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  1. bobmiddlepoint

    Simple Shrimpy (Salmon)

    I found one of those Michigan Blue pheasants knocked down on the road the other day and thought the feathers would lend themselves to a small shrimp(ish) style salmon fly. So here it is, I'm not a big fan of the Partridge Salar doubles but I had a few lying around and they do look right for some...
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    The Anglers Are Coming - Run For The Hills

    Two weeks ago there was no rain and I had a nice collection of fish I couldn't fish for just across the road. Now there is talk of finally letting us at them soon the rain has arrived and they've all made a dash for the hills... Ah well at least the bulk of the springers have had a clear...
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    Deer of the Day

    As I don't seem to be having much luck getting close to birds to photograph of late I thought I'd go for the deer instead. They are much easier to get close to, this one jumped into the garden this morning. Pictures taken through the double glazing at 7am so not super sharp. A couple of...
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    Who Spew?

    A bit of a mystery. Earlier this week on my walk beside the river beside the house (you have to justify being outside in these times!) I came across a scattering of semi digested salmon parr and four or five toads. The toads were in pretty good nick and hardly showed any signs of digestion and...
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    March 15th How Was It For You

    Well for a lot of us today was the first day of the trout season. I've got to say I've had better ones. The morning was calm and almost warm but the forecast promised showers and half a gale from the north and this duly arrived at mid day. So no fishing as I couldn't be bothered to go and look...
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    Drumming Snipe

    Not so much bird watching as bird listening. Just let the dogs out and the snipe are drumming over the house, spring creeps closer (y) Andy
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    Are Rainbow Trout Farms A Good Thing To Have On A River?

    Just for a bit of balance... Andy
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    Catching Arctic Charr by Design From Deep Lochs

    Has anyone done it, how do you go about it? Searching the forum just brings up references to catching them on calm evenings when they occasionally come to the surface. But what about the rest of the time. Has anyone had any success with fast sinking lines and what sort of flies might work? I...
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    Two Or Three Turns Of Hackle On A Dry Fly?

    Just wondered which is better? Andy
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    Is Water Wet?

    There has been a lot of division and discord on the forum of late so I thought I'd pose a question we can all agree on. Or can we...? Well it has been over 24 hours without a post on the General Board. Andy
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    How Often Do You Get Smashed?

    During the recent spate of mono thread the subject, unsurprisingly, of leader breakages has popped up. Some seem to almost accept them as an everyday occurrence, something unavoidable, while others seem less tolerant of such disasters which are almost always the result of bad angling. For the...
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    Atlantic Salmon Spawing Where They Should Be!

    Some pretty ropy pictures of salmon spawning yesterday. A river somewhere in Scotland... A spent and tatty cock fish. Andy
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    Atlantic Salmon Spawning In Tidal Water?

    Has anyone experienced this? Is it common? By tidal I mean water that is covered by spring tides and partially saline for 8 - 12 days a month not right down in the mud and sand with the lug worms! Andy
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    Anyone For Caviar

    Wandering about a burn today I came across a nice big otter spraint. Nothing odd about that but it is the first one that I have found with salmon eggs in it. It might be a common enough thing but every otter kill I've found in the past has had the eggs left uneaten. The spraint is on the rock...
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    I've Just Had A Good Hard Tug

    It is often said that the Inuit* have 50 words for snow and I was wondering if we fly fishers might have as many for the take? From my days ghillying I've picked up a few, mainly to describe takes that come to nothing and most to do with unseen takes rather than when the fish shows themselves in...
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    Why I think Steel Is The Wrong Material For Hooks

    I've heard some people talk about hooks straightening out in fish so I thought I'd do some experiments. Now I didn't happen to have any hooks to experiment on so I used bent pins. Now steel is steel and the steel pins are made of is exactly like the steel hooks are made of or as near as makes no...
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    The Cost Of Making Your Own Waders?

    Just wondering if it would be cheaper to make my own waders? Source all the materials myself (or maybe even manufacture them at home, glues, rubber, neoprene, nylon cloth, threads, buckles, waterproofing agents etc) and make them up or is it cheaper to buy them off the shelf? Bob
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    Early Smolt Run?

    Will the very mild winter will result in an early run of smolts to sea? Late in February here on Uist on one of the few calm days (although mild it has been all wind and rain out here in the middle of the Atlantic this winter) there was a lot of small fish rising in the tidal water. It might...