Ladies beginners salmon day with a Portuguese twist

Ladies gathered with Jim Fearn

Ladies gathered with Jim Fearn

Saturday the ladies held their first beginners salmon day of the year on the river Tyne.

It was a glorious day and who better to teach the art of casting a double handed rod, including river skills than AAPGAI Master Jim Fearn. Jim demonstrated casts with group tuition including one to one. Everything from how to wade, what to do if you fall in, fundamental basic casts, rods, lines, choice of fly and why, river conditions. Even those little things that you may forget such as “take a whistle with you so you can call for assistance”

Marta from Marta Vine

Marta from Marta Vine

During lunch our newest member Marta from Marta vine bought some Portuguese wine for the ladies to taste to accompany lunch from selected vine yards. Marta has also agreed to give a talk on cork as her family are cork growers in Portugual. Thank you Marta

 Afternoon saw the ladies working in pairs discussing their casts including fault finding and the opportunity to fish the Tyne with flies sent from fly dresser Paul Little.

Chatting over lunch

Chatting over lunch

Jim had taught the ladies the double spey off their left shoulder which was the cast of choice as the wind had gathered momentum. A superb day was rounded off with afternoon tea and the knowledge that the ladies are equipped with the basics to fish for salmon.

Anne chatting to Colin from the Environment Agency

Anne chatting to Colin from the Environment Agency

 Huge thanks must go to Sarah for the wonderful food from breakfast, morning coffee and cakes, hot lunch and afternoon tea (yes she even had time to fish) Cliff Johnston as always without your help making the days go smoothly with the campervan etc. Vicky for arranging the day. Jim Fearn for being such a fantastic double handed salmon teacher, your the best Jim. Our guests from the Envirmonment Agency, Angling Development Board and West End Anglers.

Thank you for making this such a memorable event. Lets not forget the ladies who without your help, support and assistance we would not have these days.

Can’t wait for the next salmon day…..

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