The Helmsdale suffered this week.
The Helmsdale suffered this week due to very unsettled conditions and high water. Around 10 fish were reported with the best weighing in at 20. 19 & 17lbs, excellent fish! Local Alexander Cowie landed one of them and his first of the season - a fine 17 pounder from the tail of the Flat pool on the Association water. The week ahead should bring some success to those who fish hard but the river needs to drop. If the weather settles down a little and we get a break from rain the Association water will offer a great chance of a hook up too - it fished well this time last year, we are on 4 off at the moment.
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Springers on the Sunray
Springers on the Sunray
They say variety is the spice of life, well, I think I we can safely apply this thinking to salmon fishing after my latest evening on the river Helmsdale!
The call came through – the shop was vacated and beat 5 was my destination for the last couple of hours of daylight. On arrival I was happy with my intermediate line and copper tube set up but I had forgotten my mitts and suffered until I acclimatised to the sharp north westerly wind racing down the strath.
I decided that the bottom half of the beat would offer the best prospects as a fish had come off the Breakwater pool on this section earlier in the day. The Kilearnan bridge pool was duly backed up first but no sign of a fish. Next it was up to the Breakwater and whilst fishing opposite Pilkington’s point a fresh fish jumped about 20yds below. I braced...Read more
Things have quietened down
Things have quietened down just a fraction on the Helmsdale since the last report. The monster fish reported last Wednesday was verified at 30.5 lbs and I saw him with my own eyes just hours after seeing a 29 pound Spey fish - what an incredible double to witness, I still can't quite believe my own eyes! Last week began with Adam Macdonald landing a nice Springer in the snow on the Bay beat 3 but ended up with surprisingly only 9 off the river. On Monday 31st March the Helmsdale produced its best day of the season with 8 fine fish and the best return of 3 from Suisgill rods on beat 2. Tuesday was quieter and I would have to report that the highlight was my 8lbs fish from Wigans' draw on the Association water at 7.45pm. We now have 3 fish off the Association water ( brother Andy taking the first two ) and it is very much worth a cast for visiting anglers as salmon are on the move daily. The Helmsdale & District...Read more