What I might see going round the city cycle path, taking in part of the Water of Leith walkway...
Redwings (last of them still around)
Song thrushes (numbers seem to be recovering)
Here are the answers...
A = River Annan at Johnstonebridge
B = Loch Brora (middle loch)
C = Loch Craggie
D = River Dee
E = Loch Ederline
F = Loch Fada, North Uist
G = Gladhouse
H = Harray
I = Loch of Isbister, Shetland Islands
J = Jordieland Loch (apparently the only loch...
Just for fun to pass a bit of social distancing/self-isolation time. I will post the answers underneath. The initial letters give a clue, and I've tried to throw in some give-away features on some. None are really obscure anyway, so non-Scots should be able to get a few.
They are all in...
That looks very like them. I was just having a go at using the flower id app on my tablet, only to find it needed updating, and then it wanted £20 a year to use it! So, I uninstalled it and found another free one. I fed it my photo from the Tay, and it came up with "Forbes' Squill". When...
I like a simple ethafoam-lined box (not slotted) for wets, nymphs, lures and stillwater dries...
For hackled dries, dapping flies and the like, I use simple cheap compartment boxes from Hobbycraft - they have a good range of sizes...
Aye, come to think of it, I do have a few Wulffs and similar in my mayfly box that would fit the proportions in the OP diagram. Still use them from time to time on Craggie.
I've also got some big bushy hoppers on 8s and 10s for a big wave on a big loch - but they are 'in proportion', not...
By the way, I should maybe add that I am an absolute stickler for the correct proportions on all my flies... it's just that not many of them are anything like in that ancient diagram.
For example... Hoppers... jeezo - 99% of the hoppers I see I would just never use. The body is too fat...
Aye, obviously, it varies a lot, depending on the hatch and lots of other factors. I don't doubt many folk find it useful to fish stiff-hackled dries on their waters. The one that brought it home to me was watching the mayflies on Menteith. When the duns were hatching, they were through the...
Surely it depends on what you are trying to imitate and where you are trying to present it, relative to the surface of the water?
Here is my box of stillwater dries...
Not much in there resembling the proportions in those diagrams.
As to duns, floating down a river... the ones sitting up on...