Tidying up time nearly ready for tying flies



Under the circumstances of what was for the most part a very strange season i was really delighted to land 39 Salmon and 25 Grilse a total of 64 to my own rod. I landed my first Salmon of the season on February 21st an 8lb springer in the Raven pool the river was approx 1ft 2 inch this was the first salmon off any of the Kyle rivers.

Of the 64 Salmon & Grilse i caught last season i landed 56 of them on the Kyle’y, Kyle’y shrimp, or Kyley tube, another 7 were caught on the Collie dog, and 1 salmon was caught on the Soldier palmer. I was delighted with my 40th salmon actually a 4lb grilse that i caught on the Kyle above the Honey pot, on July 27th as it was my 1400 hundredth salmon.

I was sorting some old boxes and stuff out as i put my gear away for the season i came across large single Silver grey single and a large Tadpole waddington in a packet in an old box i remember being given them by Neil Graesser back about 1992 or 93 does not seem that long ago. I remember Neil wading into the Bank pool  at Braelangwell and casting the packet containing the flies cross to me on the other bank! he originated the Tadpole and he had some old single silver greys some massive 9/0s that was his favourite old classic fly I tied some hairwing and feather wing tadpoles and silver greys for him to return the compliment the next time i saw him.

 Also came across couple of old casts in packets of my fathers I was wondering how old they were, after i took photo noticed date 1951 on them ! also a very old braided gut cast. The three big salmon flies are flies a few that i kept left over from flies i was sent as examples for flies i tied for people who fished in Norway the top one is a massive fly 4 and a quarter inches long and very heavily dressed i copied it from a fly i was sent, it was fished on the Alta and Namsen rivers the middle one is called a Phatagorva and was primarily fished on the Alta a similar pattern in the style of the Phatagorva heavily dressed, although predominantly darkish blue is the Mikkeli blue, and both these fished with good success on the Rivers Alta, Tana, and Lakselv , one of the ones i tied landed fish of just under 40lbs and another just over 40 lbs and apparently a massive fish was played on the Mikkeli blue up around 50lbs! before it threw the hook.

The bottom one is again copied from a pattern i was sent i think its a resembles a Morrum spey it was fished on various Norwegian rivers and interestingly on the Spey. Some flies are just favourites of the angler who has tweaked the pattern slightly or if not a fly tyer himself described to some one who is what he would like,

I remember tying up years ago tying up a fly that fished well in northern Norway including the Alta called a long legged brunette it was basically a hair winged version of the old classic Lady Caroline, i still have one i seen it recently but at present can’t put my hands on it as i tidy my fly tying gear up it will no doubt turn up. I will just stick to my basically two patterns Kyle’y and Collie dog and the photo is of the materials needed to tie up the Kyle’y

Aly Morris just e mailed me this photo yesterday an Interesting photo Aly was walking the river and just above the Little falls she saw the two salmon a cock and a hen washed up on to a tree . They were most likely taking part in the spawning due to the recent very cold spell and weakened by the spawning with no time to recover could not cope with a rapid rise in the river

Cornhill totals 2017


The total catch for the season at Cornhill beat 2017 was as follows we had 35 Salmon and 31 Grilse giving a total of 66.

For me the most noticeable feature of what was a very strange un predictable season other than the very  unusual behavior of the fish which was not at all helpful to the angler, the major factor was also the lack of Summer and back end salmon personally in that case I think it is the worst i have ever seen. The grilse were not terribly abundant anyway and normally these little fish are good takers suicidal at times not this year they were very loathe to take or even show interest in a fly we had the usual mix of some very small grilse that seem to be becoming more and more common  i had one that would barely have been 2lbs. The spring salmon weights were down slightly but that is them back to roughly what they generally were we were spoilt for a couple of seasons 2013 in particular when the spring salmon were probably the best quality i had ever seen oh how things change.

However for me this year the summer and back end salmon were noticeable in their absence, Does this mean bigger two sea winter salmon next year ? that would be the optimistic way of looking at it we shall see, I am a bit of a pessimist that way i am never completely disappointed !

In season 2011 i remember landing a 20lb salmon in the Honey pot on July 9th and 10 days later landing a 26.5 lb salmon in the Oystercatcher pool ( The Lairds cast from Gledfield bank ) and it was not that unusual to encounter bigger salmon in late August and through September I remember one particular week in late September at Cornhill we landed 21 salmon for 5 days fishing as the Monday was un fishable due to enormous water we landed an 18lb an 19lb and a fish of around 20 or 21lbs lost in the Wall pool.

You do not need to focus on these big fish as they are really good fish by any standards it was run of the mill summer and back end salmon that were absent this year your 8lb.9lb.and 10lb fish. It was very common to encounter 10 and 12 pounders and by no means unusual to get into 14 or 15pounders, I remember about three years ago during the last week of the season hooking playing and losing in the McKenzie pool a really good salmon of around 18 to 20lbs i put note in game book pertaining to that fact, the next day Alf Gamblin was fishing Cornhill i was on the opposite bank at Gledfield i shouted to Alf asking if he had done any good he replied that he had hooked my big fish in the exact same lie, he had seen my comment in the game book the salmon had a charmed life  as it also threw Alf’s hook.

The best salmon we had this season was 14lbs springer from Raven pool