Summer Time?

150th Springer from the Ballogie beatsAS I sit down to write this week’s blog I am reminded that as of last night we are officially into British Summer Time. Some parts of the UK have been blessed with sunshine and warm weather, but,  for me this weekend has seen only mist, cloud cover and bitterly cold weather! I guess the summer comes to us all at different times and I for one am looking forward to the day I can fish in shirt sleeves – hopefully its not that far away!

The Tay has had another productive week,  with decent catches recorded along the river and its tributaries, with fish up to 25 pound caught and bigger fish lost at the net – that’s fishing! My good friend Calum McRoberts continues to show us just how to find fish on the Tay, this week Dunkeld House Hotel Water – a great beat and Simon (resident ghillie)  always makes you feel you are close to hooking a fish, which I did back in January with him!  Mr Monteith also seems to find a fish or two on Upper Kinnaird, a beat definitely worth a cast and in Jock’s hands you always feel like you have a good chance of connecting with a fish! Taymount also had a fantastic week and what a lovely beat to fish. Look out for available Tay fishing on our find fishing page, some really good priced fishing to be had right now – though be quick – days are disappearing fast.

It was good to see some of the lower beats on the Tweed catching fish towards the end of the week. West Learmouth registered their first fish – that will keep Bob happy who was getting pretty distraught when I met him a few days ago, with no fish recorded.  Tillmouth are now seeing fish and anglers are connecting with fresh run fish. Junction are still doing fantastically well, with over 30 fish caught – what a roll they are on, a deserved reputation as one of the ‘finest beats in Scotland’ if not the world!

The Dee has chipped away and recorded some decent fish up to 22lb. Good to see our Tweed reporter Iain Wilson fishing on  Cairnton in amongst the action – he is man who I know will always find a fish no matter what – well done Iain – hope you managed to get back in time to help out with the sale weekend at the Gunroom!! I have a few days fishing to look forward too in April and May on the Dee and can’t wait – such a beautiful river.

The Tyne too started well last week, but with rising water anglers had a tough time of it towards the end of the week. Bywell continues to be the monitor for all other beats to watch. Our very own Tom Carter managed a day on Dilston and reports that the beat is looking great and well worth a cast. Alas, no fish this time for Tom but he will be back! I would get yourself down to the Tyne as soon as possible if you have a spare day or two. I get the feeling that its all about to kick off on the Tyne and you will want to be in amongst the action!

Many of our top anglers are not around this weekend because one of the finest fishing shows in Europe is  taking place over in Germany. Ian Gordon is in great form, complete with kilt and drams flowing for visitors to his stand.  Gary Scott and Scott Mackenzie also have stands at the show.  There will be many stories to tell when they all get home but alas,  probably none I’m able to be share on my blog!!

This weeks sees me visiting the Tweed – I’m looking forward to catching up with some great ghillies and friends and hopefully the chance to dangle a line and maybe if I’m lucky connect with a wee bar of silver !

Tight lines everyone, look forward to seeing more photos of those hard fighting spring fish being caught and safely returned to the river!!

Mark

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