Tweed Ladies Day

The girls and boysThe last of our charity ladies days for 2014 was held last weekend on the River Tweed, Middle Pavilion beat. We knew we were in for a treat with fabulous boatmen Mick and Colin and lunch prepared by Mary at Wild Dining. Fingers crossed we didn’t let the boys down and we could duplicate our good run on this beat with a salmon or sea trout.

The weather was against us again – the river was suffering from low water and temperatures akin to the Mediterranean. Beats at the bottom of the river were struggling with catches, as few fish were coming in off the tide. We knew this beat performed well in high and low water – and after an encouraging phone call a day before with head boatman Mick,  there were resident fish on the beat and sea trout running, we knew the ladies were in with a fighting chance.

Elaine casting in styleAs the river was far too low for boats, all the fishing was to be from both banks. The ladies abilities ranged from beginners to advanced anglers – who had caught salmon so far this year on the Tay, Garry and Tyne. After  an introduction and safety talk the ladies were divided between boatmen and coaches. First cast and Mandy had a fish on – and as quick as it was on – it was off. The ladies worked all morning with casting instruction and guiding from our super ghillies. The beat above called Mick, and said they had seen running fish – we knew it was only a matter of time before one of the girls hooked another fish.

Countryside photographer Linda Mellor joined us for the day – taking photographs and writing about the ladies who go salmon fishing for magazines. Thank you Linda – see more photographs from the day.

Lunch from Mary at Wild DiningLunch was another grand affair – thank you to Wild Dining, Mary Shields, for another fabulous lunch and yummie desert – this year lunch was accompanied with a welcome glass or two of pink lemonade.

The ladies new to the double handed rod learned to cast them quickly and by the afternoon with a change of wind direction they were learning the Circle C. I was particularly impressed when the wind direction changed and they had to go back to a Double Spey and how quickly, naturally they did it. It was a proud moment.

It was great to see Mandy, using Cliffs rod and fly on loan, hook and catch a beautiful 8 pound salmon, she lost 2 more. She was casting in the middle of two ladies – who said salmon fishing is also about being in the right place at the right time! We hear that Mandy is now off to buy a Hardy rod.

We didn’t let the boys down – year 2 and fish. Head boatman Mick said ‘Great day, the ladies were brilliant to work with and all raising money for a very worthy cause, Casting For Recovery, UK & Ireland”

Thank you to Mick, Colin, Cliff, Linda, Mary and the ladies for making it such a memorable day.

All our ladies salmon days are now sold out on the Tweed for 2014 – if you would like to be added to the waiting list for 2014 days or would like to be sent information on the 2015 salmon days please email anne@fishpal.com

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