The rain has come!

Ronald Sutherland

Last week provided around 40 - 50 fish for the 12 rods fishing the beats on the river. A few estates had catches in the teens whilst the rest struggled to tempt a handful of fish. For the time of year these catches make dismal reading but it is the same everywhere up here. The Association water pirked up a little towards the end of the week and 8 - 9 fish were landed by locals and visitors.

Today, the Helmsdale river has risen to over 2ft and it looks like more heavy rain is forecast for the rest of the day. I have a feeling that the week ahead is going to be the best week of the summer as long as there are fish in the sea to come in. Most of the country looks to be under a swathe of rain bearing cloud so many rivers will be on the up and bigger flies should work a treat this week. A perfect chance to try some of our deadly feeler tube flies (below) which I have designed to bridge the gap between Iceland's biggest ever killer fly and some of our more traditional UK tube flies. The concept has proven to work all over the Northern hemisphere for Atlantic salmon - this fly ticks all the boxes, keep ahead of the game and get some on the end of your line before the season ends. The aluminium model works best on sinking lines and poly-tips and the copper tubes fish superb off full floating lines.

Feeler flies/Frances

The Helmsdale Highland games are fast approaching and we have all the latest top of the range rods from Loomis on display this year, we will be using these in the casting competitions so well worth coming along to try them out. Supreme power, amazing lightness, titanium recoil eyes, these rods have it all and i expect to see great distances lashed out this year by our winners. Competitions are Salmon for distance, trout for distance and trout accuracy and all are free to enter.

I will also have Mackenzie DTX rods & his new twin lines + new lines from Carron Jetstream on demo at 55 & 65ft head length. Mackenzie lines are now available in 51, 56 & 64ft heads. Come along and see what you are missing!

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