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Allan Liddle

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #735 on: August 27, 2012, 16:37:09 PM »
Out last evening, getting that 'loneliness of the long distance dry fly fisherman' feeling as the season progresses.

Been thinking of ditching all this pseudo 2012 modern man fly-fishing techno junk and going back to mono tippet as I've been degreasing every three to five casts with my preferred co-polymer, and enough is enough - I'm positive that it is also costing me fish.

picked up a 1/4lber - which was exciting  :X1 as it was the only 'decent'  :X1 thing splashing as the night drew in.
The sky went red and it seemed to warm up?

A few better rises (relatively) appeared and I started to pick up some 8" fish......better.

3lb Maxima Green for river troots.  Also take a wee bit of your degreaser (i assume your using some form of 'mud' fullers earth type thing) and stick a wee 'blob' onto the rod at the handle joint for easy access as required.
Yup you're right it is costing you fish in so much as your concentration is constantly being broken and you're being distracted from what's happening on the water.

Allan L

« Last Edit: August 27, 2012, 19:12:36 PM by Hamish »

danbruce

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #736 on: August 27, 2012, 16:51:06 PM »
Managed back out on the river on saturday afternoon, just in time to be caught in the heavy rain. As i have not had many days to fish this month I decided to tough it out.

The beat was nice and quiet apart from 2 guys having a go for salmon (Noel and Iain I'm guessing :?)
As the heavy rain on the water would make fishing dries almost impossible I stuck on a greenwells spider and hoped for the best. Working my way through a nice streamy bit of water I have had some success from before I ended up with 4 brownies up to 8" and lost a larger fish about 1lb at the net. Worked my way through some water further down stream with not much to show, but all in all a good days fishing regardless of the rain.

Cheers
Dan

Noel kelly

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #737 on: August 27, 2012, 18:35:35 PM »
You guessed right Dan. You should have stopped to say hello. I was impressed to see someone madder than ourselves heading out in that weather.

Allan I'm gonna have to try this maxima green. You have been preaching it for as long as I have known you. Not sure how confident I would be fishing 3lb though :shock

danbruce

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #738 on: August 27, 2012, 19:47:10 PM »
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You guessed right Dan. You should have stopped to say hello. I was impressed to see someone madder than ourselves heading out in that weather.

Hi Noel, yeah was going to stop but you guys looked pretty engrossed in you fishing so was going to wait till you had worked your way round to where i was. Looks like common sense prevailed by then as you guys had headed off before you got to where i was. :wink

Dan

Goolager

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #739 on: August 27, 2012, 20:46:39 PM »
Hi Allan,

Yes it just so happens to be Maxima green but in 4lb which I think is about 0.17? and quite a bit thicker than I'm used to BUT worked well  :z16 roll on next the season, those pesky browns will be hit by so many dries they'll be begging for a streamer!

Dan, you should have at least thrown a stone at us. I thought it was 'Soakin' Shamus' passing by that's why I didn't speak. Glad you had some fish, we were just saying that it may have been a good day for Browns on subsurface stuff.
I was really looking forward to getting out for Salmon but the weather put a downer on things so we packed up early doors.

Iain

danbruce

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #740 on: August 27, 2012, 21:22:23 PM »
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I thought it was 'Soakin' Shamus' passing by that's why I didn't speak.

Think i got speaking to him on the way back after I had packed up, spinning using the biggest rappala I have ever seen, dunno if he was trying to hook them or knock them out. :z7

Allan Liddle

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #741 on: August 28, 2012, 10:51:52 AM »
You guessed right Dan. You should have stopped to say hello. I was impressed to see someone madder than ourselves heading out in that weather.

Allan I'm gonna have to try this maxima green. You have been preaching it for as long as I have known you. Not sure how confident I would be fishing 3lb though :shock

Been great for me all season Noel, although confess i switch to 4lb when pulling on the lochs (aye ok 6lb floro when it's big lure time, which thankfully isn't very often nowadays).
Landed salmons on the 3lb stuff Noel (best this year 61/2, last it was about 10 and a bit) which is ok as long as you dinne dae a Dads Army, 'Don't Panic.'  Big troots no problem, in fact the only real time you tend to get snapped off is when the line comes over those sharp teeth under tension on the take.  Any line will do this, or at least any around the diameter yer looking to use for presentation stuff.

Switching from a very fast tip action Neilsen #5 to a much slower and much deeper actioned Greys Streamflex Plus (still #5) or the 10' #4 version has made a BIG difference on the breakages.  Think the 3lb Maxima is about 0.16.
Noticed how heavy the 4lb looked when taking close up photies of flees in troots mooths late on last season so decided to try the switch.  Haven't looked back to be fair.

Couple of wee points though:

It MUST be the GREEN stuff, clear isn't clear anymore (more opiaque) and the broon stuff's for gardening.
Watch where the shop stores it, if it's lying out on open display in full daylight, then avoid, or at least do a wee knot test before you buy.  If it's kept in a box in the dark then should be ok.
Watch were you keep it (ditto above)
Water knots on the droppers, remember to wet thoroughly (aye i know teaching granny tae suck eggs, sorry)

That's about it really.  Cheap, strong, stiff enough to help turn over, limp enough not to kill the action, non obtrusive (stress Green stuff only  :z4!!) not the thinnest, but not the thickest either.  Good enough for me and what i'm looking for (for the most part, have other stuff for those tough times, but generally tend not to have to reach for it too often).

Cheers

Allan L

PS Did i mention it's the GREEN stuff?  :wink :z7 :z7 :z4

Peter McCallum

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #742 on: August 28, 2012, 15:01:13 PM »
the broon stuff's for gardening.

It pains me to say it but he's right on that one  :z13 it's truly rubbish and kinks to hell.

Allan Liddle

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #743 on: August 29, 2012, 09:50:58 AM »
Thanks Pete  :wink  Hope life treating you well and new venture a big success.

Peter McCallum

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #744 on: August 29, 2012, 10:16:52 AM »
Thanks Pete  :wink  Hope life treating you well and new venture a big success.

Ta Al, time will tell. You looking for barbless flees for compys  :X2 :X2

Allan Liddle

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #745 on: August 31, 2012, 18:17:35 PM »
Aye but only for the C&R at distance compies.  :z6 :z6 :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4 :wink

josh

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #746 on: September 02, 2012, 13:40:18 PM »
2 salmon last night on the spinner first cast in to one and lost it in the weed close in too the bank took me real close in. Then one at 6.2 lb on the second cast and nothing after that good for a few hours though

Jazzaman1234

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #747 on: September 04, 2012, 14:34:59 PM »
2 salmon last night on the spinner first cast in to one and lost it in the weed close in too the bank took me real close in. Then one at 6.2 lb on the second cast and nothing after that good for a few hours though


Where was this josh?

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #748 on: September 04, 2012, 14:41:35 PM »

Where was this josh?

Please don't ask "where" on the open forum, send a PM private message if you must ask the question :z3

Best wishes
Mike
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josh

Re: River Don 2012
« Reply #749 on: September 04, 2012, 18:41:03 PM »
Where is a secret lol as mike has said pm me if you would like too ask.

 




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