Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: River Nadder; North Tyne; River Orkla
Hello from a new member...
By way of introduction, I live in London but grew up in the country, in Buckinghamshire and on the west coast of Scotland and have been fishing for c.36 years. I was brought up fishing for brown trout and greyling on the river Nadder in Wiltshire near Salisbury, a tributary of the Avon, where I still fish today. This has been a completely wild fishery for about 12 years now and has become, in my experience, some of the best trout fishing water in Wiltshire and Hampshire.
I picked up a salmon rod aged 15 having read Hugh Falkus’s book cover to cover and un-gillied, caught my fist fish, a 3.5lb grilse at the end of my fist day with a 15’ split cane rod! I was only a small boy, but despite the stiffness, went on to catch a 13lber the next day and so began my love of salmon fishing. This all on the River Awe, close to our family home on the west coast of Scotland.
Like many I am sure, as an already compitant trout fisherman, I thought salmon fishing was a bit of a joke, based upon a lot of luck and rod effort. Most people I speak to today who tell me they fish for salmon, subscribe to this view. However, like many of you I’m sure, I realised after I met a couple of key mates/influences, that salmon fishing was the complete opposite.
For me, the beauty of salmon fishing is not only the technical skill required to present well and cover the water, or the theropy that is the feeling of a cast fully extending; nor is it just reading the water and wading a beautiful pool, fishing six different styles of cast to cover the fish; but these combined with the psychology of the salmon and the effects of the weather and the environment upon them.
I have been fortunate enough too meet some truly great salmon fisherman, to whom I owe many of my best moments in life. Through them I have become, along with a lot of practice, a compitant salmon fisherman and enjoy listening to those who share a similar passion and through whom I can learn more about it.
I fish the River Orkla in Norway, a grand river on a x3 mile beat near Meldal and a technically difficult but of water to fish, but a hugely rewarding one. I also fish the North Tyne and various smaller rivers in the U.K. and Norway by invitation.
I look forward to reading and occasionally contributing to Speypages...