For those Salmon fishers amongst us we are now desperate for rain, with some of the lowest water conditions we have seen for a long time at this time of year. Those of you who have recently ventured out though may have encountered an unexpected surprise as quite a few very nice sea liced Salmon have entered the river regardless of the low water conditions and offered some very good sport to anglers on the lower beats.
Once again I have been working with schools under the Borderlines banner, introducing youngsters to the joys of entomology identifying the creatures that the fish feed upon and their importance to the environment, often helping us to identify how healthy our waterways really are, before moving on to future fishing sessions.
On Saturday 22nd May along with fellow AAPGAI instructor Jim Fearn, we set up a casting and fishing demonstration day for Carlisle Anglers on the lower river sponsored by Guide Fly Fishing which was based around the advantages and disadvantages of shooting heads and Skagit lines and their applications. The day was well received by all and the feed back was good.
The low water has not put the trout off and we have had some nice fish up to 2 1/4lb although when the weather gets hot and bright it has been quite difficult at times as you would expect. It does keep threatening to rain and has done in some areas of Scotland, but it is still giving us a wide birth at the moment. Time will tell.