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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    The season closes on the 6th of October to the 15th of March on orkney.

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    try Stenness its brackish water and you do get flats there also the odd coley as well as seatrout all of the lochs are bank fishable,the back of the airport is quite good for sea fishing pollach & coley with a chance of sea trout, Kirbister has sea trout as well, waulkmill bay is decent for seas fishing, easker1

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    Thanks guys - it turns out we are only there for a day and a half.. Friday ferry over in the morning, Sunday morning back.. I think it will be the north coast and west I get to do some fishing on the way home - midges permitting. Friends were up there this week and hardly saw a one, must have been windy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tailing Loop View Post
    Thanks guys - it turns out we are only there for a day and a half.. Friday ferry over in the morning, Sunday morning back.. I think it will be the north coast and west I get to do some fishing on the way home - midges permitting. Friends were up there this week and hardly saw a one, must have been windy!
    It must have been windy! I had to run away from a loch yesterday that had trout rising everywhere because of massive, and I mean massive, clouds of midges - as bad as I have ever seen. None of the usual potions were keeping them away.

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    I was out on Harray last night after the Dounby show , fished 5.30 - 9.30 and had 11 using floating line and hedgehogs .
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    Were you fishing off the shore or out in a boat? What were the midgies like at that time of evening? I hope my 100% Deet will keep them off, otherwise I shall be being transported to hospital - I react very badly to their bites. A midge bite that leaves a pinprick red dot on you, will have my hand swelled up as if it has been hit with a hammer. Mosquitoes do the same, but even worse - throbbing pain because of the pressure from the inflammation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tailing Loop View Post
    I hope my 100% Deet will keep them off, otherwise I shall be being transported to hospital...
    Have you tried 'Smidge', rather than DEET? DEET was developed to keep mosquitos off. It's not so effective against midges. Midges are more sensitive to saltidine-based repellents, of which Smidge is one. I was using it in Sutherland this week and found it good. I didn't rub any on my eyelids. Ended up with midge bites on my eyelids! Doh! They also crawled up my trouser leg and bit me on the back of the calf. Others went up my shirt sleeves and got me on the back of my forearm - they came up in big swollen weals.

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    A scaled down version of the above is all I ever use. All the potions work a bit - but a smidge net hat is the only truly effective tool. I was out last night, bit of a breeze, much cooler Northerly, should be ok I thought - wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    A scaled down version of the above is all I ever use. All the potions work a bit - but a smidge net hat is the only truly effective tool. I was out last night, bit of a breeze, much cooler Northerly, should be ok I thought - wrong.
    I have a Life Systems midge/no-see-um head net to put over my hat, but will see if there is a better version - and use the Smidge repellent too. belt and braces! Been researching salty fishing Scrabster to Tobgue.... is the coast better than inland as far midgies go?

    Can you fish off the rocks in front of Dounray? Is the plant still running warm water out?

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    Belay that request... just read about the leak! Staying clear of the place.

    Is it any good around Scrabster for a fling at a bass? Then heading to Tongue, got a bed booked in the hostel there, so can fish the Kyle a bit. I shall pack my waders so I can do a proper outing.

    Anywhere else I should go to try and get a bass? Pollack I should be able to find off any rocks, but another bass would be me first choice target. Balnakiel bay any good? The east side of the sandy headland has broken rocky beach that looks like it should hold fish, but can you get down to it? Finding stuff on an OS map is one thing, local knowledge of a mile walk to the top of a cliff is very disappointing!

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