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  1. bobmiddlepoint

    Assynt in September

    It had only just started two weeks ago. There is nowhere to park, there is **** everywhere. Have a look on Facebook, read the P&J. When you have 20 pissed up campers at Bettyhill pier (nearest toilets 1 mile away) guess what you find after they have left. Make no mistake most people in the...
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    Assynt in September

    While this is a little off subject I can tell you what you will find in the Highlands ATM, nowhere to park, a fecking lot of mess including human waste, bellends in sports cars, bellends who can’t reverse and a good helping of I’ll feeling from the local population. The fishing should be fine...
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    11 YEARS

    Kenneth? I never had you down as a Kenneth! Nicely said sir (y) Andy
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    Scottish Hill Loch Brown Trout

    The rest of your post I’d agree with but not the bit quoted! True there are lots of lochs like that but most serious loch fishers avoid them. Andy
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    Anyone fish streamers for salmon?

    The story (true) above about a river somewhere in the Far North may have been fueled a touch of sour grapes from the following ghillies. I don't doubt the Sunray over used in low water does disturb the fish but at the same time it takes a lot. So which is it, too deadly or too frightening...
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    Anyone fish streamers for salmon?

    On some rivers the Sunray is considered not quite the done thing by true sporting anglers. On a river in the Far North once the lockdown was eased the ghillies were allowed onto the rotating beats. One ghillie in particular put in long hours and took many fish on the Sunray. The ghillies fishng...
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    Glencoe, Rubbish!!

    The promoters of the NC500 should have their reproductive organs removed as should their children and grandchildren to snub out the bloodline of at least some of the thoughtless dross that infects the world. You are correct that most people doing the NC500 won't have thought about the toilets...
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    Glencoe, Rubbish!!

    Welcome to my world... I have the good fortune to live on the north coast of Scotland. Sadly some tw4t decided it would be a good idea to call the roads around the north coast the North Coast 500 and every dirty bastard from Inverness to Lands End now feels the need to drive around it (usually...
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    A rough idea..

    Damsel (and dragon) flies come in many colours. Blue is maybe the most obvious but you get red, green and dull beige ones. When they first crawl out of the nymph shuck are fairly washed out and pale but once dried off and ready for flight with fully inflated and dried wings (which might take...
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    Start of the Curly bum season.

    Unless the bank is a mown lawn I've always found fishing from a boat in the dark easier. But then again I've always been a very tidy boat fisher, no chaos in my boat ;) Andy
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    What fly was I intending to tie...?

    Grouse and Claret? The palmered version with a wound grouse head hackle not a grouse wing. Give it a yellow wool tail and you have Howard's Grouse & Claret which originated on the islands (Lewis I think) as a peaty water sea trout and salmon fly. A dark mackerel has a red tinsel body so that...
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    Salmon Envy-Livestream

    I've been watching this on and off over the last two weeks. They say between 200,000 an 400,000 salmon will go over the falls every season. There was a wolf fishing on the top of the falls earlier in the week and it took thirty salmon one morning. Apparently it was the first time a wolf had been...
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    Using boats to fly fish.

    You would be surprised how close to the truth you are on many occasions. In a previous life I was a ghillie on mainly small lochs. A surprising number of anglers couldn't grasp how to pull the line fast enough in a drifting boat and nearly all the fish they caught were as a result of me crabbing...
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    Will a Sea Trout or Salmon take trout flies

    Oh to have so many fish that you can be so picky! Andy
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    Will a Sea Trout or Salmon take trout flies

    Out on the lochs of the Hebrides the same flies are used for brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Mainly wet flies in the size range 14 - 10. On rivers it is often said that generally people fish too big a fly for salmon and too small a fly for sea trout and there is probably something in this...
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    Poacher's Electrofishing Suffolk River

    No need for a genny, battery packs in a back pack (plus the anode and cathod and waders that don't leak!) are all that are required. Andy
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    Bird of the day

    Well you spotted it so whatever it is it is a spotted something. Andy
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    Best tool for debarbing hooks.

    If you have a fly tying vice you don't need to buy a barb squashing tool, simply squeeze the barbs down in the vice jaws. Done thousands of hooks like this without am issue. Andy
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    waterproof jacket recommendations

    Sutherland rain is as nothing compared to Uist driving rain and wind. I spent many many hours in boats in all day pish on Uist when I ghillied there and never got wet once. The answer (not cheap) is a Paramo coat, a mountaineering (well hill walking) type jacket. That coupled with chest waders...
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    And now for something different...

    Hogwash! Well the bit about the quality of the steel is. The Victorians may well have made better hooks than some of the dross turned out by Mustad in the 1970's and 1980's or indeed some of the stuff from Partridge in the 1990's and 2000's. I have handled a few hooks from the Victorian age but...