It may well never have gone away but it was a pleasure to see Anne Woodcock of Fishpal’s fab live show up again on Facebook this lunchtime. She was interviewing Debbie Downie about her Dingwall fishing shop (@SportsandmodelShop) and the fab fishing up there. All of which was interesting, not least a chance to promote the clubs and fishing for young people, and it was also good to see the blue hardback salmon book seven spines in from her left shoulder (even if I couldn’t quite make out the How To Catch More – I could see the Salmon and it’s a reminder to ask any reader who hasn’t got my book to order it from Amazon for Christmas via THIS LINK.)
I was in a bit of a whirl this lunchtime as I’d just popped into Soham to get my flu jab done and on rushing back and feeding the dog, was discourteous enough, initially to have Radio 4’s World at One churning out the competing tones of Sarah Montague. Pretty soon, however, I gave that BBC-trained voice a break, or myself a break, and turned that off. The relative silence was golden as the voices of Debbie and Anne conversed pleasantly out of my MacbookAir; they talked about the fabulous fishing up at Inverness on rivers like the Beauly, Conon and Nairn and Farrar (pleased the N got a mention!). Debbie also said if you rock up at her and husband Andy’s establishment she’ll sort you a sea trout day ticket for a tenner, which is not too bad at all. Anne, as always, was a star and the lunchtime sessions continue this week with I think, the River Tay tomorrow at noon.
Meanwhile, also via Fishpal, came Allan Blyth’s Nith report:
He gave the encouraging news: “Last back end we had no fish, so why are we getting this run of fish now? We lost two months because of Covid and when we returned fishing was good. Sea trout fishers did well, the grilse run was good and it’s been the best salmon run for years, even in November fish were still running.”
Reading these words made me very pleased.