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    Default Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18

    A friend phoned me up Monday and said ''Fancy a day on the Lake on Friday,Weather forecast looks good'' I looked out my window and it was pelting it down.I said yes.but had reservations.
    Come this morning.light rain 10deg.no wind.Got to the lake .rain had stopped.temp was up 2 deg.and fish were rising
    This was the Conditions for the rest of the day.Ye Ha. needless to say we had a brilliant day with 22 fish to the boat. I started out with a midge tip.15' flouro leader with 2 flies a size 12 cat booby on the point and a Cormorant 6' up the leader. I had the same leader and flies on at the end of the day.
    If we get more mild weather before end of december.I really recommend you got off your butt and get out there.the fish quality was stunning.

    Jim
    Last edited by 3lbgrayling; 16-11-2018 at 09:46 PM.
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18

    Yes, I agree, the mild weather aint gonna last forever. Just get out there!

    Today I had a pleasant day down the Clyde.

    River very high.

    One small grayling - around 9'' and two OOS brownies.

    Next week, I'll have a go at the bow's




    Douglas

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    Default Re: Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18

    Unlike Jim, I had a terrible session the other day. I went to Brenig, it was the calmest I'd ever seen it. Cold (6-7 degrees) and an almost non existent breeze from the west, so it actually felt quite warm. It was lovely.

    Problem was me. For some reason I must have convinced myself that I'd fish lures all day, despite fish rising and a quite obvious (decent) buzzer hatch going on. I've never really fished lures and I'm kind of hell bent on trying to do well with them at the moment.

    I started on an intermediate line with 2 flies: small black tadpole on the point and an orange blob on the dropper. Nothing. Due to the number of rising fish, I eventually tied on a pair of hedgehogs fished dry, purely because I like them and I've done well with them in the past (perhaps not in the winter?!). Still nothing so after a while I reverted back to the intermediate with a single booby on. Tried everything retrieve wise. Went home with nothing.

    On the journey back home I kept thinking - why didn't I just tie on a cast of buzzers on a floater, or washing line. I'm sure it would have done the trick - for some bizarre reason I was just too stubborn to adapt my approach. What's that all about? I knew what was going on, I was even batting adult buzzers away from my face at one point. Oh I decided to wade out a bit at one point too, I could still see the ripples I made a good 10 minutes later

    Still, I'm glad I went out, even if it was a bit of a disaster. It quite obviously highlights my lack of fly fishing experience. Next time I'll change my tactics from the get-go!

    Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18-img_20181204_132520901_hdr-1-jpg

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    Default Re: Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    A friend phoned me up Monday and said ''Fancy a day on the Lake on Friday,Weather forecast looks good'' I looked out my window and it was pelting it down.I said yes.but had reservations.
    Come this morning.light rain 10deg.no wind.Got to the lake .rain had stopped.temp was up 2 deg.and fish were rising
    This was the Conditions for the rest of the day.Ye Ha. needless to say we had a brilliant day with 22 fish to the boat. I started out with a midge tip.15' flouro leader with 2 flies a size 12 cat booby on the point and a Cormorant 6' up the leader. I had the same leader and flies on at the end of the day.
    If we get more mild weather before end of december.I really recommend you got off your butt and get out there.the fish quality was stunning.

    Jim
    Interestingly Jim, i'm really looking forward to some cold, icy mornings. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but the stocked large brownies respond best to cold weather and i'm desperate to get out and among them. for winter stillwaters, the colder the better!!

    A

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleef View Post
    Unlike Jim, I had a terrible session the other day. I went to Brenig, it was the calmest I'd ever seen it. Cold (6-7 degrees) and an almost non existent breeze from the west, so it actually felt quite warm. It was lovely.

    Problem was me. For some reason I must have convinced myself that I'd fish lures all day, despite fish rising and a quite obvious (decent) buzzer hatch going on. I've never really fished lures and I'm kind of hell bent on trying to do well with them at the moment.

    I started on an intermediate line with 2 flies: small black tadpole on the point and an orange blob on the dropper. Nothing. Due to the number of rising fish, I eventually tied on a pair of hedgehogs fished dry, purely because I like them and I've done well with them in the past (perhaps not in the winter?!). Still nothing so after a while I reverted back to the intermediate with a single booby on. Tried everything retrieve wise. Went home with nothing.

    On the journey back home I kept thinking - why didn't I just tie on a cast of buzzers on a floater, or washing line. I'm sure it would have done the trick - for some bizarre reason I was just too stubborn to adapt my approach. What's that all about? I knew what was going on, I was even batting adult buzzers away from my face at one point. Oh I decided to wade out a bit at one point too, I could still see the ripples I made a good 10 minutes later

    Still, I'm glad I went out, even if it was a bit of a disaster. It quite obviously highlights my lack of fly fishing experience. Next time I'll change my tactics from the get-go!

    Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18-img_20181204_132520901_hdr-1-jpg
    to be fair, with conditions like that, i'd be on the lures too!

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    Default Re: Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18

    That's an interesting view.I have caught some large OOSB's whilst Grayling fishing in very cold water.But I just assumed these were non spawners for that year.
    I'm thinking that you wil be fishing for Triploid Browns

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18

    Quote Originally Posted by cleef View Post
    Unlike Jim, I had a terrible session the other day. I went to Brenig, it was the calmest I'd ever seen it. Cold (6-7 degrees) and an almost non existent breeze from the west, so it actually felt quite warm. It was lovely.

    Problem was me. For some reason I must have convinced myself that I'd fish lures all day, despite fish rising and a quite obvious (decent) buzzer hatch going on. I've never really fished lures and I'm kind of hell bent on trying to do well with them at the moment.

    I started on an intermediate line with 2 flies: small black tadpole on the point and an orange blob on the dropper. Nothing. Due to the number of rising fish, I eventually tied on a pair of hedgehogs fished dry, purely because I like them and I've done well with them in the past (perhaps not in the winter?!). Still nothing so after a while I reverted back to the intermediate with a single booby on. Tried everything retrieve wise. Went home with nothing.

    On the journey back home I kept thinking - why didn't I just tie on a cast of buzzers on a floater, or washing line. I'm sure it would have done the trick - for some bizarre reason I was just too stubborn to adapt my approach. What's that all about? I knew what was going on, I was even batting adult buzzers away from my face at one point. Oh I decided to wade out a bit at one point too, I could still see the ripples I made a good 10 minutes later

    Still, I'm glad I went out, even if it was a bit of a disaster. It quite obviously highlights my lack of fly fishing experience. Next time I'll change my tactics from the get-go!

    Great early winter session on the lake today 16/11/18-img_20181204_132520901_hdr-1-jpg
    That is a lovely picture

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