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Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #165 on: May 26, 2016, 23:24:43 PM »
Near bank midge sipper from tonight. Size 18 shuttlecock fooled him. He was sitting 2ft off my bank in less than 18" of water.








A prime condition fish just shy of the 20" mark but over 3lb.

 :z18
« Last Edit: May 27, 2016, 13:49:19 PM by Liam Stephen »
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #166 on: May 28, 2016, 09:35:32 AM »
It was a tale of two trips yesterday.

Sandra had the dentist in town at lunchtime, so i had a couple of hours to burn. Urban trout hunting was the only solution.
I got on the water about 1230 to find a nice hatch of small dark olives and some happily feeding fish.



Lots of cover and crafty casting required, but the rewards were there



Only did an hour but the fish were still rising when i left, so at least there was a decent hatch during the afternoon :z16

After tea i went back down on a different beat, plenty insects about but the fish were were few and far between, until after 10pm then there was a nice steady hatch of medium size sedges, i tried a size 14 emerging sedge pattern again, this time it lasted a bit better :z16 although got quite well chewed. Another Use for Scruffy Buzzer dubbing, pretty versatile stuff and the fish seem to love it.

I had some cracking fish and got broken, which using 5x tippet and a nice soft tipped rod was quite a surprise, but they were very aggressive. Best of the evening went wild and i thought it might be a sea-trout, but it was a another nice brown, it was Pretty dark by then. :z18



Looks like things are starting to get going  :z16

Sandy
« Last Edit: May 28, 2016, 17:10:31 PM by Sandy Nelson »
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Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #167 on: May 28, 2016, 09:47:24 AM »
It was a great evening to be on the water Sandy :z16
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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #168 on: May 30, 2016, 17:57:13 PM »
Well after the Haar killed everything last night, before it got going, i thought i'd pop down this afternoon for a bit of recompense.

Lovely afternoon for a walk along the river, not a huge amount to be seen despite some good hatches. I did find this Olive upright spinner hiding in some flowers



There were sedges and some small dark olives hatching off, a small f-fly seemed to do the trick for a wee while



I've been trying to get a decent photo of a Small dark for a couple of days, finally managed one this afternoon



very small a size 16 or 18 was required, but it seemed that the fish were more interested in the small terrestrials.
So i tried one of Paul Proctors flies called an APT in a 16. the fish loved it.



Not all of the wee fish that i cast at turned out to be 8" long, one or two were a tad bigger and proved quite a surprise, so i just kept casting at everything.
This was my best on the APT, and provided some serious excitement on the wee flees



On the whole a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

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"

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #169 on: June 03, 2016, 12:55:07 PM »
Not liking today's showers ...... there goes any plans I had for a weekend in the tent :z6
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Marc Fauvet

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #170 on: June 03, 2016, 17:20:44 PM »
don't you want to know if its water-repelant ?

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #171 on: June 03, 2016, 17:39:38 PM »
don't you want to know if its water-repelant ?

Yes Marc ..... but I don't need to know if it floats :z4
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Marc Fauvet

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #172 on: June 04, 2016, 08:58:23 AM »
haha !  :z4 :z4 :z4

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #173 on: June 11, 2016, 10:38:45 AM »
The river is running clear and low, a stealthy approach (well, I try my best) is required under the cover of darkness.

Managed to tempt these 2 on the dry, some recent experiments at the fly tying bench seem to be paying off :z16




This fish had started to develop a fungal infection on its head. I was fumbling around in the dark so didn’t notice until I took the return to water shot which is pictured in the thread ’Injured or diseased trout’ Keep an eye out guys


Scott
« Last Edit: June 12, 2016, 08:49:18 AM by Scott Cumming »

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #174 on: June 11, 2016, 10:40:38 AM »
You have got stealth I see  :z4 :X2

Nice reel as well mate  :z16
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #175 on: June 12, 2016, 10:06:55 AM »
A welcomed splash of rain yesterday, hopefully theres lots more to come, the river is in need of a freshen up :z16

There were some fish showing last night although they were difficult to spot. The trout were hitting sedge subsurface -  a cdc shuttlecock sedge thingy did the trick.

Waited for 1.5 hours before casting a fly then i spotted this one ...



followed by another soon after



then all went quiet for a bit before catching my best of the night …


 :z18
Scott
« Last Edit: June 12, 2016, 10:56:55 AM by Scott Cumming »

Ali Mcewan

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #176 on: June 12, 2016, 12:48:48 PM »
That is some evening out Scott lad :z14

Allan Liddle

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #177 on: June 13, 2016, 22:58:22 PM »
Crackin troots Scott

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #178 on: June 15, 2016, 19:25:18 PM »
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Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #179 on: June 21, 2016, 12:44:00 PM »
Looked like a grand evening to be on the river last night and light till about midnight too ....... but I was really busy and didn't have time :cry

Anybody out, how did it go?
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