Our good friend Ian Bain wrote to us about his recent experience in East Ranga.
“A small round of applause, not to speak of a sigh of relief, followed the announcement at lunchtime that a fierce-fighting little grilse I’d caught on beat one this morning had become the 1,000th salmon to be landed on the East Ranga this season. And about time too, said everyone present.
Catches are certainly getting better after a dreadful July. There were 59 salmon taken on Wednesday and 88 on Thursday and the runs are coming in, although not in the quantities that we’ve seen in past years. They are also spasmodic. Fishing beat two on Wednesday morning, I suffered the humiliation of a 12-0 thrashing by the other rod on the beat. It wasn’t because Graham’s fishing skills, while quite sublime, exceeded mine by a such a distance; it happened because we were on different parts of the beat. Simply, he hit the run and I didn’t. At least, that’s my rationalisation of it.