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I love exploring how the river has changed every year.

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Great to be back on the river again :)

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This afternoon I watched a Stonefly begin its emergence from its nymph. I spent 3 hours watching it and then had to go home.
I had no idea it took so long for them to break out of the body. I did get a few step by step photos up to the point where I had to go home. would have been nice to see the whole thing, but 3 hours was enough even for my patience *smiley-tongue-out*







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First outing on the river for me this afternoon, absolute cracker once I worked things out.

Looked like they were rising to March Browns and Large Dark Olives, but I really struggled to tempt them on dries.

I went back to some old favourites - and then it was a totally different ball game!  )

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Wife Elke appeared from her craft room with new T-shirt for me 🤙

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https://visionflyfishing.com/product/tool-relief/



Got to love the Finish sense of humour *smiley-funny*

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I've had the New Barrio GT125 out in both 5wt and 4wt forms over the last couple of days.



Orange has always been my favourite colour for a line and this orange is just perfect, easy to see but low profile.
The new hydrophobic coating that the UK made line has, makes this the best floating line I've used, its incredibly easy to mend and floats pretty high so its easy to track the tip.
I've used it with dries and with an indicator and tungsten nymph and it turned over both equally well, although I would usually be using this as my dryfly line because the aerial stability is superb and the control is just fantastic. Needless to say, I'm smitten *smiley-love*

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For a brief window from 2.15-3pm there was an nice LDO hatch.

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I have a feeling the fishing gods wanted to see a fish or two on Wednesday.
The weeks Sepa chart is an interesting story


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Happy Brown Trout day everyone *smiley-yippee*



Cold but fishable *smiley-yippee*

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Only a couple of day's thaw before the trout season opens *smiley-yippee*

But current weather conditions don't really invite me to come out of hibernation just yet - I imagine the Don will be rising a fair bit today *smiley-unhappy*

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Delgatie Castle Trout Fishery

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Wild Trout Trust Annual Spring Auction 17-26th March

This year's auction catalogue is now live and bidding starts at 9am on March 17th.
https://auction.wildtrout.org/categories

Great to see so many friends donating lots of awesome items again this year!

Grab yourself a Barrio Pocket Fly Box in lots 83 and 84 and check out Sandy's superb McFarland 7ft 6in glass 3wt dry fly rod in lot 96, which comes with a Barrio DT3F fly line.

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The GT125 is back ..... manufactured in Redditch UK, and on our original dies!

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I may have got carried away buying pretty stuff this winter, while stuck in the flat.
However It does mean I have a rather lovely collection of agate guides for building this year.



(I may have done the same with Wooden real seats :X2)

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Really proud to have been invited on here by Cameron. Iíve been an avid follower since Mike and I first discovered Epics in 2012.

https://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com/2023/02/sandys-custom-fly-rods-sandys-ethos.html

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Barrio fly lines magic brew ........ Return of the GT125  )

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Out fishing and spotted this canít remember having ever seen one before , not sure the norm but this was a good 4 inches.



https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/pond-clinic/identifying-creatures-pond/freshwater-pearl-mussel/

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From the Alford Angling association today.

ďit is with pride and pleasure I can report that our first springer was taken from our Haughton beat yesterday. An 18lb fish was successfully hooked and landed by Stuart Mathewson then safely returned to the river.Ē



Well done Stuart *smiley-yippee*

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Out for a cast with Steven, blowing away the cobwebs :)

Great company and banter, working our way through a few boxes of feathers and fluff, the Soldier Palmer was a clear winner on the day :z16



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So my first piece of mail has arrived at the new house. Starting as we mean to go on *smiley-yippee*



Needed snipe wings and a new golden plover. Canít get the plover any time soon. So I got a whole snipe. The back feathers arenít that different so I shall be experimenting.

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Must get away for a few fishing camping trips this year!

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A most enjoyable March to the River Don opening ceremony today ..... and some impressive first casts of the season from Provost Judy Whyte!

Great to catch up with so many friends :)







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The River Don Salmon season opens on February 11th and the March To The River Don to celebrate the river takes place on the first Saturday of the season, so the two actually coincide this year.

The event is open to all who would like to attend and Inverurie Angling Association hopes that a good number of anglers, guests and public will be there to enjoy the event.

As usual, everybody will gather at the Kintore Arms Hotel in Inverurie from 8.45 onwards for tea/coffee/biscuits, and then the March To The River will commence at 9.30am.

The event will follow the traditional format, with Piper Paul Malley leading the march down to the river bank below the Don Bridge, IAA President Steve Corsar will say...

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Soon be time for the BFFI, British Fly Fair International 2023 :z16



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Sandy Nelson - Rods, Fly Boxes and Mayflies

Sandy and Pete Tyjas sit down and chat about fly rods, Sandy's guide to the 'Natural Flies Of The River Don' and 'Sandy's River Fly Box'.

A discussion that expands on the content in the guides, with lots of useful tips to pick up along the way.

I really enjoy these podcasts, nice and relaxed, just like a blether in the hut.



Listen to the Fly Culture Podcast here:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/402997/11952253-sandy-nelson-rods-fly-boxes-and-mayflies
Natural Flies Of The River Don:
https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/river-don-natural-flies.html
Sandy's River Fly Box:
https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/sandys-river-fly-box.html...

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River Spey Anglers Association Fly Tying Fair Inchberry near Fochabers Saturday 21st Jan 2023

The fly tying fair for RSAA coming up soon on Saturday 21st Jan, with doors open at 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Another cracking local tying show with some cracking tyers on display without the need to drive for hours and book overnight stays by heading way down to Stafford in February.

Make a day of it, drop in past and have the craic.
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Checking out the skeins, before these are cut and coiled into individual fly lines.

Each skein will usually contain 15+ lines along its length.

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Fly fishing in Scotland ..... a bit of fun with artificial intelligence image software *smiley-grin*

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Some more great step by steps recently added by Magnus and Robert :)

Black Pennell: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9802.0



Faber USD Dun: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9804.0



Hackle Stacker Emerger: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9806.0



Sooty Olive Waterhen Bumble: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9811.0



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Short walk up through the Maret yesterday.


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A quick walk along beat 7 on Christmas Day. Sadly a huge pile of Grade A spawning gravel has been washed onto the bank. Some from the huge flooding a few years back and added to with the latest flooding.
What a waste :( :(



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A couple of great step by steps recently added by Magnus :)

Red Tag Dry: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9792.0



Cove PTN: https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=9793.0

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Sandy's River Fly Box

I have just finished another new page for the website, written by Sandy :z16

'Natural Flies Of The River Don' is proving a really useful resource, and there is now a second stage to enjoy  )

You can read it here https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/sandys-river-fly-box.html

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Pontoon boats or float tubes: I prefer float tubes for fishing. ( but pontoons do get you from A to B a lot faster )

Breathable or Neoprene waders: Not sure, I wouldn't rule out fishing with neoprenes again, but in stockingfoot.







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Snow and ice:
A day for indoors, boxing up a few lines, topping up the shelves ..... coffee and dreaming about next season :!



Barrio Fly Lines - www.flylineshop.com

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Even the beach hasnít escaped. Lovely contrast.



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Loving today's forum photo, another one from my Haddo collection.

Scott and Alan used to turn up with lots of gear - and who caught the least fish had to carry it all back to the car *smiley-funny*

Scott looks well pleased with himself in this one, dancing all the way down the track :)

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