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The Ultimate Craic

Published: 27th October 2020 | Author: Nick Yardley

Craic: Noun Irish – enjoyable social activity, a good time.

Fishing has seen an up surge in popularity during COVID-19 because it’s the ultimate social distancing activity. However, many of us do miss the riverside social scene.

For salmon anglers, rotating through a pool is the ultimate craic. Showing up at such a place mid-week will introduce you to the local guides taking busman’s holidays, and the retired angler making the most of the mid-week quiet.

In the Fall the pace of life slows and the fish bite generally slows even more. As a result, no one is in a rush to fish hard. After an active season of chasing fish across the North East, it’s nice to slow down. Instead as anglers slowly rotate through the pool—each swinging a personal secret weapon—the rest of us enjoy the craic and perhaps a donut or two on the bench and gently heckle those out on the water in front of us.

Fulling Mill Technical Manager Eric Kelley enjoys some swinging in the fall.
Photo: Sean Platt.
The fish of 1000 casts. Fortunately there are plenty of friends to help pass the time.
Photo: Sean Platt.
But which fly to select— An old favorite, a new addition? This is a critical choice.
Rachel Finn helps Sean Platt make the right choice (or so he hopes!).
No good day on the water is complete without plenty of good food. After a long season, this is the ultimate craic.

If you’re interested in salmon fishing yourself, check out this recent piece on our blog, which will help you get started!

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