As I returned my Nith salmon at the end of last season, I took a quick iPhone pic or two and also inadvertently pressed the video button to get a six second short of my fish in the water below. When I broke this video down later I was able to see the tube-fly double hook lodged (just) in the r-h side of the mouth before, in fact it popped out just after this. (Both hook points were debarbed.) It’s funny how that brought back the immediacy of that moment and also marked again the capture of one of only 17 salmon and grilse caught on our fishings in 2018.
Very much hoping that this year will be better and already we can report five salmon caught over three days at Closeburn in a bit of high water after Easter. Since then the water fell away steadily but as I type this it’s raining
quite heavily. The former secretary of the fishings said I could fish his rod next week so I’m feeling my heart pump slightly faster and it’s not just the double chocolate gateau and cream that I had at lunchtime with some good friends up from London, sitting in sunshine feeling day 2 of the first real warmth of summer.
Let’s hope Nith’s bars of silver agree.
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