|A Specimen Brown for Charles|
As expected, May certainly hasn't let us down on the fishing front, yes it was difficult at times in the early stages of the month, but as soon as those northerly and north easterly winds gave way to warmer South Westerlies, the trout fishing improved no end, and when we did eventually get some fresh water there were plenty more salmon caught too. That said, the salmon fishing continues to produce fish on this low water, especially on the lower river where a lot of fish are being spotted on many of the beats, not to mention the ones that have been hooked and lost, including some good fish lost by myself and the rods I have had out on the river. You know who you are!
|Richard into Another Brown|
In the early part of the month the trout fishing did take a little bit of time to get going, but if persistent, you could have some very good days, however as the month progressed, we did catch some cracking browns and more of them too, especially on the dry, and as more and more fly life appeared on the river, the nymphs, and eventually the spiders, (which it has to be said, took a little time to come into their own) began to produce the goods.
|Rob into his first Trout|
May was also another great month for Borderlines with plenty of youth sessions delivered at a variety of venues, (both coarse and game) encouraging many youngsters to try angling for the very first time and really enjoying it too, whilst at the same time recording some good catches along the way, and with many more sessions arranged for June (and beyond) youngsters becoming involved in angling looks very promising indeed for the future.
That said, youngsters were not the only people I had out for the first time, as several new to fly fishing anglers ventured out with me on the river to see what all the fuss was about, and it has to be said, that it was great fun to see them getting to grips with their new found skills, whilst often catching their very first trout in the process, very rewarding for all involved.
On another note, I was really disappointed for David Pinner, as he was one of the rods, (whilst out with me on the lower river) who after eventually hooking his first salmon sadly lost it again, as it parted company with him during the ensuing fight, (as they sometimes do I'm afraid) but it didn't phase him too much, as following a further attempt to catch another, he put the salmon rod down, set up his trout rod and promptly had some success there instead (as you can see in the picture below). Never mind David your time will come!
|Better Access to the River|
|David's Consolation Prize|
On that note, If anyone is interested in booking some night time Sea Trout fishing with me (on the Eden) in June / July, or late evening trout fishing, (or both) it would be advisable to let me know a.s.a.p. as you will see from the link to my calendar that dates in these two months are disappearing fast. See you in June!