Preparation for BC.

With only a few days before departing from Manchester Airport for our flight to  Vancouver its all systems go. I have been tying flies and getting together all the gear needed for the trip.

After ending up in hospital with a infection after a small cut on my finger when I was in Norway earlier in the year and getting 4 tic bites on my last trip in the Highlands of Scotland I decided to get together a first aid kit to be prepared for any other mishap.

I have packed the rod tube with rods, reels, fly lines and anything else that would fit to pack out the spaces. The 5 rods are a Guideline LXi T Pac 6 piece 9/10# which will be matched with a Skagit line and a variety of T Tips in lengths of 10ft to 15ft. A Vision 10# Switch rod also matched to a Skagit line and T Tips. A Temple Fork 8# Switch rod matched to a Skagit line and a Rio 8# SSVT line and used with the tips in the kit and also T Tips. A 9ft 9# Temple Fork single hand rod matched to lines with 22ft sink tip heads of 300 to 450 grains and a 8ft Spinning rod for small lures. The reels consist of 2 x Lamson Guru 4, A Lamson Konic 4, A Danielsson Control 7twelve, A Danielsson H5D 9thirteen and a Shimano spinning reel.

After fishing on Vancouver Island for a number of years on a variety of different rivers I have put together a list of flies that work and the best tippet to use. As the river beds are very rocky and abrasive I have found that Maxima Ultragreen in 15, 20 and 25 ld is the most consistent for strength and abrasion resistance.

On Thursday 27th I will pick up my friend from the airport and he will stay over at my place and then we will take a taxi back to the airport on Friday morning and meet up with Ian. Check in is a double whammy as we have to take the rod tubes to another conveyor after being weighed and tagged.

Roll on Friday.

A few pictures of flies and new type lures.

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Updates of the trip to follow.

 

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There and back again – An Anglers Tale.

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Sunday 26th August 2018

After loading the Freelander with both salmon and trout fishing gear and a cool box with a supply of foodstuff, I left home for the long nine hour drive North to the Highlands of Scotland. Our last trip to the far north in July had been a bit of a mixed bag with very low water on the rivers but some good trout fishing on the loch’s and so I had loaded both trout and salmon gear just in case. I arrived at the cottage we had rented for the week at 18.00 pm and unloaded my bag and cool box and awaited the arrival of  my fishing partners for our six days fishing on two spate rivers we had booked. They both arrived in time for us to get to the pub in time to order food and beers before the food orders finished at 20.00 pm.

Monday 27th August

After a cooked breakfast we left the cottage and drove to our first beat on the river and after checking the beat description and pool details we changed into waders and set up our rods. I decided to use my 11ft 8# Switch rod with an Rio SSVT line with the floating head  and 9ft tapered leader and 12ld tippet with a dropper. I put a home tied salmon single hairwing fly  on the point and a Silver Stout’s Tail, also tied on a single, on the dropper. IMG-20180620-WA0006 We met up for lunch at 13.30 pm and although we had seen salmon in three of the pools we had made no contact. The afternoon proved to be the same and apart from a tug in one pool no salmon were caught. We returned to the cottage for dinner and I prepared a home made chicken curry  and rice that I had brought from home and served this with Chapati’s.

Tuesday 28th August.

After breakfast we drove to the parking area on the river and changed into waders and stripped down our gear to the basics needed as a long uphill trek was needed to reach the top beat on the river. The title of this post is about the days events in reaching the top of the beat and the working back down river. It is one of the most wild and untouched places I have ever fished and a joy to have been there.The total distance we covered during the day was 6.1 miles and some of the pools had very demanding access and will best be shown in photographs.

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Wednesday 29th August.

The beat we fished today was split into two and we fished the top in the morning and it proved successful as a 6.5 ld salmon was landed at 12.45 pm just before the lunch break at 13.00pm. After lunch we fished the bottom of the beat and I started on a pool just below the hut and after a number of casts the line pulled away and a fish was on. I had a problem as I was about 4 ft above the river and had to find a suitable spot to land the fish. After a very spirited fight and a number of runs I managed to steer the fish to a spot I could reach. I have a Ketchum quick release tool for this kind of problem and managed to release the fish in the water. It was approximately 5.5 ld and a very fresh grilse. Later in the afternoon Dave also managed to hook and land a salmon of approximately 6 ld. We decide to come back after dinner and fish through till dark but had no more contacts.

Thursday 30th August.

Today we returned to the beat we had fished on Monday and I decided to use a lighter 6# Switch rod loaded with an AFS 6/7 floating head and a 9ft tapered leader and 12ld tippet with a dropper. Although we saw fish in a number of pools we had no contact at all during the day and returned after dinner and fished through till dark. I did make contact with one fish but after a couple of seconds it was gone.

Friday 31st and Saturday 1st September.

The fishing was much the same as the previous days on the two beats we fished. Friday we tried fishing into the late evening and had a couple of pulls and Saturday we finished the week on the beat we had caught the salmon on earlier in the week.

Both rivers could have been more productive with another 6″ of water to bring into play more of the pools potential but this lack of water has been a problem through most of the season so far. This part of the highlands is a wonderful place to been and we enjoyed our week even without the numbers of salmon in the rivers and I am posting some pictures to finish this post.

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Next trip is to Vancouver Island, BC, for two weeks at the end of September with two of my friends. Report to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Sampling and a trip to the Spey

The meet up on beat 2 of the River Birkin on Saturday 4th August was a good chance for a chat with some of the members and I think this should be a more frequent event. Terry had brought tea and coffee and after a drink and catch up a kick sampling session was organised by Peter. The first was below the bridge on beat two and the second on Mobberley Brook. Peters knowledge of the invertebrates was very informative and Angus spotting a grilse was the highlight of the day.

The Riverfly Partnership specify 8 species for monitoring purposes. Not content with this Peter has identified a whole load of other species. He’s given Terry a list which is far too long to post here because it totals 35 different species including 10 variety of Mayfly. Not included are the Shrimps, worms and leeches, another 12! Hopefully this is a sign of improvement in the water quality of the river.

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River Spey 19th August.

I left home on Sunday morning about 11.00am for the drive up to the River Spey for three days fishing on the Knockando home beat. I was meeting three mates at the Aberlour Hotel and after a couple of beers in the bar we had dinner in the hotel dining room and caught up on news and gossip.          Not just women.

After breakfast we drove the 6 miles to the Knockando beat and met up with Archie Baillie the beat Ghillie and changed into waders and set up rods. The river was showing -4 inches on the gauge and the catch rate on all the northern rivers was very low with high water temperatures and low water levels.

I set up my 13ft Vision GT4 Catapult rod and used a Lamson Guru reel loaded with a Rio AFS 8/9# shooting head and 9ft tapered leader with 5ft of 15lb tippet. The fly I tied on was my version of a Knockando Shrimp tied on a salmon single and one of a number of flies i have tied on salmon singles.

Archie took me to a pool on the Phones beat that we had for the morning session and I started in the neck of fast water. I lost my hook on the second cast and replaced it with a Ally’s Shrimp tied on a salmon single and three cast later I hooked into a salmon. My friend came up to help land the fish as the terrain was very rocky and not easy to steer the fish to the bank. A few minutes later the fish was landed and after a photo the fish was released.

After lunch in the cabin we decided to head back to the hotel and meet later for dinner at an Indian restaurant. The idea was to then go back to the river and fish into the late evening for sea trout. I had set up one of my favourite single handed rods, a Hardy Ultralight Plus 10ft 7#, and a WF7 floating line.  I fished the bottom beat and took the boat across the river and fished with the two handed rods for salmon and as the light faded we rowed back to fish the large pool for sea trout. I had tied on a Mallard and Claret size 10 double on the point and a Stoats Tail size 14 single on the dropper and as the light faded fish began splashing. Between 9.15 and 11.30 pm we both had pull after pull and on three occasions the sea trout held on a bit longer only to let go after a few seconds.

Tuesday was a repeat of the Monday with little action in the day and after a chip shop meal we returned to the river to try for sea trout again. Two fished the bottom beat  and I fished the Long Pool by the hut and the pool below. We concentrated on the flat water as this was the more active areas and as the light faded the sea trout began to show. Around 10.15 pm I had a 10 minute period of plucks and takes and resulted in taking one Sea Trout (Finnock). My mate had on a better fish of about 3 lb which came off at the net and then as if someone had turn off a switch all went quiet.

Wednesday was our last day on the beat and after a very uneventful morning we met at the cabin for lunch of bacon butties and a mug of coffee. I decided to leave early in the afternoon as I had a 7 hour drive home and after saying my goodbyes to Archie and the others I left at 2.30 pm. The drive home took 8 hours due to hold ups approaching Glasgow and a closure diversion on the M6 that took the traffic through Preston before rejoining the motorway lower down.

Although the fishing was hard due to the lack of water the company made up for it and at least I caught 1 salmon and a sea trout.

Next trip is back up to the highlands for a weeks fishing and I will take my trout gear in case of a lack of water. The good news is that it has been raining and the forecast is for more and the rivers have had a marked rise in level. Fingers crossed for a good session  at last.

Phones beat Pouches pool with the salmon being caught at the top.

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More to follow.

River Orkla July 2018

Base camp on Joholen beat on the River Orkla.

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I left Manchester on Friday 6th at 10.20am on route to Gothenburg Airport with a change of flight in Copenhagen. The plane arrived on time and I was met at the airport by Anders my Swedish friend. We had arranged a fishing trip to the River Orkla in Norway with three other friends, Goran (Joran), Hakan (Hawkan) and Claes and would be driving up to the lodge early Sunday morning. Before that there was a little matter of a football game on Saturday between my host’s team, Sweden, and England. Goran came in time to watch the game so I was outnumbered by my two fishing pals and Anders partner Anna. The result was a win for England 2-0  and a very subdued Swedish support.

We left Anders home at 03.00am on Sunday morning for a 9 hour drive through some spectacular countryside and reach our destination at Joholen fishing beat at about 13.30pm after taking a couple of rest stops on the way. The rules of the river are that waders and boots, rods and reels have to be disinfected and a certificate purchased to this effect. My fishing licence had been purchased on line before leaving the UK.

The accommodation at the beat was in two log cabins with one of the cabins having cooking and dining facilities and a lounge with easy chairs and a TV. A separate cabin housed a shower room and a toilet. By the river there was a hut with a large table and bench seating and a open fire grate with a wire tray for cooking on. We BBQ some sausage in the evening and they tasted wonderful after our long journey. Hakan had decided to fish and came back with a picture of a nice sea trout and later Anders caught the first salmon of the trip a nice fresh fish of about 3 kg.

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We had all retired to bed by 12.00 midnight for a well-deserved rest after a few beers and a couple of celebratory shots of single malt Scotch whisky.

On Monday morning we gathered in the main cabin for breakfast and to discuss plans for the days fishing. It had rained in the night, the first rain for weeks, but this had made little difference to the water level. The temperature was a lot cooler that the Sunday and made the fishing a lot more of a pleasure than the 25deg C and higher of the previous weeks. We had seen a lot of fish on the Sunday and held high hopes for the day ahead and this seemed to be proved when Hakan returned with a broken hook lost in a fish.  My first run down had produced no takes but I had seen five salmon running through the pools. I took a rest then fished down a nice fast run with a nice pool at the end which looked very fishy. As I was nearing the bottom an angler from the beat below appeared so I left the water to have a chat. His name was Jan and he too was from Sweden and was fishing with his father for the week and would then be joined by his wife and children for a further week on the river. He had fished the river for a number of years previous and told me of the best fly patterns that worked and some of the better pools on the beat. We said our farewells and I continued to fish the pool while mulling over the advice he had given. I decided to change fly to one I had tied on a salmon single hook before coming on the trip. I fished a short line at first to get the fly to swing across the bottom of the pool just down from the fast water. I lengthened the line after each cast and on the sixth cast I had a very strong pull and the fish was on. Jan had seen that I had a fish on and came back up and after a short fight I landed my first Orkla salmon, a fish of 3kg in weight.

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In the afternoon the river had started to fall and by the evening had gone down by 25cm and was now very low and fish we had spotted running earlier on Sunday and Monday morning now appeared to have stopped. Goran and Anders prepared the evening meal on the BBQ and we ate at the cover table area by the river. Very pleasant.

TUESDAY 10th July.

With the river very low and the high temperature from a cloudless sky the prospects for the day did not seen too good for salmon fishing. Early morning proved fruitless and most of the late morning and early afternoon was spent lazing around and setting up rods with floating lines and a variety of flies to see if any fish could be tempted.

Goran prepared a BBQ meal by the river of Pork belly and Burgers and Anders assisted and prepared sautéed new potatoes with sliced mushrooms. This was washed down with a couple of glasses of a nice Italian Red wine. We all then retired to the main cabin to watch the first of the World Cup football semi-finals between France and Belgium with France taking the honours 1-0 and progressing to the final to be played on Sunday.

Late fishing seemed like a good idea due to the present conditions and Anders was rewarded in the early hour with a Salmon of 4kg and a small Sea Trout. Hakan also had a small Sea Trout.

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WEDNESDAY 11th July

The river had dropped again overnight and the temperature was climbing and by 11.00am was at 26deg C and not the best of conditions for fishing. I’d got up early and decided to try a pool in the middle of the beat which had a good flow of water and a nice depth even with the low water level. After a couple of hours and the sun hitting the water I decided to return to the cabin for breakfast and met up with Anders, Goran and Hakan who had all had the same idea as me. Claes had rowed across the river and was fishing at the top of the beat and didn’t return till later in the morning. No fish had been caught or seen and this was the same in the afternoon and by 16 .00 pm we had all returned to the cabin apart from Anders who we thought had gone to sleep on the bank.

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It was my turn to cook the meal and so I set to work preparing the meat which I covered with a marinade and left in the refrigerator till later when it would be cooked on the BBQ. I was serving the steak with a shredded cabbage, carrots, new potatoes and a sauce. I had asked Goran to assist by cooking the meat as he seems to be a bit of an expert going by the two previous meals he had BBQ’d and I prepared the rest and set the table outside. We ate at 18.45 pm and the meal was delicious, if I say so myself, and was accompanied by a nice red wine. As it was my meal I was responsible for the washing up and finished just in time to watch the Croatia verses England World Cup semi-final. After a good start England took the lead from a free kick and they held this score till half time. The longer the game went on the Croatian team began to control the game and scored an equalizing goal and after 90 minutes the game had to go into extra time. Croatia scored in the second half of extra time and held this lead till the final whistle and would now progress to the final against France on Sunday. England would play Belgium on Saturday for the 3rd and 4th placing.

Around 23.30 pm we had decided to try a different approach to the fishing and work into the early hours. I returned first to the cabin at 02.30 am and the rest over the next couple of hours with Hakan getting back at 04.30 am. No salmon or sea trout showed and our plan had proved fruitless.

 

 

THURSDAY 12th July.

I got up at 06.00 am and visited one of the pools to see if any salmon had moved into the swim in the early morning but still no show or takes. The marker we had put in the river was showing a rise in the level of 5cm to 6cm which I hoped was a good sign that the hydro system was letting in a bit more water. It turned out that the extra water was from a downpour higher up the river and by 13.00 the water had taken on a bit of colour. The level was slowly dropping back but hopes were high for some fish as Anders friend who was fishing lower down the river had seen a lot of salmon running the river.

The colour in the water increased in the afternoon and the prospects of a salmon decreased and no fish showed in any of the pools. Anders and I decided to try the lower pool and at the top in the rough water the wind took my hat and it disappeared into the murky depths never to be see again. I was very fond of that hat.

It was Claes turn to cook and he had brought a Beef Bougineon from home which was served with mash potato and a Carbonate Sauvignon red wine. It went down very well and all the meal and wine disappeared into a group of very ravenous fishermen. We spent the rest of the evening chatting and the partaking of a few beers and a shot of single malt. I retired at 23.30 pm and woke at 8.00 am on the following morning. Not sure if I was tired or maybe something else.

FRIDAY 13th July.

Claes and Hakan had gone out in the early hours of the morning and had managed to make contact with some Sea Trout, the biggest at 1.5kg. They reported that the water had cleared overnight but the water was still very low. I went with Hakan to the top of the beat and I was fishing with a full floating Short Head Spey line with a sparsely dressed hairwing fly I had tied on a size 4 single salmon hook. The rod was A Guideline 13ft 9” 9/10 LXi 6 piece and the reel an LTS Precision. We both managed to hook and land small Sea Trout but no salmon. We returned to the cabin and Hakan began preparing the meal he was to serve early at 16.00 pm so we could fish early evening to correspond with the high tide and hoping this may see some fresh salmon in the system. I change my reel and line for a Danielsson H5D and a Rio AFS with a 2.6 ips 10 ft. versaleader on the end and another hairwing fly I had tied on a size 2 salmon single hook. I fished through the evening and met with Goran at the bottom of the beat and we decided to light a fire in the stone fire grate by the river. A wooden table and chairs had been put there by the owner for the anglers use and we brought some bread and sausages and BBQ’d them over the open fire. Hakan joined us and more sausages were consumed. We returned to the cabin around 01.30 am and retired to bed for a well earned rest.

SATURDAY 14TH July.

I got up at 08.00 am and had breakfast with Anders and Hakan. Claes and Goran had gone out fishing early and returned at around 10.00 am but no salmon contacted. Anders went to fish the top of the beat and I fished the bottom pools. In the fast water at the top of the pool I made contact with a fish but after a very short period it was off the hook. No other contact was made and after reaching the bottom of the pool I returned to the cabin for a meet up with the others. Anders had made contact with a salmon but lost it as he went to tail it. Frustration.

As this was our last day we had to clean the cabins as part of the hire contract and also to start to gather our kit together ready for an early start on Sunday morning. Anders had the honour of preparing the last supper and set to work with the assistance of Goran to prepare a BBQ’D ROAST BEEF a la RIVER ORKLA served with a Red Wine Sauce, Potatoes, carrots and Red and Green Peppers.

The meal will be served between 15.00 and 16.00 pm so we can watch the England verses Belgium game to decide the 3rd and 4th places in the World Cup and with a bit of good driving we should be back at Anders home on Sunday to watch the final between France and Croatia.

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All in all a great trip with good company and with better water levels I’m sure the fishing would have been better.

Anders took me to the airport on Monday for my return flight to Manchester via Copenhagen and that is where the trip took a bit of a downturn. The departure information showed that the flight to Manchester had been cancelled but not where to go to find out why. A SAS official directed me to the Transfer Department were after a bit of a wait a rep informed us that we had been transferred onto a flight to Heathrow leaving at 18.30 pm  and it was now 17.45pm  and I needed to get to the far end of the terminal. The flight left late at 19.00 pm due to a baggage problem. On arrival at Heathrow I was given a £6 meal ticket at told to be at a coach station for a trip up to Manchester. Next problem , collect  luggage, nowhere to be found. A trip to the baggage handling department to register missing bag and I was not alone as other passengers on the same flight to Manchester had the same problem. After getting the necessary  paperwork the time had move on a a coach had to be found just giving time to get a meal deal from Smiths.

The coach arrived at Manchester Airport at 01.05 am and after a very kind offer of a lift I arrived home at 02.00 am on Tuesday morning and went I straight to bed. After a few phone calls my baggage finally arrived at 11.45 am on Wednesday too late for me to organize my gear for the trip up to the Highlands and so I would lose a days fishing and travel up on Thursday. News from my fishing friends who had been in the Highlands since Monday was not favourable and the rivers were very very low and so I am packing my trout gear for some good fishing on the lochs.

More to follow.

THURSDAY 19th July. The Highlands.

I left at 11.00 am and the SatNav gave me an arrival time at the accommodation of 7.30pm. About 20 miles from Ullapool the road had been closed by the police as there had been a fatal accident and the road would not be opened until at least Midnight. After checking my paper map and checking distance and time I decided to head back toward Inverness and take the eastern route through Dingwall. The diversion was 88 miles and I arrived at 9.00pm and found the house in darkness and thought that the others had gone to the pub. The door was open and my shout received a reply and it turned out that the area had a power cut just as the meal was being prepared and so we settled down to ham and cheese sandwiches washed down with red wine. I was tired after my 10 hour journey and retired at 11.00 pm to a very cosy bed. Breakfast was prepared by Dave and consisted of the usual delicacies of bacon, egg, sausage beans will toast and a mug of tea.

FRIDAY 20th July.

As I mentioned earlier the river level was very low and after Phil and I checked for any improvement we decided to get a boat on a local loch. There are a great many lochs in the area and tickets can be obtained from local outlets and information is available online. We parked the car and walked the 1.5 miles to the loch and loaded the boat with our tackle and got the oars from the boathouse. The fishing was on  Loch nah-Innse Fraoich which is the further of two lochs and is part of the All Abilities walk developed by the Culag Community Woodland Trust (CCWT)  with toilet facilities at each loch and easily accessed. We rowed from the mooring to the end of the loch and started a drift after deploying the drogue and the wind had made a nice wave on the water. We had both tackled up 3# 10ft fly rods with floating DT lines and a leader of 3 flies. I had a floating  fly on the top dropper and alternated the middle and point flies and we had success drawing the top dropper across the top on the retrieve. The majority of the trout were in the 4 to 6 ounce range but on the last drift Phil had a beautifully marked brown trout of 1.5ld. We rowed back to the mooring and pulled the boat up the slip and  returned the oars to the boathouse and fitted the padlocks. On returning to the cottage I started to prepare the evening meal of steak with Jersey Royal Potatoes and a vegetable medley of carrot, cauliflower and broccoli. This went down well and was accompanied by a bottle of Rioja and a few beers later in the lounge.

SATURDAY 20th July

Phil and I had the bottom two beats on the river to go at on our last day and we started on the top beat. There are a few deep runs that still had a good flow and we tried these to see if we could tempt a salmon. I was fishing with my 11 ft. 8# Switch Rod and a floating line with a short 3 ft tapered leader to protect the fly line loop and 5 ft of 15 ld tippet. This was to give more control of the fly in the faster water and this would work very well in the afternoon on the lower beat. The fly was one of a few I had tied up before going to Norway and they had been tied on size 2 and 4 salmon single hooks. Hiking up river I had spotted fish in a large deep pool and decided to fish the fast water running into the pool. After a number on runs down and guiding the fly into the more fishy looking water I had a very soft pull then a hard run but the fish did not stick and that was the only action of the morning. I met up with Phil in the hut and over a sandwich and a drink we talked over our plans for our afternoon session on the lower river. The lower pool is very close to the bottom of the river and so we checked the tide times and found that high tide was 3.00 pm and Phil thought that there maybe fresh fish coming into the river on the tide. We made our way down river checking all the pools and making a mental note of the likely spots that the fish would hold in. On reaching the bottom pool it was just coming up to 3.00 pm and we spent some time looking into the pool from our vantage point above the river. And as if the salmon had read our thoughts fish started to hold in the pool and we spotted at least 10 fish so Phil made his way down to a vantage point and started the fish off a short line at first and lengthening after each cast. By using the rod and the current Phil was able to cover most of the pool and from the vantage point above the river I could see his fly and the reaction of the salmon. He had four fish follow his fly and one had a nip at the tail but none took the fly fully. I had a few casts with a different fly but still no takes. We moved up to the next pool we thought would hold fish and on the first cast Phil had a Grilse of about 6ld on for a few seconds then all went slack and the fish was gone. We had two more pulls from this pool then moved on up river but no more salmon came to the fly and so we decided to call it a day and head back to the cars.

We are back up on this river at the end of August for a week and on the Spey for three days the week before so we are hoping that weather has changed and the rivers are carrying more water. Fingers crossed and more to follow.

 

 

Update 22nd June 2018

Well lots to report about after my last update of April 24th.

On the 26th April I drove up to Mitton on the River Ribble with my girlfriend Maureen for my Spey casting lesson with Jim Fearn. I had arranged with Jim to give Maureen her first casting lesson with a single hand rod and this went very well. Jim had set up a Sage 9ft 6# rod with a matching Rio Single Spey floating fly line and the lesson was given on the field by the river and lasted 30 minutes which is enough if you have never cast a rod before. Maureen enjoyed it very much and we may have a convert to the fishing fraternity. Maybe.

This was my third lesson using just a full head Spey line as I think if you can master a spey line then the rest comes a lot easier. Jim had set up the new Vision Tool 15ft 10/11 double handed rod with the cork handle and a Rio Long Head Spey line with a head of 70 ft and 840 grains.  This is a link to a video of Jim using a Tool with shooting head of about 40 ft and fishing a Sunray Shadow. Very informative and his casting is awesome.

Earlier in the month Ian and I had decided to join Ceiriog Fly Fishers club and attended the AGM at the Parish Hall in Chirk and a matter arising was the proposal to merge with Corwen and District Angling Club, CADAC, who have some very good fishing on the Welsh Dee. This proposal was later carried and the merger is in the process of being carried out. Ian and I will probably take a full salmon and trout membership when it comes to renewal as CADAC has some good salmon pools on the Dee for both fly and spinning.

On Sunday the 6th May Ian and I drove up to Pitlochry and met up with the other two guys at the Birchwood Hotel were we would be staying for three nights and fishing the Lower Tummel beat on Mon/Tues/Wed. Jim, John, Dave and a another would be fishing the second half of the week. After a nice curry at a restaurant in town we retired to the hotel bar for a sample from the bar before retiring for the night. We met up for a very nice full Scottish breakfast, with porridge oats as a starter and arrived on the beat just after 9.00 am. Condition were perfect will about 18″ on the gauge and the river running clear but the water temp. was a bit too cold and this effected the fishing for the first two days. We managed two fish of about 9 ld on the third day and the other guys had one fish each making six for our week.

On the 24/25th May Ian and I, along with two of Ians friends, had some trout fishing on the Derbyshire River Wye at Cressbrook. This is a lovely river and the fly life was in abundance. It was a bit early for Mayfly and the river keeper said he thought the flylife was maybe two to three weeks behind due to the cold weather earlier in the season. Some Mayfly did show but the main hatches were olives and we had good sport on both submerged patterns and small dries. I used a 7ft 3# rod with floating line and a short sinking polyleader for the submerged flies. Over the two days I caught about 25 fish both wild browns and stocked browns and rainbows up to 16″ in length.

Well I have a weeks holiday with my girlfriend in Anglesey, North Wales, and will be making use of our membership of the National Trust to visit places of interest in the area. When we return I will start to get my gear together for my trip over to Norway on the 6th July to fish the River Orkla with my Swedish friends Anders, Goran, Claes and Hakan. Looking forward to fishing the Orkla for the first time and it is a river that has some large salmon.

Tight lines everybody.

 

Update

Well the talk Ian and I gave to the North West branch of the Fly Dressers Guild went down well with the members. I gave a insight into the organisation and tackle for our trip to Vancouver Island, BC last September/October and Ian showed some of the flies and spinners we used. He tied up a fly that proved successful for Coho and a very simple fly that can be tied while still in the water that we call the “Snot Fly” examples of which are shown in my previous blog posts.

At the recent BFFI show at the Stafford Showground I visited the Discover Tenkara stand and picked up a bit of literature which I read though when I returned home. I registered online to receive a free Tenkara email update and the lessons are now up to 12 that I have copied and pasted into a Word document for future reference. I also purchased a very well produced DVD called  “Complete Kebari Collection” which demonstrates the tying of 12 popular Tenkara flies. John Pearson one of the guys from Discover Tenkara does an excellent job showing three examples from the four main types of fly, Ondori Futsu Kebari, Mendori Jun Kebari, Mendori Sakasa Kebari and Ishigaki Secret, Honryu Sakasa and Honryu Kebari, the last three being weighted using tungsten beads. Ian is the fly tyer and has loads of tying material and I have twisted his arm to let me have some Pheasant and Rooster feathers to get me going at these smaller flies on size 12 to 18 hooks.  Link to the web site http://www.discovertenkara.com/

I have a Spey casting lesson coming up on Thursday with Jim Fearn on the Ribble at Mitton to brush up my technique, ha ha, and I have found this very useful ironing out bad habits that have crept in over the last season. My girlfriend is coming with me and will be having her first lesson on a single handed rod and maybe get the bug and come trout fishing with me.

My first salmon trip is at the beginning of May and I will be staying in a nice hotel, The Birchwood, in Pitlochry and I will be fishing for three days on the Lower Tummel beat with Ian, and two other friends. The Thur/Sat will be fished by Dave, John, Jim and his friend from Crieff. This has been a good trip over the last few years and we are hoping for a good water level and lots of fresh salmon.

First post of 2018.

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This is a bit of an update of what has been going on since my last post in November.

My friend rang me before Christmas to suggest we start planning for our 2018 trip to BC and we roped Ian in again to make up the team.

We had found that booking return plane tickets to Vancouver early gave us really great discounts and these were purchased through Canadian Affairs who use Air Transat as the carrier. We will travel out from Manchester on the 28th September and returning on the 14th October and land back in Manchester on the morning of the 15th.

We have decided to try some new rivers further north for the first 5 days and will be staying in Port McNiell. The rest of the stay we will be based in Campbell River and if we have decent water will fish some of the rivers we missed in 2017.

After last years trip to BC Ian and I have been asked to give a talk to our local Fly Dressers Guild in Timperley, Cheshire on Tuesday 20th March. I have put together a Powerpoint Presentation and I will do the talking and Ian will do some fly tying of some of the flies we use, including our simple “Snot Fly” which I have shown in my previous BC blog posts. Should be interesting.

I have been in contact with my friend Anders in Sweden and along with Goran, Claes and Hakan we have booked a private beat on the Orkla River in Norway for a week in July. The beat comes will log cabin accommodation and is on the river bank. We will cater for ourselves and share the cooking for the week. Because Norway is very expensive we take most of the food and drink with us and just purchase fresh bread and odds and ends while we are there. This is the first time I have fish the Orkla so not sure what to expect.

My first trip out will be to the River Tummel at the beginning of May and followed by some brown trout fishing on the Derbyshire Wye. On my return from Norway I have 3 days to get my gear together for a trip up to the Far North of Scotland for 3 days on a couple of spate river. I will return again in late August for a week on the same rivers. Canada is September/October and possibly a trip to the Tweed at the end of the salmon season.

More to follow.