'Flats' fishing for brownies...

Cap'n Fishy

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... on Loch of Harray, Orkney.

Had a wee window of opporchancity last week with Jimmy on Harray. We got onto some risers on the skerry at the top of Bankhead Bay. The loch was low and the skerry had barely a foot of water on it. Just enough for the shallow keel Orkney boats to get over the top of it. The fish were largely on the edges - maybe a couple of feet of water, but it had a definite feel of 'flats' fishing. The fish were on sedges and we were on dries, so no issues with catching the stones. We were just getting into it when the sky went cloudless and the sun put the fish off totally.

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Jimmy spotted a flounder scooting across the stones, which gave it an even better air of authenticity! 🤪

Col
 
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GEK79

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... on Loch of Harray, Orkney.

Had a wee window of opporchancity last week with Jimmy on Harray. We got onto some risers on the skerry at the top of Bankhead Bay. The loch was low and the skerry had barely a foot of water on it. Just enough for the shallow keel Orkney boats to get over the top of it. The fish were largely on the edges - maybe a couple of feet of water, but it had a definite feel of 'flats' fishing. The fish were on sedges and we were on dries, so no issues with catching the stones. We were just getting into it when the sky went cloudless and the sun put the fish off totally.

A few pics...

Orkney2021_1326.jpg


Orkney2021_1332.jpg


Orkney2021_1345.jpg


Orkney2021_1371.jpg


Orkney2021_1403.jpg


Orkney2021_1410.jpg


Orkney2021_1426.jpg


Orkney2021_1428.jpg


Orkney2021_1430.jpg


Orkney2021_1444.jpg


Orkney2021_1455.jpg


Orkney2021_1461.jpg


Orkney2021_1463.jpg


Orkney2021_1465.jpg


Orkney2021_1466.jpg


Orkney2021_1468.jpg


Orkney2021_1472.jpg


Orkney2021_1477.jpg


Jimmy spotted a flounder scooting across the stones, which gave it an even better air of authenticity! 🤪

Col
Thanks for sharing pal... 👍👍
 

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Nice pics Col, I was fishing the Merkister side a few years back wading out on those rocky bits I turned round to come back to find the trout rising behind me , bit of a shock that, but great fishing, when we borrowed a boat we were getting flounders at the Ness of Brodger Gap actually rising to the fly, magic fishing on Orkney, easker1
 

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Well done the fish have fantastic markings also the clarity of the water can not imagine the battle with them what a brilliant day could you tell me if you were letting the fly just drift or were you twitching the fly back.
 

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Well done the fish have fantastic markings also the clarity of the water can not imagine the battle with them what a brilliant day could you tell me if you were letting the fly just drift or were you twitching the fly back.

Cheers, We were fishing static dry fly. (That's not to say I don't sometimes fish floating patterns and move them, but I would always qualify the terminology to make that clear... such as referring to fishing 'hybrid hogs', or 'figure-of-eighting a team of hoppers', or some such.)

Col
 
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Well done the fish have fantastic markings also the clarity of the water can not imagine the battle with them what a brilliant day could you tell me if you were letting the fly just drift or were you twitching the fly back.
When fishing the dries blind I usually 99% of the time ,let the flies drift as naturally as I can manage....the way the fish expect to see their food behaving in other words. Any movement given will be in the shape of a tiny twitch at the most .It can pay off at times particularly when certain terrestrials are on the water but by and large , I don’t find the need for any extra motion very often.

BTW....I’ve always loved catching fish on dries virtually my whole fishing life but these days the very best of it for me is, judging the speed and direction of a rising fish,gently dropping my fly accurately in its path the correct distance ahead of it and watching it take my fly. I can’t get enough of it.....👍
 
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When fishing the dries blind I usually 99% of the time ,let the flies drift as naturally as I can manage....the way the fish expect to see their food behaving in other words. Any movement given will be in the shape of a tiny twitch at the most .It can pay off at times particularly when certain terrestrials are on the water but by and large , I don’t find the need for any extra motion very often.

BTW....I’ve always loved catching fish on dries virtually my whole fishing life but these days the very best of it for me is, judging the speed and direction of a rising fish,gently dropping my fly accurately in its path the correct distance ahead of it and watching it take my fly. I can’t get enough of it.....👍
What he said.(y).

Jim
 
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