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Main Discussion Area / Re: Hello from the highlands
« Last post by James Laraway on June 29, 2020, 18:22:18 PM »
Welcome. I made the same move 5 years ago and haven't looked back. Great fishing up here !
Main Discussion Area / Hello from the highlands
« Last post by Gary Webster on June 29, 2020, 18:18:47 PM »
Hi all

I used to be a member of this forum years ago when I lived in Aberdeen (now in Inverness).  My eldest is just about to turn 7 and trying to get out and about with him fishing (especially now travel restrictions are easing).  Found my way back to this forum through furious internet searches to find good places to take beginners!

Looking forward to becoming re-acquainted with the forum and hope that not now living in Aberdeenshire won't be held against me!

Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland Lochs 2020
« Last post by James Laraway on June 29, 2020, 13:22:30 PM »
thought i would brave the weather yestarday afternoon and would pop out to see if i could get a pike.

As its been warm lately i opted for a fast sinking line and a flashabou fly on my lighter pike rod ( #9 B&W powelite).

Within 5 mins I was menaced by a big rainbow which fought really dirty - made 2 searing runs towards me in the tube then threw the hook.

Then got a wee pike of about 2 or 3 lbs.

Headed off up to a big reed bed , tucked myself in tight and fished out into open water. Got a solid take then a few really powerful runs with the fish keeping deep. Good pike thinks me.....

wrong. However at 16lbs it's my biggest rainbow yet so cant complain....( could have sworn it was going to go 20 but the scales said otherwise!)
Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2020
« Last post by Mike Barrio on June 27, 2020, 11:39:43 AM »
Great stuff Sandy :z16
Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2020
« Last post by Sandy Nelson on June 27, 2020, 11:25:47 AM »
I got out last night in the mist, which was warm.
Expected a dead river, but it really kicked off around half 10 with the fish nailing little wee sedges

Last of the summer wine, my mate Foggy  :z4

plenty fish in the 10-12" range happy to nail a size 16 CDC and Elk until about 1115 and then it changed again and they started on the bigger ones, which i think were sand flies as one took a piggyback home with me and i found him on the floor this morning in the kitchen

The yellowish body and tan wings, around a size 10-12 depending on your hook. this is what a Rhyacophilia nymph becomes. When they started hatching the trout were really making some noise.

This one went all airborne on me and i thought it was a seatrout, still thought he was a seatrout when he was in the net, but the photos and his yellow fins this morning suggest he was an acrobatic local.

Good fun in the Dark and the Fog, fishing by ear  :z1 with a dry sedge.

Tackle Talk / Re: My 8' 6" cane rod
« Last post by Terry Coging on June 27, 2020, 08:43:41 AM »
Thanks Mike.  Just ordered it.  As well as using it on the cane rod for the purpose it was designed for, it will be tried out as a dry fly line from the boat.  Theoretically it should work very well.
Rod Building / Re: Epic - White Rod Wrap
« Last post by Steven Kidd on June 26, 2020, 11:01:31 AM »

Great, good stuff, the glass rods all read that they come with 212 silk, however the carbon kit lists white and black thread.  I have ordered some silk just in case.

A lot to learn for me here, just figured out the differences between Silk, Grade A Nylon etc......and also learned about colour preserver and NCP threads.  Its a whole new world!, :-)

ETA on rod arriving, 7th July, woohoo!


Barrio Fly Lines / Re: Barrio Fly Lines Online Shop Update
« Last post by Neil Johnston on June 26, 2020, 10:17:33 AM »
Thanks for update Mike,

Looks like it will have to be plan B for fishing early July, although it might be C, D or E as my existing lines are not Barrio ones, and probably too heavy or long in the head for new shorter, lighter lined rod. I'll just decide on one, get used to it and not spoil my day faffing about swapping lines on new rod and annoying my companions!
I still hold out some hope for plan A though!
Barrio Fly Lines / Re: Barrio Fly Lines Online Shop Update
« Last post by Mike Barrio on June 25, 2020, 23:58:37 PM »
Hi Neil

The website has been very busy since we reopened, the next batches of all the lines that are out of stock are on order at the factory and should hopefully arrive within 1-4 weeks.

Everything is very slow and unpredictable in the current situation and I simply can't be more precise than this I'm afraid. I will update the website as soon as each one arrives.

Best wishes
Barrio Fly Lines / Re: Barrio Fly Lines Online Shop Update
« Last post by Neil Johnston on June 25, 2020, 23:11:41 PM »
I bet it must be tedious getting asked this type of question - but any idea when an ISS Spey 8/9 floating line might be available?
I got a new rod last year, still needing the line to go with it!
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