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Main Discussion Area / Re: Things you find out when you ask the right people.
« Last post by Mike Barrio on December 05, 2019, 14:31:31 PM »
I thought your house was a crannog Rob ...... or have you managed to stop the water flowing round it?  :z4

Cheers
Mike
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Main Discussion Area / Things you find out when you ask the right people.
« Last post by Rob Brownfield on December 05, 2019, 13:45:23 PM »
It's amazing when you find out that your house used to look out over a 250 acre loch that contained "Pike of unusual size and weight", but frustrating to learn that the loch was drained in 1806.

Maybe I should reinstate the Loch of Auchlossan. If only I can find a plug big enough to fit the plug hole ;)

Looking through the records of witch trials in the area from the 1500's, the loch and a crannog/burial mound are mentioned, as well as "the Devil", summoned by the witches is a macabre dance.

I may be clutching at straws, but the Devil was described as being of a green mottled colour, with a large mouth full of teeth, dead, cold eyes, and "having been summoned by the witches to the shore of the loch, the Devil himself grabbed a duck and disappeared back into the waters".

Does that not describe a Pike?
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Corgarff trout fishing
« Last post by Ivor Duffus on December 04, 2019, 20:47:42 PM »
Itís a fair old pull up that hill from the old road, you did well.. locally know as the ladder!   The hillocks over the river is a great place for blackcock.

As far as the fishing goes, I donít think either estate letís the fishing anymore

I walked from the Ballater road side up the old military and over Carn Leac Saighdeir and down the other side through the trees back on to the old road turned right back along over the 3 old bridges. A cracking walk in cold frosty conditions on mostly good 4x4 track.

Is it Allargue that has the Grouse shooting and fishing I seen the shooting butts and was google searching to see which estate it was.
I noticed last year Tornashean had been removed from fish pal. so possibly no day tickets anywhere above Cottown on the upper stretches   :z8 :z8.

A will put buying a 8ft 4wt on hold for now   :z10 :z6 :z10
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Corgarff trout fishing
« Last post by Ali Mcewan on December 04, 2019, 16:03:35 PM »
Itís a fair old pull up that hill from the old road, you did well.. locally know as the ladder!   The hillocks over the river is a great place for blackcock.

As far as the fishing goes, I donít think either estate letís the fishing anymore
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For Sale / Wanted / Re: Wanted - Silver Fin rod tubes
« Last post by Hamish Young on December 04, 2019, 13:25:51 PM »
Bump...... still looking :!
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Corgarff trout fishing
« Last post by Hamish Young on December 04, 2019, 11:08:25 AM »
I've had some decent fish up there, albeit not consistently.
As always with the upper Don the weather is the catalyst for sport, especially on dry fly, but you want a few days of half-way settled conditions for it to be more than just a slog working your way through holding water with nymphs and streamers. The upside is there's lots of water to cover, the downside is that the fishing can be 'thin'.
The section below  where the Corriehoul Burn joins the Don (Look for the long pool below the graveyard at Goodbrand & Ross in particular) is usually productive and unless much has changed the next mile or so below is all good water. Certainly where I would choose to  start any upper river exploration in the early season.

H
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Corgarff trout fishing
« Last post by Ivor Duffus on December 03, 2019, 19:17:07 PM »
It's possible I might have trodden all those banks in the pursuit of trout..... 22 years ago would be the last serious trip..... but I know it reasonably well  :z16

Am thinking it would  fish good in April/May before the bigger trout drop back down stream and with some decent snow melt to keep it at a decent level. The feeder burns were running with a decent flow on Sunday. Not a stretch to fish in low water I would think   :z8 :z8.

I must make the effort and get back up next spring  :z18 :z18
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Corgarff trout fishing
« Last post by Hamish Young on December 03, 2019, 16:58:28 PM »
It's possible I might have trodden all those banks in the pursuit of trout..... 22 years ago would be the last serious trip..... but I know it reasonably well  :z16
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Fishery Reports / Lochter Report Ė Winters Here
« Last post by Howard & Stuart on December 03, 2019, 15:13:01 PM »
Down Lochter way last week with the official meteorological arrival of winter our favourite and most popular feathered friend of the Fishery, namely and affectionately knows as Robbie the Robin, has come into full chirp and diligently stands proudly on his feeding post outside the Bothy to warmly welcome our customers whatever the weather or mood they are in. 
It reminded me of the ditty:-
ĎI am that little Robin that sits upon a tree, I sing to you each morning but you donít know its me.  I am that little Robin in your garden every day, I will never leave you, I will never fly away!í

So dedication comes in all forms and no more so that our battalion of Winter regulars who enjoy the challenge of cold water fishing where you have to find the fish as opposed to the fish finding you.

Stan Robertson from Aberdeen was a case in point as he fished all 3 lochs during his day ticket and had 15 fish using a combination of buzzers, diawl bachs and cormorants on a sink tip line.  One of his fish tipped the scales at 9lb and it gave him a terrific fight over at the Muckle Troot.  Also on cormorants and buzzers was Frank Kelly from Aberdeen who fished them on an intermediate line and he was rewarded with 11 fish to the net.

Local angler Rod Palmer during a 4 hours session lost no time in getting his 11 fish using small lures.  Graham Duthie from Deeside also used small lures mostly white, to get 10 fish to the net including a nice plump 6lb specimen.

Looking through the returns book other notable efforts were Fred McAlley from Aberdeen with 9 fish on the Rob Roy lure, Paul Ingram with 8 fish on the Okay Dokay and buzzer combination, Jim Gilmour with 7 on a squirmy worm which only proved effective when the wobbly squirmy bit came off and he was left with the body and bead, Bill Bain, still famously a resident of Woodside, who got 6 fish on a selection of cormorants and Bryan Ross with 5 fish on finely selected buzzers.

We should be grateful that the weather has been relatively kind so far this winter and long may it continue.  As my next report will be not be until fortnights time (sun and sea fishing in Tenerife Ė someone has to do it!) then itís a timely reminder that during the Winter Season of Jollyfication (formerly know as Christmas) the fishery will be open except for 25th and 26th December and 1st and 2nd January, so plenty of time for you to plan your escape!

Tight lines and humbug
SP 3/12/19


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Main Discussion Area / Re: Corgarff trout fishing
« Last post by Ivor Duffus on December 03, 2019, 12:10:47 PM »
This is looking towards the lecht from  halfway along the old Military road that runs between cock bridge and the road to Ballater.



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