Salmon prove elusive as season gets going

Saturday, the first of the month, saw a good turn-out of rods on the Coquet for the first day of the 2014 salmon season.

There were 16 anglers down on the tidal stretch keen to get their lines in the river and hopefully land that first spring fish.

Some guys were spinning, while others were using their fly rods.

However, despite all the determined efforts no salmon were caught.

Saturday night saw more rain and the Coquet was not in the best of condition during Sunday.

Monday morning found the river at a nice height and with a lovely colour – favourable conditions.

No call yet, so that first salmon must be still in the river. Hopefully, someone will have a broad smile on their face soon and will claim the prizes for landing the first ‘springer.’

As I reported last week, I was waiting to pick up my new flyers for promoting my coaching business. They arrived today and I am very pleased with them. I changed the design somewhat and included my gift vouchers on them.

Talking about gift vouchers, I am getting requests already for them as surprise presents for Valentine’s Day.

Anyway, I will have to start putting in the miles to distribute the flyers throughout the county. I enjoy doing that as I meet many friends and have a good catch-up.

Caistron Trout Fishery has an open weekend this Saturday and Sunday for any anglers who wish to find out about, and perhaps join, the fishery as a member.

All the details are on their website and Ricky will only be too delighted to discuss the membership details with anyone who turns up at the fishery over the weekend.

The fishery itself has been producing fish this week to lures that have been worked slowly and deep on sinking lines.

I had a real challenge at Chatton Fishery this week.

Richard, who lives in the same street, has put pike fishing behind him and is now taking up fly-fishing again. I told him I did a fly selection for still-waters, 15 patterns that would catch a trout at any time during the year. He bought a box and off we went to Chatton on a cool, bright and very windy morning.

There were not a lot of rods out, probably because of the weather. We fished for a couple of hours with our floating lines and did not get a bite.

However, after a bacon and egg sandwich, Richard played and landed a nice 2½lb trout.

Great, pressure off, my fly selection worked. He was delighted because the wind was increasing and his Hardy Sintrix rod was managing the conditions well.

Shortly afterwards, I caught a similar-sized fish casting my line only six feet out and parallel to the bank. I find a lot of fish are patrolling along the banks at this time of year.

Alan and I had a day at Whinney Loch to meet up with Paul who lives in Glasgow. He is a good friend, good company and he ties a mean fly too.

Paul is always experimenting with new patterns and different materials. He gives me his new samples to try and to report back my findings, good fun.

We all caught trout using different flies; Alan caught all his fish using bloodworms, Paul caught using buzzers, and I had my fish on nymphs. It was strange because we all tried using other people’s patterns, but we all only caught on one type of fly.

Back into school this week, trying to get more youngsters and their parents interested in fishing.

It will bring back many happy memories of full-time teaching, but I must admit I do not miss the constant pressure of the classroom.

I much prefer the still-water and river classrooms I have at the moment.