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THE RIVER did have water at times dur­ing May but in gen­eral it was a pe­riod of low flows. Salmon have been caught from the top of the tide­way up to Ar­math­waite, de­spite the low water. Sea-trout were also seen at times. Brown trout an­glers did well with nymphs and Spi­der pat­terns but it was the dry-fly ex­po­nents who did best. I heard of one an­gler who caught a su­perb brown trout es­ti­mated at 3 lb on a dry-fly from the Ea­mont. De­spite very low water an­glers fish­ing the Lowther caught some nice trout to 2 lb. Down at Cargo Alan Dixon caught an 8 lb salmon in a rather nasty wind in early May from the Wil­low pool. Fish were show­ing in the Wil­low pool and Lobbs Hole. Martin Coulthard had a 10 lb salmon from Lobbs Hole on a Fly­ing C. On May 8 Alan Dixon had an 8 lb seal­iced beauty from the Wil­low pool on a Red Frances. Jackie Al­lan caught a 10 lb hen fish in the Wil­low pool on a cone­head Cas­cade and a 14-pounder on a Cas­cade in Lobbs Hole and fol­lowed these with fish of 10 lb and 18 lb on a Fly­ing C and Cas­cade: one from Un­der­wood’s and the other from Lobbs Hole. Fish­ing Un­der­wood’s,tim Ba­con had salmon of 12 lb, 10 lb and 7 lb on a Fly­ing C on May 15 and 18. Ge­orge Green had a grand day on May 17, with salmon of 8 lb, 10 lb and 12 lb from Un­der­wood’s on a Fly­ing C, Mick Smith had a 15 lb salmon on May 20 from Un­der­wood’s on a Red Frances. Fish of the month, how­ever, was a crack­ing 23-pounder caught on a Cas­cade by Martin Coulthard in the Wil­low pool. Be­tween May 17 and 31 sport was good at War­wick Hall. D. Bam­ford had fish of 7 lb and 11 lb. Steve San­der­son caught fish of 9 lb, 10 lb and 12 lb over a cou­ple of vis­its, fish­ing fly. Nick Mar­riner ac­counted for seven fly-caught salmon rang­ing 8 lb-12 lb. These came from the House pool,

Gar­den Wall and Rushes. Stu­art Rose landed an 8 lb salmon in the Nun­nery, while T. Allen had one of the same weight in the Quarry pool. S. Carlisle had an 11 lb salmon in Coops. S. Art­ley caught salmon of 12 lb and 13 lb in the Gravel Bed on a Fly­ing C. D. Hodg­son caught a 12 lb salmon in Coops. All these fish were very fresh, most bear­ing sea-lice. On the Beau­mont and Grins­dale fish­ing, David Airey landed a 9 lb salmon in the Quarry, while Kevin Ed­wards had one of 12 lb. On May 12 Kevin Ed­wards caught a 13 lb salmon and Phil Dixon one of 9 lb. On May 17 Chris Trinick had a 14 lb salmon in the Quarry. Peter Robin­son had an 11 lb salmon and Gary Mac­don­ald a ten-pounder in the Wil­low Bed. On May 20 Dave Houldsworth had an 11 lb salmon on fly from the Quarry. Karl Humphries had sea-trout to 3 lb 8 oz in the Quarry on north­ern Spi­der pat­terns. The La­zonby Es­tates’ beats pro­duced a few salmon in May, with sev­eral seen and a few lost. On May 20, Dar­ren Bell landed a fresh 14 lb salmon on a Wil­lie Gunn in the Mead­ows. The day af­ter, David Chip­pen­dale from South Africa caught a 12 lb salmon in the Salmon pool on the Up­per La­zonby beat. This fish took a Cas­cade-type fly. Some nice brown trout to just over 1 lb were caught dur­ing May. For book­ings and fish­ing in­for­ma­tion con­tact La­zonby Es­tates on 01768 898 229 or e-mail mrs.linda.atkin­son@ gmail.com On the Low House beat Alan Sefton caught a 17 lb salmon in the Carnook Stream on a Fly­ing C. On May 22, John Mclay had a busy time, hook­ing four fish in a day but land­ing only one, a 14-pounder. These all came to the fly in Ni­chol Hole. On the same day John Hugh had a 14 lb salmon in Bransty on fly. This sport co­in­cided with a good rise of water of over 2 ft on the gauge, which cer­tainly woke the fish up. Ge­off Stain­ton had a good day on May 30, with an 8 lb salmon in Bransty and a 12-pounder in Ni­chol Hole – both on fly. On this par­tic­u­lar day there was a small rise of around an inch or so and this stirred up the fish. All of these fly-caught fish were landed on size 12 flies. – CUMBRIAN ROD.

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