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Main Discussion Area / Re: Loch Awe
« Last post by Steven Sinclair on August 23, 2019, 07:05:30 AM »
I was out on Awe just the weekend before this happened.

It's a big bit of water than can turn nasty quite quickly. As much as the thought of it pains me I am slowly coming round to the thinking that a mandatory minimum boat handling competency training type idea might actually be a good idea.  Although from what i've heard it wasn't a factor in this case, I would also suggest that a drinking ban be employed also.

Anybody who knows me will likely be shocked to hear me mention the above but there are far too many incidents where people have come a cropper on hire boats through intoxication or lack of boat handling or a combo of the two.

And thanks for the reminder to check over the jackets.


Tackle Talk / Time for new waders .....
« Last post by Mike Barrio on August 22, 2019, 16:20:43 PM »
Time for new waders ..... I've gone for a Patagonia Rio Azul and Orvis Ultralight boot combo this time :z12

My last set of Orvis waders were great and have maybe got a few trips left in them yet, but the boots are finally starting to fall to pieces, they've served me well  :z16

Main Discussion Area / Re: Loch Awe
« Last post by Terry Coging on August 21, 2019, 21:02:58 PM »
I wonder how many people that don't wear life jackets realise how much they are putting their boat partners life at risk?
It is natural for us all to try and rescue a friend in distress and whilst doing so put our own lives at risk.
It has happened with me and fortunately my boat partner kept his calm and did not try to climb back into the boat. I just said hang on until we get to shore. I now refuse to partner a none life jacket mate.
Main Discussion Area / Re: Loch Awe
« Last post by Hamish Young on August 21, 2019, 20:05:24 PM »
Always get lifejackets tested by a suitable accredited company.
Certainly within manufacturers recommended period and I'd suggest every two years based on my experiences with lifejackets. However, it's money well spent for reassurance.

Fishery Reports / Lochter Report - Luring Them in at Lochter
« Last post by Howard & Stuart on August 21, 2019, 11:22:24 AM »

Usually at this time of year its all small dry’s, emergers and buzzers that are being perfectly presented across the ponds to no avail but with an abundance of fly life coming from the fields, trees and bushes around Lochter then, at times, it can be frustratingly hard to compete for the fish’s attention.

To this end, even for the purist amongst us, it may sometimes be worth taking the Monty Python approach as is:- take a deep breath, dust down and open the lure section of your fly box and mentally build yourself up to saying in your head “And now for something completely different”.

As you nervously gaze downward your eyes will be met with a myriad of sizes, shapes and colours.  There might even be a budgie lure but in keeping with the Monty Python theme I don’t confess to being aware of the “ex-parrot” lure but I could of course be mistaken because you never know with fly fishing.

Plenty of lures were used last week and very successful they were.

Callum Laird fished all 3 lochs using a white fritz or blue damsel and he had 15 fish for his efforts.

Fishing duo Peter Wilson and Walter Senior fished different colours of Walters own WSW lure and they both ended with 14 fish for their day’s session.

Ryan Grant from Aberdeen, a newcomer to the sport, did very well fishing a cat’s whisker bringing 12 fish successfully to the net.

Steve Prince and Peter Young fished the Muckle Troot mostly and they both had 11 fish on an assortment of blobs, buzzers and the WSW.

B Lawrenson kept 3 nice trout and returned 11 others in a 4 hour session also using the WSW.  J Dunn used an assortment of wets for his 10 fish, F Gallacher used a black and gold buzzer for his 9 fish and Bill Ingram had 9 fish on a cat’s whisker.

Also some of our sizeable home reared rainbows made an appearance with Greg Mair catching a lovely 9lb fish on a Semtex lure, Jim Lawson from Stonehaven had an 8lb fish on a Dennis the menace buzzer and Paul Williamson on holiday from Inverness had 3 fish over the 5lb mark during an afternoon into evening session.

So all in all still some good sport to be had so always look on the bright side of life!

Tight Lines
SP 20/8/19
Main Discussion Area / Re: Loch Awe
« Last post by Terry Coging on August 20, 2019, 19:34:11 PM »
A good reminder to check the cylinder date on my England life vest. Up coming  trip to Shin and Assynt could be risky with a duff life vest.
Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland lochs 2019
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on August 20, 2019, 15:53:19 PM »
yes but I don't post Rapalas,many people on this site live near grouse moors and I hear one or two of them actually shoot,and probably use grouse in their fly tying :z12 Derek Roxborough
Main Discussion Area / Re: Loch Awe
« Last post by Dave Robb on August 20, 2019, 13:39:49 PM »
Obviously don’t know the full circumstances but I do think some people underestimate the power and impact of weather on larger waters.
Rivers and Lochs / Re: Highland lochs 2019
« Last post by James Laraway on August 20, 2019, 11:10:21 AM »
fishing the fly James , fishing the fly, :X2 Derek Roxborough

could say the same about  your thread on grouse moors Derek   :z4
Main Discussion Area / Loch Awe
« Last post by Derek Roxborough on August 20, 2019, 10:28:01 AM »
Sad News about the Loch Awe fishers, the one that died was the only one not wearing a Life jacket, sad news any way, Derek Roxborough
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