Not a mention of sheep in this posting, sorry to disappoint!
I had a day or two where the weather was bad and I too was under the weather, on the second day my mothers words were ringing in my ears "wrap yourself up warm and go for a walk, you'll sweat it out" And so, with pockets stuffed full of hankies off I set, dogs in tow and camera too.
I had no idea where I was heading, not far if I had my way as the wind was blowing a hoolly and rain was threatening, could I manage a mad dash and return dry?? Then there was the issue of the dogs, they needed a run but I didn't wish to disturb any stock which would be showing more sense than myself and be tucked into shelter somewhere.
I found myself heading up the burn. The Tarret to be exact, it runs into the Tarset which in due course runs into the North Tyne River. I could see the sheep sheltering on the far side of the water and scuttled by leaving them in peace. The burn was pretty much in spate, fair boiling it was, the roar deafening as I neared the Linn (waterfall).
I guess the title of this posting might have given the game away somewhat and you're all now waiting with bated breath to see a salmon running across the screen. Be patient....
Indeed the fish were running, all the time I was at the linn I never saw a salmon, although they do come up our burns the sea trout is far more common and every fish that I saw jump was infact a sea trout.
I don't profess to have a huge knowledge about fish even though I was employed for too many years as a call in bailiff - a fancy title for a not so fancy job. Basically I was part of a team that towed an electric net down rivers to catch broodstock fish. I believe I was accepted on the team due to the fact I'm not very tall and as I lead the way through the water deep drowning holes were easily found enabling my team mates to exit the water and remain safe on dry land - it was fun - honest!! The job did enable me to ascertain the difference between salmon and sea trout though, an invaluable aid for a shepherd!!
Anyhow, enough rabbiting and back to fish. I was surprised to see so many jumping, the middle of October fish had been spotted away out bye and I'd presumed that by now(12th Nov) many would have been away up stream. There were many bright looking fish though, a sign they are fresh run, they haven't been sitting around for ever waiting for the burns to fill with water, they have indeed come upstream from the sea quite recently, which is a good sign.
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