East Lothian's Lean Rainbows
Shaun Cumming hooks up with the FlyFishing.co.uk team and opens his account with a look at one of the delightful fisheries in his childhood stamping ground of East Lothian.
East Lothian evokes special memories for me because it's where I caught my first ever trout. I spent almost every Friday afternoon after school and the region’s many stillwaters as a youngster, where I honed my skills as a fly angler. Not only that, it’s also one of Scotland’s most stunning coastal areas.
Inland, the fields are known for their incredibly fertile soils, and the greenery is alive with insect life from about this time of year through to late autumn. Not only that, the crystal clear mineral waters that flow off the Lammermuir Hills make for some excellent fisheries.
Markle is a venue particularly close to my heart - I spent many a memorable session on the two fly ponds as a youngster and witnessed some incredible fish. Having worked in London for several years now, I took a trip back up to my old stomping grounds for the first time in years and took the camera with me.
I found little has changed in this sleepy fishery. The fish took a while to find, but once I located a shoal of feeding fish, and realised they wanted to eat a Yellow Dancer, I had great fun with hard fighting rainbows up to around 4lb.
I hope you enjoy the clip. I'll be running a series of these videos right here on flyfishing.co.uk and on my youtube channel where I hope to use underwater technology to help better understand trout behaviour and the environment in which they live.
All venue suggestions are welcome!