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Classic Atlantic Salmon No pursuit rivals salmon rivers, flies & legacy

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Old 03-10-2004, 08:19 AM
mickgbell mickgbell is offline
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Graham. Arrived to a river full of grue. Monday morning spent chatting, settled down to a serious lunch of foie gras and quails eggs supported by a rather super bottle of d' Yqeum 1986. Afternoon no better fishing wise so we waded into magnums of Bollinger to keep our spirits up. A very sunny afternoon complimented with good company. We raided the Banchory chinese Restaurant in the evening and drowned ourselves in Sake.
Waders arrived by post on tuesday morning courtesy of long suffering wife back in Surrey ! River full of grue so we got the clay pigeon trap out and blasted away, probably not the best of ideas to position the trap under the telephone cables running to Martin Haywards house (head Ghillie) but I think he will get a couple of weeks use out of them before he has to ring the telephone board. Lord Bagnall provided lunch of roast pork and apple sarnies washed down with bottles of superb Grand Cru Chablis, the year escapes me, ran low on KRUG so had to pop into Banchory for supplies...Safeways wine selection is actually rather good..made a bit of a tit of myself walking around the supermarket in an RAF flying suit and donkey boots but kept the till staff amused. returned back to river , looking a little better and carried on drinking... three hours later the ghillies and invited guests persuaded me to demonstrate the snake roll which I did and enjoyed showing off.....right up to the point I got ran over by an iceburg and went swimming..good job the air temperature had risen to -2 otherwise I would have frozen. Had to be carried to the fishing lodge and stripped naked..the violent shakes were only calmed by large tots of Pursers Rum. Ghillies left and arrived back with cameras and new kit. Rest of that evening is a bit of a blur...I was however made an Honourary member of the Cambridge University Naval Troop. (!) ......TBC.........

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Old 03-10-2004, 08:37 AM
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Head rather sore on wednesday morning but cleared at the sight of a clean river, fished The Fawn with the new Mosquito flies Paul Locke kindly sent down and had a kelt third cast...one other fish taken for the day( another kelt)..Left for the airport at 1400 and arrived three hours early due to Mr Everett not being able to read properly. All in all a lovely three days but rubbish fishing. Team 2 arrived Thursday morning and Mr Everett junior surpassed himself by catching a 22 pounder, when he wasn't shaking kelts off the hook.........I can't bring myself to ring him again so I don't know what happened Friday and Saturday.... he keeps ringing me on my mobile and leaving messages but stuff him. Tweed over Easter should be interesting !!
How are things your end ?!
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Old 03-10-2004, 08:48 AM
G Ritchie G Ritchie is offline
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Had 4 fresh fish during February, 2 from the Dee and 2 from the Spey. Things have been quieter since that last heavy snowfall. Fished Aboyne Castle on the Dee on monday, caught 8 kelts but no fresh fish. Fishing with 'Willie Gunn' tomorrow on the Spey.
On the Dee just above where you were fishing they had 9 fresh fish at Woodend on Friday including a 25 pounder and on monday they had 8 fresh fish off Ballogie.
Graham Ritchie

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Old 03-10-2004, 09:04 AM
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Graham. Good start ! It looks like you could fill your boots on the Dee, the weekend is going to be milder...looks like I've got some catching up to do !!
Just booked a beat on the Taw for three weeks time.
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