Friday, 16 September 2016

The Salmon Hat-trick

published by Simon Toussifar

The phone rang, it was one of my fishing buddies. The conversation was the usual, we need rain, lots of it. Where are the salmon... Next flood we'll get a good run of fish surely? Having watched the 5 day forecast with anticipation, it appeared that heavy rain was finally due. So the usual ritual ensued, preparation of fishing gear, flies and make arrangements to get out!

The Bandon River
A good amount of rain fell a week and half into the month of September after a very long dry spell so there was an expectation of a good run of fish. The river came up and started to drop. It was time to go fly fishing. I met the fishing buddy that morning and off we went on a mission to catch salmon!

Desert Bridge Bandon River

On arrival the water looked perfect, still up high with the colour clearing. No sign of fresh fish travelling, a few coloured fish jumping alright. First pool worked it down and nothing. Moved on to the next pool and cast the fly across waiting for that subtle take. Then sure enough as the fly swung around I felt that slow pulling of the line, it was the unmistakable take of a salmon. Doing nothing as is the way when salmon fly fishing when a salmon takes I let the fish turn to hook itself and slowly but firmly pulled into the fish so setting the hook.

I was using my 12 foot Shakespeare Oracle double-hander with Hardy Marquis No.2 fly reel. A nice setup that rarely fails. It wasn't a big fish but fought well doing acrobatic jumps and darting up and down the river. I called the buddy to come over with the landing net and do the honours. Well done lad he said. A nice coloured 4 pound salmon. We released it straight away. You'll probably get a second fish knowing your luck he said.... I laughed and said you know what that sounds about right while casting the line across the water.. Then no sooner had the words been uttered... bang.... another fish on...

Simon Toussifar
This was a bigger fish I could feel the weight of it bending the rod forward. It jumped to reveal itself, wow... A double figure coloured fish... The battle continued with the fish running and charging towards me. And that lovely clicking sound of the Hardy reel as the fish ran with line.... This is what its all about.... The fish finally came to the landing the net weighing 12 pounds. It was a coloured hen fish so we wasted no time and returned it back to water carefully...

You lucky bugger he said... You might aswell go for the Hat-trick now.... Two casts after he said those words... bang and into a third fish... Hey I'm on again I said... What!!! This was another big fish... It battled hard and took its time getting into the landing net. 14 pound coloured hen fish, again we wasted no time in returning this fish and it took a few moments to recover before swimming away.

Carefully holding a 14lb Hen Salmon before Release