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!

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!

The Lincolnshire (non) Poachers …

It was banter set to maximum force last week on the beat with Andy, Richard and Dave fishing with us for the whole week. It was the epitome of a memorable fishing experience for them and us, capped off nicely with this lovely 9lb fish out of Guay, followed by another out of Bridge. See you next year chaps!

The early bird catches … the first fish for August!

 A bright and early start paid off for Trevor Nicholson, returning to rediscover the beat this morning for the first time in a few years.  A beautiful 10lb fish landed and returned, and the first catch for August carefully registered – and all before half past nine in the morning!  We’re seeing a lot of fish lingering in the beat, particularly since the freshening up of the water after the recent showers, and we’re breaking out all the old favourite lures along with a couple of wildcards – let’s see what happens!

On the up, Down Under

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/travel/world/sampling-the-lures-of-modern-scotland-shooting-fishing-and-souffles-20170717-gxd5xh

We had a great time lately hosting Charis Perkins of the Australian Financial Review on her foray into the world of huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ as a guest of Visit Scotland – read her article here!

 

Crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s

Keeping up with the paperwork – a delighted Carol Scott gets the records up to date to include her lovely 9lb salmon (her first ever)  caught yesterday, despite the filthy weather!

 

Back shift belter

 

A cast or two in the evening paid off for Ross Haynes yesterday with this lovely ten pound salmon out of Bridge Pool on the fly – salmon don’t work 9 to 5 !!  June continues to be a month of mixed weather and water levels, but the recent rains certainly seem to have made a difference, and the fish coming through are in fine condition.

Rise and shine!

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With three fish in three days, June is hotting up at Dalguise Fishings. Recent rainfall seems to have done the trick and stirred the blood of our underwater opponents – strike while the iron is hot and book rods for Friday and Saturday!  This 10lb beauty gave quite a fight, of which more later!

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