The cold winter months of the salmon and trout close season can leave many anglers chomping at the bit, including Rae. So he's heading to the Norfolk Broads to try his hand at some winter fishing that's growing in popularity: pike on the fly. But being a novice, he's enlisted the help of local girl and pike fishing specialist Jo Stephenson to show him the ropes.
In part two of his Icelandic fishing adventure, Rae Borras is taken to the River Jorkla on the east coast of the island. It's a spectacular corner of the planet that is guaranteed to set the pulses of any game angler racing with its salmon, sea trout and Arctic char. Rae’s targeting the river’s char on the fly first of all in the company of an expert guide, and the pair are soon catching fresh-run fish in the fresh, crystal clear waters. But Rae has salmon on the brain, and needs ladders, ropes and the bottle of a mountain goat to reach the his next destination, where he's greeted with the incredible sight of dozens of big salmon that are easy to see, but not so easy to catch… He's up with the larks the following morning determined to break his duck and finally catch an Icelandic salmon on the fly. He finds himself at a picture postcard a pool that has not been fished in living memory, and finally Rae has his prize salmon in the net… and his mojo back!
Hampshire Avon Salmon
Rae Borras hosts another Game Fisher's Diary and takes a journey along the magnificent Hampshire Avon, the river that began his love affair with the elusive salmon. The Avon is rightly regarded as a premium chalk stream in its upper reaches, the home of Sawyer and a fantastic habitat for trout and grayling, but the bulk of the salmon fishing occurs in the lower reaches. Hampshire Avon salmon aren't as plentiful as in other rivers but they are reknowned for their above average size with at one time, salmon averaging over 20lbs. Rae visits the famous Royalty fishery meeting a local fishing historian to recount some of the tales of this fantastic river. To watch this episode, just login or register
In this episode of the Game Fisher's Diary, Rae is salmon fishing on the River Deveron in north east Scotland for the very first time. Its May and Rae is looking for an elusive spring salmon and is being hosted by the Deveron, Bogie and Isla River Trust. With strong winds around and cool water, Rae decides to start fishing lower in the water column with a Blue and Black Conehead. Also called the country's 'forgotten river' and Scotland's 'hidden jewel, salmon fishing on the Deveron can be fantastic and is in fact the fifth most prolific river in Britain, so can Rae hook into a Deveron Springer? To watch this show, just login or register now