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February

2 fish off.

Ronald Sutherland

After the dust settled on last weeks first fish excitement, Kildonan ghillie Martin Grant caught (and returned) a second fish of 14lbs from the Tail of the Bay beat 3. Martin was fishing a large Willie Gunn style conehead tube. 

A few more youtube clips of the Helmsdale river in spring here - http://www.youtube.com/user/helmiesutherland?feature=guide

Congratulations go to local Free Church Minister Eric Paterson (Golspie) for catching the first fish of the season. Eric was fishing beat 1 Upper Caen pool on Achentoul rods when he landed the crome fresh 9 pounder. The old favourite Gold bodied Willie Gunn copper tube 1.5" and a gold Salar double did the trick. Eric returned the fish to fight another day and wins the Bridge Hotel trophy, A bottle of Clynelish and a selection of deadly Helmsdale flies. 

We are very lucky to see these excellent photographs of the fish as Eric was fishing by himself when he landed the fish. In a slight quandry he held the fish in his net in the water for a few minutes and managed to flag down another passing angler Donald Stewart. Donald took these excellent photo's and captured the memorable moment for Eric. We are off and running!

Eric first fish

A classic spring torpedo with thick set shoulders - no second guessing the quality of this one!

Eric receiving all the prizes from Tackle shop owner Ronald Sutherland

Eric & Ron

Gold Bodied Willie Gunn copper tube which did the trick! Buy them right here....

RS Gold Bodied Willie Gunn

Lovely Springer Eric well done! Postmistress Karen Sutherland wins the first fish sweep (£50) for drawing the Upper Caen pool!

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