Fun at Birse
I managed to secure a rod with a fishing friend Stuart Buchan on Saturday at Birse where we were well looked after by Birse Ghillie Doug Murray. Its one of my personal favourites as it offers a good variety of fly fishing water and provides opportunities at times for big fish. I fished a little in the morning in Lummels and had a few casts in Irrigation with no success other than a pull to a Monkey fly fished at the tail of the Lummels pool. Lunchtime saw all the rods gather at the hut for a chat and a refreshment.
Ken Reid with Birse Ghillie Doug Murray-at 83 years of age a wonderful character
Stuart and I were allocated the bottom half of the beat in the afternoon and went downriver seeking some action. I must confess that I took 40 winks beside Belwade and woke an hour later ready to have a cast. I waded into the neck of the pool and checked my set-up. I was using a Guideline Le Cie Rod with a Rio AFS shooting head with a ten foot intermediate tip;on the business end a lovely size 13 Maggies shrimp tied by Ross Macdonald-a lovely fly. I had a feeling of Deja vu when my first cast saw a beautiful silver ten pound salmon nail the fly. I had a similar experience in Belwade in April when a fish took first cast. I was thrilled to catch such a lovely fresh fish which gave a good scrap before being landed and returned to the river safely. My friend Stuart was also successful in Red Brae with a 5 lb cock fish that was starting to colour up. We retired to the Potarch Hotel to toast our success before making the short drive back to Banchory. Birse is a long beat that many fishermen would enjoy, offering a great variety of holding pools with quite a bit of seclusion and tranquility. All in all a really nice day out.