It has begun

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The bridge below Tyssholen, Gaula. The Pot is to right of shot.

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).

One from the Gaula, a nice 62cm 6lb male. Taken on an intermediate shooting head with slow sink tip and long leader.

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 . .

 “They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that’s not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they’re just not such a big deal anymore.”
John Gierach
Wot, no Turle knot? *hangs head in shame* but it worked, I was in a hurry!



One thought on “It has begun

  1. Reblogged this on Henry’s Salmon Adventure Blog and commented:

    I am reblogging this post because of the words therein about Ian May AAPGAI and super fishing friend, who I was devastated to learn died suddenly early this month. Ian and I had the most wonderful week on the Gaula nearly a year ago, described in brief here, and I really feel his loss and my sincere condolences go to his family. I first met Ian 12 years ago in Hampshire where he had decamped from London and was to become a member of the Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors over the coming years. Ian had ‘it’ – he was a highly charismatic man with great sensitivity. Everyone I introduced him too, including Thies, Daniel, Erlend and the team at the Norwegian Flyfishers’ Club liked him instantly. We had some brilliant talks and he taught me some great casting tricks with the DH rod which I shall never forget. We travelled the banks of the Gaula in our little red hire car, which we called Ruby. Tight lines in the next place, Ian.

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