A mammoth battle today for Harry McCombie, long time friend of the beat and syndicate member. Harry decreed before stepping on the boat that being in possession of both his lucky bunnet and a shiny new Skagit line, it was going to be a good day.

A pleasant morning spent roping down Island pool didn’t knock his confidence. With half an hour till lunch, a quick harl below Otterstone seemed in order …… then all plans for lunch were abandoned with the onset of an epic face-off against an extremely feisty springer!

15lb of pure muscle, disinclined to give up gracefully, cunningly using the fast flowing areas of the river to its full advantage, was finally landed long enough for a photo-opportunity before firing back off into the current with a single kick of the tail – and we’ve no doubt Harry’ll be in that hat next week….