Its springtime not that the weather has changed dramatically; the next few weeks will see the normal ebbing and flowing of temperature as winter fades and spring and summer take control. It’s not an inspiring time for sea fishing though its always worth having a go as there will be late winter fish and early arrivals.
Springtime to me is about salmon, trout and sea trout. Salmon are scarce at this time but if caught are the ultimate prize. The river has to be right though and opening day saw heavy rain begin to swell the rivers. This did not dampen enthusiasm as I joined over thirty keen anglers in the Rising Sun Inn at Umberleigh keen to toast the new season. There was the inevitable reminiscing on past seasons but to my son James surprise far more talk of the prospects for the coming season and of the fish that run the river. The start of the season is special and should be savored so it was great to be invited to the Rising Sun and to mingle with fellow anglers once again.
The previous week I attended the South West Lakes Trust Fly Fair at Roadford Reservoir. Over three hundred attended the event and again there was plenty of excitement regarding the start of new season. With tackle stalls on site it inevitable that plenty of new purchases would be made. As an invited guest I was asked to take few photo’s and managed to irritate the events star guest by Charles Jardine by wielding my camera as he gave an inspiring display to the appreciative crowd.
Later we chatted amicably as I persuaded him to pose for a photo with Ben Smeeth and Danny Watson from the SWLT.
Its a couple of weeks into the salmon season before I get a chance to get my salmon season underway with a trip to the Torridge.I relished these first casts of the new salmon season. The river in fine trim fining down nicely. I fished through the familiar lies with the pleasing knowledge that another season stretches ahead full of promise. Walking the bank I noted the debris suspended high in the bank-side trees testimony to the formidable spates of the past winter.
Whilst I had no connection with a spring run salmon I did hear that a couple had been momentarily hooked further down river.