Stokoe’s 2018 Progress, Part One

Robson looking delighted with a salmon, this spring we just discovered lessons!

.?. !! Spring salmon Unfortunately

, it was a long, cool and eventually silver-less spring for myself– as well as without a doubt lots of other anglers — on the salmon rivers this year but it certainly wasn’t for the absence of trying.

For the very first time in years myself and also my 2 salmon fishing buddies, Phil and Robson, made a decision to look additional afield due to just how slow the spring fishing had actually gotten on our neighborhood River Tyne in the last few years.

Our adventures took us to a number of Scotland’s most legendary rivers, the Tay as well as the Spey, yet the angling was equally slow there also and also we really did not take care of to hook a single fish.

However, fly fishing is not constantly regarding capturing fish, we still handled to have a great laugh and also we found out a great deal from fishing several beats, information that we will have the ability to place to excellent use at afterward. Untamed Anglers

In addition to going after the elusive salmon, filming for our new Untamed Anglers ‘Iconic Fish’ collection got underway this springtime, and also I’m thrilled to say that it has well as well as absolutely started with a bang.

The show includes myself, Hywel Morgan and also my pal from the BBC show ‘Big Fish’, Ripon Khalique. Until now, we’ve filmed four action-packed episodes focussing on grayling, trout, pike and also bass, with each episode including some acquainted faces from the world of fly fishing.

The idea of program revolves around the three people travelling the size and breadth of Britain looking for our most ‘iconic’ fish varieties, fulfilling the characters that have spent a lifetime angling for them along the way. We have four episodes left to film this year, including what promises to be one of the most difficult movie of all– indeed, that’s right, that will be the salmon angling episode!

Recording Untamed Anglers

Back on the Tyne

Back on the River Tyne, my assisting has actually lastly kicked off and also I’m happy to report that my clients are landing a couple of fish, regardless of difficult fishing conditions.

The water level has been regularly low for the majority of the season, so we’ve needed to wheel out a few unusual tactics to lure the fish and also attempt. When encountered with problems like this, the normal summertime methods of complete floating fly lines, 12-14ft 8-10lb leaders and also size 14-16 salmon flies are always my beginning point. When fishing in low water with small flies, I like to utilize either a single-handed or switch rod, the factor being that the shorter directly the line makes it far easier to work the fly across the swimming pool. I’m an absolute sucker for relocating the fly as well as in low and often slower water, imparting some life right into the fly is necessary.

I like to go back to the top of the swimming pool as well as attempt something entirely various if this first method doesn’t work. The second technique that I use with clients if we’ve had no reaction to the small dressed fly, is to obtain deeper down to the fish utilizing sink pointers as well as rather big tubes to get a reaction and also try from any type of resident fish that might not remain in the state of mind to come up for a fly.

Solving to the fish’s degree provides 2 choices, either move out of the way or order hold! With any luck the fish picks the latter option.

Back on the Tyne and also clients are catching a few salmon

On a favorable note, we’re currently experiencing bigger runs of fish in the river, as well as with more rain due, we’re all really hoping that the Tyne will certainly soon be flying!

Up until next time, limited lines!

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