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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland lochs 2019
« Last post by James Laraway on September 03, 2019, 09:21:14 AM »
I don't think that trout will have made it to 6 inches !

It took what was a soldier palmer. The fly was new on and the trout totally destroyed it. Ribbing and hackle were wrecked.

The lochan is really, really peaty and has a decent burn coming in and out. Despite looking 'feeding poor' it seems to have a massive number of very small fish in it

I'd be amazed if there is anything approaching 1lb in there but as its only 10 mins from the house it is great to pop down to for a bit of sport. Judging from all of the improvised rod rests made out of twigs it is fished by other but that has not dented the volume of fish in it.

How old can trout get  ?
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland lochs 2019
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on September 02, 2019, 22:37:11 PM »
looks as thought it may be partial to its smaller cousins by the size of its mouth, we have some wee cannibal trout in some of our wee lochs I had one last year of about 1/2lb with a mouth like a crocodile, took a silver Invicta, I've had a small trout on for it to be attacked by another about twice the size, we had a biologist doing a survey for our club some of the small trout he sampled he said they were 10 to 14 years old this was with 5 to 6in. trout, and as black as your hat, these were very peaty lochs, Derek Roxborough   
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland lochs 2019
« Last post by Steven Sinclair on September 02, 2019, 18:55:05 PM »
So, I managed to grab an hour yesterday on a local 'lochan'.

Its a big 'pond' and very peaty. I found it last year as as its only 10 mins away from the house its good when time is limited - and its chock full of wee trout.

Due to all the rain it was a foot higher than normal but it didn't fail to disappoint as I was 'in' on the 1st cast. On the far bank when I cant get to by foot the inflow burn was raging in. I'll have to take the tube there to get across the far side.

Just shows how the colouration of trout changes due to their environment.



I wonder how old that trout is 🤔

 :z18

Steven.
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland lochs 2019
« Last post by James Laraway on September 02, 2019, 09:15:41 AM »
So, I managed to grab an hour yesterday on a local 'lochan'.

Its a big 'pond' and very peaty. I found it last year as as its only 10 mins away from the house its good when time is limited - and its chock full of wee trout.

Due to all the rain it was a foot higher than normal but it didn't fail to disappoint as I was 'in' on the 1st cast. On the far bank when I cant get to by foot the inflow burn was raging in. I'll have to take the tube there to get across the far side.

Just shows how the colouration of trout changes due to their environment.


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done all my ST fishing there with my 5wt, but in the lochs Kirbister and Stenness,my pal fishes with a 6wt, they were on Hoy this year with some decent fishing in the sea, He said it was like fishing the Florida Flats watching the trout moving across the sands, but this was in May, which he considers to be the best time, but tight lines, I hope you get the weather , Derek Roxborough
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Thanks for the reply.

I was thinking a Shakespeare Agility 2 10í with an Airflo 40+ line.

Not sure on whether to go floating or intermediate though.

Iím keen not to spend more than £150-200 all in as it will only be used a handful of times a year.
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Tackle Talk / Re: Advice on tackle for estuary / sea fishing for sea trout on Orkney
« Last post by Hamish Young on September 01, 2019, 09:45:13 AM »
Andrew, a suggestion of budget would be useful here and there's something to be said for shopping secondhand for rods.

Something in the 9'6" to 10' in a #7 or # 8 would do the job just fine. Spend decent money on lines.
I personally wouldn't bother with a Switch rod for coastal, but I know several folk prefer them for their more 'agricultural' properties.

Reels :? I have both cheapo and not so cheapo - whatever takes your fancy will do so long as the drag is half reasonable and I would recommend as large an arbour reel as you can get.

H

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I bought a John Norris P1 and really like it. they do a #7 that would be perfect. #8 is a tad heavy....
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Barrio Fly Lines / Re: Smallstream from the boat?
« Last post by Iain Cameron on August 31, 2019, 17:51:41 PM »
Have used a#4 smallstream from boat a couple of times. Itís been great for dries and pulling wets too. It works well for me
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I'm off to Orkney at the beginning of October and I'm keen to try my hand for sea trout in the estuaries and bays prior to the end of the season. However, I'm keen not to expose my river and loch rod to salt and sand if I can avoid it.

Therefore I'm looking at purchasing a cheaper outfit that will only come out once or twice a year for salt water fly fishing.

Can anyone offer advice about the best length of rod and line rating for this kind of use? I was thinking a 10' #8, but some of the online advice suggested using a switch rod, or even going lighter and using a #6 weight line, so now I'm more confused than before.

Thanks in advance.
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