Spring salmon fishing and the new trout season

26th March 2016
Peter Cockwill

Early March and it was off to the mighty Tweed on the Scottish Borders for a week with a fifteen footer. Previous two years were tough with an out of sorts river and big floods but this year the water was the perfect height and it all came good.
Five springers in a week is the best I have ever done and it really was a very special time for me. As well as good fishing my spey casting also improved enormously thanks to Brian Douglas who ghillied me for three days.
Although I do stacks of casting lessons for trout and plenty of spey lessons too there’s always room for personal improvement and I do genuinely enjoy my casting.
While in Kelso I went to a meeting of the Tweed Foundation in the Ednam House Hotel and that was a real interesting evening. I wanted to support Nigel Fenton who co owns Hendersyde and had just been made a Tweed Commissioner.
Fishing is all about putting something back into a sport which gives me such pleasure.
Sue and I also visited Hardy’s at Alnwick and as a member of their Pro Team that was a highlight for me. Talking things over with John Henderson we will be at the Sportfish show on Sunday in early May and it’s also possible we will be at one of the summer Game Fairs if I get back from Alaska in time.
The past winter seemed to go on forever but signs of spring have brought anglers out and about with business picking up at last. Bookings increasing for casting lessons too and my year is getting packed with corporate days, guiding and many things associated with fishing.
The magazine (Trout Fisherman) features have been a lot of fun as always and I have some lovely venues to come. I absolutely love getting out and about to see other fisheries and that’s just one reason why I can’t always be in the shop.
Take a look at my personal web page – petercockwill.com- and get updates on planned excursions.