Salmon Fly Fishing on South Tyne River

Salmon Fly Fishing on South Tyne River


I have never been in Manchester before. After the flight, I managed to see a little piece of the city through the train’s windows. We were waiting for Stoyan while we were drinking an ale, catching on another train in Carlisle. Jim gave us a ride from the last train station to his place (where we stayed at) and it turned out that he has a birthday on the exact same day. Because of Jim’s lovely family and the traditional English dishes, I had the feeling that I’ve been trapped in Jamie Oliver’s cooking show. Classic – the farm is located on the bank of Tain river, on the border between England and Scotland In every moment of my trip there, I expected Bertie Wooster and his housekeeper Jeeves, characters in a book of my favourite author P.G.Wodehouse, instead of Stoyan. You already want to be there, right?… I want it too … South Tain River As usually, we used two-handed fly rods around 8/9 class and around 13 feet length My fishing line – backing, running line, shooting head, polyleader and 0.33 mm fluorocarbon tippet … and of course – switch / spey cast – I felt prepared … Depending on the pool (area) I persistently changed heads and leaders, searching for the most appropriate level for leading my salmon flies. Switch cast and mending … After that went two or three steps along the river. In this way I could fishing all the area. The whole beat of Lambley in which we could go fishing, was divided to 5-6 pools between the rapids, in which salmons stop to rest from their movement opposite the stream. We walked together on the bank and divided the perspective places in the different areas. Meanwhile, salmons couldn’t stop jumping on a meter above the water. But this can’t be described. It must be experienced… My dream came true – I was run into a salmon river, passed flies tied by me with two-handed rod and in front of me salmons couldn’t stop jumping above the water surface. I always write my homework – I’ve tied about 200 new salmon flies ! And salmon kept on jumping… And there I got it … to the closest pool to the farm – Home pool An amazing fish which decided to show us all of her splendor with a meter high jump in the air, right after George came from one of the other pools Then there was a long but worthy fight, which ended with laced over the rocks in front of me fish with a meter length There was no need of landing net – George picked up the salmon straight for its tail and I picked up the camera. The salmon was 98 cm long and it weighted 28 lbs ! A picture of the fish was published in “Trout & Salmon” magazine – January 2018 In the hours after fishing – we gave ourselves to tying flies, cooking and of course – drinking beer and whiskey After a few gone and two caught salmons, it turned out that in this quietly low water, fishes prefer little black flies Fishes wanted the flies to pass very close to them and to the bottom, which implied the corresponding losses In the evenings we tied little black flies on double salmon hooks or short tubeflies And the salmons still couldn’t stop jumping …

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