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    Dry Fly

    Cheers, I'll give that a try. I had to google scud hooks but see they look similar to B100s that I have which will hopefully be OK.
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    Dry Fly

    Good to know thanks, I suspect my lack of success with it is more down to me rather than the fly:) I'll try it like you suggest next season.
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    Field Mouse Invasion

    I knew I'd heard of Cheesy Peas before; https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cheesy+peas+fast+show&&view=detail&mid=3424460A1D78566B50D13424460A1D78566B50D1&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dcheesy%2Bpeas%2Bfast%2Bshow%26FORM%3DHDRSC3 Even Cheesy Squeezy Peas:)...
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    Dry Fly

    DHE and Klinkhamer seem to work best for me along with a few CDC Emergers/F Flies. I see a few mentions of the CDC&Elk, a favourite of mine on stillwater but I've never done well with it on running water.
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    Wellies..

    I'd suggest Skellerup wellies. I've been wearing them for work and fishing for a few years now and they are the best balance I've found between comfort and robustness. I wear the neoprene lined safety version of these...
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    How big is yours?

    I think the areas on the site I linked to will be based on what the OS maps show at a particular moment in time which, as you say, will vary a lot according to changing water level. The UK lakes portal gives Shin a perimeter of 82km; based on that my back of an envelope would give a rough...
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    How big is yours?

    Sorry again Cap'n, and I hope I've not done you out of a job:) I'm sure if you want accurate measurements the best way will be to measure it the way you are - local knowledge of water levels will trump some mapping geek stuck in an office somewhere:) Not sure exactly how you go about it but...
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    How big is yours?

    Sorry, I feel a bit of a c*** posting this link: https://eip.ceh.ac.uk/apps/lakes/index.html but does give some useful details in addition to the area of the lakes/lochs.
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    Rivers Tree Planting Scheme

    More small world? - if you were working for the FC in the late 1980s I may have planted some of the trees you produced!
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    Mackenzie NX1 quality

    I fish with a 10' #5 NX1 and very happy with the build and component quality. I find it a very nice rod to fish with too. If you have some concerns or would like more information about the NX1, phone the number on the website and speak with Scott directly. He was very helpful when I called...
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    High Tarns: Tippet/Leader Set-up?

    I'd add these three to the other flies mentioned; CDC&Elk (tied with black CDC and with a roe deer hair wing), Black klinkhamer, and a black CDC suspender midge. I wouldn't just stick to just black in any of the flies mentioned though, I'd have some olives and other natural colours plus a few...
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    Travel fly rods

    I'm another Shakespeare Expedition user and think it's pretty good for the money, although, it's an older model bought (I think) about 10 years ago - 9' #5. The current Expeditions don't seem to be available in that spec anymore but they do 8'6" #5 and 9' #6. I had a quick look and see that Gary...
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    High Tarns: Tippet/Leader Set-up?

    ^ What arawa mentions above about stealth - if tarns are anything like hill lochs - is about as good advice as you can get. For dries, my usual set up is a Profil tapered leader needle knotted to the fly line with a 1.5mm riverge tippet ring on the end. Onto that I tie on a 4' to 6' section of...
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    Rivers Tree Planting Scheme

    This can work really well with willow species. You can get lots of cuttings very easily with a sharp knife or secateurs - with permission of the tree owner!, although I am guilty of occasional "gorilla" forestry with a few cuttings on winter walks;)
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    Rivers Tree Planting Scheme

    It seems even stranger given that two of the largest tree nurseries in Scotland are located at Fochabers and Forres. However, despite them growing millions of trees, demand is so high in recent years that you generally cant by trees "off the shelf" if you need a reasonable quantity; probably...
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    Copolymer to fluorocarbon

    Do you apply anything to the tapered leader to make it float? I apply Mucilin to the tapered leaders I use, up to and including the tippet ring, mainly to minimise disturbance when I re-cast but I'm sure it also supports the tippet ring. I don't remember a tippet ring ever dragging a fly under...
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    Guess the weight 2

    5lb 14 oz, whatever the weight a good result with the recent weather.
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    Sedge fishing tactical improvement

    Where I’m fishing, I don’t know if the trout take CDC & Elk as a sedge, but they are happy to take it moving underwater. I like to fish dries on lochs and the CDC & Elk is probably the one I have most success with. This is very much fishing it static, however, I do catch quite a few pulling it...
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    Rio Powerflex Bad Batch?

    That's my understanding as well but I'm not sure about the technicalities behind it. Maybe a wee bit over protective, but I'm not keen on using tippet holders on lanyards or the outside of bags as I don't like the idea of the nylon being exposed to the sun all day.
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    Rio Powerflex Bad Batch?

    Interesting to see that mentioned. I've used Powerflex for a few years now and found that, for me, grinner knots are much stronger than the tucked half blood knot, especially if it's 5lb or less Powerflex. I've been using the tucked half blood for years and very confident with it but, no matter...
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