|Where Jeff lost his Salmon|
The long awaited wet weather eventually came, and although we did have some success we didn't get the end to season we had hoped for.
On the first day of his visit, Jeff Jones did manage to make contact with a salmon on the middle river, (on the fly) but with a couple of shakes of the head (as they do) it was gone, and the very next day the river rose following the overnight rain we were all hoping for. Unfortunately, although very welcome, this put the river out of order for a while, so we took advantage of a little bit of tuition time as always.
|Jeff's Big Brown.|
On his last day the river was in good order again, but we were just not seeing the fish we had hoped would be running the river given the fresh water we had received the previous day, however he did manage to hook and land a large brown trout (on his own pattern) of around three and a half pounds, a consolation prize I know, and out of season too, but it did get the adrenaline pumping for a short time before it was returned to fight another day. As Jeff said, "If only that was on the trout rod".
|David with his hen fish.|
A few more lessons ensued with people, then David Humble arrived for his annual visit to the Eden. The water was good and we revisited a few casts before he started fishing. As the day progressed, there was not much to inspire us in the way of fish showing, then suddenly, out of the blue, David lifted into a hard fighting fish, which turned out to be a nice double figure hen salmon. A coloured fish which would have been returned to the water anyway, regardless of the fact it was a hen fish, but that said it certainly made David's day, and quite rightly so, as he had worked hard for it, whilst delivering some very nice casts.
With the salmon season now over, our thoughts move towards the grayling fishing, which can be great fun over the winter months, and if it is anything like it has been recently on the lower river (when the water was low) then we are in for a treat. We will soon find out!