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This Saturday, March 15th, sees Coldingham Loch near Eyemouth reopening after it’s winter break. This popular fishery, one of the oldest in Scotland offers fishing from boats and the bank. A piper will lead the anglers cars from the front gate down to the loch. I am informed all the boats are booked but there is still some space to fish from the bank. Bacon sandwiches and pies will be available at lunchtime. This will be a very good day to be at Coldingham and the fishing will be first class. The new fishery at Thrunton Long Crag will be

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Still Waters are Warming Up!

This last week has really started to warm up temperature wise and consequently the still water trout are coming onto the feed. Young Tom from Derbyshire was visiting during his half term week, a week later than ours, and he really enjoys casting a fly line. My first visit to Chatton with him was on a cooler day, but he still managed to land a couple of trout using my hothead damsel fly. This fly is just a typical damsel pattern, olive in colour, with a bright orange beaded head. The trout were around the two and a half pound

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Salmon season up and running.

Great to report that the first spring salmon was caught on the Coquet during the afternoon of Wednesday 19th. The successful angler was Rob Stephenson from Seaton Devaval. Rob was fishing at the Jack Rock just above Warkworth. The salmon was around the nine pound mark and was caught on an Odin Spoon. Congratulations to Rob who wins the Coquet Trophy for a year, keeps a replica of the trophy, and also wins three years free fishing permits for the Coquet. I also heard that another spring fish was caught on the same day but not on the Federation water.

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Spring is in the air

The half term holiday is being enjoyed by many and spring is in the air. The first lambs are in the fields, the birds are all mated up, and the gorse and snowdrops are well out.The nights are much lighter for longer and hopefully the recent storms are behind us. I wanted to get myself a new fly reel, but was not sure which one to buy. I have always liked a click checked reel, they are the reels with a ratchet that make a lovely noise when a fish peels the line from the reel. Many anglers prefer the

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Here we go!

Saturday, February1st, brings the start of the 2014 salmon season on our regions rivers. My Coquet dropped through the letterbox this week. Lots of rods will be expected to fish on the Tweed and Tyne in particular. Anglers will be out too on the Coquet trying to catch the first spring fish of the season so they can claim the Coquet Trophy and three years free fishing. Permits for three years would cost over £350, so that is a good motivator in itself! Obviously the first fish has to be verified and any one catching what they think is the

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Fishing Report – Feeling Blue is Bliss

It has been a busy sort of week, fishing three fisheries, sorting out the technology side of the business and catching up with anglers I have not seen for a while. Alan and I visited Knitsley Mill fishery near Consett as we have not been there for ages. The old lodge has gone and has been replaced with a heated dry portocabin. The lakes remain the same but were coloured on the day. We caught fish, all around two pounds, using Klinkhammer Bloodworms and an Appertiser flies. I had to call in at Berwick one day, so I met up

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End of an Era

Last week saw my fishing mate Alan and myself visit our fishing beat on the North Tyne for the last time. I started my salmon fishing on the beat some fifteen years ago when a neighbour and good friend Don McGregor invited me on the river for a day.  Don passed away a few years back, but every time I catch a fish I am sure he is watching me. For a number of reasons Alan and myself decided to let our Sunday beat go and concentrate more on the Coquet and a new beat on the South Tyne. We

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Fishing Report – A Very Mixed Bag!

Been out three days this week and caught up with three good friends on other days. Good news from Thrunton Long Crag fishery. I called in there to see Chris and Jill to find out how things are developing. Changes all round, firstly the lodge is looking closer to completion. The wood burning stove is ready , the kitchen base units are all fitted and the disabled toilet is nearly there. The last time I was at Thrunton the diggers were busy with the second lake, now the lake is filling up and has two metres of water in it.

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Last week of the salmon.

Saturday, the last day of this month sees the end of the salmon season on Scottish rivers. November has had reasonable amounts of rain at times and we have had a good return of fish for the amount of time we have been on the Whiteadder. This week I took Jed onto the river to try and get him a salmon. As we travelled from Thorneyhaugh Holiday Cottages, (second visit this year, must be good ), to the borders we passed through a heavy snow shower. This disappeared before we arrived at our venue and the sun came out, a

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Here, There and Everywhere

Here, There and Everywhere. Retired, plenty of time to do what you want, it is true. It’s all about choices, and sometimes other people can not make the time which is convenient for you, pity really! Never mind! However, fishing last week with friends I was at Caistron, South Linden, Whinney Loch, Chatton and Langley Dam which is not bad for a week off from coaching. I popped up to Caistron to see Ricky and take some photographs incase I need them for my website. There was a strong wind and that made life difficult for those fishing on the

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