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  1. Cap'n Fishy

    Guess the water: A-Z

    Ha-ha - maybe next time. As I was doing it, I was throwing a lot of contenders out and, by the end I thought, I could go again with round 2... albeit with no J! 🤭 Col
  2. Cap'n Fishy

    Guess the water: A-Z

    Cheers, Derek. I bet you are being modest and got them all. ;) Col
  3. Cap'n Fishy

    Guess the water: A-Z

    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...
  4. Cap'n Fishy

    Guess the water: A-Z

    N-Y N O P Q R S T U V W Y Col
  5. Cap'n Fishy

    Guess the water: A-Z

    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...
  6. Cap'n Fishy

    Spring flower identification?

    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...
  7. Cap'n Fishy

    Spring flower identification?

    I recognised that as one I found on the Tay a couple of years ago, so I went to see what it was called and found I never did get a name for it... Col
  8. Cap'n Fishy

    Proportions for Fly Tying

    I just checked the length of the tail on this dabbler muddler... It's exactly the length of the hook! (y) Col
  9. Cap'n Fishy

    Fly box recommendations?

    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...
  10. Cap'n Fishy

    Proportions for Fly Tying

    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...
  11. Cap'n Fishy

    Proportions for Fly Tying

    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...
  12. Cap'n Fishy

    Proportions for Fly Tying

    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...
  13. Cap'n Fishy

    Proportions for Fly Tying

    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...
  14. Cap'n Fishy

    Biggest clyde grayling..yet.

    Here's a few slimmer fish, all in the 2 lb - 2 lb 4 oz - 2 lb 6 oz-ish class... Col
  15. Cap'n Fishy

    Biggest clyde grayling..yet.

    Well, that's the thing, Steven - seems to me folk tend to overestimate the weight of grayling. That fish was exactly 2 lb 10 oz. I don't like to piss on folks' parades and all that, but the fish in the original pics isn't even 2 lb I reckon. Col
  16. Cap'n Fishy

    Biggest clyde grayling..yet.

    I have a few photos of big grayling, but the only one I can remember putting on the scales (using a weigh sling affair) was this one... That was 2 lb 10 oz. Col
  17. Cap'n Fishy

    Light Box for photographing Flies

    Aye, that's another way of doing it - which also eliminates all shadows if you want to get rid of them. I used to do some by a roughly similar method, using the smallest size of Jessops' light boxes - the things used for viewing slides, negatives, X-rays, etc. Col
  18. Cap'n Fishy

    Coronavirus and Trout Fishing

    Agree with that. We had a club outing at Coldingham Loch today. Even going on it felt a bit unnerving and strange. Difficult to enjoy it. By the time we came off, we were hearing the latest govt pleas, and Gareth and Carmel (the owners) took the agonising decision to close the fishery...
  19. Cap'n Fishy

    Light Box for photographing Flies

    Sure - you can get perfectly good results with just good lighting. I certainly wasn't implying a lightbox was necessary - just that the OP was asking about ones that I thought might prove inadequate for lighting levels. I didn't know from the OP if he was aiming to do something like the clean...
  20. Cap'n Fishy

    Coronavirus and Trout Fishing

    I dunno - if I were you, I wouldn't be planning any kind of long-distance trip into unknown territory any time in the next... well... the foreseeable future, it's starting to look like!
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