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James Laraway

Highland lochs 2022
« on: 06/05/2022 at 09:51 »
So a rather delayed start to the season for me so I'm only just opening my 'usual' thread

As I hadn't made it out after the trout at all since the season opening I thought I should get on with it so went out yesterday evening to try a grab a couple of hours - evenings are not really the best at this time of year in the highlands but thought I would give it a go.

Arrived at the loch about 7pm and there were white horses everywhere - it was blowing a hooley! Forget the #4 glass, picked up the #6 carbon

Walked to my usual starting point and what is overhead ? Well it was either a golden eagle or a sea eagle - being harassed by crows and gulls. I think it was the latter as I saw some white on the tail

Anyhoo, no luck at the 1st spot so then headed to a more sheltered bay.

Rigged up with a sparkle tinsel needle tube on the point and a dirty great ( size 6 long shank) zulu on the dropper ( none of this small fly nonsense for me ! )

Quickly a fish splashed at the flies, then 2 casts later did it again. Time to downsize ?

I then switched to a black and red size 10 muddler on the point and a size 10 pink tailed kate ordie on the dropper.

Next cast I'm in. A lovely conditioned fish of about 3/4 lb. I'm off the mark for 2022 - took the muddler

A few cast later, another splash but no contact.

Worked my way along the bank quite often having to remove the flies from my back as the wind was real pain.

I looked off to the side where I had just been - was that a swirl I saw ? Hard to tell due to the waves.

I moved back the 2 m to where I had just been and first cast the line locked up. Get in.....

After a short fight ( its still cold in the hills !) its in the net and my season has officially started





the fly that took the fish ? The PTKO  - of course...

Mike Barrio

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #1 on: 06/05/2022 at 12:21 »
Always good to get the new season off to a start James  :)

Terry Coging

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #2 on: 06/05/2022 at 21:58 »
Great start James! Tried a PTKO yesterday but the fish were too deep - roll on some top of the water action...

Alex Russell

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #3 on: 18/05/2022 at 16:55 »
Hi James you are correct it's a sea eagle been hanging around for a few months now, there were two juvenile all winter, just wet a line there soon👍

Steven Kidd

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #4 on: 19/05/2022 at 21:56 »
That is a belter James, I always do enjoy your highland loch updates, so much colour variation in them troots!

Steven

James Laraway

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #5 on: 20/05/2022 at 17:49 »
So, seeing all those lovely Don trout I twisted my own arm and took the afternoon off to go out fishing. Nice warm wind from the south blowing down the loch.
Normally when I set the rod up at the car I rest it in the 'nape' of the wing mirror. Got my waders on etc, closed the boot, locked the car. Went to pick my rod up....
Why it is all bent ? Oh no, locking the car has folded in wing mirrors ! The rod is now  s-shaped !
I hit unlock and the mirror flipped out and you  know what ? The rod survived  *smiley-lol*
Lesson to self - NEVER do that again !!!
Back to the fishing...
 I arrive at my chosen spot and see a couple of small rises. Tackled up with my pink tailed muddler on the dropper and I forget what on the tail. Quickly missed a fish that came to the dropper so did a change of flies.
Pink tailed grouse ordie on the dropper and mini-humungous on the point.
5 mins or so later about 5 m down the bank a fish come for the dropper, missed and takes the tail fly.
What a brute....


the red mark on the photo shows 15.5 inches from the butt of the rod ( for scale)

Sandy Nelson

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #6 on: 21/05/2022 at 08:00 »
Cracking fish,  lovely dark colours.  :z16

Mike Barrio

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #7 on: 21/05/2022 at 09:37 »
Yes, I like to see the dark colours of your loch brownies too  :)

Wing mirror moment would have pressed the panic buttons!

James Laraway

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #8 on: 21/05/2022 at 14:56 »
I honestly don't know how the rod survived undamaged. I always use my wing mirrors as 'rod rests' when I'm getting ready ( so I don't scrape or stand in my rods) but I'll be more wary in future. Carbon is clearly very bendy and resilient !!!!

Yes, I like to see the dark colours of your loch brownies too  :)

Wing mirror moment would have pressed the panic buttons!

Stevie Rennie

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #9 on: 30/05/2022 at 21:28 »
Good to see you’re in about some crackers on the lochs James  :z16

Terry Coging

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #10 on: 09/06/2022 at 07:31 »
Travel up to the Assynt region on Saturday  :z18
James - I'll be fishing in front of the bothy on Sunday if you fancy a meet up.
Some buddies with me this trip so no boat available though. If your tube is repaired...?
 

James Laraway

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #11 on: 22/06/2022 at 09:55 »
So, I ventured out for a couple of hours on monday night as the weather during the day was good. Arrived at the loch only to be faced with a howling gale and then got a proper soaking. Total disaster.

Last night was looking better so I thought i would chance my arm once again.

Arrived at the loch and it was lovely and calm. Result....

Launched the 'HMS Leaky' ( now not so leaky !) and thought i would give my new toy a try out - a #7 Haldin  with a Barrio #6  SLXi ( I thought i would give it a try with a #6 as i sold my #7 some time ago .......)

No sign of fish until I got up the far end of the loch, and then there were a few small rises. Of course i was on lures and an intermediate. Usually not an issue but the trout were just not playing so time for a change of reel to one loaded with a SLX floater...so i headed to the bank.

I hear a splash so re-launched....

Headed to where i thought id hear it, another splash. I move over - there it is again.

I ping out a cast with a segdehog on the dropper - a couple of tweaks and wham !  Big trout ! I'm too quick ! I feel the fish for a second then shes gone. Gutted.

Move down the loch - i see another rise and pop out a cast. I've hardly retrieved and there is a big bow-wave....but no take.

Further down again and there is a small, sipping rise right next to the bank. I cover it, almost landing the fly on the bank. A couple of tweaks and everything goes solid then a decent fish takes to the air, then bores deeply under the tube. After a very hard and dogged fight i have my 1st fish on my new rod...





A really solid fish to which the photos don't really do justice. Its much bigger than it looks - honest !

Mike Barrio

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #12 on: 22/06/2022 at 11:11 »
Great stuff James, nice Brownie!  :)

James Laraway

Re: Highland lochs 2022
« Reply #13 on: 22/06/2022 at 16:10 »
And i almost forgot the end to may tale.....

Where I park sometimes has sheep and cows . Last night I noticed towards the end of my trip a bunch of highland coos has gathered round my car. This made me nervous as they do have some fair horns and i was worried they might scratch the car, so i finished fishing early and went to 'shoo' them off.

There were no scratches...... however......... I had forgotten that cows like to lick cars ( i think it must be for salt) , and as i approached a wee coo was licking my car like an ice lolly - the dirty wee beggar. By the looks of it a few others had given it a good going over earlier in the evening so i know what I'll do doing tonight - washing the licks off the car

 




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