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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #180 on: May 04, 2017, 17:51:19 PM »
being a geologist by background  i hate to say it but i understand most of that !!! Not sure that some patches of LMST in the upper river justify the description of the don as a 'limestone based river though ?

Cheers James :z18

I never it took beyond School, so you will understand things much better than I do.  As Liam says everyday is a schoolday  :z16.
I always believed the Limestone had a reasonable contributing factor to what makes the river different in the NE, I'm still sure it does, but maybe not quite as much as I have always thought.
Be interesting to know if Jamie has more information on the water chemistry.

 :z18

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"

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #181 on: May 05, 2017, 12:12:08 PM »
A picture paints a thousand words :) Might explain why the Deveron is very different in character to the Dee as well.

http://www.showcaves.com/english/gb/Maps/Limestone.html

Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Kevin Bell

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #182 on: May 05, 2017, 12:52:10 PM »
This solitary lump was the only fish to end up in my net today. It was a bloody belter though!  :z14

The upper river definitely has a proper trophy hunting feel to it. Thanks Ali for taking me along.





At only 22" it fairly pulled the scales. Huge across the shoulders and a big belly.



 :z18

What a beautiful trout Liam,well done. Simply stunning.

Kevin Bell

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #183 on: May 05, 2017, 12:55:24 PM »
Better hurry, we had a muppet on Facebook last night telling us to kill them all because they are eating all the salmon...

If I could catch trout like these I wouldnt care if I ever seen a salmon again.

Colin Sunley

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #184 on: May 05, 2017, 19:57:46 PM »
If I could just catch trout 😁😁😁😁

Steven Sinclair

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #185 on: May 05, 2017, 20:33:39 PM »
Better hurry, we had a muppet on Facebook last night telling us to kill them all because they are eating all the salmon...

A quick scan of his Facebook profile just highlights how much of an ill informed xenophobic pr#@k he is. Thankfully that attitude is dying out.

🍻

Steven

James Craig

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #186 on: May 06, 2017, 22:43:07 PM »
I had a last minute opportunity to get out on the river today - with northerly winds and clear skies forecast, I wasn't expecting much. Fortunately, I turned out to be very wrong!

I made it to the river about 11am and there was already a good amount of fly life on the go  and a few fish rising here and there. By midday the place was alive with fly life and the fish were not shy on coming to the surface. There seemed to be flies of all sorts coming off at the same time; uprights, sedge, stoneflies, midge etc. Even some terrestrials in the mix with some Crane Flies drifting about.





There seemed to be a lot of little Sedge coming off, the gusting wind bringing them down stream in clouds - so plumped for a small Deer Hair Sedge. I missed a few fish on it so persevered, working up the pool, until I managed to net this chap:





At just under two-an-a-half pounds I was really chuffed - a new best brownie for me!

After releasing him, I saw a fish further up the pool so started working up the edge of the bank. I took a few steps and just about stepped on a fish right beneath me. Seemingly not bothered, it slowly slinked its way up stream a few yards before it spotted a tasty morsel and nonchalantly sipped it off the surface. Mesmarised - I stripped some line off and somehow put a cast a four or five feet ahead of his snout. During what seemed to be an eternity, I watched him look at it, let it go by, turn and come back down stream for it, before snatching it and shooting off into mid stream. Carnage, and a sore arm ensued before fumbling him into the net.



In the net at three and a quarter pounds and around 20". My first wild Broonie over 3lbs (the fish five minutes previously was my fist over 2lbs  :shock). A strong kick back into the current was the icing on the cake.

I spent the rest of the day farting about watching birds, flies and fish slashing the surface.  At one point I stood high on a bank and watched 5 fish of a decent size dart around in a slow but shallow pool, one moment rooting around amongst the rocks the next moment plucking something off the surface and at no point staying still! Various hatches came and went until about 5.30pm and   whilst I missed a few more fish (d'oh!), managed to net a few more on the dry too.



A magic day on the water.

James
« Last Edit: May 06, 2017, 23:03:18 PM by James Craig »

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #187 on: May 06, 2017, 23:04:22 PM »
Looks like you had a great day :z16 well done James   :z18

Scott C

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #188 on: May 06, 2017, 23:08:58 PM »
Great stuff James :z16
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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #189 on: May 07, 2017, 18:30:47 PM »
Great stuff James

It's magic when it starts to come together :z18

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"

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #190 on: May 08, 2017, 11:49:11 AM »
Friday was a bit difficult on the river. A strong wind and bright sunshine made the fish a little reluctant to show...so much so that I only saw one small fish splash.

Still, fished the usual holes but no joy. I suspect this was partly down to the kids on the bank who had been chucking in stones and balls for a couple of dogs to fetch.

Decided to move to the "new" bit I discovered, which requires a very heavy fly to get down quickly. Sorted, a couple of fish around the 1.5lb mark, but as the wind was being really awkward, I packed up early and headed for an early beer in front of the TV.

Ended up tying a load of Klinks instead coz telly was crap.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #191 on: May 10, 2017, 20:00:06 PM »
Perfect day for exploring a new beat today :z16



Sometimes it all falls into place and you happen to be there to get the best of it



Massive Grannom hatch and lots of Uprights kept the fish on the feed, for a good chunk of the middle of the day.



Plume tips and PTN's picked up plenty cracking fish including this fish which used its Spade of a tail to great effect, but didn't get the better of the Bamboo



So a Fab day in great company, with perfect conditions, what more could you ever ask for :z16

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 2017
« Reply #192 on: May 10, 2017, 20:23:14 PM »
Thanks for a cracking day Sandy :z16
Pity I didn't pull my weight towards the catches :oops ...... I had enough chances :z4  :z4  :z4
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Ali Mcewan

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #193 on: May 10, 2017, 21:39:32 PM »
They seamed to switch back on today,
Had a great few hours this afternoon, 9 between 1lb & 2lb




This wee fatty was the pick of the bunch, maybe just short of 3lb

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2017
« Reply #194 on: May 12, 2017, 08:28:14 AM »
Last night we hit the lower Don, where steep banks and big rocks are the order of the day. The wind was awkward and the flies/fish not very forthcoming so the normal tactics were not working.

Out came the streamer box! A 4 weight should not be able to put a leaded and cone headed wooly bugger across the river! Not only does it handle it, it positively enjoys it!

The SLX makes it easy! Where there is room, long casts are fired out with an overhead cast. Where the bank is high, a snap T or a plain single spey puts the streamer into the middle and beyond.

Whilst the Brownies were not playing too much, the Finnock were :)  8 or 9 hits but only a couple landed. Not reportable, but they saved a blank :)

My mate is finally getting to grips with the GT90 and its starting to be a pleasure seeing him cast. Unfortunately, he lost a decent Brownie on the Klink and dink, a fish about 2 pounds that leapt a few times before the hook pinged.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

 




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