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Main Discussion Area / Re: A bit too close for comfort
« Last post by Terry Coging on Today at 18:28:32 »
Checked to see if they were members f our club.  Luckily not but they have had H&S all over them.  Quite rightly too.
Nice to see a few photos in the posts  :z16
I now have some heavier weight fly rods in 7 and 8 wt.  These are the original/older HMG rods from Fenwick.  Note these blanks are brown not, the less common black/grey that I have also seen.  These are medium action rods.

What line would you suspect to be preferred for intermediate size streamers (#4 & #2 hook size) and dry/dropper configurations?  We are using 3 & 4 ips Rio VersiLeader tips w/the appropriate length and tippet weight.  I used the 7 wt with the SLX on our recent trip but, felt inadequate with my casting unless I had a significant amount of line out and performed simple casts bringing the rod over my shoulder and back down toward my target area on the water.  It can be that I simply need to learn this rod as it is new to me.  It is useful to mention the dry/dropper rigs we tossed did not feature added weight.  These were small olives and nymphs.

The primary question in my mind regarding the SLX is comparing it to the half-weight heavy lines that are prominent in the market.  From the information listed here ( SLX is heavier than these half-weight heavy lines yet, and thereby should throw a considerable amount of weight.  A 33' target head weight is referenced.  I just ordered an 8 wt reel for a trip next week in addition to SLX in 8 wt yet, I think my results indicate I need to experiment further.

See my related post here.  However, the 6 wt rod I reference in this post is a TFO Pro II M-F action rod.;topicseen
Down Lochter way there is now a beautiful display of autumn colours and as the days shorten and temperatures fall it brings out the exceptional show of reds, yellow and bronze of Lochterís surrounding mixed woodland as it provided a lovely backdrop for anglers to enjoy and maybe brighten up their mood if they have found a lull in their fishing day.

That said, on the fishing front there was certainly no such doldrums as Bill Bain, the renowned Woodside resident said he had his Ďbest day everí at Lochter, which is no mean feat as heís been a Lochter regular for over 20 years.

Bill was fishing using a black WSW and caught 18 fish. This would not normally be surprising but 14 of the fish were over 5lb and 2 of them over 9lb, so you could see why Bill had a smile of contentment when he returned to the bothy.

Jim Brown had two outings during the week where he had 18 and 13 fish for his 4 sessions and he got them on a variety of lures including the yellow damsel and WSW.

Jim Rhind used an old favourite lure the ace of spades and it is obviously still effective as he had 16 fish to the net using it.

Peter Wilson from Aberdeen fished the bunny leech lure and was rewarded with 15 fish in the 2-6lb category.

Looking through the return book other notable efforts were John Smith from Inverurie with 10 on the WSW, Albert Trail also had 10 on the mop fly and novice angler Rhys West fished the mop fly and cat bug to good effect to get him 10 fish. Pete Young fished the Muckle Troot loch using blobs and buzzers and brought 8 fish to the net and Matthew Reilly also had 8 on nymphs.

So all in all some great fishing in lovely surroundings. Come and give it a try!

Tight lines,

S.P 22/10/19

Main Discussion Area / Re: A bit too close for comfort
« Last post by Terry Coging on Today at 09:52:21 »
Not as dangerous as it looks but I keep well away. It is a fish holding area and it temps angler to get to close. I'll be there on Saturday for the club blind pairs contest.
Main Discussion Area / A bit too close for comfort
« Last post by Dave Robb on Yesterday at 19:49:12 »

I seriously canít believe the risk they are taking in this video. 

Iím sure they felt in control but still, just too risky for me.
Main Discussion Area / Re: Catastrophe!
« Last post by Terry Coging on Yesterday at 17:57:51 »
Good news. The rod manufacturer is replacing the top two pieces at a very reasonable price. First class and friendly service  :z16
Works out a  lot cheaper than a mid priced replacement rod. Well done Scott Mackenzie  :z16
Main Discussion Area / Re: Catastrophe!
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on October 20, 2019, 16:57:24 PM »
had a one where I got to the loch and pulled my rod out of the bag to find the top section was broken, still don't know how, one of lifes mysteries, probably many more to come  :X2  Derek Roxborough
Main Discussion Area / Re: Catastrophe!
« Last post by Mike Barrio on October 19, 2019, 21:26:37 PM »
I feel your pain Terry!

I think we all have 'Why on earth did I do that?' moments every now and then ..... I know I do  :X1
Main Discussion Area / Re: Catastrophe!
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on October 19, 2019, 21:19:02 PM »
basic mistake Terry, bad luck Derek Roxborough
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