Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Hillend Dabbler Podcast [05]


It was a long time coming but I finally got around to putting together my latest fishing and music podcast. Please be gentle its only a simple, unpretentious and humble fishing and music podcast.
Get yer lugs roond my pod by clicking the link!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Back in Blue!


Having the day off from work today I decided to have a couple of hours around midday at Hillend. It was the first time I had fished the loch for a few weeks so it was pleasing to fool a blueback trout from the north shore area of the loch.
The trout was deceived by my favourite fly pattern, the ever faithful Kate McLaren.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Glasgow Angling Centre FOTM comp!



I make no apologies for again posting  a pic of this awesome wild brown trout caught at Loch Caladail when were up there on our annual wild fishing stravaig. The reason for this is that this trout caught by my mate Scotty on a mallard and claret tied by me the Hillend Dabbler has only gone and won the GAC fish of the month. It's well deserved as this is a truly wild trout and these Caladail trout are not fooled easily. Well done Scott.
You can view all the details etc here @ http://blog.fishingmegastore.com/2014/08/august-2014-fotm-winners.html

Friday, 29 August 2014

The folk you meet!



Isn't it amazing and ironic how fate and coincidence sometimes collide and truely bring sense to the saying" its a small world."
Just at the start of the week I got a meesage from an old work colleague... Alex, who I hadn't met or spoke to for about 20 years so we got talking across the internet as you do about old friends from work and stuff. Just imagine my surprise when I went along to the football last Tuesday night at New Broomfield and my ticket and seat for the game was right next to Alex!
Then last month whilst up north and fishing Loch Borallie I met Andrew Hogg....A Scottish fishing guide now based in Vienna who was out on the loch with a couple of clients. Imagine my surprise whilst browsing the internet last night, I came across a video of "From field to Stream TV" which featured Andrew whilst he was fishing up north last month. The video gives a real feel for the wild brown trout fishing in the north of Scotland. It really is a small world!



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sparkle Kate!


Those who know me are well aware that my favourite working fly is most definitely the Kate McLaren. Its also one of my favourites to tie too as its relatively simple and tied in a classic traditional Scottish wet fly style.
The traditional Kate has been with us since the 1940's but since it was first devised many variations have been created from the vices of many fly tyers.
I have tied quite a few variations myself but to my mind the variants are not any better than the original dressing.
However after a chance meeting with fishing guide Andrew Hogg recently on the shores of Loch Borrallie near Durness I had a look at his website and was intrigued by one of his fly patterns which he calls The Sparkle Kate. Andrew says its a great all round pattern and is rarely off his leader.
I really liked the look of this pattern and have decided to tie up a few which I intend to use at Hillend Loch in the next day or too.
The pattern is pretty much a basic Kate with crystal flash for a tail instead of pheasant crest and also the addition of a crystal flash wing. I think it looks great and will perhaps have that wee bit extra sparkle which will hopefully attract the attention of the trout.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Spectacular Durness continued!

I really could post hundreds of photos but that's not possible . Hope these give a feel for the fishing up there. I will post more pics tomorrow from some of the walks I did in and around the lochs and the coast.












Spectacular Durness!

It was remiss of me not to post up more pics of my recent Stravaig to the Durness area. I thought the concise slide show might just about cover the trip but after looking through my pics it would appear there are a few more pics worth displaying. The limestone lochs of that area have to be the most beautiful I have ever had the pleasure to fish. The water clarity and colours are amazing but to be honest they are very difficult to fish though.
I will put up some more soon.












Sunday, 10 August 2014

Highland Flies





I really do like to tie big bushy fly patterns I call the flies I tie in this style my Highland Flies.Wild Highland trout love them too. They don't always take them first time as most times they have a splash at them then come back for another go. The trick is to stop retrieving them and wait for the trout to come back. However even though I have been told countless times by experienced anglers what to do I always get caught up in the excitement of that first splashy rise and more often than not keep retrieving. Sometimes it pays off but its more down to chance than skill I suppose. I often wonder why trout find these style of flies irresistible and 30 odd years later I'm still puzzled.





Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Back to Hillend


I went along to my local loch this afternoon for a couple of hours.
On arrival conditions were not ideal as the loch was a calm as a mill pond. However as I was stringing my rod etc a nice breeze picked up and produced a nice ripple on the surface of the loch.
I fished along the north shore and was soon into a nice rainbow trout which was fooled by my Doobry. I hooked another trout too but it got off just as I was about to land it. There were a few fish showing and I managed to get a few interested in my fly patterns as they made halfhearted splashy rises to them.
It was good to be back at Hillend after a break of a couple of weeks and get such a positive response from the fish on a few occasions this afternoon.