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  1. Cap'n Fishy

    G3 Supply Issues?

    Was running out of 0.21 mm (8 lb) Airflo Sightfree G3, which has been my fluoro of choice for pulling for many years. I went to order some online - there is always a BOGOF available - essentially 200 m for £20 or thereabouts, available from loads of places (be honest - it's £10 a spool, but you...
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    Minn Kota stalking...

    I can't think I have seen anyone talk about this one on the forum. The likes of Jimmy and I used to get the chance a fair bit, but with changes in hatches and weather, it's not such a common occurrence these last few years. I was out on Menteith on my own yesterday and I managed a cracker of...
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    Colours of Autumn

    Went out with the camera yesterday to look for autumn colours. Didn't have far to look. All the below shot in just over 1 hr, walking round the cycle path and local park... All shot with 100-400 mm f4.5-5.6 IS lens. Part 2 to follow...
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    Autumn colours on Menteith...

    It's that time of the year already... Spot Jimmy's pair of dry flies being 'spaghettified'. Shutter speed 1/250 sec. Surprisingly, it doesn't need to be much faster to capture lead from a shotgun in mid-flight. This is 1/350 sec. Col
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    Another stomach contents from Menteith...

    One from yesterday... Interesting bug in there, plus a weird shuck, and bits and bobs... Col
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    Leaping Salmon at Buchanty Spout

    Andy (Boorod) mentioned when he put up his excellent photos from Buchanty last Friday that he was not alone. I was one of about a dozen others, all trying to get one of the key spots to get good shots. There really only is one, and a guy shooting video was there when I arrived it and he hogged...
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    Autumn on Menteith...

    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... Thursday was forecast to be cloudy, while Friday was forecast to be sunny. Jimmy and I picked Thursday. They got it totally the wrong way around. It was also forecast to be no more than 11C, but after a 4C start, the air temp got up to 17C by the...
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    Stomach contents...

    ... from yesterday... What can you identify (apart from the obvious corixa... and what looks like a flying ant)? Col
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    Grunters

    Well, don't knock them until you've tried them... 😜 Hook: B160 size 8 Tag: variously, Globrite No. 5, gold lurex, pearl tinsel Body: hare's ear mixes Rib: gold or silver wire First hackle: black, claret or ginger cock Second hackle: grey partridge, natural or dyed That bit what sticks up in...
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    'Grunters' spinning...

    I was hearing lots of folk mention doing well with 'Grunters' when fishing dries on Menteith. I looked them up. Thought they were horrible-looking things, but didn't see why that should put me off giving them a try. :unsure: 😜 So, I tied up a couple and gave them a try. Hook described as...
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    A decent day on the dap...

    Not many threads on dapping... ... and not had much chance to do any dapping this season, what with missing out on the brownie mayfly season. So, it was very enjoyable to get a decent day this week. Even more enjoyable in that it saved our trip, after Monday had been very slow (folk blamed it...
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    Midge Armageddon!

    As in "Armageddon outa here!" Just back from 3 days fishing Loch Hope. We know what to expect from the midges at this time of year, but this was a magnitude above the worst we've had on previous trips. It's been dry as a bone up there for weeks and the loch was the lowest I have seen it in...
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    Squirrel tail for mayfly wings

    The mayfly-feeding fish switched their allegiance from the paraloop spinner to a grey Wulff for some reason best known to them. I lost the couple I had in the box - one to a two's-up, and the other when a hot fish went off like a scalded cat and whipped all the line up off the floor... and the...
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    Paraloop hackling using spanflex...

    I posted this, last week... Mayfly spinner Since then, several people have been asking me about the method of putting the hackles in, paraloop-style, using the spanflex butt. I had a go at doing a video. I’ve only had my current camera for coming on 4 years and this was the first time I have...
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    Mayfly Spinner

    Been having a lot of success with this one during mayfly season. It was a take I did on a mayfly dun, tied paraloop style, that someone posted a couple of years ago. I did a spinner version of it... It's been accounting for about 90% of my fish on dry mayfly over the past couple of years. So...
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    Blue and Silver George

    A variant with loch sea trout and salmon in mind... Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10 Thread: Black Tag: Globrite No. 9 Tail: GP crest dyed fluo red Body: Flat silver Body hackle: Kingfisher blue cock hackle Rib: Silver wire Head hackle: Black hen Throat: Jay 'Wings': JC Col
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    Socially-distanced boat fishing?

    When we are able to travel more than 5 miles and are able to reach the water and take a boat out, is it going to have to be one man in each boat, or does one angler at each end of a 15 ft boat (making for more than 2 metres between them) comply with social-distancing? Col
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    Trial swatches

    I have been finding when attempting to dye things where you don't have lots of goes at it - like a pricey cape - that it's good to do a few trial swatches with different mixes to get an idea first. The only problem is the materials sometimes come out differently, and the if the base colour is...
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    Identify the birds...

    Just for fun and answers underneath. I've got 108 for you to have a go at. Will post in batches of 10 at a time. Quality variable, depending on the gear used at the time... but that adds to the challenge of identifying some of them. 🤭 Most taken in the UK, but watch out for a couple of...
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    Guess the water: A-Z, Second Set

    As usual, just for fun and answers at the end. X and Z are missing as usual, and I had to borrow from Google Images for I, J, U and Y, though I have fished U, many years ago. First post, A-H... A B C D E F G (x2 ;)) H To be continued...
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