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Noel kelly

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #120 on: April 02, 2012, 18:16:43 PM »
Right fellas I'm away to brave these balmy temps and try land a big broon. I'll report back later :z16

Wish me luck.

Liam

Come on then we are waiting!

Loxiafan

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #121 on: April 02, 2012, 18:32:42 PM »
Rob, Noel you are in good company - I blanked yesterday too ! I did insist on fishing the dry/emerger so possibly my own fault given the poor conditions - there were a few fish rising very sporadically but not enough to cover them with any kind of presentation in that wind. Took a gush over my waders, caught a bush and the pawl on my Streamlite reel gave out so went home dejected.

Today, however, was different matter ! Loads of fish rising when I arrived at Parkhill with many LDO's on the surface and on went size 17 JT Olive. Rose a fish right away and missed it. Hooked one, on briefly and then off. Arggggggh ! Then a Sea Trout at 1.5 lbs landed, another Sea Trout 'jumper' of the same size released himself at my feet in some weeds. Best fish, again on JT Olive, was a 2 plus lb Sea Trout and whilst she was stripping line from the reel the brand new pawl I put on the Streamlite last night gave up ! Somehow managed to palm the rim smoothly enough and wind in on a slack clutch to finally land her, cracking fish bright silver so very fresh.

So, 3 Sea Trout of which two landed and all on dry fly. That is more like it ! Off to Orvis Banchory tomorrow if snow stays off as I am thinking of retiring the unreliable Streamlite (lasted a season  :shock) for an Access Mid Arbor II, see what Ben says.

Lindsay

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #122 on: April 02, 2012, 19:25:56 PM »
Whats with all these sea-trout :z8

I'm wondering if the broonies have all been off on their hols in this nice weather and come back without a tan :z14

Sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Noel kelly

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #123 on: April 02, 2012, 19:42:47 PM »
Sea trout....I want.

Loxiafan

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #124 on: April 02, 2012, 19:49:30 PM »
Whats with all these sea-trout :z8

Maybe they think it is May what with all the high temps we have had over the last 2-3 weeks ? The ones I landed were definitely 'fresh' ST's not well mended kelts.

With all the talk of hooks mine were all tied on Tiemco 103BL's, great hooks IMO.

Lindsay

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #125 on: April 02, 2012, 20:30:01 PM »
Fishing the brilliant Klink and Dink again today, using some home tied PTN's.

Lost every one of the eleven fish I hooked today!  :cry  :cry Half a dozen tiddlers, three of around 3/4 lbs and then a nice Sea-Trout  :cry :cry

I'm still trying to forgive my self for losing a decent Brownie of around 2.5 lbs  :mad :mad the fish was immense, had a few leaps and a couple of strong runs before finally tiring. Had him within inches of the net then all hell broke loose and it busted me off  :cry :cry

I need help!

Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

danbruce

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #126 on: April 02, 2012, 21:58:32 PM »
Sounds like an entertaining days fishing though liam. :z16
I was out for few hours this evening, terrible weather, soaked to the skin and hooked then lost 2 brownies that would have been a new personal best in weight, both 2.5-3lbs (anything over a pound would beat last seasons best :X1) both hooked on black and silver spiders.
Pretty gutted but an encouraging start to the season. :z7

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #127 on: April 02, 2012, 22:16:59 PM »
Dan

Sure was just very very very frustrating!  :mad

Were you fishing Kintore?

Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

danbruce

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #128 on: April 02, 2012, 22:29:36 PM »
No was fishing lower parkhill, will have to have a go further up river this week. Only fished from from upper parkhill downwards before so looking forward to having a go further up river.

Dan

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #129 on: April 03, 2012, 02:03:33 AM »
Aww come on its white outside!  :shock Where the hell did that come from? Typical Scottish weather, no better way to mess up the start of the new season  :cry

Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Graham Nicol

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #130 on: April 03, 2012, 08:20:25 AM »
http://www.farsondigitalwatercams.com/live-webcams/scotland/Don/Strathdon/
Looks pretty and typical conditions when you get a hatch of march browns!

Hamish Young

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #131 on: April 03, 2012, 08:37:25 AM »
On the upside chaps, if the snowy shit stays on the tops for a while at least there'll be some water in the river for a bit.
Now that has to be a good thing.

H :z3
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #132 on: April 03, 2012, 09:42:18 AM »
I am looking out my kitchen window at around 6-7 inches of snow. I cant get down my track to the road as there is a couple of foot that has drifted against the dyke. I cannot believe I am snowed in in April! This time last week my car outside temp guage was sitting at 27 here at the house and 24 down in Aboyne.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Jonathan Kerr

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #133 on: April 03, 2012, 10:22:29 AM »
I also braved the cold/wet weather yesterday. Was really suprised to see fish rising and taking flies off the surface.  I wouldn't normally handle and photo the fish below but as he was my first of the season i thought a wee photo was in order! Lower parkhill on a size 14 f'fly. Had a great day...if not a bit cold after a few hours!




Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #134 on: April 03, 2012, 10:53:07 AM »
Excellent stuff ..... great photos Tosh :z16

Best wishes
Mike
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