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Ali McEwan

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2019, 14:44:22 PM »
Great result upriver Scott

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2019, 12:01:52 PM »
Pesky wind .............. :z6
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Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2019, 15:57:34 PM »
Every day I’ve managed out so far has seen strong wind blowing down river.  Feels like no matter where I go, the wind is blowing into me.


Mike Boyd

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2019, 19:57:11 PM »
Agree very windy and little fly or rising fish.

Mike Boyd

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2019, 20:28:20 PM »
Finally got one on the dry fly. Hooked in very shallow water and very close in on a March Brown Dun. Ran me all the way down the pool, through a tree in the middle of the pool. Great scrap. I got a bit wet chasing it!


Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2019, 09:29:52 AM »
For those interested

I had a reply back from buglife Scotland about my mysterious beastie

“Thank you for getting in touch about the bug on your fish. I shared it with Craig Macadam who is our expert on freshwater invertebrates and he has confirmed it is a fish leech (Pisicola sp., probably Pisicola geometra). Whilst they feed on fish like trout they don’t do much harm unless in huge numbers. So this one shouldn’t really harm the fish you caught.”

So as suspected it’s a wee leech. Something to keep an eye out for in the future👍

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 2019
« Reply #36 on: May 08, 2019, 12:14:49 PM »
It’s been hard going with the recent weather.  Yesterday was better when the wind dropped and I connected with some nice trout :z16





Aaron got in on the action too :z16



 :z18
Scott

Ali McEwan

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2019, 15:56:42 PM »
Looks like the gill plate on the first fish hasn't grown with the rest of it, or is it just the photo?

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2019, 08:36:53 AM »
Ali,

The gill cover looked underdeveloped or has receded due to a previous infection!

Scott

Hamish Young

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2019, 15:56:35 PM »
Interesting - in the past (long, long ago when I was a student) I came across some trout with 'short' gill plates and it was determined then as a physical manifestation of extreme growth in a short period, but IMHO it would be unusual/extreme in a Brown Trout in normal conditions.
Did you take a scale sample from that fish at all Scott :?
“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.”

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2019, 10:07:22 AM »
No sample Hamish, wish I had. I'll know next time!

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2019, 18:22:27 PM »
Great day to be on the river :z16


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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2019 New
« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2019, 19:56:28 PM »
It was indeed, especially when you found it.

So i'm walking along and hear some grumpy old man swearing at his phone, "Siri.....Wheres the bloody river?...... How am i supposed to know what it looks like these days??................... I know its round here somewhere!........ sod it i'll follow this nice young man and see where he's going.........." :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4



So with the old dude in tow, i went for a wander, very satisfying doing your bit for the old folk  :z16



Lovely beat on a lovely day and the fish played ball for most of it.



It actually took me back a few years as the Don behaved more like how i remember it, with good numbers of 10-14" fish keeping you amused all day and a smattering of better ones, from the lies you would expect them to be in.

The light was causing me problems trying to get the fish out of the shadows cast by me, the joys of being on the north bank of the river.
Come the afternoon the sheer quantity of flies in the air was astonishing, zoom in on this one to get a rough idea of how tough it was to try and figure out which ones they were rising for.



It seemed the terrestrials were more preferred to the grannon and olives that were on the water, although this fat little devil ,i think had been feasting on something with a bit more protein in it.



So a grand day out on a favourite beat, a pity the clouds didn't show up, as promised by the weather man, but the surroundings were stunning. What beautiful part of the country we live in.



I helped the old gadgie back to his car and he very kindly gave me a lift home  :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4

Sandy
« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 23:03:07 PM by Sandy Nelson »
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 2019
« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2019, 22:01:45 PM »
Go fishing by yourself - next time you can  :wink

.......... and you obviously didn't look after him very well, cause he took a dunking  :z4  :z4  :z4
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