The hook-up’s the crema


Porters pool. I of course like this pool, one of the best on the Nith and after all it gave me my first ever Nith salmon one July day in 2002. But it has been a harsh learning curve: I have missed, fluffed or otherwise failed to connect with a successful outcome on, I think, the last 4 salmon that have taken my fly here. I even missed one this July, then again last week. The water elves are tough but they do teach you stuff over time.

I wistfully turned around at the end of 3 days on the Nith last week. I had barely seen a fish with the river at summer low (well, I’d seen 5 or 6 actually). Then, on the last morning, we negotiated some tricky potholes and tracking down to Beat 1 and I did some casting with Pippa. She’s getting better and she’s only nine: she’s learning about the rod as spring, the line and the kinetic forces that govern its motion.

Time for a last cast. I had up my SH ten-footer. What I call my trout rod but I’ve caught 3 or 4 salmon on it, not to mention an 8 pound arctic char that went like a 15lb salmon with it. I put on a pukka little dark Templedog. A largish plastic tube and maybe because of this Continue reading

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Epic in Iceland


Going . . . Neil in wild and beautiful Icelandic terrain with a chunky late-August fish . . .



Neil Bryson once provided sterling multiple grilse-catching backup on a memorable Trout and Salmon trip to Islay and has also for years been a fellow rod in my Closeburn Castle group on the Nith. He kindly allowed my father to catch his first-ever salmon while fishing his rod there one July day and has often given me a rod to boost options when he couldn’t make it. Continue reading

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Dungarvon and Renous

img_0541The Dungarvon River is a tributary of the Renous River. It wells up in a lake in the Miramichi uplands, part of the Appalachian mountains and joins the main southwest Miramichi.

We went there yesterday.

20160929_113638There is limited road access to the Dungarvon, as it largely flows through deeply forested terrain. Bears live here, more this year than ever, we were told by our guide Duncan. His friend who guides hunting groups has shot 35 over the Continue reading

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Four years exactly


On September 28 four years ago I fished a pool call Moors on the River Cains (in New Brunswick, Canada). It was a wild and beautiful place and it produced a thumping big salmon that day.

That was then and this is now, or was last night.

We drove through the forest.

img_0459I tied on a hairy red fly. Then after 5 casts decided it was too hairy and too red. So I put on a small black one. Well, Continue reading

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Friday photo

14257601_10157485199555565_2817242570131177338_oThanks and credit to the Atlantic Salmon Federation for this nicely shot photo. The ASF does a lot of good work for the species both sides of the Atlantic and on Saturday October 1st will feature at the ATLANTIC SALMON MUSEUM in Doaktown for the 33rd Annual HALL OF FAME DINNER. Continue reading

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The Beast – and a beauty


Kevin with his bruiser from Gaula’s Junction pool. Thirty one pounds and he looks it.

So the weeks pass by after a memorable visit to the Gaula at the start of this month and before August, and the Norway salmon season, ends next Wednesday, I just wanted to post this photo of our lodge mate Kevin Knowles from California with his big one.

It’s a male fish, was released like all our fish that week, and it was exactly double the size of one I caught that same morning of Friday 5 August. Continue reading

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Russia in Caithness

So. (Sometimes you have to start with So don’t you?) The Thurso.

Four hundred and 42 salmon to 24 rods in one week last month.

It’s like the Kola peninsula really, and to have it happening in Scotland is great news.

Anyway. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. And dream.

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