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Born to fish forced to work and fish

El verano pasado (Last summer)

Is it not wonderful that a phrase, even a phrase in Spanish (Pippa, 10, and I are currently learning that language via the entertaining Duolingo app) or perhaps especially a phrase in a parallel but related sphere, can jolt you into … Continue reading

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It was a big thrill to see my article on Max von dem Borne published in the spring issue of Medlar Press’s Waterlog magazine today. Von dem Borne was the 19th century Prussian chamberlain who founded fish farming on his … Continue reading

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It’s hard being frozen

So it’s open. Varzuga river on Russia’s Kola. Except it’s not, it’s frozen. For frustrated Roxtons early rods this isn’t a Disney princess story. This is a delay to their Russian salmon season opener that will set them back 51 … Continue reading

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Some nice Spey fish last week

As I am hooked up to the Spey Fishery Board’s newsletter I look forward every week or so to a ton of photographs of good-looking salmon and sea-trout caught on that lovely river. Apparently the week commencing 24th April, i.e. last … Continue reading

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‘If you don’t like the weather, wait for 10 minutes’

It’s a Faroese saying, I’ve always liked it. It is profound actually. This too shall pass… Excuse the ramblings… Any HSA followers or readers been fishing yet? I know my pal Paul Rouse has been wrestling with River Usk salmon … Continue reading

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Not long now . .

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Bouglés and a big grayling

Right at the end of last season I briefly (10 seconds) shook hands with a Nith salmon. The reel I was using that day was the one pictured right in this picture, a Bouglé 4in, attached to a ten foot … Continue reading

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