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Fishery Reports / Re: Durness trip of a lifetime 😎
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on September 15, 2019, 16:06:23 PM »
but I didn't say it was crap, rubbish , yes but not crap, the fishing was better when it was run by the Cape Wrath hotel, I used to go there in the 70's( not the hotel) we camped round the back of the golf course,even Charles Marsham ( boat on Caladil) isn't too chuffed with the new way, you could get a boat from the Smoo cave Hotel, I have other preferences for my fishing now :z12 Derek Roxborough
Main Discussion Area / Re: Lonach Hotel.
« Last post by Iain Cameron on September 15, 2019, 08:51:29 AM »

Quote from: Ivor Duffus on 11 September 2019, 14:43:12
I fished Cottown yesterday some cracking stretches on it  :z16 . Just was not sure were the beat finished  is it bridge at Bellabeg to the small foot bridge on the right hand bank  that seemed about 3/4 of a mile to me.

Hi Ivor,
The bottom end is a little bit further downstream of the footbridge.
To find it, Walk downstream from the footbridge, on the road. The river bends away from the road in a big loop. The river and road meet again. Keep going downstream. The river bends away slightly. Keep walking. The river and road meet again, and run parallel for a short stretch just in front of a house or two. There is a burn that comes in on the south bank.  That’s more or less where the bottom of best is (99% sure, but doing From memory....)
Here’s a link to the what 3 words app for illustration.

This 3 word address refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. Tap the link or enter the 3 words into the free what3words app to find it.
This 3 word address refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. Tap the link or enter the 3 words into the free what3words app to find it

Fishery Reports / Re: Durness trip of a lifetime 😎
« Last post by Steven Sinclair on September 15, 2019, 01:47:09 AM »
I don't seem to recall suggesting that you referred to Durness as crap 🤔

I do however clearly remember alluding to the fact that you called it rubbish. Which...

"it was rubbish"  "Derek Roborough"

Yes, yes you did  :z16


Main Discussion Area / Re: Lonach Hotel.
« Last post by Ivor Duffus on September 14, 2019, 21:32:56 PM »
Yes the new “steading bar” at the lonach,  is the same owners.
I’m not so sure they’d be keen on opening up the fishing from what I gather.

If it is getting used by the owners and guests I guess that's fair enough but if its barely used it seems a tad wasteful  :z8 :z8..That said cant knock em for investing in Donside they have a cracking Instagram site for Candacraig and the steading bar it looks braw  :z16 :z16.

Spar shop at Bellabeg also doing hot snacks and coffee   :z16.
Main Discussion Area / Re: Rivers with no tickets needed around Dundee area
« Last post by Jim Eddie on September 14, 2019, 17:15:07 PM »
Can't think of any
The Ericht is a good shout, tickets from Kate Fleming's in Blairgowrie it's as cheap as chips. The Tay at Murthly is £10 a day for trout ,tickets from the shop in Caputh.
For Sale / Wanted / Rods, reels and lines
« Last post by Euan Innes on September 14, 2019, 16:49:04 PM »
Hi everyone.
I am having a bit of a clear out of the rod cupboard. Not in a Hamish way but still a good clear out.  :z4
All rods are in really good condition.
First up, a Shakespeare Oracle 14' #9, £25.

Next is a Greys XFS 14' #9 £100

Followed by its wee brother a Greys XFS 12' #7 £100

Two reels are up for grabs.
First a Vision Tank 5 with backing and OPST Lazar running line, £75. There is a very small area of gravel rash, and I mean really small.

And secondly, a Willis Originator, £20 (not a mark)

Lastly, I have four salmon shootin' heads. These are also in really good condition.
A Mackenzie #7 32g floater £25
A Mackenzie #7 32g floater with a built in intermediate tip £25
A Mackenzie #9 42g floater with a built in intermediate tip £25
A Barrio #9 Mid Spey, £25
And an Airflo Rage Compact, 29g £15

This lot will be advertised on Ebay soon but you guys get first shout. PM if interested.

Main Discussion Area / Rivers with no tickets needed around Dundee area
« Last post by Richard Glass on September 14, 2019, 13:18:37 PM »
Hello Folks,

I was wondering if anyone could help me out .. I am looking to do a little bit of fishing on the cheap just to get out of the house more than anything.

I have moved over to Dundee from N.ireland and I am looking for a few rivers that I would be able to fish without the need of having to buy a ticket to fish it.

Does anybody know of any good little rivers that would suit the bill?

I know of the dighty burn in dundee - I have heard I would be able to fish that little river that hold some sea trout and little brownies this time of year.

I am not after big fish really only a bit of fun
Any pointers?

Fishery Reports / Re: Durness trip of a lifetime 😎
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on September 14, 2019, 12:54:07 PM »
Did I say it was crap? I have had some good fishing there, I used to hire a boat from the Smoo cave hotel on caladil, and had a spectacular afternoon, I have had good fishing on Borrolan when it was let by the Cape wrath hotel,what put me off was the 7 guys on Caladil one evening chucking every thing at the fish,and the coil of barbed wire that ripped the leg on my good waders, I have fished widely through out the highlands and I know Durness is a nice place but I know places that are its equal but not as widely Known, and given the money I would be on Orkney :z12 Derek Roxborough
Fishery Reports / Re: Durness trip of a lifetime 😎
« Last post by Steven Sinclair on September 14, 2019, 11:59:23 AM »
There's a monumental difference between rubbish and difficult...

If you want to catch 100+ to the boat 3 to the pound  troot with a team of three wets I'd go elsewhere (we did just that on the way home on badenloch and I got piss bored by the end of it) .

But if you want to catch trout of a decent stamp but potentially have to really work for it then I'd highly recommend Durness to anyone.

Horses for courses but I know what I'd rather be doing 😎


Fishery Reports / Re: Durness trip of a lifetime 😎
« Last post by Iain Stewart on September 14, 2019, 10:45:52 AM »
Derek, as you say when it is on it is fine and another forum member was up there recently when it was not being cooperative. However when it is not on it is not rubbish it is merely harder and challenging. It is still a beautiful place to fish and still my favourite place, and I have fished all over the world in the last 50 years or so. It is not for everyone and that is fine by me as it will not get hammered which would be bad for such a fragile resource. I have fished when it is off and when it is on but with determination and diversity of tactics it has always been a pleasure. We are fortunate to have wild trout fisheries at home to cater for all tastes and levels of expectations and that is what makes Scotland and Durness especially so special to myself and the guys who go there regularly. I did communicate with another forum member who was up there recently and he was very disappointed with his fishing whilst he was there. As far as I am concerned that is one if the reasons that the Durness limestone lochs are so special in that you never know if it will be a bounty or a famine. Steven and IAIN and Will did d go to another Loch system on the way home near Altnaharra where the fishing was excellent and easy but all they spoke about was the quality of the trout in Durness. Again we are fortunate to have a diversity of fishing that can cater to various levels of expectations in our unique country and environment and I for one am extremely happy for this situation.

Eddie  :z18

I 100% agree Eds. The surroundings are part of the glory. The fishing is hard and not for clumsy casters or beginners. Will for example had 2 trout for his three days the year before and I had 11 in one evening. His fishing has matured superbly in the last year, and he was rewarded with more fish this year and some trophy trout. Durness will kick your ass if you can’t adapt and fish to the limit of your capabilities. Even then she can sometimes still kick your ass, but as Ed says I am grateful for that. I would rather work hard for my rewards. We fished Badenloch on route home and I was struggling with the 1/2lb fest. We had 75 to the boat by end of play. Normally a magnificent day, but in the aftermath of a legendary trip it was more like detox at the Betty Ford clinic.
Maybe Durness is like Marmite for folks? I personally love it and am glad it is not for the faint hearted. Spread the word Derek it is crap please. It will keep the masses away from my slice of heaven.  :z4
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