Wild Trout and Grayling fishing 2021.

Mrtrout

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Those are really good boisker…I just gave it up as a bad job.
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I very nearly dropped my iPhone in on my last photo, wet hands trying to keep the fish submerged until the last moment it’s very difficult at times.
I don’t think I’m going to bother much from now on unless it’s an absolute corker.
Paul Procter has a real knack of doing it, he told me once he often holds the fish upside down for a few seconds which makes it keep quiet, then takes the pic immediately after he’s righted it.
Im happy in knowing I’ve caught the fish I’ve nothing to prove to anyone else.
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I very nearly dropped my iPhone in on my last photo, wet hands trying to keep the fish submerged until the last moment it’s very difficult at times.
I don’t think I’m going to bother much from now on unless it’s an absolute corker.
Paul Procter has a real knack of doing it, he told me once he often holds the fish upside down for a few seconds which makes it keep quiet, then takes the pic immediately after he’s righted it.
Im happy in knowing I’ve caught the fish I’ve nothing to prove to anyone else.
S.

i won’t use my i-phone for fish pictures... too risky. i bought a 2nd hand Olympus tough a few years ago, it’s pretty knackered now and at some point will look for a more recent tough model 2nd hand.
i also find for slightly larger fish if I leave them to recover in the net for a while, then slowly put my hand under them whilst still in the net, they get used to your hand and when you lift them to release they can be very relaxed, don’t wriggle and you get time for a shot. The fish above sat on my hand in the river for about 30s before in nudged him to swim off... above a certain size I don’t really even bother any more, except for perhaps a shot of them sat on my hand in the water with just their back showing...
I did that a couple of weeks ago with my largest fish this season... he immediately swam off and I got a very blurred shot of his tail in corner of the photo :)
 

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An early morning foray on the Tweed - When I say early morning, I was fishing by 4am.
One of the reasons for an early start is that I was fishing the stretch which runs through the park, which would be pretty much impossible during the day, due to the hoards of people who frequent the park, Joggers, dog walkers, cyclists etc.

I just walked down from my house (about 7minutes)

I fished until 6am during which time I only encountered one dog walker and one jogger.

Anyway, caught nowt other than one small trout, but I did hook a substantial fish which detached itself after a few seconds. I'm pretty sure it was a grayling - it felt like a grayling with the bump, bump - That's good enough for me, I'll give it another early start next week.



Douglas


Half an hour later it was light!
 

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Back to the Frome.... for about an hour conditions were perfect, still, warm and mostly overcast..... and the river in great condition, although starting to get low it’s still lovely height to fish and crystal clear

lots of fish about, some decent sized trout, a few smaller ones and 3 or 4 small Grayling...
hooked into 3 larger trout, lost the largest.. disappointing as it slammed a French partridge fished waterlogged in the surface... this was the only one I photo’d.... he was proper chunky.... too fat to safely hold one handed, so just a quick snap after I’d lowered the net out beneath him...
 
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14 mile walk, starting at around 6k' and up to 9k'. Lake all to myself. Lots of dinky grayling, including a couple doubles (2 on at once). Life is good.

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sean freeman

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Fished a new stretch of urban river today with my mate, we parked one car up river and took the other down so we could cover 3-4 miles without having to walk back.

I had a hit from one about 3lbs in the second pool which was a good sign but an hour passed without anything else until we reached a fast run along a wall, I cast a streamer up against the wall and saw something move but wasn’t sure until the streamer came into view and a fish of at least 6 if not 7lbs was following but not looking hugely interested or aggressive! That’s a run I’ll be revisiting next week.

Some more time passed and we came across a deep run with a nice flow coming into it, I connected with something on the third cast and then all hell broke loose, it ripped line off the reel heading upstream and almost as quickly came firing back past me downstream! I reckon I nearly lost it three times during the fight but I was relieved when I slipped my net under this beast at 5.5-5.75lbs on the weigh net (I was shaking a bit) 😂
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With that I was happy for the day and let my mate fish the remaining pools and runs, we came to one and I just looked at him and said there’s a fish tucked into that corner, there just had to be and on the first cast into there he hooked up, at first thinking it was a smaller fish but then it went airborne! After a mega battle I netted this cracker for him at 5.75lbs! What a way to end the session and I’ll enjoy a pint in celebration this evening.
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Fished a new stretch of urban river today with my mate, we parked one car up river and took the other down so we could cover 3-4 miles without having to walk back.

I had a hit from one about 3lbs in the second pool which was a good sign but an hour passed without anything else until we reached a fast run along a wall, I cast a streamer up against the wall and saw something move but wasn’t sure until the streamer came into view and a fish of at least 6 if not 7lbs was following but not looking hugely interested or aggressive! That’s a run I’ll be revisiting next week.

Some more time passed and we came across a deep run with a nice flow coming into it, I connected with something on the third cast and then all hell broke loose, it ripped line off the reel heading upstream and almost as quickly came firing back past me downstream! I reckon I nearly lost it three times during the fight but I was relieved when I slipped my net under this beast at 5.5-5.75lbs on the weigh net (I was shaking a bit) 😂
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With that I was happy for the day and let my mate fish the remaining pools and runs, we came to one and I just looked at him and said there’s a fish tucked into that corner, there just had to be and on the first cast into there he hooked up, at first thinking it was a smaller fish but then it went airborne! After a mega battle I netted this cracker at 5.75lbs! What a way to end the session and I’ll enjoy a pint in celebration this evening.
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Lovely fish Sean, well fed!

Have you ever sent a scale sample in for info on their age etc.? These are special fish, it would be good to register their existence for future reference.
 
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Lovely fish Sean, well fed!

Have you ever sent a scale sample in for info on their age etc.? These are special fish, it would be good to register their existence for future reference.
Not a bad shout actually, I might get onto a fisheries biologist for some sample packs, a few mates of mine are doing it on our loch in Scotland. I’ve never caught a fish under 1.5lbs in this river so they all must come down from the tributaries.
 

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That would be an interesting follow up. Seeing trout that size is a treat, I'd imagine streamer tying has increased somewhat among those of the forum.
 

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That would be an interesting follow up. Seeing trout that size is a treat, I'd imagine streamer tying has increased somewhat among those of the forum.
A lot of lads I know are getting into it now and there’s no doubt it produces the biggest specimens! You’ll have a few blanks along the way too but that’s part of it and it makes the red letter days where everything clicks more special.
 

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Fished a new stretch of urban river today with my mate, we parked one car up river and took the other down so we could cover 3-4 miles without having to walk back.

I had a hit from one about 3lbs in the second pool which was a good sign but an hour passed without anything else until we reached a fast run along a wall, I cast a streamer up against the wall and saw something move but wasn’t sure until the streamer came into view and a fish of at least 6 if not 7lbs was following but not looking hugely interested or aggressive! That’s a run I’ll be revisiting next week.

Some more time passed and we came across a deep run with a nice flow coming into it, I connected with something on the third cast and then all hell broke loose, it ripped line off the reel heading upstream and almost as quickly came firing back past me downstream! I reckon I nearly lost it three times during the fight but I was relieved when I slipped my net under this beast at 5.5-5.75lbs on the weigh net (I was shaking a bit) 😂
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With that I was happy for the day and let my mate fish the remaining pools and runs, we came to one and I just looked at him and said there’s a fish tucked into that corner, there just had to be and on the first cast into there he hooked up, at first thinking it was a smaller fish but then it went airborne! After a mega battle I netted this cracker at 5.75lbs! What a way to end the session and I’ll enjoy a pint in celebration this evening.
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Monsters - They would eat the fish that I'm catching at the moment!

Well done.



Douglas
 

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Fished for a couple of hours on a small stream this afternoon. River still low, but it wasn't too warm with cloud cover. Fished with a parachute adam's. Two fish, nothing like the calibre of Sean's fish, but I was quite happy.

Missed a good few rises today. It would probably make more sense to fish in the evenings at this time of year, but I'm not able to do that at the moment. A good downpour wouldn't go amiss.



Douglas


This is normally a tasty looking pool, but it was so low that i
I'm sure the trout would be spooked the second I moved!




This is not a big trout stream - a 10 incher is a good un!
Usually you can make up for that in quantity, but not today.



You can have your lunch surrounded with colour!
 
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Fished a new stretch of urban river today with my mate, we parked one car up river and took the other down so we could cover 3-4 miles without having to walk back.

I had a hit from one about 3lbs in the second pool which was a good sign but an hour passed without anything else until we reached a fast run along a wall, I cast a streamer up against the wall and saw something move but wasn’t sure until the streamer came into view and a fish of at least 6 if not 7lbs was following but not looking hugely interested or aggressive! That’s a run I’ll be revisiting next week.

Some more time passed and we came across a deep run with a nice flow coming into it, I connected with something on the third cast and then all hell broke loose, it ripped line off the reel heading upstream and almost as quickly came firing back past me downstream! I reckon I nearly lost it three times during the fight but I was relieved when I slipped my net under this beast at 5.5-5.75lbs on the weigh net (I was shaking a bit) 😂
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With that I was happy for the day and let my mate fish the remaining pools and runs, we came to one and I just looked at him and said there’s a fish tucked into that corner, there just had to be and on the first cast into there he hooked up, at first thinking it was a smaller fish but then it went airborne! After a mega battle I netted this cracker for him at 5.75lbs! What a way to end the session and I’ll enjoy a pint in celebration this evening.
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They are two amazing looking trout, well done.
 

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Fished for a couple of hours on a small stream this afternoon. River still low, but it wasn't too warm with cloud cover. Fished with a parachute adam's. Two fish, nothing like the calibre of Sean's fish, but I was quite happy.

Missed a good few rises today. It would probably make more sense to fish in the evenings at this time of year, but I'm not able to do that at the moment. A good downpour wouldn't go amiss.



Douglas


This is normally a tasty looking pool, but it was so low that i
I'm sure the trout would be spooked the second I moved!




This is not a big trout stream - a 10 incher is a good un!
Usually you can make up for that in quantity, but not today.



You can have your lunch surrounded with colour!
I bet that if you nymphed that run under the bush on the far side you'd catch the grandma of the fish in your net.
 

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I bet that if you nymphed that run under the bush on the far side you'd catch the grandma of the fish in your net.
Hi Bob,

I have in the past fished all the different variations, including nymphing many times whilst fishing this pool..

The biggest fish that I have caught 'Under that Bush' was around 2lbs's. That was with a dry fly.

Sometimes catching a fish from a picture looks easy!



Douglas
 
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