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Fly Tying / Re: Hooks for dapping flies?
« Last post by Hamish Young on June 14, 2020, 16:48:49 PM »
I used to dress on tubes fished with trebles, but don't bother any more - don't like trying to get trebles out of troots.
Or Sea Trout.... or Salmon any longer.

Mind you, might try a light single hook as an experiment with some tubes later this season. Maybe.
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Rivers and Lochs / Hi from Orkney
« Last post by Eoin Ross on June 14, 2020, 12:54:56 PM »
Hi…hope someone with a knowledge of Scottish angling law can help.  I live
near to a loch which is fished for sea trout
and brown trout. The Loch drains into Scapa Flow(Orkney)
via an outflow channel of about a 100 meters and is fed
by a small burn which has its source some 4km distant.
In hydrographic terms the Loch is  described as
a Lagoon. Its salinity is  variable (between 3ppt-15ppt).
Sea water enters  2 - 3 times a month. The loch is above MHWS and is about 9ha in extent.

At one time the Loch was one of the top sea trout
locations in Orkney and featured in a classic paper
by Herbert Nall. Sadly, those glory days have long gone.
Although sea trout still enter the Loch  they no longer
appear to spawn in the burn. The population of non-anadromous
 trout in the has been sustained by regular annual fry release by our
trout fishing association(OTFA). Now, even this is in doubt due to
policy changes currently being implemented by MSS. The Loch
also contains,eels,flounders and sticklebacks.

Starting last season a group of guys began visiting the Loch;
they all seemed to know one another, although they were never
all together…groups of two to three were .The maximum I saw last season was
five.  Their  MO was and is to fish with heavy duty beach casting rods, fished with large bubble
floats baited with Mackerel strip or worm. Each fisher generally using two
to three rods mounted on rod rests and they stay for hours. I've
had reports that they are keeping everything they catch,including
very undersized fish. This is a tricky issue but I can only speculate
 that they come from a very different angling culture from ours.

The Riparian owner lives in the USA. He is an owner via inheritance. His only suggestion
is that notices be erected forbidding bait fishing. I suspect
this wont happen. Two other folk own farming land bordering the Loch and I'm
not sure what their legal rights /responsibilities are.

I've contacted OTFA but they don't seem interested in helping. Not sure
why. Am I correct in assuming that fishing  in this way is illegal? If it is,who is responsible
for stopping it?  Trout fishing here Orkney is de facto "open access" and there are no
bailiffs . Are trout and sea trout treated differently under the legislation? Is the brackish nature
 of the Loch likely to affect the application of a
legal solution?
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2020
« Last post by Mike Barrio on June 13, 2020, 21:02:58 PM »
Great stuff Steven, it's a pretty awesome rod  :z12

Really pleased that you are enjoying it :z16
Cheers
Mike
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2020
« Last post by Steven Sinclair on June 13, 2020, 20:44:07 PM »
Mike,

On a side note. As I previously suspected. The "lochstyle" is absolutely perfect for swinging wets on the river 👍 I couldn't be happier with it 😎

 :z18

Steven
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2020
« Last post by Eddie Sinclair on June 13, 2020, 19:32:29 PM »
Black Pennel was always a great fly  :z16

Mike, the fly that Steven is referring to is a highly modified version of the original, however as you say the black pennel is a great pattern.

Eddie :z18
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: River Don 2020
« Last post by Gavin Stevenson on June 13, 2020, 18:52:24 PM »
I also got number of trout last night with small black pennel. All caught before gloaming but nothing after.
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland Lochs 2020
« Last post by James Laraway on June 13, 2020, 17:38:32 PM »
Awesome stuff James

Is that Blane Chocklett style game changer? Articulated  shanks.

Indeed. Size 4 hook on back, 3x25mm shanks and a 3/0 up front. Body is a mix of schlappen and flash hackle
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland Lochs 2020
« Last post by Mike Barrio on June 13, 2020, 17:21:43 PM »
Great stuff James :z16
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland Lochs 2020
« Last post by Sandy Nelson on June 13, 2020, 17:01:21 PM »
Awesome stuff James

Is that Blane Chocklett style game changer? Articulated  shanks.
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Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland Lochs 2020
« Last post by James Laraway on June 13, 2020, 16:29:55 PM »
so went out after the pike today on my syndicate loch. Fishing my #10 loop opti salt and 28g Barrio predator line ( amazing line and really punches flies out !)

was trying 'game changer' flies for the first time - and they are very effective. Got about 8 small pike this morning - nothing big unfortunately.  ( excuse how the flies look - they are still wet after getting a good mauling !)



the first game changer i tried i missed a few fish so figured they were coming short so switched to the 2 flies above as they had 'stingers' on the tail.

The i started hooking up  - including this nice 'surprise'





 
the fly you can see the head off is the grey one in the picture.
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