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Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2021
« Last post by Mike Barrio on 12/05/2021 at 12:50 »
Don District Salmon Fishery Board
River Don Monthly Report April 2021
Stillwaters / Lochter Report - Swanning About at Lochter
« Last post by Howard & Stuart on 11/05/2021 at 14:37 »
Down Lochter way last week, there was a lot of turmoil and trouble as “Stanley” our resident male swan was in constant battle to repel all invaders intent on taking over his cosy berth, when he was reigned supreme for many years.

We even had some Viking invaders in the form of Whooper Swans, who should be in Iceland just now but going by the weather of last week probably thought they were.  Suffice to say “Stanley” saw them all off and can be seen gliding smugly around the water of Lochter.

There were plenty of other battles during the week as lines snapped, hooks were straightened and knots were tested to their full.

The cold squalls of hail certainly didn’t affect the catches with plenty anglers with over 20 fish for their session.  Albert Cowie from Fraserburgh had his mainly on buzzers, Matthew Reilly from Ellon used small nymph and lures, Peter Young used lures and blobs, Paul Keir used buzzers and Davy Wood from Aberdeen used his favourite WSW lure.

Paul Ingram fished an eight-hour session and had 19 fish to the net using a team of buzzers but also had 4 fish on a CDC when there was a short rise.
Jim Whyte had 17 fish using a variety of lures on Richard Parley had 15 fish on a mop fly and apps bloodworm.

Glen McHattie had 9 fish on cormorants and blobs, Keith McHattie had 8 on cormorants, as did Colin MacDonald and Keith Bruce who both got 9 fish for their session.

We can only hope there is more seasonal weather for the weeks ahead and that you can start making a few more selections from your dry fly box.

Tight Lines
SP 11//5/21

For Sale / Wanted / Re: 13’ #8 ......
« Last post by Hamish Young on 10/05/2021 at 22:18 »
Excellent  :z16
For Sale / Wanted / Re: 13’ #8 ......
« Last post by Paul Garrigan on 10/05/2021 at 00:05 »
Paul - Are you buying that from Scott directly or via a distributor :?

I emailed Scott to ask about estimated times Hamish. He was excellent with all my questions as usual. I’m buying from GAC as I have a lot of points on my loyalty card and a gift voucher sitting.
Scott reckoned they were due to hit the shelves in two weeks. I have since bought a guideline reach in the Norris sale so no great drama if the Mackenzie isn’t here in time.
Tackle Talk / Re: Fishing Jackets?
« Last post by Mike Barrio on 09/05/2021 at 21:42 »
I like Paramo gear as well Steven  :z16
Main Discussion Area / Re: Sad news
« Last post by Jim Eddie on 09/05/2021 at 18:49 »
I was at the AGM of the Civil service angling club today, it was Dave who started it in Aberdeenshire.
We are going to buy a memorial trophy and have an annual competition to remember him.


Tackle Talk / Re: Fishing Jackets?
« Last post by Steven Kidd on 09/05/2021 at 17:30 »

For a day like yesterday, i wore a Snugpak Sleeka, which is actually the old miltary 'softie'.  Its technically not waterproof, but even when soaking wet it is still warm.  The best jacket I have ever owned and was ~£70.  Its also short so can go over chest waders and you'd still wade fine.  And made in uk.

For more outdoor pursuits, I like Buffalo Systems gear, another Made in UK company and great kit, more like a smock than a jacket but ideal for under waders on cold dreich days.

If you do want a proper waterprrof that can still breath and wick your sweat on a mild but wet day.....then the only thing to have is a Paramo.  I have tried literally everything for days on the hills and for days out shooting, nothing comes close.  But these can be a pricey piece of kit.

Hope this helps, I've spent many a day on the hills walking, shooting and in boats on lochs, tried many things.


Tackle Talk / Re: Fishing Jackets?
« Last post by Mike Barrio on 09/05/2021 at 15:39 »
Great stuff H  >)

You might find in years to come (as I have) that as you start to get a bit older deep wading becomes less desirable  *smiley-grin*

I can still cope with deep wading, but the odds for it ending up in taking a swim are ever increasing.

I'm currently at the stage where 'above the knees' is just fine  *smiley-lol*
Tackle Talk / Re: Fishing Jackets?
« Last post by Hamish Young on 09/05/2021 at 15:29 »
Interesting question Mr B  >)
As it happens, as I am 'larger than your average chap' I have difficulty sourcing suitable gear.
From a similar provider of new/used ex-military kit I bought a Gore-Tex jacket, with hood and all the space I'm going to need.
If I layer up it's ace and did a grand job of keeping me dry on the Findhorn yesterday  when the weather closed in.

The issue comes more when you're wading deeply in something other than a designed wading jacket, to my mind that's where a compromise product meant for something else can be less than ideal. But I am in favour of exploring products from other sports/industry that have an application for fishing  :z16
For Sale / Wanted / Re: 13’ #8 ......
« Last post by Hamish Young on 09/05/2021 at 15:22 »
Paul - Are you buying that from Scott directly or via a distributor :?
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