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January

28/01/2008

Ronald Sutherland

28/01/2008

Another week has passed on the Helmsdale with no sign of a fish

Another week has passed on the Helmsdale with no sign of a fish. It is still early days of course and high water levels have washed out the last few but temperatures have increased and prospects are looking more favourable for the week ahead. If all rods fish and water levels continue to drop I fancy this week could provide our first fresh runner. Today ( Jan 27th ) the river is at a season high 43 degrees - air temp 50, this will certainly draw fish in.

However - There is an added incentive to get the rod out early this year, the lucky angler who captures the first salmon will receive an extra £100 tackle voucher from the Helmsdale Tackle Shop as well as all the other goodies on offer – but there is a catch! The salmon must be returned safely to pick up the extra Tackle Shop bonus.

Please handle such fish with great care and take some photos quickly for verification...

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January

23/01/2008

Ronald Sutherland

23/01/2008

Helmsdale River opening 2008

A record gathering of 170 rods signed in for a free cast on the river Helmsdale today. Fabulous weather conditions greeted the huge expectant crowd this morning and it was local long serving angler George Sutherland who had the honour of casting the first fly. River board manager Sir Michael Wigan welcolmed everyone, wished them good luck, and stressed that kelts should be returned with care.

The water level was a very encouraging 1ft 8 and dropping fast, the water temperature however was a bone-chilling 35 degrees. Unfortunately no springers were reported at the end of the day...maybe tomorrow!

George Sutherland (below) casting the first fly above the Telford Bridge on the Association water.

 

George Sutherland (below) casting the first fly above the Telford Bridge on the Association water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January

23/01/2008

Ronald Sutherland

23/01/2008

Helmsdale River opening 2008 Day Two

Day two of the free fishing saw another large turnout on the river with many anglers fishing the Helmsdale for the first time. After an early frost, fishing conditions were favourable once again as the river had dropped to around 1ft 3, The only negative aspect being the water temp - a mere 35 degrees. With river water temperatures so low we do not expect too many spring salmon to be coaxed out of the warmer sea so it was no surprise that the day provided another blank. If the forecast is correct we should experience milder conditions this week ahead.....I might just be forced to have an odd cast in my lunch breaks, watch this space!

Many thanks to all who attended yet again to make the past three days a spectacular occasion for the village.

Published on Wednesday 23 January 2008 by Ronald Sutherland

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January

23/01/2008

Ronald Sutherland

23/01/2008

The first full week of the season 2008

 

The first full week of the season has come to an end and we have nothing to show for it. There have been 5 rawners (male) and 1 baggot (female) reported caught but no sign of any fresh run salmon yet. The amount of rawners caught this season is high and is a sure sign of the seasonal change we are witnessing everywhere. The river temperature has been a consistently low 35 - 36 degrees all week which is around 2 degrees lower than the temperature of the inner Moray Firth, I fear we will not see too many springers enter the system until river temps rise.

Fly of the Month - The Willie Gunn (below), in any shape or form, this fly is an early Spring legend fished on a fairly large tube.

 

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Published on Wednesday 23 January 2008 by Ronald...

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