Early April 2013.

Barbara Anne Tweedie with her first Salmon from West Learmouth

Barbara Anne Tweedie with her first Salmon from West Learmouth

11 year old Harvey Hancock's first tweed fish 9 pound springer.Thanks to gillie Dave crees. Caught birgham dub 8/4/13

11 year old Harvey Hancock’s first tweed fish 9 pound springer.Thanks to gillie Dave crees. Caught birgham dub 8/4/13

It’s a strange thing nature.  The weather from one year to the next is constantly changing.

Whether it be from climate change or not, looking back records, we can only come to one conclusion; whatever info you have, nature will always throw a spanner in the works and long may it last.

Andrew Edey at West Learmouth

Andrew Edey at West Learmouth

If we lose the anticipation of what is to come, then we lose the ethos of fishing, pitting our wits against the fish be it salmon, sea trout, trout or grayling, who are certainly more attuned to nature and what it is going to throw at us this time, than we are.

Harry Santa Olalla had a super day at Upper North Wark catching his first ever salmon estimated at 16lb and soon followed by this cracking 12lb fish thanks too my ghillie for the day Daniel Wright.

Harry Santa Olalla had a super day at Upper North Wark catching his first ever salmon estimated at 16lb and soon followed by this cracking 12lb fish thanks too my ghillie for the day Daniel Wright.

The fish know the conditions they are going to face in the river and probably the weather pattern changes before we do, despite us having all these modern forecasts, which do I’m sorry often turn out to be wrong.

Chris Jones with his first Salmon from West Learmouth

Chris Jones with his first Salmon from West Learmouth

Last year at this time we were reporting that the river had been at 50 deg’s for a few days, we’ve been lucky to get over 40 deg. so far this year and the numbers of fish reflect that I believe. Last year we were all wandering about in t-shirts and you certainly could not have done that this year in late March and early April!

9lb salmon caught on Lower Birgham by Shun Washiya on 2nd April 2013. This is his first ever springer Lot’s of thanks to boatmen Tom and Brian for making dream come true.

9lb salmon caught on Lower Birgham by Shun Washiya on 2nd April 2013. This is his first ever springer Lot’s of thanks to boatmen Tom and Brian for making dream come true.

I hope that the warmer weather (relatively speaking) of this last week is encouraging for what is promised later in the weekend and next week.

David Somers with 10lb salmon caught at Tillmouth on Monday, 8th April.

David Somers with 10lb salmon caught at Tillmouth on Monday, 8th April.

South and westerly winds are forecast to rid us of this cursed easterly which has marred the spring so far, although the gale forecast for the weekend is something we could all well do without.

John Needham with his first salmon, a 10lb fresh fish caught at Tillmouth on Monday. He then caught two more on Tuesday on Long Stream. The Sommers Kent based party caught 9 beautiful fish in three days up to 12lbs.

John Needham with his first salmon, a 10lb fresh fish caught at Tillmouth on Monday. He then caught two more on Tuesday on Long Stream. The Sommers Kent based party caught 9 beautiful fish in three days up to 12lbs.

Last week we reported 92 fish from Ladykirk to Tweedswood, the equivalent week last year (2012) saw 82 from Tweedhill to Middle Pavilion and us complaining of a north easterly gale bringing rain and snow after all the high temperatures, so some things do repeat themselves! We obviously had forgotten that week as we remember the T-shirt days instead.

Despite all the cold, the wind, the water levels etc. there have been some excellent fish caught in April 2013 as these pictures show.

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