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Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #90 on: June 02, 2018, 07:33:36 AM »
Nice night to be on the river bank, although the water is getting extremely low. Managed to tempt some nice trout on a sparsely dressed sedge pattern  :z16



Always that bit sweeter on the dry :wink

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Scott

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #91 on: June 02, 2018, 08:41:38 AM »
Oh for sure, hence you catching Ď99%í of yours on the dry......  :X2 :z14

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Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #92 on: June 02, 2018, 11:57:19 AM »
I was out late last night also (might have been you Scott that was parked next to me). Yet another cracking looking fish, well done.

Strange evening all in I thought.

Was really nice earlier, seemingly perfect conditions yet barely a fish moving apart from a couple of leaping tourists.

Once dusk came in I stirred up a couple of decent looking fish but didn't connect.  I will get one of these lumps yet

Hopefully.


Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #93 on: June 04, 2018, 00:11:55 AM »
I was out late last night also (might have been you Scott that was parked next to me)
That wasnít me Dave. Iíve been out six out of the last seven evenings, apart from one evening itís been tough going. Most nights Iíd be lucky to break the 1/2 lb mark. There has been a small window when fish have been hitting emerging sedge, theyíll come up two or three times before disappearing for the night. I have some nice fish pegged though. I see the water is carrying some colour tonight, did I miss something when I was away Saturday night?

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Scott

Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #94 on: June 04, 2018, 08:57:31 AM »
Ah, definitely wasnít you then if you werenít out Saturday as same car from Friday was parked next to me on the Saturday night.

So yeah, was out Saturday from early evening.  Hooked a belter of a sea trout mid evening which took off like a train, down to my backing and to the point I had to put the brakes on.  It then came off.  Plenty of sea trout to be seen though, jumping clean out of the water.

Very little activity from the browns, just like youíre saying there was a very small window, maybe 2200 -2230 where they became a bit more active but then it went dead again despite plenty of flies on the water.

And boy are they being choosy.  Even with a greatly reduced size in fly (took me ages to get the bloody thing tied on) they were still just having the odd look at it and not committing.


Gavin Stevenson

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #95 on: June 04, 2018, 10:14:42 AM »
If it was a black pick up then it was myself, I have been out couple of nights and agree with the comments, brown trout been small and activity period short lived however have seen a number of sea trout including day time feeders.

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #96 on: June 05, 2018, 08:53:19 AM »
And boy are they being choosy.  Even with a greatly reduced size in fly (took me ages to get the bloody thing tied on) they were still just having the odd look at it and not committing.

Try going bigger, up to a size 10 or even an 8 :wink

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"

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #97 on: June 05, 2018, 09:53:24 AM »
Not been out much of late with the house an all, but i did get out the other night and the decent ones were only out to play for about 30mins right at the death.
Sedge emergers as Scott said, but i had to go up a size or two to get some solid interest :z16



Going for another bash tonight :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"

Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #98 on: June 05, 2018, 10:00:04 AM »
Wonít manage an evening session until the weekend but will go bigger if theyíre moving in the dusk.  Just got some sizeable sedgehogs which might be worth a bash late on.

Think Iím going to invest in some new leader material this week, currently using Maxima green but will look at other options see if that helps.

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #99 on: June 05, 2018, 11:53:00 AM »
Scott
Think Iím going to invest in some new leader material this week, currently using Maxima green but will look at other options see if that helps.

The fish can become leader shy, what breaking strain/diameter you using?

My setup is 9.5ft Froghair supple butt leader with loop to loop connection (thats perfection loop) to a length of froghair copolymer tippet with double davy knot to fly. This has been a solid setup iíve used for years. Iíll seldom use anything less than 5x-4.9lbs on the Don, sometimes go down to 6x - 3.7lbs but at this time of year we have thick patches of weed to negotiate.

Recently I have been using a sparsely dressed size 14 CDC sedge on a curved hook. I agree with Sandy, sometimes you have to go bigger than the natural, it can trigger a reaction from the trout. Send me a PM if you want some flies to try  :wink

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scott

Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #100 on: June 05, 2018, 13:12:47 PM »
So was using a #4 line, Roman moser loop then 5lb down to 4lb, however I realise this isnít great for turnover and I probably need a better taper.

The above is fine when using beaded nymphs etc and I catch with that during the day but I need to address this for dries in the evening.

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #101 on: June 06, 2018, 08:59:26 AM »
I was on a 6wt with a 14ft 4x tapered Rene Harrop leader with a 4.5x 3ft tippet last night.
Size 12 Emerging sedge pattern and fishing in 8" of water at the very tail of a pool.
A few small ones rising and this one was doing curcuits in amongst them.



Camera not so good in the dark and the flash only works every now and then :z7

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"

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #102 on: June 13, 2018, 19:47:28 PM »
There were some nice trout on the feed last night... Maybe they've heard about the storm brewing too. :z16



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Scott

Alan Urquhart

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #103 on: June 14, 2018, 16:52:19 PM »
Another cracker Scott  :z16

James Laraway

Re: River Don 2018
« Reply #104 on: June 14, 2018, 19:04:54 PM »
Iím back on the don on Monday evening...monymusk for the first time 😊

 




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