14 May 2015

When the Hawthorns appear

A day off today and an opportunity to go fishing. Was keen to go for trout today been a while since I have done being hampered by less than ideal conditions. Today an easterly blew and when i arrived at the river at the back of 12 pm very little was happening , what was evident though was the masses of hawthorn in the undergrowth.
Hawthorn fly
The fishing was slow and when i arrived at the pool i was really looking forward to i was moved on by two guys who had been waiting for the hatch to materialise i left them the pool and  headed further upstream. For about the next hour i didn't see much but once the olives finally put in a appearance the odd trout started to show  i started picking them off on shucked cdc's , and it was nice to see a few nice fish put in a appearance.
shucked cdc

Continuing upstream through some brambly terrain i came to a nice looking slow pool and near its tail a fish was rising under a tree.
 I eventually fooled the fish in to taking the shucked cdc , at first i didn't realise its size until I laid eyes on him , he behaved himself mostly just jagging away left and right , that's until he caught sight of me with a out stretched arm and a net , then he woke up and went ballistic taking line , and taking to the air , eventually though he tired and i managed to scoop him up.

He went 2 1/2 lb in the weigh net.

I was pleased to land such a fine fish. It had been a fine day to cast a fly. Now  I've really got to spend some time at the vice as stocks are getting low, might do a few hawthorn imitations too im sure its just a matter of time before the trout start picking  them off.

golden arches

8 May 2015

On the Quayside (following scotts footsteps)

Thursday was my day off , i didn't know what to do , the rivers were swollen and the winds have been pretty strong recently luckily though they've mostly been westerlies ,so i decided to have a go down at Dunbar , and have a go with my increasing stash of lrf gear. This is actually my second visit a few weeks ago i had my first i had a few flounder but felt i never truly set the heather on fire i did though use some new tackle  cheburaska wit a trailing size 10 hook .  put directly on a size 10 hook , i managed a few follows , but it wasn't until going drop shot i got a couple of flounder on pink isome and gulp angle worm.

On this visit though i took a few tips from Scott Hutchinson's excellent blog something fishy going on  . The one thing i took was how he made his own assist hooks for using with the cheburashkas . I quickly made a few up before heading out the door . To be honest i wasn't sure what to expect when i got there and if it was going to be a complete waste of time with the sea state , but i was glad to see good clarity although it was quite gusty in the main harbour . I started off  in a corner of the harbour, the water was fairly shallow using the cheburashka and a size 10 assist I managed a wee flatty not sure if its flounder or plaice to be honest.
I carried on hoping for flatty no.2 but noticed the wee fellaes in pursuit of my slowly jigged angleworm , but felt the hook was to big , so i fashioned a few size 18 owner pin hook assist's from a small loop of nylon  , it worked pretty well.
think this ones a wee plaice
a few more little flatties followed before i decide to move again , this time to the inner most harbour. On arrival the sport was red hot , continuing with my same cheburaska size 18 hook with a red angle worm my first 4 casts resulted in fish , some even required the use of a drop net .

It was great fun i even managed a couple on my new crazyfish tipsy worms.

It was great fun , till the sport subsided about a hour approaching high tide, i then tried dropshotting to try and get another fish but it was pretty dead. looking forward to more LRF type trips , particularly wrasse fishing during the summer when it finally arrives.

20 April 2015

At last!

What a slow start to the season it's been for me but not from the lack of trying, each weekend since March 15th ive been out only to draw a blank on each occasion. I was on holiday in gran canaria last week so no trout fishing then, but at least the little damsel fish and ornate wrasse were biting when I dabbled in a bit of LRF.

So on Sunday fully recovered from the long journey home I thought I would spend the afternoon on a local burn where surely it's residents would be beginning  to wake up? thankfully It didn't take long to find out as on my second cast an eager little brownie took the big klinkhammer only to shed the hook seconds later, no mater one of his pals took the nymph further up the pool and i was able to bring my first trout of the season to hand.

Usually I only get the time to fish this burn so far up before having to walk back to the car but today I had the opertunity to venture further upstream since I had arranged for my wife to pick me up at a bridge upstream,  great as I was keen to rediscover some of the pools I used to fish regularly after school many years ago.
Primula's litter the bankside

these daff's looked great in the spring sunshine

Working my way upstream I found that some pools produced a trout or two, and others which I thought might were strangely quite, not fully wakened up yet but I think.

old life

new life

Time was getting on before I had to be at the pick up point but time for one more pool, I remember this pool used to be a good place for a bigger than average trout then I was a lad so had a cast up the pool with a little more optimism perhaps than some of the previous pools, sure enough a trout swirled at the big klinkhammer but I missed him, he looked a better fish too so I thought a change to a little 14 klinkhammer might bring him up again, pleasingly it did and after a spirited little scrap I was able to end my day with a nice half punner, maybe even 10oz a good trout for this stream.

trout of the day

sitting on the bridge waiting to be picked up i could see another trout rising in the corner pool, he'll have to wait until next time.

26 March 2015

Another fine March day

I returned to the same river i fished last week , it was a frosty start to the day , didnt get to the river till 12:30pm  and the hatch of olives was underway a little after 1pm ,the hatch though not particularly heavy at any stage of the day flies were still to be seen till around 4pm and trout rose here and there  . A lot of missed and dropped fish, but still had a lot of fun .

A few pics:

21 March 2015

The trout seasons here at Last

The new season has finally arrived , first day was on the Sunday , where me and Brian decided to try out the local burns.
Brian Casting from a log jam
The first burn we fished was slow going only producing one wee trout for myself to a wire nymph , so after giving it a fair go , we tried another couple before agreeing that they just hadn't woken up yet. There was a hand full of few large dark olives hatching on the last burn we tried but nothing seemed interested.
On Wednesday i had a day off so had a go on a local river , unlike the weekend it was quite a nice day with virtually no wind , the sun even made a appearance in the afternoon .

I timed my visit to coincide with the hatch , which i was hoping was better than upstream on the burns on opening day. And whilst walking downstream a riser caught my eye . I wasted no time and as i was pulling line of my reel i noticed it wasn't just the one fish , but about 5 or 6 fish . some a bit further upstream.
I put on a shucked cdc and brought a wee trout to hand , pricked the next , the was a lovely fish which gave a good account of himself, no monster but great condition for the time of the year.
still fish rose further up the pool and i took another 3 this time on a brown biot klink.
It's great that the trout fishing has once again opened it's doors , can't wait to get out again next week.

13 February 2015

Go Forth!

Ive been off this week and fancied a shot at the flatties .I was speaking to Brian on our last grayling outing about a flounder venue and I decided to give that area on the river Forth estuary a try.  The weather was overcast but fine the walk out to the mark took about 10 minutes but when i got there i liked what i saw, and whats more it was a nice clean mark with loads of features .

 It didnt take long for my first flounder to register a bite.
Shortly after i took another, chunky flounder, then it went off  , until the last few hours of the tide , where they really switched on.

A trio of sea trout too intercepted the bait. Although i was trying to avoid them.

A great venue for a spot of flounder fishing , looking forward to another visit sometime.

9 February 2015

2015 starts with a Grayling

On Saturday i had my first trip out of this New year. We went to the spot Brian had been doing so well in over the previous few weeks. Before we even took the rods from the car we fist stopped of at the  service station for a full English and a latte. Set up for the day we walked downstream a wee distance, it was a misty start , very cold with still plenty snow on the ground.

Once we were trotting things started pretty slow then Brian lost a fish, after that he decided to try downstream and as he went i hooked up , the fish fought really well ,but eventually i managed to slip him in the net.

Eventually the sun managed to cut through the mist , and Brians pool came to life , with him losing one at the net , pricking another and then landing one.

 sadly the was the last action of the day , but it was nice just to get out fishing again  .