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Main Discussion Area / Re: Who would you most like to fish with
« Last post by Hamish Young on February 16, 2020, 10:42:45 AM »
That's a bloody tough question to answer.

I think, like Sandy, I'll need to have two answers based on sentimental and aspirational.

Sentimentally I'd like to fish with my Dad again. He's quite infirm now and, whilst he lives just yards from some of the best water on the Deveron, he'll never fish it again - nor is it likely he'll even manage part of a day at Artloch again. Missed opportunities.... when you think you have the time to do these things again, you don't  :cry

Aspirational list is crazy. Immediately names like Skues, Oglesby, Currie, JJ Mann, Hemingway, Eric Clapton, Paul Whitehouse and so on. Each with their 'USP' which intrigues me to know what a day afloat or on a river with them would be like. Coming down to one person is tough, really tough.
I think  it would have to be Charles Ritz who did, to my mind at least, have an incredible influence on rod and line design, was a formidable fisher, fishing adventurer and scribe.


Main Discussion Area / Re: Who would you most like to fish with
« Last post by Jim Eddie on February 15, 2020, 22:32:25 PM »
April Vokey, :z14 Derek Roxborough
Maybe 30 years ago Derek  :z4


Main Discussion Area / Re: Who would you most like to fish with
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on February 15, 2020, 20:38:00 PM »
April Vokey, :z14 Derek Roxborough
Main Discussion Area / Re: Who would you most like to fish with
« Last post by Mike Barrio on February 15, 2020, 17:21:18 PM »
The first thing that came to my mind was a day on a loch with Billy Connolly  :z12
Main Discussion Area / Who would you most like to fish with
« Last post by Sandy Nelson on February 15, 2020, 16:49:45 PM »
Im borrowing a topic from another forum that I enjoyed reading. It was an American forum so itíll be interesting to see what the differences are here.

So  given access to the whole of history who would you most like to spend the day fishing with?

For me, in an uncharacteristically sentimental way, I would love to spend the day with my Grandad who I went everywhere with as a kid and who knew more about fishing than most, but never fished.  I think he would really enjoy the way we do things now. It would appeal to his hunters instincts.
And his spotters eyes would be impressed with some of our big browns.

On a more  unsentimental  note I think Iíd love to spend the day  fishing with Skues, especially if we got to meet up with Halford and  I could watch them discuss things, that I reckon , they secretly admired each other for.
Rivers and Lochs / Re: Daviot area
« Last post by Mike Barrio on February 13, 2020, 13:48:30 PM »
Just realised that you mean Daviot Inverness and not Daviot Inverurie  :X1
Rivers and Lochs / River Deveron 2020
« Last post by Mike Barrio on February 12, 2020, 00:27:11 AM »
Shared from the  Deveron, Bogie & Isla Rivers Charitable Trust Facebook page:

Main Discussion Area / Re: Labels
« Last post by Mike Barrio on February 11, 2020, 16:57:44 PM »
Must confess that I used to lose track of which lines I had on which reels all the time  :oops  but a few years ago I started to write the line info on the back of my reel pouches with a permanent marker pen :z16

I haven't really thought about it since ...... so I guess I can now tick that box as a winner :z17

I used to put stickers on the spools back in the fishery days ( when I had about 50 reels/spools in the hut ) but these invariably came off, or perished ..... and I had to resort to casting the lines on a few rods to work them out.

Main Discussion Area / Re: Labels
« Last post by Rob Brownfield on February 11, 2020, 14:09:26 PM »
None of my reels or spools, or even lines on plastic spools are marked.

I love the anticipation of setting a rod up on the bank and wondering if the line you have is the correct weight.

Its sort of Russian Roulette with a line ;)
Main Discussion Area / Re: British Fly Fair International 2020
« Last post by Terry Coging on February 11, 2020, 12:42:03 PM »
I had a most enjoyable week end at the fair.  Met some very interesting people. Several visitors to my modest stand recognised the Assynt mountains which were the backdrop for the banner.  The dapping flies that Hamish tied were admired and met with much approval from the proper 'loch men' as I fondly call them. Some English visitors could not believe that a 1/2lb brownie can be caught with a small bird! Most visitors assumed that 'wafting' was dapping  and I had to explain with the use of a white board the difference along with the similarity.
I met Scott M for the first time - don't know what he thinks to the project but a pleasure to chat  with.
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