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Stevie Rennie

Don produces gold
« on: 25/06/2022 at 08:17 »
I just read of the international competition being hosted on the river don yesterday and as well as Scotland winning gold, it seems Wales encountered some Don gold too  *smiley-shocking*

A 73cm monster estimated at 10lb



Sandy Nelson

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #1 on: 25/06/2022 at 09:38 »
Aye pity being an international doesnít mean you know how to handle a fish.
Daytime Water temp of 21deg and air temp of 24, no wonder it looks half dead, letís just hope it survives. There are a lot that arenít making it just now. *smiley-sad*

Stevie Rennie

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #2 on: 25/06/2022 at 10:45 »
In agreement there Sandy, far from ideal conditions to be handling, measuring, weighing, photos etc.

Hopefully it was given plenty recovery time and is now on the mend  :z16

Sandy Nelson

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #3 on: 25/06/2022 at 11:49 »
Hereís hoping  :z16 she will be a fair age too at that size so a bit of a double whammy. Cracking fish though and nice to hear Scotland did well, even if Iím not into competition fishing. :z18

Gavin Stevenson

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #4 on: 25/06/2022 at 13:39 »
The catch returns were impressive think 236 fish, at this time of year I would normally with late evening so it certainly highlights that the fish are feeding day long. Any idea what the predominant methods used

Duncan McRae

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #5 on: 25/06/2022 at 22:36 »
Water height minus two at Parkhill.
Should the competition have gone ahead??

Duncan

James Laraway

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #6 on: 26/06/2022 at 09:20 »
I'd suspect they were Czech nymphing as I think that's probably all they do in competitions ...

Sandy Nelson

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #7 on: 26/06/2022 at 13:27 »
Water height minus two at Parkhill.
Should the competition have gone ahead??

IMHO I agree Duncan. However I can see it takes a lot of organisation to do these events so perhaps they should at least have made it an evening session when the air temp and water surface was a bit cooler. At least the lower river has a bit more depth and more cooler water than the upper river which is looking lower than Iíve seen in a long time. Picking a better month for it might help too.

I would imagine in these conditions the guys were fishing very small nymphs and spiders euro style in the heads of the runs where the fast shallow water is a bit cooler and has more oxygen. It works fine during the day over the summer when the conditions are better. The fish wonít ignore a wee snack drifting past their nose even when they arenít really feeding. The nymphs are moving all day.

Steven Kidd

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #8 on: 27/06/2022 at 10:30 »
Fishing and Competition indeed... :X1

Go crack on and have it at Lochter, but not on the river is my view.

Steven

James Laraway

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #9 on: 27/06/2022 at 11:42 »
That must be one of the biggest Don brownies caught on fly? What's the biggest people have heard of?

Sandy Nelson

Re: Don produces gold
« Reply #10 on: 27/06/2022 at 12:58 »
73cm is about 29Ē so based on the fish Iíve caught in the condition observed , I would have estimated it at around 8.5lb maybe 9 at a push.
I know someone else who had caught that fish a few weeks ago and he had estimated it at around 8+.
I know of quite a few 28/29Ē fish that have been caught in the last few year on dries, nymphs and streamers. Not heard of any 30Ē or bigger but Iím sure there will be a couple in there somewhere.

 




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