Thursday, 28 February 2019

Welcoming the New Season!

Patagonia Sea Trout
As we move into March I know those trout anglers amongst you will be itching to get out again, anticipating some good trout fishing forays later in the month, especially if this good weather continues, hopefully encouraging some early insect hatches on the river. Don't worry it won't be long now before the season is in full swing affording us the opportunity to target some good fish once again.

The early season weather has been quite warm, to say the least, but several rivers have already reported a few salmon being caught, although not yet in any great numbers. That said, in recent times that's not unusual with better catches being recorded from April onward.

Patagonia Brown.
However to be perfectly honest I cannot comment in too much depth on the February fishing this year as I took the opportunity to fish in Patagonia for Sea Trout and big browns, therefore I managed to miss most of the February fishing in the UK. That said, it was a fantastic experience and one I would recommend to any angler thinking of doing so, although I am now a little lighter in the pocket area than I was before. 

Whilst the fishing season on the Eden is just getting underway, (apart from the tuition side of things given the exceptional weather) I also took the opportunity to help out on the River Nith open day event on Monday the 25th, on the Carnsalloch beat of the river where we were all piped down to the water by a lone Piper to bless the river and celebrate the new season there. A very pleasant experience!

River Nith Open Day
Back on the River Eden again tomorrow though, delivering another casting lesson, so hopefully the weather will stay good and I can keep an eye out for any early moving fish in anticipation of March 15th when the new trout season kicks in.

As it happens I will miss the first couple of days of the Eden trout season this year as I will be attending an AAPGAI assessment event at the Friars Carse Hotel in Dumfriesshire where we will be holding another open day for the public, so if any of you are going to be in the area on Saturday the 16th March, why not come along to the Friars Carse Hotel and take advantage of the knowledge and skills of the professional AAPGAI instructors in attendance who will be delivering demonstrations throughout the day in both Fly dressing and fly casting in the hotel and it's grounds. 

The Friars Carse Hotel (AAPGAI Open day)
It will be great value for money at £50 per head which includes a buffet lunch as well as coffees and teas, and if you so wish there will be one to one tuition included in the price, or you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the free flowing information available to all. Click Here for further details, including directions, and I look forward to seeing some of you there on the day:

Hope to see you all soon and "Tight Lines" for the New Season!