Blessing of the Nets, Paxton, May 1st 2013

A  sound recording of the Blessing of the Nets ceremony that took place on the banks of the Tweed at Paxton on May 1st 2013.

The Paxton netting station is one of the very few fisheries still operating  this traditional net and cobble method of salmon and trout fishing.

The first catch that evening was of  two large and one smaller sea trout. The first fish is always for the Minister and this was gutted and cleaned on the river side by George.

Thanks to the  Minister Bill Landale, for  permitting this recording and to Martha Andrews, Paxton House for inviting us along.

Click here to listen to Blessing of the Nets on Soundcloud – look for the orange ‘play’ button.   

Voice: Ronnie Glass, Kelso Angling Association

River fishermen know how to ‘read’ a river to find the best places to catch trout, in the seam between turbulent and dead water.

In this audio clip recorded in Kelso by the River Tweed, Ronnie Glass, trout fly fishing champion and chair of Kelso Angling Association, explains why trout love the seam, and why fishermen go out on drizzly days.

Recorded by Jules Horne in April 2013 for Working the Tweed.

Click to listen on Soundcloud – look for the orange ‘play’ button.