I am abroad until mid October and will be in only sporadic contact with my email therefore this report will remain unchanged until I return.
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The last week of the season has so far been difficult as we have missed out on all the rain again....story of the season! The good news is that it looks like the Opening days of 2014 will be 4 free public fishing days from Saturday 11th to Wednesday 15th excluding Sunday. I'll now be looking for an invite down to the Tweed in the meantime!
I had the pleasure of creating a new fly for the recently born Royal baby a couple of weeks ago, check out the article here - http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Helmsdale-fly-tier-creates-unique-salmon-fly-for-new-baby-prince-20092013.htm
Time is running out fast on the Helmsdale and there are only 2 weeks to go. The good news is that it has rained hard and there is more to come tonight and tomorrow, I'll be looking forward to a day off on the river Tuesday fishing some nice spate water hopefully!
The river gave up quite a few fish last week as Borrobol rods got off to a good start on beats 2 & 1. Monday was windy and cool and fish were up for some fun with many taking, rising and pulling once again. Interestingly the fly that was causing most havoc was an Icelandic pattern fished on a tiny treble size 14 - the Hauger, pic below
Total for the week must have been in the 50's so not all gloom & doom
Some pics of the low river with stones not seen for many years, below is the tail of the Flat pool at the top of the Association water
The Marrel...Read more
Latest fly Bogof closed but we will have another soon, thanks to all who took advantage..
Last week was almost a non event on the river and a non event with my internet connection at the weekend hence the late report. The good news is that temps are steadily dropping and this week has produced 8 fish in the last 2 days for Borrobol rods. We are seeing stones on the river which I only remember seeing as a boy! This is interesting in itself as all those high water salmon resting spots are abundantly clear now and the bed of the river is giving up it's mistique in most places.
Alistair Jappy had the only real success on the Association water landing a cracking 3lbs sea-trout on a Baby Td tube whilst salmon fishing. Not much else happened apart from most of the fish that were lying there appearing to move upstream or back out to sea with the uncumfortable low water level.