Wild Trout and Grayling fishing 2021.

alan hine

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njm

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Had a good away day last Friday on the Annan. Difficult conditions but persevered and caught some decent fish on dry's and nymphs. The best for me was targeting rising fish, but also stalking large skittish Browns in shallow water with a small pheasant tail.. Great sport.

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I was intending to visit a border stream today for a bit of dry fly fishing. Unfortunately my wife began to girn about being left in the house alone 'again'

So as a compromise, I suggested that she take a book and comes to to the reservoir with me. She reluctantly agreed to this with the caviat that I wouldn't fish for too long.

Anyway, I did manage to fish for an hour and a half .and caught four modest size trout. I was happy with that.

Hope this doesn't become a habit!!


Douglas



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My own private photographer ! Stunning colours.






Wit a caster - That one was the full 30 yards - the backing knot whizzed through the rings ----- Not!
 
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Here are a few from that last two sessions, sadly my mayfly fishing was cut short to spend a week in Wales but I’ll revisit the two big fish I lost through the summer.

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Apologies for the upside down images, doing this off my iPhone and I can’t be bothered editing! 😂
Great fish Sean but that picture of the sunset really steals the show, lovely😍
 

GEK79

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Here are a few from that last two sessions, sadly my mayfly fishing was cut short to spend a week in Wales but I’ll revisit the two big fish I lost through the summer.

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Apologies for the upside down images, doing this off my iPhone and I can’t be bothered editing! 😂
Some lovely golden colours lad.. Well done and as mentioned sunset amazing. 👍
 

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Literally just in the door from a wee trip based round the Flowerdale Lochs. The going was good as it had been dry so covering ground was relatively easy. Also conversely to tradition my weather based decisions of where to be and when to be there were bob on!
The fish were looking up, and I got one or two surprises from places I thought I knew.
Planning to return in 2 or 3 weeks.
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One thing that unsettled me was I left my net, I’m not happy landing fish without it, and it turned into a circa 100 fish trip!
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In 4 days I made 2 0300hrs starts to 20+k walks, fishing closer Lochs in between, so it’s off for a bath, sort my Shyte out, Mrs can’t wait to receive my broken clothing 😃 then I’ll catch up on the reports here 👍
Flies used this trip - Black Hopper & Olive Sedgehog.
 

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A change of scenery yesterday and a day at the stockies in the Lake of Mentieth. Tough day weather wise with a wind that blew from all directions and a relentless sun that only some cloud managed to cover for small periods of the day. Stuck to the dries and picked away at a few feeders. A mate and I managed double figures to the boat with some, well-conditioned fish to around 4 pounds. A few Mayfly coming off and size 12 double deckers being the best fleas...
 

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GEK79

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Literally just in the door from a wee trip based round the Flowerdale Lochs. The going was good as it had been dry so covering ground was relatively easy. Also conversely to tradition my weather based decisions of where to be and when to be there were bob on!
The fish were looking up, and I got one or two surprises from places I thought I knew.
Planning to return in 2 or 3 weeks.
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One thing that unsettled me was I left my net, I’m not happy landing fish without it, and it turned into a circa 100 fish trip!
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In 4 days I made 2 0300hrs starts to 20+k walks, fishing closer Lochs in between, so it’s off for a bath, sort my Shyte out, Mrs can’t wait to receive my broken clothing 😃 then I’ll catch up on the reports here 👍
Flies used this trip - Black Hopper & Olive Sedgehog.
Fantastic lad... Really fantastic.. 👍👍
 

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Literally just in the door from a wee trip based round the Flowerdale Lochs. The going was good as it had been dry so covering ground was relatively easy. Also conversely to tradition my weather based decisions of where to be and when to be there were bob on!
The fish were looking up, and I got one or two surprises from places I thought I knew.
Planning to return in 2 or 3 weeks.
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One thing that unsettled me was I left my net, I’m not happy landing fish without it, and it turned into a circa 100 fish trip!
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In 4 days I made 2 0300hrs starts to 20+k walks, fishing closer Lochs in between, so it’s off for a bath, sort my Shyte out, Mrs can’t wait to receive my broken clothing 😃 then I’ll catch up on the reports here 👍
Flies used this trip - Black Hopper & Olive Sedgehog.
Absolutely cracking fish Scotty love the different colourations - I wish I had your energy

If I was to walk 2k, I would need a week to recover!

Seems like it was a great trip - Well done.



Douglas
 

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Absolutely cracking fish Scotty love the different colourations - I wish I had your energy

If I was to walk 2k, I would need a week to recover!

Seems like it was a great trip - Well done.



Douglas
Cheers Douglas, it was quite intense. The scaffolding that holds my back together isn’t very weight bearing so I can’t camp, so I’m limited to what I can reach, fish and return from in a oner.
Thankfully it was dry and 10k was achievable in 2 hours.
I’m back to work tomorrow 😶!
 

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Literally just in the door from a wee trip based round the Flowerdale Lochs. The going was good as it had been dry so covering ground was relatively easy. Also conversely to tradition my weather based decisions of where to be and when to be there were bob on!
The fish were looking up, and I got one or two surprises from places I thought I knew.
Planning to return in 2 or 3 weeks.
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One thing that unsettled me was I left my net, I’m not happy landing fish without it, and it turned into a circa 100 fish trip!
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In 4 days I made 2 0300hrs starts to 20+k walks, fishing closer Lochs in between, so it’s off for a bath, sort my Shyte out, Mrs can’t wait to receive my broken clothing 😃 then I’ll catch up on the reports here 👍
Flies used this trip - Black Hopper & Olive Sedgehog.

This is really wonderful. Right up my alley.

I spend my summer hiking to alpine lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooths (and other close-ish mountain ranges). Season is just getting started, here are a couple from a 12ish mile walk this past weekend (I didnt fish this day) where I was the only person up at the second lake.

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Higher elevations still have a lot of snow and fishing still slow, but will start fishing some of the lakes this weekend - have 20 mile walk planned up to 8500', will see what snow and ice cover on lake is like.


Should I ever make it to the UK again, Id be really keen on walking to some of those little lochs. Have fished some tarns in Cumbria many years ago with some walking - enjoyed it, favorite fishing I have done in UK, salmon angling included.
 

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Literally just in the door from a wee trip based round the Flowerdale Lochs.

Nice, Derek put me onto a circuit of lochs out from Poolewe that were pretty good, a fair walk but mostly flat, a mist came in and as my fishing partner released a fish a white tailed eagle appeared out of the mist after it, not sure who was spooked most, it or us:oops: doable as an in and outer in a day if you are stuck for a loch.
 

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After spending a week in a caravan with the grandkids down in Devon last week. This week got a couple of days fishing on the river to restore my mental health. Tried the Lugg Monday, the river was a bit murky and about 6'' above summer flow levels. There wasn't a lot of fly coming off just the odd mayfly so I tried a weight mayfly nymph. Fished for an hour or so with that and had 2 small Trout and a nice just out of season Grayling that a cormorant had had a go at
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After that I put on the trusty old stimulator and fished that for the rest of the day. Finished the day with 8 Trout And 1 Grayling. It was nice to get back on the rivers again although I was a bit disappointed with the lack of fly life.
On Tuesday I took my mate on as a guest to the Clun. We went up in the afternoon and fished from 15;00 until just after 23:00. What a difference from the Monday. Up in the air and around the were thousands of dancing mayfly and we just new that later on they would be coming down and
The fish would feast on them. So we killed time by fishing for the ones that were rising already
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My mate went for detached body mayfly and I a bit boring I know opted for the stimulator again. Later on my mate borrowed a stimulator off me as the fish seemed more ready to take that than a mayfly pattern although you could see them taking the naturals. As dusk fell the the mayfly started to fall like snow and the fish hoovered them. We fished into the the dark fishing by touch just weighting for the pull on the line. When packed in you could still here fish slurping in the flies. I did try to film the the night time activity put surprise surprise it was to dark.
 

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Can't seem to get river fishing these days. The howling downstream winds makes flicking a dry fly upstream difficult.

Went to the reservoir where it was gusting winds up to 25mph - It was a dank dark overcast rainy day. I ended up getting quite cold. The trout were definitely not playing. However, ended up with four trout. Nothing big.

Fished for four hours, so it was a fish an hour! quite hard going. It's what they call 'challenging' - Next trip will be the river or the burn, assuming we get a bit of rain. It seems to be drought or downpour these days!



Douglas



Nothing bigger than 11'' today



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The burns and small streams are now on their 'bones'
 
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Scotty Mitchell

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Can't seem to get river fishing these days. The howling downstream winds makes flicking a dry fly upstream difficult.

Went to the reservoir where it was gusting winds up to 25mph - It was a dank dark overcast rainy day. I ended up getting quite cold. The trout were definitely not playing. However, ended up with four trout. Nothing big.

Fished for four hours, so it was a fish an hour! quite hard going. It's what they call 'challenging' - Next trip will be the river or the burn, assuming we get a bit of rain. It seems to be drought or downpour these days!



Douglas
Sounds depressingly familiar Douglas. My river fishing just hasn’t got going at all. Extremely frustrating.
 

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