Col n Stan on Loch Brora

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T&S hit the post box this morning ,a fascinating article on drifty boat fishing loch Brora for springers ,our Cap'n fishy led the charge 4 to his rod and 2 for Mr H.
Puts my half day last august for one finnock to shame!:eek:mg:
 

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Look forward to reading it when it winds it's way up to the Northern Isles

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T&S hit the post box this morning ,a fascinating article on drifty boat fishing loch Brora for springers ,our Cap'n fishy led the charge 4 to his rod and 2 for Mr H.
Puts my half day last august for one finnock to shame!:eek:mg:

A lot of luck involved, Andy, including just being in the right place at the right time. Chances are, a good run of fish came up the lower river and into the loch a few weeks before. (Being spring fish, they don't colour-up as much.) By the time they made their way to the upper river, there wasn't enough water for them, and they just settled into the loch - why not - nice big area, with no current to fight against. Let's wait here for rain...

More luck involved in having something on that got a couple to look on the Monday afternoon, coz that was the key - it told us where, it told us the depth, and it gave me total confidence that the thing was actually doable. As you know... once you have confidence... And as always, there is some factor in there that you can't put your finger on...

But luck... if you buy your first lottery ticket and win, then you should never buy another. I should never go near Loch Brora again! :whistle:
 

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Col, can I ask if you think you would have caught fish fishing a floater? The water wasn't that deep, and with traditional style Loch fishing that Stan describes the flies could not have been that deep. I realise that once you have caught on a intermediate everyone uses that, it is only awkward people like me who would try something else.

Did you try dappping to bring them up?

Well done, I'm totally jealous. Did you hit the shallows with the outboard between the top and middle Loch, very easy, well I found it easy.
 

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Col, can I ask if you think you would have caught fish fishing a floater? The water wasn't that deep, and with traditional style Loch fishing that Stan describes the flies could not have been that deep. I realise that once you have caught on a intermediate everyone uses that, it is only awkward people like me who would try something else.

Did you try dapping to bring them up?

Well done, I'm totally jealous. Did you hit the shallows with the outboard between the top and middle Loch, very easy, well I found it easy.

Hi Malcolm. My take on it would be that Stan started with a floater out of tradition. I went straight to an intermediate, based on the fact it was bright sunshine and a cold south-east breeze (albeit light). I also had the double on the tail, so I would have been fishing the flies that few inches deeper, and on more of an angled rake, thanks to the double. Over the 3 days, salmon-wise, I had a total of 7 chances, while Stan had 2 and Martin 1 - a fish that did to him what my 2 Monday fish did to me... came up, had a look, had a swirl, had a think, had another look, had another think... all in super slow-motion... and then decided... "Naw - not having that!" It was good to hear that Martin has been back since and had some success. :thumbs:

The water would have been between 4 and 5 feet deep, because the sounder was fitted to the underside of the Minn Kota's gearbox, and it would have been a good foot under the water. I did try to stress that, but it has not been made clear in the article.

I did consider dapping. Before the trip, I consulted the guru, Angus MacRitchie, about dapping for spring salmon. Angus wasn't hopeful, and, as I was trying to travel light (3 of us in one car), and I had the photography gear to think about, I left the dapping gear at home. However, if I was to have a go again, I am blummin' sure I would take the dapping gear and give it a good go! When those spring fish are in the mood, they are in the mood! On the Wednesday afternoon, we landed 4 salmon in 2 hours, and missed 2 other chances!

We only fished the top loch, so didn't have any issues with the shallows.

Col
 
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Thanks, yes my reading of the article in the sun, suggested it was shallow than you suggest.
If you are planning another trip, give me a shout, I can knock your propeller off with the best of them.
 

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I meant to say that I really enjoyed reading the article. Great action photos Col and well done on your catch. Interesting to see a predominance of blue in the flies used. Seems to be a good colour in peaty water in general.

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