Prior to a week’s non fishing holiday (walking, drinking eating and wildlife watching) in Scotland, I lined up 3 days leave to have a go at the salmon with a bit of water in the systems. The plan was – Wednesday fish the Ribble, Thursday on the Eden and make a decision on Friday based on the 2 previous days – but the Lune looked out of the picture due to dire reports on the web etc…
I didn’t see a fish Wednesday on the Ribble at Sunderland Hall, but had a good catch-up with Boo and cousin Mike, although Mike was on the opposite bank!
Thursday I had the morning booked on Waters Meet, where the Eamont meets the Eden and despite a late start, I saw more fish in the morning than I’d probably seen all year. All these fish seemed destined for the Eamont, so I went up to Honeypot in the afternoon but failed to catch, but again I saw fish …. enough to decide Friday’s location.
On Friday I went straight to Honeypot and started on Church stream. A quarter of the way down the run there’s a great big boulder midstream which throws a great big wake either side and good hole behind, all in all it screams fish and first swing across results with a fish. I’d love to catch enough salmon each year to actually enjoy the fight but it was a very tense affair but eventually it hit the net at around 9lbs, luckily as I was un-hooking her, Mark Strong came by so a couple of photos were taken before a safe return.
The “salar gods” had clearly decided that I’d had enough fun for now because I didn’t see another fish all day and the Sunday after returning from Scotland I blanked again on the Ribble in the company of Jon again without a sight of a fish all day.
So we approach the last weekend of the season (Ribble & Lune – Eden already finished) with both days looking like the Ribble unless the Lune surprises the hell out of me and reports of fish start coming through.