Om shanti camellias


From the foothills of the Himalayas. Or rather from my Mum’s garden, this morning.

An excitement is the delivery of a MacBook Air this afternoon. This, with a new i-Phone, will encourage me to write books. And finish editing the current one.

That is the plan. Continue reading

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It applies to fishing too


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Criffel Hill in 2018 – and my clever wife’s new website

Criffel d&G from Caerlaverock reserve Bill Bailey twitter picThe Nith season is underway and fish have been seen in the river, probably kelts. The opening ceremony took place at Dalswinton this year on Monday 26 February and a young angler, after only a few casts, caught a kelt.

I like the above picture very much – taken by comic and actor Bill Bailey from the Caerlaverock reserve (much loved by the BBC spring and autumn watch teams) looking west across the Solway’s salt lands to Criffel Hill. My father and I climbed this a few Julys Continue reading

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Five days to go

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So it is five days to go until the Nith salmon fishing season opens.
Let us hope 2018 is a better year for this famous and much-loved Dumfriesshire salmon and sea-trout river.
Sixteen salmon in 16 years is not a lot for me and my dad (who’s caught 3 of those) but when they come they come and sea trout runs have picked up a bit in recent seasons.

This winter has at least been a wet one and there have been two four-foot floods in the past Continue reading

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A slow start on Tay; HBD Robert Burns

So the Tay opened and it has been a quiet start:
I only heard of one Tay springer caught on the 15 Jan opening – on Loch Tay. In good conditions the subsequent days have not exactly been raining springers but fish have been caught from Glendelvine, a very fresh 19lb from Stobhall on 16th an old river fish from Cargill and a couple from Balathie but not exactly loads.
Meanwhile: Happy Burns night…
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Some interesting angling images about Cairnton, AHE Wood and Sherriff JDD Dallas

Fascinating information here on AHE Wood.


From Thomas Thore’s Hardcore Flyfishing website.


My good friend Ken Reid sent over a collection of amazing old photos from the River Dee

 Arthur Wood was an engineer by training and had a passionate, and developing interest in salmon fishing: in the eyes of the fishing community, he is credited with proving the value of greased line tactics. Greased-line develops the concept that, as water temperature rises, salmon prefer to rise from their rest on the bottom of the river to take flies presented on, or close to, the surface. As fishers we now relish, and the heart stops, when we see a boil on the top of the water.

Wood’s book JOCK SCOTT goes into great detail on the subject. Now we take a ‘floating line’ for granted, but until the 1960s manufacturers had not developed the line technology to produce self-efficient lines that…

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Happy Christmas 2017

Tight lines and a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2018 to all my cherished and loyal followers! May this be the season you either catch more salmon, or a seriously big salmon takes your fly and stays on the line until you are able to bring it to hand or bank and then carefully release it back into the river. Having taken a nice picture (which you can send to this blog!) and carefully measured it from fork of tail to tip of nose.


So 2018 has a special excitement for me in that my book on Salmon Fishing, which is about how to catch more of them, is to be published by White Owl Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword books. Scheduled for October ’18. Keep following HSA and I shall be sure to update you! You can follow White_Owl_Books on Instagram or on Twitter at @WhiteOwlBooks or on Mr Zuckerberg’s FB.


Taking no chances on Canada’s Renous


SO: 2017? Well the Nith continues to concern all who love her – but I had a couple of nice if low water visits to the Gaula in Norway and the Miramichi in New Brunswick, eastern Continue reading

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