Five days to go

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So it is five days to go until the Nith salmon fishing season opens.
Let us hope 2018 is a better year for this famous and much-loved Dumfriesshire salmon and sea-trout river.
Sixteen salmon in 16 years is not a lot for me and my dad (who’s caught 3 of those) but when they come they come and sea trout runs have picked up a bit in recent seasons.

This winter has at least been a wet one and there have been two four-foot floods in the past ten days so the springs, burns and aquifers will be well topped up, which hasn’t always been the case in recent years.

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The beautiful setting of the mature beech hangar as you drive down to Closeburn Castle Fishings’ Beat One.

Just to leave you with this philosophical gem by Rene Descartes:

“Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.”

To which I’d add you may like to sample genuine joy by going salmon fishing.

 

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