‘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 via his iPhone video. He sent me a link yesterday where I could see a brace of fish flashing at the camera under water. Good to see.

Elsewhere I have noticed some very nice fish being caught on the Spey. On the Nith an 8lb springer was caught yesterday at Dumfries Burgh and they will have to delay the start of fishing on the Miramichi owing to an iced up river according to my sources over the Atlantic. Tight lines all.

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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 SH rod. It’s actually the Lightweight, but the one on the left is the Bouglé proper, a fab present from my parents on the occasion of a rather big birthday I celebrated with family in Suffolk last month (epic weekend!).

This latest has the authentic Hardy Perfect sound, the enclosed spool acting like a sound-box. How much do I yearn to hear that sing to a Nith, Gaula, Miramichi salmon this year? A lot. So I now have the pair and they really are wonderful bits of engineering and will look very fine on the rod racks and up at the head of Langøy – I hope – this season.

Flicking through the March issue of Trout and Salmon last night I turned straight to the Nith report as I usually do, still expertly edited by one Sandy L, to find confirmation that Continue reading

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Birghams come good


Playing a summer salmon at Borse Stream at Birgham Dub a few summers ago.

We all have our favourite Tweed beats. Mine, going from the top downstream, are Middle Ettrick, Sprogbank on the upper Tweed proper, Boleside, Bemersyde, Birgham Dub, Lower Birgham and Tillmouth.

Anyway I was pleased to see that some early season rod-bending action has been had on the two Birghams. An 8lb sea-trout from Lower Birgham last Wednesday following a rise in water the night before (you can always get a sea-trout in dirty water). Then two salmon, one sea-liced at Birgham Dub to the rod of Mr Colin Somerville on Friday. This following up on a cracking 20 pounder the day before. Overall there have been 24 springers caught on the Tweed so far on the beats reported by Fishpal.

Meanwhile, I turned down the chance of a fish on the Dee at Park last week, but it does look as though the water was high and fluctuating – not ideal for a bottom beat river.

Anyway that’s it, my last HSA post this side of the half century.

If you are out fishing, and that includes you Mr Rouse, tight lines.

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Big three off the mark


It has been a fairly quiet opening to the Scottish salmon season on the Tay, and the Dee and Tweed kicked off yesterday with odd fish on the Tweed (just a 7lb springer on the Whiteadder posted on Fishpal for yesterday).

The Dee reported springers caught at Park, Ballogie, Birse, Commonty, two at Cairnton and Mid Blackhall and one at Upper Blackhall.

Pictured here courtesy of Salmon Fishing Club on Mr Zuckerberg’s Facebook is Daniel Stephen with a super springer caught from Park. It was also his first-ever salmon!

On the Tay the fishing has been steady in a small way, with only small runs coming into the river and fluctuating weather making the fishing difficult. It is good to see typical Tay spring salmon with size and depth in the photographs. A fish of 20 pounds was caught by Paul Kelly in the Castle pool at Meikleour and Upper Islamouth. Another beauty was Continue reading

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Video: Atlantic Salmon in Russia on the Belousiha River

Interesting Kola peninsula fishing here. Andrew, my old editor at Trout & Salmon writes about his 2016 visit there in this month’s magazine.

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Atlantic Salmon in Belousiha river, Kola. from TFF – Two Fly Fishermen on Vimeo.

A new video from Two Fly Fishermen features the pursuit of Belousiha River Altantic salmon in Russia.

From the filmmaker:

“River Belousiha has versatile character. The river is located on the north side of the Kola Peninsula and run to the Barents Sea at the mouth of the River Voronya area.
In to the river go all the representatives of the salmon in northern Russia (Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout)

This video is produced company “FULLFRAME PICTURES” by order of the Belousiha River Lodge.”

To check out more from Two Fly Fishermen, please click here.

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Tay off the mark


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