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  1. bobmiddlepoint

    Rain

    Because that’s where it lives! In three years I’ve not seen one squashed and they do seem to have roadsense. Truly a case of why didn’t the chicken cross the road. Andy
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    Sutherland Alder Sucker Fly

    That looks like the very one, thanks. Andy
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    Sutherland Alder Sucker Fly

    Can anyone give an ID on this thing. There were dozens of them apparently feeding on the sap coming out of freshly cut alder logs yesterday. Although they were by water I'm nit sure they are of aquatic origin. Andy
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    Rain

    Or maybe bars of silver. Several rivers along the top have reported bright fish and just this morning I saw two or three jump that looked like fresh summer fish. Is it the return to autumn runs :unsure:🤣
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    I’ve Just Regurgitated My Landing Net

    Just saying like :p
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    Chalk stream trout in shop

    Well they are not reared in the rivers but in ponds alongside and fed from the rivers. Those that are involved in the rearing will tell you that the fish excrete only spring water, never escape and that there are never issues associated with water abstraction that affect wild fish migration. To...
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    Highlander Boats - any experience?

    I think it is simply weight, there is more fibreglass in the Heylands (and an extra buoyancy tank under the middle seat which just gets in the way of your feet/dog/tackle bag/net). Oddly the Heyland website now gives a weight of 140kg for the 15 footer, I am sure when they were bought for Uist...
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    Highlander Boats - any experience?

    The Heyland things do indeed appear to be out of the same mould as the Sweenys but they do behave very differently. We had both Sweenys and Heylands on Uist. Most of the differences are only really apparent if you are using the oars and I realise very few do these days but us ghillies (and ex...
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    Slow loading of forum

    It's been absolutely fine for me for ages and I'm on the slowest of slow internet connections (1.7meg) so you would think I'd see any issues. When it was bad is was truly hopeless, five minutes to load a page (if at all) and double and even triple posts. Andy
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    Line sticking?

    Was it two hours :unsure: I wish I'd thought of the issues with rod loading... Oh hang on, it's the lost art of reading again :rolleyes: Andy
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    Line sticking?

    Yes but it's not going to take two hours to get wet is it? Also, while we have all missed a ring, you do tend to notice it pretty quickly. I'm not trying to be unkind but I just don't buy "line cast out perfectly" to "I'd get about 15ft out and the line would not shoot out" in two hours being...
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    Flank marks on sea trout?

    They are without question not net marks. Migratory fish tend not to end up in trawler nets anyway. Andy
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    A Wander Up A Burn

    You're talking about me there obviously, thank you! 🥰 Andy
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    Highlander Boats - any experience?

    The short answer is no. Looking at the website they appear to be very clean tidy boats with no sticky out bits to catch lines and nets. On the other hand the rear seat looks to be too far back to be of much use in fishing (not an issue if you use a boat seat). I would have my doubts about the...
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    Understanding Casting

    If anyone is interested I have a brick wall you can bang your heads against...
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    A Wander Up A Burn

    Or "So That Is What Water Looks Like!" Up here in Sutherland it has hardly rained all year but this week we have finally got some proper water. In a normal year it would hardly be worth mentioning but it been so long since I saw a burn in spate I couldn't help but take some pictures. The burn...
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    Line sticking?

    The OP did say No mention of rethreading the rod :unsure: Float4 you also say the following, is that not what you normally do? Or do you simply mean you tried dropping the line on the grass rather than in the water? Lines (and rods) do pick up scum and dirt and conditions can change as...
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    Rod for general lough style fishing Ireland.

    The thing is I actually have two Daiwa CF98 11'3" #5/7 rods. One has caught literally thousands of fish over hundreds of days over 15 or so years, it's been re ringed twice and had one new handle (it's a bit like Trigger's brush!). The second one is a pristine second hand example for which I can...
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    Peregrines 'doing an Arctic skua' on a buzzard?

    I should think I've seen buzzards pretty much every day of my life and I've seen them take plenty of chicks (mainly crow and rook) out of nests but I would think adult kestrels and pigeons would be one off fluke captures. I guess a pigeon on the ground could be taken by surprise. Either way...
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    Flank marks on sea trout?

    Yes and yes! Andy
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