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  1. #1
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    Default Helmsdale River opening 2017

    I have been informed the river board is allowing ten free days fishing from Wednesday 11th January. This is your chance to fish the exclusive Helmsdale river and hopefully hook up with fresh silver springer. You will also be supporting the local economy by staying in B&B's and spending in the local shops and restaurants. If you've not been before and thinking of going for a cast I suggest you start looking at accomodation now as it gets booked up early.
    Here is hoping for good weather and perfect river conditions
    Last edited by Fly Guy; 06-11-2016 at 10:40 PM. Reason: wrong day

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    If you can get there it is a unmissable opportunity to fish one of the Highland's most iconic rivers......for FREE. There is a real chance of hooking into a Springer and boy do they put up a fight, they are like bars of chromium and hard as steel. Conditions can be challenging, but to catch a Helmsdale Springer it's well worth the discomfort.
    Tip, take a large hip flask.

    M
    Start ankle deep with a short line, ALL wild salmon go back

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    My uncle Brian Stubbs did some ghilling on that river and still lives in Helmsdale, unfortunately I was coarse fishing then and never got the chance to fish with him, he's in his eighties now and not able to get out.

    Steve
    "You cannot erase a love letter with a nipple, no matter how rubbery" Ivor Cutler.

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by disappearingsalmon View Post
    Tip, take a large hip flask.

    M
    I advise avoiding this, you will become hypothermic when you are actually trying to keep body warmth trapped

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Hi Fishing hobo,
    You are quite correct and I would not argue the point, however I find a nip that can be shared is a pleasant part of early Spring fishing, especially in a horizon blizzard. I drive, so I am very conscious of our tight D&D laws and the usefulness of a driving licence up here. Tight Lines.

    M
    Start ankle deep with a short line, ALL wild salmon go back

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Just about 11 days to go to the opening on the 11th January. The opening ceremony takes place at about 10am.
    For information on registering click on the link below which Ron Sutherland has provided in his Helmsdale River report.......
    Helmsdale Tackle Fishing Report

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by Fly Guy View Post
    You will also be supporting the local economy by staying in B&B's and spending in the local shops and restaurants.
    Helmsdale's changed quite a bit since I was last there then…

    Anyone else remember Moley?
    Chairman: Groe Park and Irfon Angling Club.

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Looking forward the opening day and later my week in March.

    M
    Start ankle deep with a short line, ALL wild salmon go back

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by midway View Post
    Helmsdale's changed quite a bit since I was last there then…

    Anyone else remember Moley?
    Are we talking about Johnnie Miller (Moley)

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    Default Re: Helmsdale River opening 2017

    Tough going, cold and blizzard conditions with a rising river. Not a touch, but it was well worth the effort. No fresh fish reported, at least not heard of anything, hopefully in the next few days. I will try again next week.

    M
    Start ankle deep with a short line, ALL wild salmon go back

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