or who would be more likely to catch one of those beautiful Norwegian fish as he is a darned good fly-fisher).
Anyway, I’d best get off for a run and then we have some people round for the new year. I have made two large curries – one chicken and one veg – and Chloe has about 3 litres of whipped cream for her soon to be famous profiteroles.
I fish Gaula (Aug 2-9 incl, join me if you like!), the Nith (July and October weeks) and maybe somewhere else in September this year.
I hope the salmon return as – Russia aside – they have been scarce the last 2 years.
Either way, it’s all to play for and now I’d better go or I’ll be slipping all over the Fenland ice in the dark and probably will be anyway.
I hope the link below works, apparently I had 90-odd hits for one of my Varzuga posts last summer which was gratifying.
All best and … Happy New Year, have a brilliant 2015!