Ian May

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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20170818_093818 (1) 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.

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