Flying C’s and flying starts

The origins of the Swashbuckler Trophy initiated by Dalguise regulars the Briggs party are probably best veiled in mystery, much like the rules for the winning of it. The almost casual lifting of this 9lb salmon by Gus Briggs from the slow chilly depths of the prime holding pool at Bridge must have him in the running, we reckon!

The cold never bothers us anyway…

As our little corner of Scotland has its first dash of snow for the winter, its a reminder of what a contrary breed the salmon fisher has to be.  While everyone else shivers we are of good cheer – the more snow in the mountains the better, as far as next season is concerned.  A slow melt release for the spring will add to the extra water from the newly redeemed Garry, encouraging multi sea winter fish on their migration from Greenland up to the tributaries – preferably with a timely pit-stop at Dalguise beat, of course…. Bank up the fire, and let it snow!

The image of delight

As Robin Buxton safely returns a 14lb hen fish to the water, thereby ending a 20-year gap between catches, we offer our heartiest congratulations. Not one to let the fun stop there, Robin went on to catch and return another 14lber, thereby earning himself the Swashbuckler Cup (Senior Competition) for 2017. We’re so glad for Robin – and we’re just not going to mention Jonathan’s trousers….

Fish, fish, and more fish…..

The foul weather hasn’t put a dent in the spirits of the Briggs party this week, and no wonder.  Five fish so far, and still two days of fishing left….  this is our starter for ten, Jonathan’s grilse from Monday, and more to come!