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speytime

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Since the end of lockdown & it's restrictions to travel etc. Has anybody ventured forth during the hours of darkness to pursue these elusive specimens?
Yes but it's not been the greatest season for obvious reasons however I've been down at the border Esk, the Nith and the Till, I've only been picking up the odd fish here and there no red letter days.
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From👆 last time out in the small hours, typically I lost a bruiser that night boy was I scunnered, even a few minutes with it would have done but I got the thrash mode after hooking it then off 😭

😂 It wouldn't be the same if we landed them all 👍

Al
 

Cap'n Fishy

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Would you know Dungloe.. I was there once for a friend's funeral drive past alot of gorgeous Loughs.. Would love a day up there.

Weirdly enough, I've just been tying "Dungloe Gadgets" for a trip up north for sea trout loch fishing... on account of my boat partner doing well with it on last year's trip...

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I think it looks awful, but you never know... 😜


Col
 
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Mother came from there. Know it well but never had the chance to fish the area.On the bucket list though (y)
Yeah it's a fantastic place.. Let me. Know if you head over.. 👍
 

bobmiddlepoint

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Up here in my corner of The Far North I think it is fair to say I was unimpressed with the sea trout in 2019, a few scraggy little finnock was about all I saw or heard about.
2020 appears much better, still not an amazing average size but better fed finnock and lots of them. Also occasional reports of better fish.
Fishing just 30mins before breakfast or the same in the evening I've picked up one last Saturday, one on Monday, one on Wednesday and three (!!!) today. The Saturday fish I'd assumed was a grilse until I netted it, a fine (is somewhat coloured) 5 - 6lb fish. Happy days, it will probably rain now and the will all bugger off to the loch!

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It's been a decent season on the Wear this year, plenty getting caught & we haven't suffered too much with low levels. The rain a couple of weeks ago came at a perfect time and has cleared out the river and filled the pools back up with new fish. I netted a this fella for a friend 15lb in a maclean weigh net (y)

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Couple of mine that I've got saved on the computer;
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It's been a decent season on the Wear this year, plenty getting caught & we haven't suffered too much with low levels. The rain a couple of weeks ago came at a perfect time and has cleared out the river and filled the pools back up with new fish. I netted a this fella for a friend 15lb in a maclean weigh net (y)

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Couple of mine that I've got saved on the computer;
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Some fine healthy looking fish..
 

cgaines10

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Well spotted.
I like clousers for sea trout and salmon in rivers/estuaries, the singles seem to hold as well as anything and are better for C&R.


Andy

Yeah great flies, I've not used them yet for sea trout though. I lost 9 sea trout in a row last year then changed to nordic singles and landed 3 in one night😅I've just got some of the OPST swing hooks for my salmon flies to try this season too.
 

bobmiddlepoint

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I probably won't see another one until September but I'm happy enough just now!

Well that's one prediction I've got right! Today on the 1st of September I caught my first sea trout since April. To be honest I could have lived without it, it's miserable looking ugly stale thing! Put up a surprising scrap for such a coloured example.
Thankfully there have been a few grilse and salmon keeping me ticking over through the summer.

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Cap'n Fishy

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A few of mine from recent trips...

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None of them exactly a 'bar of silver'. But you can only catch what is there at the same time as you are! 😜

Col
 

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A wee tip for anyone photographing fish...

Fish are long, thin things and don't suit a camera's typical 3x2 aspect ratio. If you line it up, levelled horizon, you get this sort of thing...

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You either chop off the head or chop off the tail, or both. And you add in 2 big rectangles of 'dead space', above and below the fish.

The answer is simple. Just turn the camera to 30-45 degrees to the fish, to make it fit the diagonal...

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When it is someone holding the fish up, you need to watch the background, because you just can't get away with a 30 degree horizon! So, you need to get above the fish and aim down onto it, so the horizon is not in the shot...

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It's not rocket surgery! 🤪
 
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