August bank holiday Monday, the start of autumn. Nearly. That means the start of autumn fishing and with slots lined up at the end of next month and the start of the one after, I have some proper salmon fishing to look foward to.
I hope you do too.
One legendary fisherman I know is wading out into the waters of Upper Floors this morning. He is a lucky man, although the Tweed had a slightly disappointing week last week, according to Martin Ritchie’s excellent River Tweed report yesterday. But with water settling yesterday and the black water clearing this could be the start of the big catches.
Sandy will perhaps receive a visitation from the Duke, the big man from the castle. I hope to post here with a report of how he gets on.
Just a quick update to say I had a super week on the Gaula with AAPGAI master Ian May this month. We had such good fun, just to watch Ian casting and to hopefully pick up bits and pieces was so worthwhile. Fish action was muted. We saw many many ‘salmons’ and a tricky one was finally winkled out from The Pot above the bridge below Tyssholen (lodge pool).
The water was low but I was following the instructions of Michal Vavro who I met there last year. The (not, I released it, but) ‘killing’ fly was a wonderful holographic tinsel creation by master tier John Sinclair from the Highlands of Scotland. I have caught fish on it at Birgham Dub on the Tweed before, the same fly! It was battered, bruised and not the absolute sharpest in terms of hook points but I decided it would be fine with a smashing take in the fast water and so it proved.
And finally, here’s one from John Gierach I like at the moment, not because I am overburdened with troubles or anything but you know . .
— John Gierach