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Starting to dream about next season already  )

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It's been a blast - see you next year :)



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Forum indoor casting day in Aberdeen back in January 2011.

Magnus & Hamish :)

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Pushed out of the South Esk during storm Babet. I found it in a puddle at the side of the river.

Itís now safely back in the river :z18

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Switch 8/9 lines arrived from Redditch today :)

All Switch line sizes are now back in stock on the website :z16

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Running high and brown today.

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I donít remember ever seeing a Salmon stripped this clean. Normally the otters only eat half. Perhaps like us they know salmon are few and far between so they now go back for 2nds :z8

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Good to be home after getting stuck on the wrong side of the floods around Oban for a couple of days :)

This was the Spey valley from one of the many back road diversions today!

No sign of the river, it was like a loch, serious amounts of flood water.

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Stopped on my way past yesterday afternoon. I must of past this loads of times but decided to stop when itís raining :X2

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I was asked a couple of unexpected questions this week by a work colleague which I thought were worth sharing.
On the face of it, both questions seem quite innocuous too, that was until I tried to answer them.

The first was 'how many different species have you caught on the fly :?' with the follow up question ' and which was your favourite :?'

The answer to both was - I genuinely don't know :z18 I shared this with some friends and in part the reason why I found them so hard to answer is that every fish is memorable, every day a treasure, every trip a journey into the unknown. I'll only know the answers when I hang my rods up for good, which I hope is many, many seasons from now.

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That's my copy of Fly Culture Magazine popped through the letter box this morning, I'm looking forward to sitting down with it.

Not sure that 'magazine' really does it justice, possibly better described as a collection of fly fishing short stories in a quality A4 book format?

However you describe Fly Culture, editor Pete Tyjas deserves a pat on the back ...... I think that's five years now and I've really enjoyed reading it.

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I found a copy of the website from back in 2003 today, I remember the old green and cream layout well.

This was my 3rd or 4th version of the site, I think the previous one had a speckled background and things like a visitor counter, 'top site' badge and a guest book - remember those? *smiley-grin*

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Great to see the Barrio Smallstream and GT125 lines performing well in the line test  )

This month's ( Autumn ) edition of Trout & Salmon magazine.

15 Four Weight Lines Tested - Which Trout Line For Rivers?


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A great afternoon on the river today, plenty of trout, mainly on spiders :)





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Hi folks

In an attempt to try and keep the forum going, letís recreate a thread from the past. Itíll be interesting to see how tastes have changed (or not) over the intervening 15 yearsÖ

So the question is:-

ďWhat is your favourite rod of all time?Ē

To make life a little easier, letís have a #5 or heavier, and a #4 or lighter option.

My choices would be:

#5 - Winston Boron B2X (made by Sandy)

#4 - Epic Packlight 476 Glass (made by Sandy)

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River Don - early season :)

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Were very proud to announce that Carp Champions - The Home of Fly-Fishing for Wild Carp have been invited to host a stand at Moy Country Fair 2023 this coming Friday and Saturday.

We will be promoting fly fishing in all its variety; carp, pike, saltwater (in fact, any fish that swims!), kayak, pack raft, destination and DIY adventures.

Drop by and have a chat, maybe have a cast with the latest S-glass rods (perfect for huge predators or delicate dry-fly presentations)? Or just cuddle up with a carp & chill out with some awesome fishing movies😎

We will also be showcasing the work of Charles Jardines Fishing for Schools charity and the The Wild Carp Trust....

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First ever Grayling , very gentle take barely new it was there , one of many along with a few trout all in all a cracking day on the Earn.

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Photobombed by Brownie *smiley-grin*

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It was only a month ago - but I'm itching to go back already *smiley-grin*

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Back at the fly tying table for a while this morning.

A few more F-Flies in the box, far from perfect, but they don't have to be perfect to have fun making them :)

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Enjoyed a cracking afternoon/evening on the Don, weather conditions just felt right - so I headed down for a few hours.

Netted lots of nice Brownies, and found a couple of bonnie Sea Trout in amongst them too :)



A few more pics here: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9859.msg77413#msg77413

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Just beautiful  )

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And the trout were just as golden  )



Photo by Stewart :z16

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Damsel meets Olive in a feast for the predator




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Just back from a few days without a PC or phone signal ...... just great company and lots of Brownies  )

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Was going through some of photos and Iíd forgotten Iíd taken this, in its natural environment

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Last day on shift yesterday, lovely evening so I thought id take the new Steffen 804 I finished 24hrs previously, out for a spin.
What a little gem, nicely christened with one on a spent spinner



Several more followed, then it was onto sedges as the light disappeared, small window, but lots of fun, gave the rod a good workout.



So yet another seriously impressive Blank from Mr Gray. Still have a couple more to build up and try out....

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Hot off the machines at Redditch ......

and I'm busy boxing them up and filling the shelves  )

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Great fun exploring about 3 miles of new water to me on the upper river with Sandy and Colin yesterday :z16

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The final taper design for the new U.K. made Smallstream line got some testing in the garden this morning, with my arsenal of glass



And I was a little earlier than expected home after todays Chores, so I nipped down the river with my favourite 4wt glass rod and did some proper R&D. All I can say is for small stream work up to 50 this line is just superb, presentation is delicate but the short head is punchy and controlled, roll casts really well and you can progress from just the tip of the line to the whole head , which will be really handy on those tight brushy wee burns. I was doing reach mends with a small RH hook to get a fly over a current to a rising fish, no problem, even got the drift

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Went over to Skye for a few days this week  )

Cold and windy - certainly blew away a few cobwebs *smiley-grin*



This place at Talisker make a great coffee :z16

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As usual the first Olive uprights appeared last week, just as the first swallows re appeared.
The martins have been back for a week or two but now the swallows are here, so the OU can start to hatch

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( This is a back up post - originally posted by Sandy Nelson )

Montana? New Zealand? Or the upper Don valley *smiley-tongue-out*

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Getting down to the 'nitty gritty' ...... had a lot of fun testing the latest fly line samples today  )

Caught a few fish too ..... bonus :)

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While out yesterday, I spotted some cool fungus halfway up a tree. I think itís the one they make Amadou from. However on looking at closely there is a rusty old spinner in it which the fungus must have grown around. Strange the things we find down the river.

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