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  1. #91

    Default Re: Wild brown trout fishing UK 2019.

    Sloped out of the house on Friday evening for a quick cast. Conditions were breezy at the house but when I arrived at the Loch 2 miles away it was nearly a flat calm. A few fish were rising so I set up a size 10 black deer hair emerger and diawl bach on the dropper, ginked the deer hair and set out on a dry fly/ slow retrieve. Got a couple of offers, but not enough to make me think I was onto the winning formula. Dropped a fly size to a 12 claret deer hair emerger and changed the diawl bach to an elk hair olive. Results were instantaneous, fish after fish, the smaller deer hair pattern doing the bulk of the work.
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    Interesting spot patterns on most of the fish in this Loch? Although not all - see below. Loch does have a high shrimp content, but I would guess the pattern is linked to the an unusual shallow loch and crystal clear water? - maybe others have a better idea?
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    Caught about a dozen for the hour - all on static dry. Some fish up to 3/4lb. There were some decent fish out there, but when I cast in their direction something smaller took the fly. By the end of the session the fly was well and truly goosed.
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  2. #92
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    Wild brown trout fishing UK 2019.-20190902_1553-dollaghan-19-pool-below-night-hole-jpgWild brown trout fishing UK 2019.-20190909_0954-dollaghan-22-streamabove-clay-hole-jpg

    A couple of wild "Dollaghan" trout from my local river yesterday. These wild trout enter the feeder rivers of Lough Neagh (N Ireland) to spawn at this time of year. These fish are regularly caught every season into double figures
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  3. #93
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    This has been great, I love seeing the countryside where you guys are fishing. Keep it coming.

    And Diawl Bach, sooner or later you're going to have to move to gore tex. I wore a Hoggs shooting jacket for years then got a Lewis Creek short fishing coat that was pretty good if you kept it coated. Then a Filson that was warmer than the Lewis Creek but after a full days downpour you would be a bit damp. It's been 8 years now I've used a Simms jacket and they actually work.

    Ard
    Last edited by Hardyreels; 11-09-2019 at 03:08 AM.

  4. #94

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    Thanks for the interest Ard. Mad as it may sound I do actually have two watertight breathable fishing jackets, one is a self inflating job and I wear that for boat fishing, the other's gathering dust in the shed.

    I wear the absorbent Barbour because I have an indelible mental map of the pocket layout for night fishing and I like that aspect of it. The one I have now is a replacement for the original which I bought new, the current incarnation comes from EBay, sent over from Ireland. I wrote to the vendor to let him know that I knew they leaked and that it wasn't a sales issue, he was dead cool, admitted the guy he was selling it for always wore a mac over it if it looked like rain.
    Musha rig um du rum da

  5. #95
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    Default Re: Wild brown trout fishing UK 2019.

    I made the change to the gore tex jacket because I used to fish over on Kodiak Island every year at this very time (second & third week September) and it rained always and sometimes the entire trip. I did those trips 5 years running and slept in a tent on a spit of land by the ocean...…….. My wax cotton coats never had the chance to dry out, that Filson did keep me warm damp or not though.

    I am a wax cotton lover but this place changed me, the rains, the cold, it's a tough place in the fall. I always fancied a Barbour coat but honestly when it turns truly bad here your life can rely on staying warm and dry as possible so I've turned to the new hi tech stuff.

    This thread was good, I lived in brown trout country until 2004 and always enjoy seeing them. Here we have only rainbow and steelhead trout. The streams where I lived prior to 2004 were spring creeks and the fish could grow big in them. Keep the pictures coming

  6. #96
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    Went up the Claerwen yesterday I was hoping there might be a bit of action with daddies. The weather was good and a good breeze blowing down the reservoir. There wasn't any sign of daddies or anything else for that matter. But I try fishing with daddies and hoppers for about an hour with out a single rise,so I changed to wets. As I was tying the new team of flies. I looked down the reservoir and noticed smoke coming up from where I had parked the car Wild brown trout fishing UK 2019.-dsc00181-jpg
    Now the smoke was white and being an x fireman I knew my car would give off black smoke. The smoke got worse and I got to thinking it can only be my car as there was nothing else up there to burn. So I downed rod a ran back to to the car{I say run it was more of a fast walk with a bit of a jog} When I got there there was a couple of workers from the Elan estate burning off some old fleeces. I stood there for about 15 minutes catching my breath and having the mick ripped out of me by two welsh lads. Anyway after that I got back to the fishing and the wets worked finished the day with 11 fish. The biggest was around 3/4bl and all fish took the flies a few inches downWild brown trout fishing UK 2019.-dsc00179-jpgWild brown trout fishing UK 2019.-dsc00182-jpgand I never saw a single fish rise all day
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    I fish, therefore I am 'Rene Descartes' { or was it captain birdseye}?

  7. #97

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    I recognise that unsettling dread of vehicle damage/ theft /failure when out in the wild, it's a long walk at the end of a tiring day if it all goes titsup, the chance of a phone signal's pretty slim.

    Cracking story, you won't forget that for a while - and the fish were biting too.
    Hoping to get out in the hills soon without the extra exercise, not long left now more's the pity.
    Musha rig um du rum da

  8. #98
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    Smoke rising from where I left the car would prompt some fast moving from me also. Good it wasn't your ride. I'm reminded of the dread I feel when I park my boat in a river then hike upstream. Even though I know what an anchor's job is I am always edgy until I come back downriver far enough to see it hanging there where I left it.

    These pictures of where you fellows are fishing, what part of the country are you in?

  9. #99
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    Last time I fished Claerwen the brownies (and the bullocks)drove me mad.

    I too was using daddies. They would rise to the daddy, give it a sideways nudge with their nose as if to say I'm not stupid and vanish.

    They did get fooled by ptns though.

    The bullocks were a pain too, had to watch my back when they were stampeding around
    There is a fine line between the angler and madness

  10. #100

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post

    These pictures of where you fellows are fishing, what part of the country are you in?
    It's the best part, a country called Wales, it has its own language which is widely perceived outside of Wales as being difficult to pronounce.

    It's quite mountainous and there are a lot of lakes and reservoirs up in the hills, most I fish are around 1000 feet up.





    This is a good area -


    Musha rig um du rum da

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