At the weekend I took five friends to the remarkable stillwater salmon fishery near Rutland Water, Palm Springs. I think this was my fifth trip there and, other than last time, when I only landed two, I have always managed my limit of four fish… usually before noon!
On this occasion, amazingly, none of us had a follow nor a pull during the first two hours of fishing. Things were looking a bit hard. Then my good pal, Jamie Groome, had a couple of nice fish on a pink long-tailed zonker pattern, and was kind enough to give me an identical one. Things then really started to happen: I had two salmon in short order – one of them a ten pounder. The action became a bit frantic, with fish being hooked, lost and landed in all directions! Tim, who had a half-priced ticket having blanked the previous time (a nice touch, in my opinion), was away home with a limit at about 2.30pm.
To cut a long story short, we all caught four fish. I had six, releasing two of them, and Jamie landed no fewer than seven fish, with three released. A great day’s sport and highly recommended to anyone who has never caught an Atlantic salmon. For a free and easy day in lovely surroundings and good company, it can’t be beaten, and having tried the fish on numerous occasions, I can honestly say they taste even better than wild fish. No idea why, but they do.
Palm Springs Salmon Fishery is located at Greetham Valley, where you can also find trout and coarse fishing options. Under the supervision of expert fish breeder, Ben Green, you’ll be in with a chance of fish to over 30lb and are very likely to catch one in double figures. No wonder this place appeared on TV’s Tight Lines and in Trout Fisherman magazine. The salmon are fin-perfect and are so much fun to catch that anglers have travelled from all over Scotland, Canada and even New Zealand to catch them.
Give it a try !