31-POUNDER FROM THE TAY

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CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS TO Cum­brian Der­went rod John Moses, who caught a mar­vel­lous 31 lb salmon from the House pool of the Meik­leour and Up­per Is­lam­outh beat of the Tay on March 15. John had booked a day’s bank fish­ing on his first visit to the beat but had strug­gled to cover the pools with a fly-rod in strong winds, so head gillie Calum Roberts and gillie John Ross sug­gested har­ling af­ter lunch. Within a few min­utes the fish had taken a red-and-gold Kynoch Killer. John said: “The fight didn’t last long and Calum didn’t think it was very big at first. But then, when it came to the top … it was a mon­ster. What a won­der­ful feeling. Just to hold the fish while it was pho­tographed and then to see it swim away.” The salmon was mea­sured in a weigh net and is, as we go to press, the largest caught in Scot­land this year. It is also the big­gest salmon John has caught in 60 years of fish­ing. Only a Der­went salmon of about 35 lb, hooked when he was 15 years old, can com­pare, but it es­caped when he failed to gaff it. John is a pas­sion­ate fly-fisher and fine fly-tyer (a se­lec­tion of his pat­terns was pub­lished in the July 2015 edi­tion of T&S).

John, sit­ting, with gillie John Ross, and shar­ing a dram with head gillie Calum Roberts.

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