First ever salmon fishing trip yesterday to the Derwent near Cockermouth (as an aside, every time I pass Cockermouth, I text my girlfriend to say "just passing Cockermouth and thought of you", which, for some reason, she doesn't find hilarious) on the Isel Fishings. Fully expected "beginner's luck" to kick in but it didn't. Fabulous day though, wonderful surroundings and great fisherman's hut with heater, cooker, fridge etc where we could take refuge from the rain and chat to the bailiff. Had an exciting moment when a salmon porpoised about 20 yards below where I was fishing which gave the day some impetus. Best moment, though, was when my mate, who took me as a guest, shouted me "fish on" which I could just about hear over the sound of the water and the rain on my hood. He was about 30 yards below me and when I looked up his rid was hooped over and he was looking back at me with a grin of triumph on his face. As I watched, the salmon which was below him, leapt about 3 foot in the air and, knowing little about salmon fishing I thought, "that can"t be good". Because he was so busy looking at me, my mate failed to drop his rod and the fish shed the hook. It was a "dark fish" apparently so he wasn't too upset. I'd have been raging. Anyway, about 5 o'clock I fell in up to my neck which didn't make much difference because I was already piss wet through so we called it a day. Fabulous day though.