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    Default Re: Is 'Size' necessary

    Quote Originally Posted by richfish1 View Post
    Col, that smaller wild Brown. Is that a Boardhouse fish?

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    Oh, so close... but no cigar. Harray!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    Oh, so close... but no cigar. Harray!
    Ah Is 'Size' necessary, the photo's I've always seen of Boardhouse fish have always been the prettiest of fish to my eyes. That had that look.
    The Loch of Boardhouse is on my bucket list.

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    Personally I just like catching fish big or small not that I catch that many big fish. I would never go fishing in one of fisheries that stocks only big fish. Surely half the fun is not knowing whether your next fish is 6oz or 6lb Is 'Size' necessary-012-jpgIs 'Size' necessary-dsc00352-jpgBoth these fish gave pleasure
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    Quote Originally Posted by richfish1 View Post
    Ah Is 'Size' necessary, the photo's I've always seen of Boardhouse fish have always been the prettiest of fish to my eyes. That had that look.
    The Loch of Boardhouse is on my bucket list.

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    No arguments from me, there, Rich. I've thought the Boardhouse fish were the prettiest anywhere, since first I clapped eyes on them...












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    Default Re: Is 'Size' necessary

    I forgot to say I don't fish for stocked Rainbows, the nearest to me is about 60miles away, my best fish on Orkney was a 6lber from Swannay, some nice average browns on Hundland, and some decent seatrout on Kirbister, some nice fish there Col, easker1

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    Default Re: Is 'Size' necessary

    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    I forgot to say I don't fish for stocked Rainbows, the nearest to me is about 60miles away, my best fish on Orkney was a 6lber from Swannay, some nice average browns on Hundland, and some decent seatrout on Kirbister, some nice fish there Col, easker1
    Cheers, Derek. I think a lot of it is dependent on whether you are referring to stocked firsh or wild fish. For me, at least, with stocked fish, it is all about the quality of the fish (largely down to the time it has been free) and how I caught it. With wild fish, there is no getting away from the fact that size plays a part. Take sea trout, for example. Does a 10 oz finnock get the juices flowing the same as a 7 lb sea trout does???




    Erm, no, is the answer.

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    Default Re: Is 'Size' necessary

    The only reason that I can see of "size" being necessary in fly fishing relates to the rod & set up. No point using a #2 rod chasing February "spring" salmon.
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    Depends if the tool you use for the job....on my 5 weight Iím happy catching anything as any fish is fun. I have caught 4oz brownies up to 13lb rainbows on a 5 weight

    When itís blowing a gale and my 7 weight comes out then thatís a different story. The fish need to be around the 2-3 pound mark to put a decent bend in the rod.

    Itís all about the quality of the stock too

    The hardest fighting trout I have ever caught was a 6lb brownie on my airflo 7 weight at Spring Hill trout fishery....it ran me all over the lake and bent my rod double for about 5 mins....where as I have caught the odd flabby fish around 8-10 pounds at Dever springs which flopped about for 30 seconds ....

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    Size does matter to some anglers and power to their elbows. For example there are dedicated stillwater stalkers here in the sunny South who target specific fish that are often big - Browniebasher is a frequent contributor here. I like stalking as one challenging and fun technique among several, while I do sometimes go for a big fish and catch it I am equally happy to go for an attractive fish, a brown when they are stocked in the lake, or one in a tricky location.

    Horses for courses comes into play as well. I'd love to target some of the superb browns and sea trout pictured in Col's two posts above but I'd be faced with a hell of a long drive before I could even try. The same would apply in reverse if Col fancied a try on a South of England clear water fishery.

    I don't even try to generalise about the fighting qualities of trout any more because it varies so much. Recent experiences I've had; the hardest fighting trout I've caught was a not especially attractive fish of 12-10 that was a total hooligan and took me all over the middle lake at Avington for about 15 minutes; my reservoir PB of 6-10 from a boat at Sutton Bingham merely flopped about for a couple of minutes before I netted it; a scraper 2lb fish on a dry fly from Manningford ran out a whole DT6 floating line and took me into the backing. All these had in common is having nothing in common !
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    Default Re: Is 'Size' necessary

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
    Size does matter to some anglers and power to their elbows. For example there are dedicated stillwater stalkers here in the sunny South who target specific fish that are often big - Browniebasher is a frequent contributor here. I like stalking as one challenging and fun technique among several, while I do sometimes go for a big fish and catch it I am equally happy to go for an attractive fish, a brown when they are stocked in the lake, or one in a tricky location.

    Horses for courses comes into play as well. I'd love to target some of the superb browns and sea trout pictured in Col's two posts above but I'd be faced with a hell of a long drive before I could even try. The same would apply in reverse if Col fancied a try on a South of England clear water fishery.

    I don't even try to generalise about the fighting qualities of trout any more because it varies so much. Recent experiences I've had; the hardest fighting trout I've caught was a not especially attractive fish of 12-10 that was a total hooligan and took me all over the middle lake at Avington for about 15 minutes; my reservoir PB of 6-10 from a boat at Sutton Bingham merely flopped about for a couple of minutes before I netted it; a scraper 2lb fish on a dry fly from Manningford ran out a whole DT6 floating line and took me into the backing. All these had in common is having nothing in common !
    I have never caught a trout at Avington that does not fight like mike Tyson .... they must eat their weetabix


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