|A good Trout on tinted water|
Plenty of rain in August, with the only exception being the August Bank Holiday, and as the river was high again I took a couple of days off to take advantage of the good weather.
However, there were a few good Salmon waters from time to time, especially as the water levels dropped and cleared, but the problem was, as soon as they did begin to drop the rain came back with a vengeance lifting the river again and again, making conditions very unsettled, "Never a great scenario for good results".
|Dark Clouds at the Galloway Fair|
Despite this there was still the odd Salmon caught, along with a few very good trout days too, especially when the water was falling with a slight tint to it, which always encourages some interest to the fly, but on the whole not the best all round conditions.
However there was always something happening in August, as the majority of days were either taken up with tuition sessions, or introducing youngsters to angling through Borderlines, with the rest of the time spent at local Shows, i.e. the Lowther Show and the Galloway Fair, providing demonstrations and tuition for the public. See below left as one of our instructors teaches a youngster how to Roll Cast at the Lowther Show on day one!
|Clark Colman (AAPGAI)|
Needless to say that both shows experienced periods of heavy rain, with the latter going ahead with little effect when compared to the Lowther Show, which unfortunately had to be cancelled on day two because of the conditions under foot, making it difficult to both access and exit the Show in vehicles due to the deep mud.
Looking forward to September now, I don't know where this season has gone, but hopefully we can enjoy some better runs of back end salmon than in recent years as we have several days already planned to test the water, so to speak!