29 September 2014

Wake me up when September ends

The back end of the trout season has been a bit of a disappointment to be honest with the rivers and burns now down to their bones,  and with the season soon coming to an end  I doubt I'll be fishing for trout again until next year now. Not that I'm too bothered as there's plenty of other species to target in the months ahead.

The dry and mild September has been great for Col's wrasse fishing exploits on the other hand so when he suggested that we go over to Burntisland on Sunday I jumped at the chance, I've had a couple of short visits there myself this summer failing miserably on both occasions so I was keen for Col to show me the ropes. We arrived an hour before low tide and our first job to do was dig some rag worm, Col has a garden fork conveniently stashed in the undergrowth so he doesn't need to carry it on the train all the time!  after twenty minutes digging we had more than enough rag to do us the afternoon.

ain't nothing like the real thing
Once at the harbour we fished away in the inside wall for an hour or so without much interest apart from the odd tap, then Col took the first Wrasse of the day, a little Ballan in what could have only been a couple of feet of water max followed by his first Goldsinny wrasse of the day

switching between fishing on the inside and outside of the harbour wall the familiar tap tap bang bites of the wrasse became more frequent as the tide came in,

Col was broken by this one only to catch him a little while later on and get his hook back!

a goldsinny and a ballan

Col was using a size 18 hook with Corkwing wrasse in mind

no fillings required here!

on the light gear even the little wrasse put up a scrap, every now and then a bigger one would come along, and most of the time they won the fight, you really have to keep them out of the snags to have any chance of landing them.

after getting snapped on the cast before i was pleased to keep my last ballan of the afternoon out of the snags

at the back of five we had to leave to catch the train home, i can see why Col's been so addicted  to fishing for them this summer, brilliant fun on the light gear.

14 September 2014

Another bash at the wrasse

The tide times looked good so i headed for Burntisland for another go at the wrasse  . At lowtide i first dug some lug and even managed a few king rag. With the bait dug plus some prawn and of course the power-isome and gulp  sandworms i set of for a bit dropshotting. At first bites were hard to come by the sea was  a bit green looking  for my liking and i wondered if the lack of clarity was a factor. Before long i hit into a wrasse but i just couldnt stop him and and he broke me, Think it was a good one .

A few nice ones followed though all the way up to high tide on small sections of lug and rag , the prawn only seemed to get the interest of the odd sea scorpion .

 My wee shimano alivio reel is playing up a bit , so a new  Aernos is in the post.  On this occasion the goldsinnys didnt show, though they have on previous trips .

and there has been a oddity or two as well including this wee fellae which i think is a Yarrel's blenny?

yarrels blenny?

8 September 2014

september smutting

After being tormented by a shoal of Mullet down at Torness last weekend  i was all set to have another try for them on Saturday morning, i had a couple of loafs and some sardines ready to go but was forgetting Ruth had to work in the morning so it would have to be a bit of trout fishing in the afternoon instead. I noticed that my fly boxes were getting fairly depleted on my last trip out so I dug my fly tying stuff out of the cupboard to tie up one or two wire nymphs and a few smut patterns, I'm ashamed to say that my fly tying stuff is all over the place, I'm needing to get it tided up so materials are easier to find!

So in the afternoon I decided to nip through to the Clyde, I walked downstream a good distance from the car to a big pool that I  last fished in the springtime, stopping at one or two familiar pools on the way, I rose a couple from these pools but didn't waste to much time as I thought I would have time to fish them on the way back up.

bank side poppies

Once I was down at the big pool I was encouraged to see a few risers and quickly took a trout of a pound on the nymph,  a change over to a smut pattern to cover a tiny dimple rise of what I assumed was a grayling turned out to be a good  trout which wasn't happy at all about being hooked, going airborne when I struck.

1lb 12oz

A switch over to the nymph again to fish the head brought another pounder before I made my way upstream again, I covered a few risers unsuccessfully on the way back  to the car but with time getting on was happy enough with my three trout for the afternoon.

Sunday afternoon I managed to get out again, this time I stayed local and fished one of the burns which was a little on the low side for my liking.

the fishing wasn't easy but switching between the klink/nymph duo for the faster water and smut patterns for any risers brought me one or two nice trout and a few fish lost.

one on the nymph
i was being watched!

this one fell to a smut pattern
its supposed  to be another dry week so it doesn't look like the rivers are going to get a top up any time soon, main goal this week is to get my fly tying stuff into some kind of order, i might have a go for the mullet again next weekend if the weather and tides are suitable but if not i'll be just as happy on a river bank. 

5 September 2014

An Afternoon In the Jungle!

Fished one our local the river Almond yesterday Afternoon  . The water looked in great fettle with a tinge of peat . Not  much in the way of risers to start with, so i went NZ style  , fishing was slow , compared with usual but i started to pick up the odd wee trout. Before long  I started to see the odd smutting riser, but they were no pushovers , had to go fine and smaller, then i started getting a response to these choosy , spooky smutting trout. The best of the day looked a dead ringer for a trout from the Clyde, here she is.

 The banks are a real jungle and are  tough going , hopefully the vegetation will die back a bit before the backend.

26 August 2014

Just came doon from the isle of Skye

We had an early start on Thursday morning driving up to fort William where Col and I had arranged to meet up with his brother Lindsay, after a much needed coffee we then continued on the journey to the Isle of Skye for a long weekend of non stop fishing, yippee!
After what seemed like an age we eventually arrived at our chosen mark, a sea loch at the north west of the island, firstly we tackled up our lrf rods to see what was about on the rocky outcrop in front of us, and It didn't take long for the bites to start coming to bits of raw prawn, we landed some small pollack, coalfish, poor cod and the ones we were really after, Ballan wrasse.

nice orange one for col

the sea was a little too rough with the northerly wind to comfortably fly fish for Pollack so later on in the day we upped sticks and went of to try another more sheltered mark which was a new one to us, it looked great but despite trying every rocky outcrop around the bay we failed to connect with any pollack, never mind it had been a long tiring day so we went back to our accommodation for some food and a couple of beers to end the day.

Friday morning feeling revitalised after a good nights sleep we decided to fish the same venue as the day before, we did have other marks in mind but this one seemed like the best bet what with the wind direction and it also had the benefit of only being  a short drive from the cottage where we were based. Over coffee in the morning we discussed how cool it would be to catch a cuckoo wrasse, and would you believe it, it only took Col about five minutes after starting to fish, jammy sod!

another couple of females followed from the same area

Lindsay caught a monster of a sea scorpion!

Col and Lindsay seemed to be catching plenty of poor cod, it took me a while on the other hand but i got one in the end, pretty little fish.

 plenty more ballans about too

another new wrasse species for Col, a rock cook 

later on in the day Col landed a couple of pollack on the fly from his "rock" before the wind picked up, all in all a great days fishing

On Saturday morning we headed into Portree to see if we could buy any more raw prawns and some leads, we got the leads ok but no luck with the prawns, we did notice however that the harbour was stuffed with Mackerel so we grabbed the rods from the car and caught a few for chucking out a bait on the big rods later on. So after some food we were back at the same spot yet again! Col thought there would be a good chance of a goldsinny and he was right!

Lindsay's big rod with the mackeral bait registered a bite, it turned out to be a dogfish which was quite exciting for us as non of us had ever caught or even seen one before.

Col took some more rock cook wrasse on tiny bits of squid

after a while we decided on a move so headed around to Neist Point where we took some nice Pollack on the fly, orange clousers worked well as did chartreuse, great fun on the fly rod.

on Sunday morning Lindsay headed for home whilst col and i had one last chuck for an hour or so, i failed in my attempt to catch a rock cook wrasse but Col took a few Pollack from his rock to end a great weekends fishing, can't wait until next year! 

4 August 2014

coming out of the summer doldrums?

Yesterday morning i was having a look at the sepa river level site to see if the recent rain had made any difference to the summer lows we have just now, by chance i clicked on a perthshire stream which looked like it had rose a little in height,  not having fished it for some time now i was keen to give it try.

  its a beautiful stream to fish,  rocky with fast pocket water and pacey pools

i took the first of the day on the nymph

campanula  are one of my favorites on the bankside at this time of year

the cdc & elk, klink and nymph all took their share,  nothing big but great fun.

yella fella


it was great to be out fishing again, a bit more rain in the remaining couple of months of the sesaon would be nice, not to much mind you!