WE HOPE that everyone is enjoying a summer of fishing. The changing weather has created some excellent conditions between storms.
My friend cried on a road trip last week, deciding to paint in the house to avoid heavy rains that fortunately did not appear until after the rest of us had landed a bag full of bass and we were having a celebratory shandy in the way back. .
The much needed rains have flooded the rivers and brought a new silver streak with grilse, salmon and sea trout that appear in decent numbers in the reports of the rivers from the Nith to the Spey.
At this time of the year, with an avalanche, it is worth looking for the deepest holes and keeping the pools in the river and turning an arrow to look for fresh fish. If you are on the flight, floating lines, short intermediates, sinking points and 8-foot leaders are the order of the day.
For me, in high waters, I will tend towards bright flies and lures to stand out against the water that may look like black tea. Good salmon fishermen will make their flies, lures and worms work through the heavy flow, dropping them between the pots in an attractive way. And there's nothing like watching fresh fish jumping or the drums of jungle fish being caught pounding to fill you with confidence.
There are congratulations to salmon fishing. They are uniquely impressive fish that enter and leave the rivers, often leaving fishermen scratching their heads. But someone recently told me that, for him, there is an emotion in catching them that does not happen with other fish.
He calculated that people see you catching trout or pike and, unless he is a giant, they will tend not to react. But when you have eaten a salmon, there is something else that arouses your interest. He didn't know if it was reputation or mystical, but they have something different about them. I love to see a fish that seems too big for the river where I usually catch small brownies. Then, hook one and explode and look helplessly while trying to run back to the sea.
Drowning prevention campaign Respect the water of RNLI has been promoting Float to Live this summer.
Every year, almost 200 people drown in UK waters. Many of them are people who did not plan to enter the water and more than a quarter are in Scotland.
With our cold and stormy waters, it can be dangerous even in summer. Remember to check your equipment before going to the coast.
Don't take risks you don't need and follow the #FloatToLive online campaign. https://www.respectthewater.com/ for more details.
Fish of the week
The winner of the Daiwa fish of the week is Sandy Reed with a Red Gurnard thief. Sandy was fishing a floating barley platform with mussels and squid on Scrabster's Eun Na Mara ship when she broke the club record with this almost 2-pound fish.
Send your ticket to: Fish of the Week, Glasgow Angling Center, Unit 1, Point Retail Park, 29 Saracen Street, Glasgow G22 5HT, or send an email with a photo and your full address to [email protected]