We operate a strict catch and release policy for salmon and sea trout at Croick, but there can be an exception to every rule. And I think that the best exception is when people catch their first ever salmon. That has happened twice in the last two weeks: firstly our son-in-law; and today our younger daughter Louisa.
The river was at good height this morning, but it was cold and windy so there was limited enthusiasm for going down to the river. But it was right to go. Fish were showing throughout the river and it was only a matter of time before someone connected. It was great that it was Louisa who got into a very respectable 10lb salmon and then had to play it alone for a few minutes before reinforcements could get there to help. Rarely have so many people been so keen to see a fish landed.
As you can see from the photograph, Louisa was pretty pleased too!