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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Wednesday 23 January 2008 by Ronald Sutherland

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