Saturday was a cracking day in the Scottish Borders near Hawick. A good day to be out and in my case in the garden mowing, burning leaves and pruning from winter. Before I knew it, it was 6 o’clock! I came in to the house and made myself a cup of tea and turned on the TV and had a flick through the TV guide. I was faced with more football, lots of pearly white teeth on pretty much every channel. PUB I thought!!, Umm beer, taxi, no!! Fishing, why not, I know its early but there must be a chance of something I thought. I had a quick look on FishPal and found Irvine House on the Border Esk at Langholm at £9 +vat for the day! SOLD!!! I shared my new plans with the other half and suggested she would like to come along too – RESULT !! She came armed with a jacket and her Kindle (she may be reading in the dark!). An early supper was consumed with eagerness, trout rods firmly stuck onto the bonnet of the car and off we went. We arrived at 7pm on the beat and met by Peter, who always puts a smile on one’s face. He showed me the pools, opened up the fishing hut and the book to record catches on the beat, (tad optimistic I thought) and left us alone to explore the beat. The sun was slowly setting and the bird life still busy on the back of a warm day. The river was running at a nice height, maybe a little low for some, but to be out by ourselves was marvellous. The Dippers and Oyster catchers were constantly flitting up and down the river and made a great sight. One thing is for sure on this river the water runs very clear. With this in mind I tied a small conehead cascade and had a few casts. I watched it in the water, the pattern looked right, but boy did it looked bright in the water. This quickly removed and a smaller sized black cone tied on with a short tail. Armed with the right sized fly I confidently started to pursue my quarry. Birds were settling down for the night as the sun now disappeared behind the hills, small trout and salmon parr began to jump on a hatch. UMM this is starting to get interesting. I exhausted the first pool and started on the next pool. At the tail of the second pool I cast a neat line into the faster water and as the line came round – BANG – a short frenzied attack ensued. As I stroked the blighter came off, a small trout or parr by the feel of things. Darkness was beginning to fall, so I fished it down and then went back upto the pool I had started on. Change of fly me thinks. I went onto a size 14 Yellow Stoat. The temperature had dropped considerably. I had not noticed it, my better half informed me, who was now wearing my coat as well. This was the time we could have a CHANCE of a Sea-trout. I slowly, quietly I cast my trout rod as I stealthily moved down the pool. After a few yards my line gave one hell of a PULL, “they’re here” I thought and my heart rate trebled!! I carried on down the pool for next 30 mins without a touch, but, that one pull made my night. It cost me £11 to go out and have some great fun. It is early in the season, but what a way to enjoy an evening. Don’t sit there on a Saturday night looking at fake tans and pearly whites on the TV, get your rod and go out even for a few hours, it’s well worth it. Now the nights are drawing out the Sea-trout will start heading into to a lot of rivers, go and enjoy some great sport. Tom Carter FishPal – 01573 470612 Tom fished Irvine House Beat on the Border Esk
Opening Hours+44 (0)1573 470612Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
You can buy permits online via the FishPal Website
Translate the site
- Job Vacancy Head Boatman River Tweed blog.fishpal.com/2021/10/11/job… 1 week ago
- River Deveron Lower and Upper Castle Fishings For Sale blog.fishpal.com/2021/09/17/riv… 1 month ago
- Four salmon and one sea trout, Junction beat, RiverTweed. Monday 2nd AugustFirst ever #fishdee24 challenge - 30 anglers are fishing 7 beats in 24 hours on the River Dee.Paul and John enjoying a trip to the River Tweed. #junction #fishtweed #dryshoesdontcatch #fishing #fishinglife #visitscotland #smiles #fishpal_fishingTwo of the three salmon caught by Chris Sandground, Kirriemuir Angling Club, South Esk.Davie Leishman christening his brand new Loop rod with a lovely fresh 9lb tummel springer from Pitlochry . His first of the year and very well deserved.Mark returning his fish yesterday on Brae Beat 5 at Gordon Castle, before the river rose and stopped fishing.We now have availability online for FishPonds beat on the River Tay.A cracker caught on the middle Don on Fetternear Beat. Fish is estimated at 25lb. Aberdeenshire salmon fishing.FishPal are catching up with Paul Young this evening at 7pm to celebrate the launch of every Hooked on Fishing Shows being re-released, digitally remastered and available on Fishing TV.Well done Phil Ellis fishing the River Ure, Yorkshire 👏🐟 #fishing #fishinglife #fishpal_fishingWell done Will Clay 👏🐟 - first ever sea liced springer off invery last Friday, 10lbs.Paul Little returning a decent sized sea trout - fishing Kelso, River Tweed. #flyfishing #fishpal_fishing #fishingNathan Lowes fishing Styford beat on the River Tyne. #fishing #fishtyne #flyfishingJohn Taylor fishing Tweed at Kelso #salmon #flyfishing #fishingMrs Jack Shirley returning her fish to the Tweed, Kelso.When you can finally go fishing ! Mark Cockburn is enjoying a day on the Tay and he says “It’s good to out!”Off she goes - local angler Kenny Dumma salmon swims away strongly - River Tweed, Kelso.Thank you to Willie Elliot for this fabulous footage of young Ryan playing a 10lb salmon.Thank you to Tomas from Edradynate beat on the River Tay. A 9lb this morning from the Poltewan Pool🎣🎣A cracker caught by Phil Dixon fishing Burnfoot beat, Border Esk.