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.
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.