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Old 01-11-2005, 07:16 AM
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2005 Season opens in Scotland

The 2005 salmon season has opened in Scotland. Not all rivers open on the same day, today the 11th Jan the Helmsdale and the Thurso have started. Today’s forecast is poor with gales and driving rain but I know the Helmsdale will be busy, Every year the estates allow free fishing on the opening two days.
I am giving today a miss and saving myself for Saturday when the Ness system opens, along with the Tay. Next month I have organised fishing on the opening day of the Dee (1st Feb) and the Spey (11th Feb). I hope to get up to date reports.
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Bad man

It is almost 5 months until our salmon season opens over here in the land of snow and ice and you have the nerve to post stuff like this! You are an evil,evil man Willie Gunn.
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Gordon Armstrong is out fishing to-day but he is young and keen. I hope he will report his lack of sucess later this evening. We are both fishing Saturday, you still have time to get over for another chance of a Ness system fish. You know you are welcome
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Fishing the Ness on Sat.

Thanks Willie. Thought I might take you up on the invitation so told the wife I was going fishing on Sat.. She said "thats nice but I thought there wasn't anywhere to fish just now. Where are you going?"
I said Scotland. Then I ran like hell
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Helmsdale opening day

Managed to make the opening day to the River Helmsdale yesterday.

The day before my local river (River Ness) was bursting its banks. However, with a phone call the the local fishing tackle shop in Helmsdale, I was assured that water conditions would be in good order. I found this hard to belive, in that only live an hours drive away.

Anyway, On arrival, I was proved wrong, with the water dropping at 2.5ft,clear and with very little wind. Almost perfect!

One of the local pipe bands, piped what appeared to be 50-70 anglers to the rivers edge, to start the new season. I felt this was a really good touch to the opening day cereremony.

Apart from a few kelts (well mended), things were quiet and there was no sign of that elusive January springer. However, It was good crack to meet up with a few freinds and wet a line after a long and wet winter!

As Malcolm said, its the upper Ness system opening day on Satuarday. Having phones the factor of the river today things don't look good. fingers crossed!

Gordon

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The light wind in the morning on the Helmsdale, was like a child with a box of chocolates and didn't know when to stop. By the evening, winds of over 100mph were recorded. A possible opportunity for long distance dapping?

I will try and get some photos of the opening day!
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It's still a long time until the rivers in Norway opens, but it's allways fun to read reports from other rivers in other countries. I usually check the sites of fishscotland (spey, dee, tay, tweed and the esks) a few times a week, but is there any other sites on the internet which gives good reports from the other rivers?
Well, I check back here on monday to see Willie Gunn's report from River Ness, remember to take pictures of the springers before you release them
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Thumbs up Way to go Gordon

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I know the Helmsdale will be busy, Every year the estates allow free fishing on the opening two days.
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Gordon, It is nice to see that someone is holding up the reputation of the Scots.
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