Dumfries and Galloway

Stories from the Castle

Closeburn Castle, that is, where a timeshare rod gives me fishing for weeks in late April, July and October. The proper salmon week is October but no one told my father this: he's caught fresh summer salmon of 13lb, 11lb, and now, pictured here, this 9 3/4-pounder he caught three days ago, in each of the last three Julys. The fish took a Rapala in high but clearing water (plus 2ft) after I'd been down the pool with the fly-rod. ... Full story

Flies for the Nith in July

A week today I'll be fishing my 'home' river, the Nith in Dumfries and Galloway. It's encouraging to see the amount of rainfall up there, as fish were in the river even before the rains started several weeks ago. Today the river was up around the spinning mark and there's heavy rain forecast tonight.. ... Full story

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