JACKIE’S TIPS

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - A BORDER ROD -

HOW TO FISH THE BOR­DER ESK AT CANON­BIE

For day­time sea-trout, fish two size 14s, 2ft 6in apart on 7ft of 8lb Max­ima. Jackie’s pre­ferred duo is a Green­bot­tle and a Bloody Butcher dou­ble, with the Blue­bot­tle and Thomp­son’s Ter­ror as back-ups. For night-time sea-trout, fish a 1in alu­minium tube with a sim­ple black wing of squir­rel or buck­tail on 7ft of 8lb Max­ima. Jackie some­times fishes a size 6-8 sin­gle Bloody Butcher or Alexan­dra on the drop­per to good ef­fect. Jackie’s sea-trout hotspots are the tail of the Dead Neuk, the tail of Mill pool (left bank), the whole of Skelly Hole down to the tail, and New Bit all the way to Bell’s Weir. Jackie starts fish­ing the Esk at the be­gin­ning of April when there is the chance of a springer or a big seatrout, but rec­om­mends mid-june for the start of the main sea-trout run and Au­gust for the best salmon fish­ing. The best places to spot if the sea-trout have ar­rived are at the tail of the Dead Neuk and Long Pool. Jackie said, “We’re some­times tipped off by lo­cal rod John Wal­ters whose back gar­den sits high on the cliff over­look­ing the tail of the Neuk. One day there will be noth­ing there and the next there will be 100 fish sat in the tail.” Wait un­til 11pm be­fore you start sea-trout fish­ing on a sum­mer’s night. Don’t be­lieve any­one who says “There’s nowt do­ing” or “There’s nowt in!” Fish as qui­etly as pos­si­ble with min­i­mal line dis­tur­bance. Avoid noise when lift­ing line off the wa­ter and don’t false cast. The lower the wa­ter, the smaller the bait or fly that you should use.

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