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Willie Gunn 01-14-2006 05:53 AM

Scottish Season underway
The first fish was caught on the Helmsdale yesterday.


The first Springer in Scotland was taken on the Helmsdale today. Hugh Wilson ( Glasgow ) was the lucky angler. The sea-liced fish weighed in at 9.5lbs and was surprisingly caught in the Oasis pool on Bt 3. A 1 inch Willie gunn did the trick fished on a sink tip line. With mild temperatures and a large number of anglers expected tomorrow there is every chance of another fish off. Hugh wins the Bridge hotel trophy, complementry day tickets, 1 dozen Willie Gunns and a champagne dinner at the Quiet Piggy resturaunt Brora, and of course the wright to brag "I caught the first fish in Scotland". Last chance for a cast tomorrow so if you can make it, be there!! Dont forget to call at the Tackle shop for your killer flies and valuable advice.

Excellent choice of fly but not so pleased with the choice of line.

Salar 33 01-14-2006 07:42 AM

Dreaming of Scotland
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Dear WG,

A wee glass to Mr.Wilson.

Today I can only be there in my mind. I hope to be back in Scotland this year. It's so lovely in Helmsdale.

Móran taing,


juro 01-14-2006 09:25 AM

Congratulations to the lucky angler.

A sea-liced fish in January... life is good!

Willie Gunn 01-14-2006 12:49 PM

Just got a text message (txt mssg) from young Gordon Armstrong who was up on the Helmsdale today and apparently another fish was caught today. 8lb and sealiced.
Dissapointingly not by young Gordon

fredaevans 01-14-2006 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by Willie Gunn
Just got a text message (txt mssg) from young Gordon Armstrong who was up on the Helmsdale today and apparently another fish was caught today. 8lb and sealiced.
Dissapointingly not by young Gordon

What surprises me about Malcolm's post is the lack of 'crowing' about the first fish, and prizes, being "Willie Gunns."

Go figure?

Muckle Salmon 01-14-2006 06:40 PM

Still waiting to hear about Malcolm's January fish to complete the 12 month cycle.
I assume he is hard at work so that we can see history in the making.:wink:


G Ritchie 01-16-2006 02:37 PM

The season opened on some more rivers today. Gordon Armstrong got the first fish off the River Moriston. Well done Gordon.

juro 01-16-2006 02:43 PM

Great job Gordon!

I'm sure if it the fish' lie took a long and acurate cast you had it covered.


Willie Gunn 01-16-2006 04:01 PM

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Here is the lucky man with his fish. Nice looking fish

Charlie 01-17-2006 09:47 AM

Great looking fish! :whoa:

Have to love a nice chrome bright Salmon with that purple tint to there back.

Springers are the best.


Willie Gunn 01-17-2006 11:14 AM


Originally Posted by Charlie
Great looking fish! :whoa:


Ugly little bugger that caught it though.

Me affected by the green eyed devil ....Never

Muckle Salmon 01-17-2006 06:45 PM


Originally Posted by Charlie
Springers are the best.

Right you are Charlie:) , It's just too bad that we have to wait until June for spring to come for us:( . BTW how did you do in the phone in and are you going to Somerset?

Malcolm, how about giving us poor sods some vicarious pleasure by filling us in on your attempt to get a fish in every month of the season. We really are pulling for you;)


Charlie 01-18-2006 12:31 PM

I’m with Ramsay on this one. A blow by blow of the season according to Malcolm would be great.


P.S. Ramsay, did crappy on the phone in. Had some other things going on that day that tripped me up. I will be at Somerset. You going?

Willie Gunn 01-18-2006 12:36 PM

OK On Sunday I am heading north, with Mr and Mrs Jack of the Carron line fame and Mr Alan Williams Speyboard chairman. We have arranged 2 days on the Borgie and 1 on the Naver both these rivers expect early fish. I will probably do the Helmsdale on the way back. My season is a bit disruppted as I have just bought a house in Speyside and the solicitors are messing about, i was supposed to move last week but no chance.

I will do a daily report from up north.

Green Ghost 01-18-2006 03:13 PM

spring season
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The season for bright fish starts on June 1st in many (but not all) rivers in Quebec except on the Causapscal (May 15th).

However, Spring season for New Brunswick on the Miramichi starts on April 15th and that is only 87 days away. Here is one that was nice and bright allthough somewhat skinny and jumped 4 times. Released in great shape!

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