No pressure?

Ian King inks in his 2018 opening catch.

With the winter weather hopefully on the wane, we wait impatiently for a bit of high pressure in the atmosphere and on the riverbank.

The beat has had its taste of adrenaline for sure, with Ian King’s opening 6lb springer out of Otterstone, and the heartbreaking loss of a far larger fish the same day just the distance of a landing net from his feet, followed at the end of the month by Keith Wight’s capture of a 8lb fish from Guay Pool on the fly in 2 degree water.

With March underway we wait with bated breath for the first catch of the month – with big fish throughout the system the outlook is good, so it’s all down to you, folks, get casting!

Fish, eat, sleep, repeat.

The catch records book at the beat starts back in 2005 – and popping up there, and practically every year thereafter, are Stephen Lakin and Diccon Jordan. The Lakin party were with us again at the end of September, and it was great to have them back, making good use of the upgraded facilities at the lodge, and doing their very utmost in skilled contention against our finny residents. It was Salmon 1 Lakin party 0 this time – but there’s plenty of room in the book for years to come!

Corporate company – and cake

Tony Fraser of Skene Group brought company at the end of September in the shape of the corporate group from Thistle Building Supplies. Taking a well deserved time-out at the beat seemed to suit everybody very well, particularly when Ian Clyde landed a 13lb fish in Guay pool.

Apart from the thrill of a catch, the other thing all our guests seem to have in common is a love of food – bangers and mash and onion gravy staved off any post-wading chills, followed by home-made gingerbread. So much gingerbread.

Hope you see you again soon, chaps!