11 July 2016

Brief outline of fishing so far this year (spring)

The trout fishing this year started well  i spent most of my early season on theAlmond, plenty fish on the feed and allthough my first visit in March i discovered i had left my reel sitting on the spare room floor i still managed a few fish on the dry almost  tenkara style.

Subsequent visits saw me take my reel . with a couple visit to small burns.

Then it back to the Almond which was fishing really well.

That was spring after that some sea fishing........

4 November 2015

Carnoustie beach Flattie sesh

Its been probably as much as 30 years since i last fished for flat fish on Carnoustie beach. I recall as a boy digging lug off the beach and catching a few flatties.

On Monday I revisited that beach with my brother Lindsay.
 It proved to be a great venue for flatties with hectic sport , the calm sea made for great bite detection . we took many flounders some good ones too, and some small place.

i think this would make a graet venue for a bit of lrf flattie fishing, if the weather holds ill be back soon.

October saying goodbye for another season

Octobers been and gone and weather wise I recall it was pretty kind.

I managed my last trip to the Avon before the season ended on a beat  i used to fish on a regular basis many years ago , it was nice to revisit it . The water was really clear and it surrendered a few fish to dries and nymphs , great sport and i look forward to another trout season coming round again next year.

 The middle of the month with the weather still holding up allowed for a couple of wrasse sessions  down at Burntisland, a rig had been placed about 100 yds from the breakwater dominating the view, the sessions  they were really  productive with corkwings , and ballans .

A nice green one 

A wee goldsinny

On the last weekend of the month we had our first go of the year at grayling on the upper Clyde  , the water was a bit higher than expected and a bit peaty , we managed a few now out of season  trout and eventually brian took a nice grayling on a nymph. We retreated back to the car chilled by the cold wind.
 So that was October , the weather has finally started to become quite autumnal  hopefullystill get some good sport into November.

7 October 2015

3 days in Skye

On the 24th of September we made what has become  our annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Skye. We stayed in the caravans down by Uig pier not the most scenic place in Skye but it did the job.

On the first day we went to Staffin , the forecast was 19mph westerlies but it seemed to swing round from the north and be a bit stringer at times than forecast. however we did manage to fish , i started off with the fly rod as did Brian caught lots of small Pollock the best maybe going 2lb , but the better fish just didn't seem to be around , a bit frustrating really . As the wind got up i retreated to the Jetty (slipway) set up the lrf with a drop shot and some isome , where the coal fish were quick to jump on the baits . Lindsay hooked into a wrasse briefly Brian meanwhile took the opportunity to do a little photography . But that was our lot , the fishing could only get better, so it was back to the caravan for some food and to watch the rugby world cup.

On day two we decided to try somewhere different , the winds westerlies dictated that we were best staying in the same side of the island we were the day previous. so we decided to try Kilmaluag, but on the approach the lack of parking made us a bit uneasy , across the bay we noticed some cars parked in what looked like a car park so we headed round to there this was a mark called Aird.

After walking through umpteen fields we finally arrived at the mark.
 I disappeared down one side expecting the others to follow , but after a few Pollock to my lrf rod , I went to see where they were , then i saw Brian and Lindsay at the foot of a cliff, so i went and joined them , they were both getting some sport with the Pollock , Brian was on the fly gear Lindsay was spinning, and Brian had just lost a decent fish. With the lack of casting room i decided  to find my own spot , must be said it wasn't a easy climb down with all the gear and it was more difficult on the way up wouldn't do it again to be honest  a bit dodgy. Sport for me was initially slow Brian and Lindsay to the right of me much more regularly hooking up , but as the tide continued to flood my area began to wake up . Pink clousers seemed to be the fly of preference .

 It was great sport and finally i connected with something a bit heftier.

shortly after a few more Pollock the continual swearing out bursts of Lindsay who had been bust by yet another Pollock on the lrf gear , we decided to call it another day.

Kilmaluag bay
Hopefully the winds in the same direction next year as this spots got loads of potential.

On day 3 and our final day fishing we went to familiar ground , loch Poolteil. Here we met a couple of anglers we met the day before in the car park at Aird, but they didn't hang around. Starting from the rocks of the front we started to get the odd bite the culprits were mainly poor cod and small Pollock and coal fish. Where were the wrasse though well eventually Brian found a few.

 I was glad to see some wrasse and eventually connected with a few of my own. Brian disappeared to get the fly rod leaving me and Lindsay to stick it out with the wrasse, i then got itchy feet and joined him. Brian was doing rather well with the Pollock  he'd had around half a dozen before i started  .

A good stamp 

Whilst fishing away we heard Lindsay with another outburst . Wasn't sure what had happened , but turned out he had caught a nice female cuckoo on a  Texas rigged isome worm.

We only learnt of his capture when he came and joined us . Fishing a Texas rigged glittery eel he managed to get a few Pollock too.

my new  5.9m net handle proved  an excellent purchase  for this trip

whilst the Pollock action was going on  i had a shot for some wrasse just below our feet and found a wee hot spot no sooner had the bait dropped down the familiar tap tap followed by a bent rod rod had me reeling in a succession of small wrasse.

wrasse on gulp angleworm
That really sums up our trip to skye 2015 . really enjoyed it, but next time think well hit it mid summer.

31 August 2015

A wee change

It's had been weeks since I had last picked up a fly rod with all the sea fishing of late, but after reading George's blog it put me in the mood for a river trip. So the other Sunday I went for an afternoon on the Clyde where I was hoping to pick up a grayling or two as well as the trout.

I set up with a big klink and a couple of little tungsten nymphs suspended below and began to search a fast streamy pool where I often fish in the winter months. This proved to work quite well with a few modest trout and three good Grayling for the afternoon, hopefully won't be long until I'm back on the river again.

Yesterday Col and I decided on a float tube trip to Lubnaig in search of some Perch with the LRF gear.

It turned out to be a bit of a disaster for me as when I started to set up at the lochside I found out that I had picked up the wrong rod back at the house, it was the one I broke in Orkney instead of its new replacement, what an idiot! So I ended up having to fish away with about a foot missing from the tip which was far from satisfactory, never mind. Col was doing well fishing a pinky white tipsy worm on a jig head, secret seemed to be to cast out let it hit the bottom and give it the odd twitch, not really doing too much, no monsters but some nice perch up to about a pound. As you can see in the pic below a change over to a shad worked well too.

I managed a few on my broken rod but nothing like the numbers Col was tempting

They did seem to get a bit more difficult to locate as the afternoon went on, maybe they wise up?

Thinking about it today I can't wait to go back for another go with the right rod next time! Need to put in a wee order to AGM for some of those lures.

28 August 2015

Wrasse-holes: An Itch that Needs to be Scratched

About a fortnight ago myself and Brian had a trip to St Abbs Head in search of wrasse, once again. First thing to do though before heading down was too dig some rag .  There we were meeting  Dan  . Dan was already there when we arrived just after lowtide.He hadnt had a sniff off a fish , and i did seem quiet or the first wee while before we started getting the odd coalfish and then the wrasse started to bite!
First wrasse of the day.

Whilst Brian was playing the first wrasse of the day , Dan connected with a pollack . He also took a flounder shortly after .

I lost what i think was a decent pollock  before getting my first wrasse of the day . After that the wrasse came thick and fast.


The swell on the day was pretty big and it wasnt long before we were forced off that particular spot . so we tried drier spots . I once again found the wrasse and shouted the lads over where we caught another succession of plump wrasse.

Brian also had a nice cod , seems he's becoming a light gear  cod specialist.

Whilst sitting comfortably enjoying the banter of the day , the swell crashed over the rock giving us a soaking , i took the brunt of it being nearest to the open sea  , and that was our lot for the day , we were fairly contented , it had been a great days fishing.