31-POUNDER FROM THE TAY
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.