Last week I visited southern Scotland and Cumbria, briefly. The main purpose of the trip was to attend a one-day AAPGAI course with Glyn Freeman on the Cumbrian Eden. This I did, and we had a really useful day.
We saw fish. The fish saw us, and decided they didn’t want to take my fly. Until I showed them Glyn’s finest Raymond Brooks’ Sunray Shadow which an Eden salmon (or sea trout, or big trout) did decide he liked and nipped the tail of. Without nipping the hook.
On the Monday and Tuesday I fished the Nith and caught a 2.5lb sea trout, on a fly related to Ray’s Sunray: the Collie Dog. It absolutely nobbled it in our Burn Pool and tore off and I couldn’t believe it wasn’t a grilse.
Three salmon were caught on the Monday in the environs of middle Nith’s Craig’s pool. All were 4-6lb fish: grilse. I saw a perfect little gunmetal 5 pounder and a similar sized, more coloured river fish jumping almost under my rod tip in Thorneybank pool. So very nice to see fish again, and I beleve they caught 20 on the Annan last week too. Hooray.
Many thanks to Glyn for his amazing teaching. I used his Sage 9-footer to have great fun with the anchored double hauling as a break from DH casting on his Loop rod. We did the circle cast, roll cast and I was quite pleased with it all. Glyn said my casting was good which is very kind of him. I thought it was passable but I had been fishing since 7am that morning when I’d fished Nith’s beat 1 before dashing down the M6.
A week on Saturday I fly out to New Brunswick to fish the Miramichi and talk fishing with a great bunch of flyfishers who are as committed to the sport as anyone you’ll meet.
I can’t wait.