Many of the days this summer were wall to wall blue sky;
Edwards tactics is well worth the effort for those of us fit enough to do it!
Mrs Litton averaged a fish a day for her week, not many people can claim such a good result this year.
Not only that she finished her week with a 20 pounder on the Saturday.
I really did think that if I waited long enough to do my blog, there would be some really sensational news to be had, but unfortunately or fortunately as the case may be, the season is now over for many rivers and the news is still not good. It sounds like most rivers are down by around 50% on the average catch, and of course every one of us wants to know why? Personally I feel there will be multiple reasons for this, not least global warming which may well have triggered the necessity for our salmon to find different feeding sources, possibly further afield and subsequently up against competition which may have proved to be fatal for them on a massive scale. If this theory holds any water then presumably those that have survived are still some way from home and hopefully will turn up next year, possibly as Springer’s, well it’s a nice thought, and all we can do is wait and see.
Mackerel and Herring are apparently in abundance in some parts of the North sea, they seem to have cracked the global warming system much to their advantage, at least for the time being. This been the case I find it difficult to believe that the Atlantic Salmon cannot do likewise.
“Brian Poe comments on the Oykel 13’6″”
“Its a beautifully built rod and I felt that it was very relaxing to fish with when I tried it out recently on the Upper Oykel… in fact, it slowed me down and made me think a bit more about what I was doing. Very enjoyable.”
The 13’6” is the 4th rod that Bruce and Walker have produced for me to my own specifications. It was a year from concept to river bank, to get it exactly as I wanted it. Using the very latest mix of carbons and resins, combined with specific tapers, to produce even greater results than I could imagine;
The 13’6” is not a rod for tournament casting or extreme distance; instead it is a rod for complete relaxation whilst at the same time achieving the perfect distance and a range of casting options, effortlessly. As per my instructions to B&W, it has an all through action just like Greenheart, which of course was the rod I used in my younger days. They were very powerful and would allow you to get your fly exactly where you wanted, without much bother, provided you had the strength to wield it all day! Now this relaxing action combined with the lightness, and technology of modern materials makes it possible to generate and achieve even more power effortlessly all day long, with accuracy and very delicate presentation. Although I say so myself, it really is a dream come true, and not only that, it is hand made in Great Britain.