A sensational September
If i could sum up September in a few words it would be “life changing”!
There is a few reasons why September will go down as the most incredible month of my life, firstly because i had the opportunity to go on the greatest fishing trip in history to Alaska with the company to match the fishing it was the perfect combination, unfortunately you guys will have to wait a while to see how we faired in my next blog and a very special Untamed Anglers video. Once back home after our mind blowing adventure the fishing ended up of the scale with some mind blowing numbers of fish caught, heres a few of the most memorable days.
The weekend back after Alaska i had the pleasure of 2 days guiding the Irish boys John who had previously fished a lot for salmon and first timers, Ciaran, Paul and Tom. The lads collectively smashed it over the 2 days considering only 1 had ever fly fished before, we used day 1 as a cross of learning while chasing silver that ended fruitless. Day 2 however was absolute mayhem with the lads using everything they had learned in the first day, hooking 6 fish and landing 3, this included 3 first salmon for the boys and 1 happy guide.
The salmon squad hits 8 🎣!
After the success of the Irish boys i didn’t think things could get any better, i would have know idea what was in store for myself and Robson’s fishing party over the next few days! We woke up on day 1 to perfect conditions including a cracking height and good water temperature and i just had this feeling that we would have an absolute ball, the plan was to have only 3 rods fishing at a time between 6 people and myself helping the gillie with guiding and ready with the net. It started at 100 miles an hour with fish being landed instantly including Robson and his Partner Zoila landing fish of 14 and 19lb followed quickly by James Murray his brother Ted and friend Roddy landed 3 colossal fish that all fell to a Red Stokoe shrimp. My salmon fishing PIC Phil managed to get on the score sheet followed by and 2 fish for the guys totalling an exceptional 8 with all anglers catching.
The next time i got to join the guys it was my turn to fish and see if i could help keep the run and numbers up for the week, as always the fly of choice to start with was a red Stokoe shrimp, red is by far the most popular colour choice in the back end due to the fact fish seem to react better to it from either aggression and annoyance. The day again started 100 miles an hour as i landed a fish around 8lb in minutes, Robson wasn’t far behind doing the same minutes later. As the day went on i managed to connect and land another 2 salmon also on a red Stokoe with both Robson and Phil landing one a piece to bring the total to 6 for the day and my first hat-trick of the season. Again the Stokoe shrimp came out on top taking 4 fish in total.
Lucky for some – the salmon squad hits a tremendous 13 in 1 day 👊! (30 for week)
Well our weeks chasing silver had to come to an end at some point but we could never of imagined it would have ended the way it did. Having already landed 17 fish in 2.5 days fishing we had the big 20 in sight for our last day, we woke to amazing water and weather conditions so new that 3 more fish was doable.
The day started with myself landing the first salmon on my 4th cast weighing in at a steady 16lb which actually took the fly before I’d even got the shooting head out the tip, I had a feeling that this was going to be our day. The great thing about the day is everyone fished as a team catching and netting each other’s fish, at the end of play we totalled an insane 13 fish on the fly. For me it was an extra special day, landing 6 fish all on a Stokoe shrimp, including my best of the week, a fish around 18lb on what was going to be my last cast.
To some it up the week was something il never forget, not just because of the insane fish but the new friends I got to make and fish with, we need to remember that it’s not always about the fish, it’s about the experience.
As the end of the month got closer i had the pleasure of guiding 2 good buddies and last years guests Jason and Karl back on my normal water. Even with it being cooler and the back end of September i decided to stick to fishing with droppers and full floating lines, this worked instantly with Jason hooking a very lively fish on a size 12 mirage stoat, 10 minutes later we had his prize safely in the net, a beautiful 10lb hen fish, after a few quick pics we returned her to finish off her journey. Karl wasn’t going to be outdone tho as a couple of hours later he landed a stunning sea-liced sea trout, the boys absolutely smashed it landing a stunning fish a piece and keeping their 100 percent tyne record up over the last 2 seasons.
Gibson eventually get’s her Tyne prize!
The last fish of September could not of gone to a more deserving person, my good buddy Marina Gibson is in my eyes the number 1 female angler in the country and someone that is not only is at the top of her game but someone that does so much good for this incredible sport. After having nothing but bad luck on her previous 2 visits to the Tyne and loosing fish at the net it was time to change this and get her that most sought after prize, Gibson put one hell of a shift in fishing hard all morning and when she least expected it connected with a turbo charged salmon that not only smashed a red Stokoe shrimp but gave both her and myself the run around. Once we got our heads screwed on a i stopped chasing the fish around the river she drew the fish over the net and lifted our prize to safety, eventually the bad run was over and we could marvel over this incredible fish!