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    Default Re: Getting demoralised!!

    59 blanks, wow, but still you broke it, is it a wild or stockie lake,? if its a stockie lake is it even stocked ?
    are other anglers catching there while your there ?if they are you could study them from a distance
    what lines? usually the darker the faster it sinks, speed of retrieve ,pulls pauses etc and try to momic it
    if that fails try approaching the angler and ask him for advice
    this is totally based on my emperical research of course only sometimes

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    59 blanks, I admire your love of the sport!
    Hat's off to you!
    Again thanks to all for the support and comradery.
    Tomorrow I'm off down the east coast possibly the watch fishery or coldingham if I'm in the mood for a long drive.
    If anyone has more "last resort go to" methods please share them.
    I enjoy trying them and at least I'm learning how to fish those flies better/correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Size 10 yellow dancer, cats whisker will normally save the day if the going is difficult, try floater or intermediate 12ft taper cast it out and work it back with long steady pulls.

    Al
    This has saved me from a blank several times. I find it works best as the evening goes on and for some reason is the only thing that will catch for me when the caenis are on.

    I find it best flung as far as you can manage - the presentation ain't the key here - then stripped fast using a roly poly retrieve or suchlike.

    I usually up my line strength and use the strechiest nylon when doing this as the takes are explosive. I've had rainbows snap 8lb line clean in half using this method. Again, it's movement, not presentation so I'll sometimes put on 15lb straight through.

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    Magic advice.
    Went to tweedale today and was told to try a di7 with fab on a 2 ft leader pulled super slowly on the bottom
    First time trying that method and caught 1 in 1 hour.
    Enjoyed the new method.
    Will try the cats whiskers tomorrow at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tailing Loop View Post
    I know exactly how you feel - but if it cheers you up a bit, I too struggle, more than you. Your 3 fish the other day are my sum total for this year. Everyone on here for a while knows of my complete inability to catch fish without help on the day - I have stuck it out, I went 59 blanks on the trot a year or two ago, nobody could tell where I was going wrong. people who came with me told me I was doing nothing wrong, my set up was acceptable, my fly choice was sensible, my casting was fine - but I still got no bites. I think your own mindset before you go fishing has a part to play - I always go, with the benefit of experience to call on, with a mindset of expecting another blank. I nearly always succeed - it is very difficult to gain the confidence to succeed with so little success to draw upon.
    59 blanks! Not sure I could stick that out so 10/10 for tenacity.

    I still think both of you should get into river fishing. For some reason it seems to have a reputation for being more difficult than stillwaters but it really isn't and once you get the hang of it you can be confident that you'll catch something each time you got out. Not necessarily something big, mind.

    I've had a couple of hours at my local river this evening and despite it being a raging torrent at the moment I was still able to land four fish and lose about the same number just by swinging a nymph and a spider down and across the current - absolutely no skill required at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by the fishdoctor View Post
    59 blanks! Not sure I could stick that out so 10/10 for tenacity.

    I still think both of you should get into river fishing. For some reason it seems to have a reputation for being more difficult than stillwaters but it really isn't and once you get the hang of it you can be confident that you'll catch something each time you got out. Not necessarily something big, mind.

    I've had a couple of hours at my local river this evening and despite it being a raging torrent at the moment I was still able to land four fish and lose about the same number just by swinging a nymph and a spider down and across the current - absolutely no skill required at all
    showoff no skill required river fishing heck
    this is totally based on my emperical research of course only sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    showoff no skill required river fishing heck
    No, I really mean it. Sure, getting a huge brown out of a gin clear stream takes skill, but all I was doing this evening was casting across and letting the flies swing round in the current - the fish basically hook themselves.

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    All of my biggest catches have been wild brown trout, I've heard plenty of times about rainbows being easy to catch aye right!
    My best day at rainbow is 9, last year on orkney I managed 13,17, then 22 over 3 days due to unforseen I had to leave early �� so I only had 3 days fishing.
    Today on the river I lost count after 10/12 fish, yesterday and the day before was a similar scenario to many to count probably around 20 fish I'm not counting when the goings good?

    Al
    Last edited by speytime; 19-08-2019 at 11:01 PM.

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