Photograph by Steve Barnett

Saturday, 28 June 2014

A Wet Fly Interlude...

Right up to the last minute this year, it was doubtful whether your faithful blogger was going to be able to again join Dave Wallace's party on it's annual visit to the Dee in Aberdeenshire.  After the best part of a week in hospital with a tube in the left arm and some dedicated nursing there was just a week to try and recover enough to withstand the rigours of flinging a big wet fly about, all day every day for a week.  The snag was it all depended on the results of some final tests.  Fortunately the all clear was given with the doctor's proviso not to overdo things and to rest every hour or so for a while.

It turns out that the Dee, this year, is proving hard but ignorance is bliss and your correspondent simply assumed it is always difficult to find a salmon prepared to take your fly.  Anyway luck favours the lucky and now the ambition to catch a salmon on a double handed rod with a self-tied fly (a Tosh on a size 12 low water debarbed double) has definitely been achieved. 

This is not a sea trout!

Now it is time to get back to some dry fly fishing with little flies on a little river and to look forward to next year's wet fly trip to the Dee...

Regular Rod


  1. Rod I hope your doing well. Fine care and your angling attitude should help.
    Nice fly, and the salmon's not bad either.
    The best to you.....

    1. Thank you. Very much on the mend now. The final polish to my condition will no doubt soon be achieved by some gentle evenings stalking our local trout during a return of the Sherry Spinners...

  2. Hey Rod, I'm very glad to hear you're on the mend. That's a fine fish and not a bad beginning.

  3. Glad to hear you are on the mend! Will be looking forward to some reports with the dry fly.

  4. It's good to see that you're all recovered and back on the river and I fully expect to hear more entertaining stories about that monster trout you spotted !