Sweet Thing by Van Morrison from the album Astral Weeks

This song brings back memories of driving down the A75 road along the coast of Dumfries & Galloway in the South West of Scotland.

We had a few family holidays there when I was in my mid-teens. We would usually visit in spring and the weather was invariably very kind to us.

We would stay at a long-since closed hotel and fish a short, but very pretty beat they had on the River Bladnoch. There was also a beautiful, gorse-fringed loch where you could take a boat out and catch some beautiful trout.

I caught my first (and to date only) fresh run salmon on one of those trips – a ten pounder, grassed on an a misty April morning just downstream from Spittal Bridge. There was a boulder mid-stream that created a lovely bit of slack water behind it and I vividly remember the salmon rolling on the spoon exactly where I thought he would be lying.

A few years later I took my then girlfriend back up there for a short break. The hotel had closed and we stayed in a small cottage in Bladnoch. We walked along the beach at St Medan and enjoyed a great day afloat on the loch catching several brown trout to nearly three pounds, including my now wife’s first fish on fly.

I proposed that holiday, and we drove back to Leeds in glorious sunshine and played this track again.

My ‘sweet thing’ with her first trout from Clugston Loch, Dumfries and Galloway, April 2011

One thought on “Sweet Thing by Van Morrison from the album Astral Weeks

  1. Mike Malloy January 21, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    A girl’s first fish is always special!

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