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Old 30-08-2013, 06:36 PM
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Looking at my wee book and thinking its not long till the end of the season when I will put my catch returns in.
My question is---- I hope this doesnt sound daft, but--- what do I count as caught?
The last dozen or so trout ive hooked (all on the dry) less than half of them have actually come to hand/net, the rest have shed the hook after a brief fight. No breaks, no bent hooks, a couple of them felt like good fish 2lb ish+
I just get them down stream of me and they come off.
Is it usual to lose so many fish?
I dont normally count a fish as caught until I have hold of the tippet or in the net but it doesnt give an acurate figure for a catch record -does it?--what do you' think? what do you count as caught?--- and if you want---- tell me what I can be doing wrong---Peter
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Old 30-08-2013, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: Catch returns for the Clyde

I personally only count the fish I get to hand or if its a wee skitter of a thing then try to let it splash itself off without touching it. But when keeping records I always record how many I rose / lost as it gives a better indication of what I could have caught.

As for losing them I think its fairly normal especially on rivers where there are different currents etc that come in to play. I try to get downstream of the bigger fish as soon as possible so that I'm not fighting the current as well.

Been a completely contrasting to last year on the Clyde! Late to get going, summer confined to last hour at dusk and dark and now the river is desperate for rain!
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Old 30-08-2013, 10:57 PM
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I personally only count the fish I get to hand or if its a wee skitter of a thing then try to let it splash itself off without touching it. But when keeping records I always record how many I rose / lost as it gives a better indication of what I could have caught.

As for losing them I think its fairly normal especially on rivers where there are different currents etc that come in to play. I try to get downstream of the bigger fish as soon as possible so that I'm not fighting the current as well.

Been a completely contrasting to last year on the Clyde! Late to get going, summer confined to last hour at dusk and dark and now the river is desperate for rain!
Yes your right there----the couple of big fish I hooked -- I should have got down stream of them rather than try and winch them up to me.
The other thing I was wondering was--- I am using a 10ft #3 for my dry fly fishing-- maybe the rod is too soft to set the hook properly?
I am using a good quality barbless hook but maybe I should step up to a 9ft #4 or even #5 to give me a bit more power in setting the hook.
That could be daft though --- only end up snapping the tippet.
Only other thing I can think of is-- most of my fish have taken the fly downstream of me-- maybe the hook has not set in the trouts mouth properly.
Should I try fishing the dry upstream --- see if it makes a difference.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:52 AM
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Hi guys, I was down on the clyde on friday night for the first time, I had three on the hook and they felt pretty big fish and lost the three of them. similar to morrisdancer I should have gotten down stream. but will be back again, really enjoyed the section of the river.
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