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James Laraway

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #60 on: August 06, 2020, 09:23:44 AM »
nice one Sandy.
How do you find the rubber scoop net ? I bought one years ago when i was fishing the don but i found the 'mesh' was not deep enough and didnt 'envelope' the fish leading to me struggling to net bigger fish - so i moved back to knotless normal mesh.

I now use the Scierra trout net ( large size). Its the only bit of scierra equipment i have but its a great bit of kit, not expensive and it can swallow even double figure fish with ease. 
Im on my 3rd one now. I dropped one on land while carry my tube to the water and could not find it again. The other i dropped overboard.....My new one now has a float attached  :X2

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #61 on: August 06, 2020, 09:51:29 AM »
Hi James

The net is custom, itís a 19Ē x 14Ē hoop and the bag is 16Ē deep. Iíve managed fish up to 8.5lb but itís a struggle. (Or a laugh afterwards  :z7)



I got it for landing the big browns  itís been fine for fish up to 5lb and have had them up to near 7lb in there but I canít unhook them in the water, so Iíve got a 22Ēx16Ē one which is 18Ē deep being custom made just now which should be much better. Itís a special Steelhead design and is probably as big as you can realistically make a wooden scoop net. Iíll keep you updated once it arrives  :z16

I really like the wooden scoop style nets so getting one the right size has been a journey.

Sandy
« Last Edit: August 07, 2020, 11:30:20 AM 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"

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #62 on: August 07, 2020, 08:06:00 AM »
A couple from the bright sun and windy afternoon that was yesterday.

Picked out some risers in amongst all the  willow herb seeds



BWOís this time
 


Good fun on light weight Japanese glass.



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"

Duncan McRae

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #63 on: August 07, 2020, 13:28:16 PM »
Nice sub surface photo Sandy.Bonny trout.

Duncan

James Laraway

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #64 on: August 10, 2020, 15:56:54 PM »
Hi James

The net is custom, itís a 19Ē x 14Ē hoop and the bag is 16Ē deep. Iíve managed fish up to 8.5lb but itís a struggle. (Or a laugh afterwards  :z7)

I got it for landing the big browns  itís been fine for fish up to 5lb and have had them up to near 7lb in there but I canít unhook them in the water, so Iíve got a 22Ēx16Ē one which is 18Ē deep being custom made just now which should be much better. Itís a special Steelhead design and is probably as big as you can realistically make a wooden scoop net. Iíll keep you updated once it arrives  :z16

I really like the wooden scoop style nets so getting one the right size has been a journey.

Sandy

I ( like you) like the wooden net handles - they are very classy. Cant wait to see your new custom one.

One evening, just as it was getting dark I hooked a good fish in the tail of a pool at ardhuncart. Tried to get it into the rubber meshed net and of course it would not fit. Ended up beaching the fish using the net a 'barrier' to stop the beached fish from escaping the shallow water  :z4. After that episode the net had to go... :X1

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #65 on: August 17, 2020, 08:15:41 AM »
So after what feels like an age of not seeing any decent size rising fish, i finally managed to get the timing right last night.

The last couple of weeks i've tried early mornings and seen hatches of Yellow mays! in August! but no rising fish



Had some to the nymph but nothing exciting.
I've tried afternoons and on some days its been next to nothing rising despite good hatches of BWO's and some days there have been steady feeders, and on one afternoon some of them were getting there enough to warrant using the drag.



Last night i went down after dinner just to see what was happening and i stumbled straight onto a good pod of decent size fish rising very regularly to take the BWO's that were hatching. they were tucked into the a small lie in the nose of some streamy water. water temp being 18 degrees doesnt help and makes good sense for where they were lying.



Just a matter of patience and a CDC spider and i picked out 5 from what i reckon was 7-8 fish all of them worth the effort, some of them starting to change into their very impressive dating suits.



so finally a night worth the effort and the best sport of the month so far.

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 2020
« Reply #66 on: August 17, 2020, 08:56:23 AM »
Nice one Sandy  :z16

August can be a funny, frustrating month on the river and I guess this unsettled weather won't be helping.
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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #67 on: August 25, 2020, 10:37:08 AM »
 A wee wander down last night for a few cast with a newly finished toy.

quite a few rising fish, but nothing big, there was a selection of BWO's in a couple of colours coming off (dark and light) and some bigger upwings, which i tried my best to catch and photograph but they kept getting away from me.
However using my guide at home i identified them as Autumn Duns and they look like a size 12 brook dun (as opposed to the brook dun being an 8 ) so a size smaller than a march brown also, but quite similar and very fast!

Managed to christen my new Demo rod with a nice 12" fish on the CDC Spider



probably the best fish we saw all night, but it was a nice evening to be out, although the temperature did drop quite a lot later on.

Sandy
« Last Edit: August 25, 2020, 11:15:44 AM 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"

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #68 on: September 24, 2020, 15:58:31 PM »
Finally had a good afternoon today.
It was like being back in April, half eleven to half two, awesome hatch of LDO's



CDC spider was in its element and i found a good stretch with some decent rising fish, some fat boys  :z7



At last in amongst some good ones as well as the recent standard 10-12"





Great fun on 4wt glass..... as was the one i had on the nymph  :X1



Not what i expected on a size 14 PTN and quite a scrap, fortunately there was a kind soul who came up the river to give me a hand as i was struggling with the bank and the net. Succesful in the end though and not too coloured for a back end fish.



So good fun all round mixed with the recent norm, so probably my best day since July :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"

James Laraway

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #69 on: September 24, 2020, 16:11:05 PM »
bloody salmon - you can never catch them when you try, but when your not trying.....

I remember when i was a teenager me and a pal fishing a loch in the south of scotland. He was fishing a dead rudd below a float for pike. When he was reeling in to recast the rudd was 'swiming' nicely as he retrieved - and a salmon took it !

Turns out the salmon run up a tiny tiny burn from the river cree into the loch ! Who knew....

Eddie Sinclair

Re: River Don 2020
« Reply #70 on: September 25, 2020, 13:10:30 PM »
Looks like a great day Sandy some decent locals in there and well done on the unexpected tourist :z16

Eddie
As Shakespeare said, it is better to have hooked and lost than never to have hooked at all.

 




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