Tactics used when there's a big wave?

Cap'n Fishy

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Yes...saw your article on Shin very good too. I do odd days for guests on there and Merkland via Overscaig.

Cheers. It was Hope we were on a couple of weeks ago (that's it in the GPS trace upthread). Was on Merkland and Shin back in June this year.

We were 'fishing the soap' and, not armed with your cracking term for it, we were referring to two porn stars: Frothy Lane, and her co-star, Oily Slick. :D

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How was Merkland Col ?
(Apologies to the OP for getting slightly off-topic).
 

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How was Merkland Col ?
(Apologies to the OP for getting slightly off-topic).

Loads of small fish this year, Scott. This was one of our better ones...

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However, it's probably just the usual cyclical thing and, if so, there should be plenty better-sized ones next year.

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How was Merkland Col ?
(Apologies to the OP for getting slightly off-topic).

Hey Scobo.....no need for apologies. I fish it regularly on a Sunday up the top end by the Old Stables Bungalow. I wade it mostly as its easy wading to the left of the Albannach burn. Mostly use a floater but also had good results with an Airflo washing line fly line. Only have to wade to knee height.
 

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Wind lanes , down south the best place for these used to be Hanningfeild .
Back when we had trout with gonads a Fo big muddler chucked as far as possible and heaved back at speed pulled rainbows up and some dramtic bow waving follows and some superb fit fish .these days from LS6 muddler I now fish #12s and #14 muddlers as sorta nymphs!
 

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However, it's probably just the usual cyclical thing and, if so, there should be plenty better-sized ones next year.

Col

More than likely Col.
Found a similar thing this year on a loch I fish. The brownies were averaging 3 to the pound last year but this year was more like 3/4lb.
I've only ever fished the far side at Merkland the once and didn't do that well.
Strange, you'd think that side would be fished less and so be better.

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Hey Scobo.....no need for apologies. I fish it regularly on a Sunday up the top end by the Old Stables Bungalow. I wade it mostly as its easy wading to the left of the Albannach burn. Mostly use a floater but also had good results with an Airflo washing line fly line. Only have to wade to knee height.

Aye, that's a good spot. Especially around the the burn when it's in spate.
 

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More than likely Col.
Found a similar thing this year on a loch I fish. The brownies were averaging 3 to the pound last year but this year was more like 3/4lb.
I've only ever fished the far side at Merkland the once and didn't do that well.
Strange, you'd think that side would be fished less and so be better.

I've only ever fished it from the boat. We usually find the south side of Merkland is better than the "road shore". However, it gets so little fishing pressure...

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Speaking of tactics in a wave, and Shin...

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(John (Colliedog) doing the modelling for me there...)

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I was out boat fishing on Sunday for browns on a small lake in the Irish Midlands. There was a good wave with bright sun, odd cloud, a strong north westerly wind and temperature of 13 degrees, coupled with over night temperature of 3 degrees, not great conditions. The bushy wet fly, muddler approach didn't work, used a floater, fast intermediate and tried wet fly and fry imitation combination on a type 3 sinker. There was no fly hatching and I only saw two fish rise over 5 hours. Didn't get a pull. Would anyone suggest a different method that could work?
 

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I was out boat fishing on Sunday for browns on a small lake in the Irish Midlands. There was a good wave with bright sun, odd cloud, a strong north westerly wind and temperature of 13 degrees, coupled with over night temperature of 3 degrees, not great conditions. The bushy wet fly, muddler approach didn't work, used a floater, fast intermediate and tried wet fly and fry imitation combination on a type 3 sinker. There was no fly hatching and I only saw two fish rise over 5 hours. Didn't get a pull. Would anyone suggest a different method that could work?

Not great conditions as you say,couple that with the best of brown trout fishing now being past us,lack of fly life and a lot of the fish with spawning rather than feeding on their mind.Not surprising the fishing was poor, probably better leaving them alone to be honest,although there is always a percentage of the population which will not spawn this year so are still worth catching.One thing you could have tried was to give the areas around the mouths of the main spawning streams, hoping one or two fish are still up for chasing a fly.Also patterns with red in the dressing can provoke an aggressive reaction from the males
 

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Wee Jimmy, thanks for the advice this was my last fishing trip for brown trout this year. I tried a pearly dabbler with a red head, that's normally a good fly in September on the Midland Loughs. I tried the entrance to the spawning stream, didn't get any joy either.

There's always next year.
 

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Not great conditions as you say,couple that with the best of brown trout fishing now being past us,lack of fly life and a lot of the fish with spawning rather than feeding on their mind.Not surprising the fishing was poor, probably better leaving them alone to be honest,although there is always a percentage of the population which will not spawn this year so are still worth catching.One thing you could have tried was to give the areas around the mouths of the main spawning streams, hoping one or two fish are still up for chasing a fly.Also patterns with red in the dressing can provoke an aggressive reaction from the males

Do you think rainbow trout fishing is also past its best?
Thanks Al
 

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Do you think rainbow trout fishing is also past its best?
Thanks Al

It’s probably fair to say the very best of it is past yes but if you can pick your days wisely,late September through October can still be an excellent time of year for rainbow trout fishing.They seem to like the dropping water temps and we don’t have to worry about them getting spawny.
 

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Do you think rainbow trout fishing is also past its best?
Thanks Al

No my mate and I were out on Draycote on Monday and we had a good day fishing dries. We fished from a boat just drifting across the reservoir ended up with 13 and mist as many
 

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Do you think rainbow trout fishing is also past its best?
Thanks Al

Jimmy and I had a good day on Menteith yesterday. Not a big wave (sorry to hi-jack the thread :eek:) - but we were looking for calm conditions to fish dries anyway - and we got them. Loads of fish there, and they are right on the top of the water - we kept seeing them scoot out the way of the boat as we were motoring.

A few photos...

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A few buzzers hatching. Evidence of fish feeding on phantom larvae, just sub-surface. We had fish from around the butts and down towards Tod Hole, tight to shore in Sandy Bay, Arnmach, and Stable Point. Jimmy was mostly on a deer hair emerger, and me on a black hopper.​

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