Oblig­ing sal­mon

The Field - - Opening Shots -

I have a bizarre sal­mon fish­ing story to ri­val Tom Adams [Let­ters, Oc­to­ber is­sue], which also oc­curred on So­val Es­tate on the Isle of Lewis. A hus­band and wife team were fish­ing on the Laxay river. The hus­band, fish­ing the top pool, saw his wife in need of as­sis­tance on the ad­ja­cent pool.

He put his rod down by the side of the river­bank and went to help her. While they were sort­ing out her rod, they heard the sound of a reel. He ran back to where he had left his rod and found he had hooked a sal­mon, which he played and duly landed. Amaz­ingly, his cast had blown onto the wa­ter and a sal­mon took and played it­self without pulling the rod into the pool.

Richard Ker­shaw, by email

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