Yes, I would not like to cross trebles with Nigel on a dark night. Altogether a very interesting contribution to the day and a great sense of humour. That angelfire site is quite nice to see traditional flies.
I must tie a Fell fly for my next visit - the green highlander shumakov bullet didn't impress very much. "Right so whose is the rod with the thing from outer space on it then ? well you'll be the one wading all morning, you can use what the h**l you like on the end".
Who did he shoot on Boleside and did they survive. I know the feeling. I switched the Jackie Charlton programme off just as it started, thinking it was a repeat I'd seen. Sheisse - as they said after the war.
Another fish was caught on Friday, both fish were fresh and around the 6lb mark, Thursday's fish came from Hart and Friday's from the Meetings. I think the odd fish was moving up river overnight, but we didn't see many.
Very few fish about compared to last year. Rain is forecast for next week, so the fishing in late May and June could be good when the fish decide to move up from the lower beats.
As I was leaving, I mentioned to the gillie Nigel that I would probably stop off at the Border Chippy in Longtown, on the Border Esk.
"Ah", he said, "The chap who owns that caught 19 fish off Hart pool one day".
Elwyman, Thanks for posting your report and hard lines with the conditions last week. I have just one day booked on Boleside on June 21st. Prior to that I'm going over to Mayo for the half term week with my 15yr old son. He's yet to catch a salmon but there's a decent chance on The Moy ( or trolling Lough Conn ) at this time of year so here's hoping. I'll report back.
A friend has returned from fishing Ravenswood and Boleside this week. Like me, he blanked and hardly saw any fish, despite a small rise over the weekend.
The returns on Fishtweed for most middle beats are well down compared to 2005. Boleside has had 4 fish since mid-April, compared to 36 fish last May. The reason is obvious - no decent flood since early April.
Just wish I had a crystal ball and was booked on after the next flood!