The article had lots of great ideas and advice, but one thing stuck with me.
Always have small and black in your box for difficult fish. I think Claus wrote something to the effect that everyone knows that small and black is often the key to catching difficult, late season fish. And I must agree - sometimes it's really amazing how big fish you can get to take very small flies.
In August, I was on the Gaula in Norway with a friend. I managed to hook and land one salmon, hook and loose another. They both took a very small, no. 10 double hook, dressed sparsely with a green tail, some flash on the body and a slender, black wing of squirrel tail. All in all, less than in inch on length.
And imagine that tiny, tiny fly, racing across a big river with plenty of boulders, white water, riffles and everything you coiuld ever dream for in a river. I'm not surprised that they see it, but it never ceases to amaze me that they actually take it. I can understand why they stil take bigger flies while they're fresh in the river, strike reflex intact and all that, but what on Earth compells a big salmon to grab a minute fly swinging past it's lie as fast the fisherman can possibly swing it? Who knows, but it's old wisdom - in the late season you go small and black if you're in doubt.
And of course if that doesn't work, you go huge and black and a least get a reaction that lets you know that there are fish about.
All for now - I'm at Pauls in Essex with my daughter, and we're heading into London shortly.
Have a great weekend,