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Mixed Fortunes at the Lily

Last Sunday evening my friend Tam and I walked over the hill to fish the Lily. On arrival we were met with a strong westerly wind. It made sense to get round to the western end of the Loch so that we could use the wind to our advantage. We fished the big bay that has quite considerble weed growth in a section of it. I set up with a three fly cast of a hare lug nymph on the point,Clan Chief on the middle and a Kate McLaren on the bob. I turned three fish and hooked into one fish on the nymph which after a good wee fight managed to throw the hook which meant that I would go home fishless. Tam had better success he turned a few, had a couple of takes and eventually landed a nice rainbow caught on a Loch Ordie. Despite losing that fish I rather enjoyed my latest visit to the Lily made all the more pleasent by watching the local birdlife and watching the full moon rise over the hills. Photos to follow

A Fyne Day

Due to technical problems, it's only now that I have been able to get up to date with my blog. Last Friday Tam, a work colleague, and his friend's son and I decided to swap freshwater for saltwater and made the two hour trip into the heart of beautiful Argyle for a spot of mackerel fishing or whatever else fancied what he had on the end of our lines. Loch Fyne was our destination but I will not be forthcoming with the exact location as it's a beautiful unspoilt mark. I have known about this place for a few years now and would hate to see it ruined like so many excellent mackerel marks do once they are widely known. On arrival at our destination we were met with a flat calm which unfortunately meant the midges were out but to our advantage the tide was in , which was probably the reason why Tam and young Alan were into fish with their first casts of the day. As usual I was last to connect with the fish ten or fifteen minutes later. After an hour or so the mackerel catch w

A Lack of Dabbling.

You may have noticed that I haven't posted anything for a week now . It's not that I haven't been fishing recently or have nothing to say. The reason for the temporary lack of Dabbling is that I am having PC Problems. At the moment I am using a friend's PC and have no access to my documents. As soon as everything is resolved I will have have a couple of articles about a sea fishing trip to Loch Fyne and also an evening session at the Lily Loch. I hope that normal service will resume in the next day or two. Thanks for your patience, The Dabbler of Hillend.

Happy and contented at Hillend

As this was a bank holiday today I decided to give Hillend a miss during the day as it can sometimes be busy on such occasions. I waited until about half past eight tonight before making the short journey up to the Loch. Conditions were favourable as I walked from the club house towards the Braco Burn. i stopped short of the burn and set up my cast of a half hog hopper on the point and a Clan Chief on the dropper.Soon I was casting at the odd rising fish.It wasn't too long before I made contact with my one and only fish of the evening. I'm afraid I didn't manage a pic as I landed the fish in among the huge boulders that are spread along the south shore and I had left my bag further up the banking. I released the 2lb rainbow and off it went into the shadows. After a while I moved back up to the narrows and sat waiting to see if a rise would come on. One or two fished showed so I had a few final casts before packing up. I did get some pics of the Loch as usual the best of w

Lucky at the Lily Loch

Decided to go up to the Lily Loch tonight with my friend Tam. We met at the car park opposite the Owl & Trout at about 6 o'clock then walked along the right of way over the hill to the loch. We decided to go up to the west end of the loch. It was a good choice as I caught my first trout of the night in this location. There was the odd fish showing now and again , then when I saw a fish rise close to the weed beds I cast over it. The fish turned at my fly then a few seconds later it came back and I was into my first fish of the evening. It was very rewarding to see that it had taken a half hog hopper that I had tied this afternoon. We then decided to move round to Scunner's Point. Once again there were fish rising intermittently. We fished on as an aeroplane made an appearance over the Loch it flew right round the loch a couple of times then just when we thought it had gone for good it came flying in over the Loch right over Drumfin Hill and along the south shore I though

Bright Waters!

Imagine my surprise today when I came home from work this afternoon. Behind the door was lying a package from Coch-y-Bonddu books. I didn't understand. I couldn't recall ordering a book to add to my ever increasing collection and I doubted very much that my son or other half had ordered me a birthday present a week early. Excitedly I ripped the package open to find a copy of 'Bright Waters' which is a 'celebration' as it proclaims on the jacket cover, of Irish game, course and sea angling. I was puzzled as to who had sent me this book as there was no letter or invoice attached. Then I remembered that I had sent of a short story to Fly Fishing & Fly tying magazine last month and that the prize for getting the story published in the magazine was the said book. I had bought this month's magazine yesterday and noticed that the Fish Story feature was not within this months pages. I think it's now a bi monthly feature. I can only assume I must have been s

The Road to Hillend

I went up to the loch tonight with my friend Alex with the intention of chucking some fluff at the fish, however when I arrived it was blowing a gale , so decided not to bother. Alex was attending a committee meeting in the club house so I just had a wander about the loch to see how the railway construction and the new roads were coming along. The usual entrance to the Club House is now closed as the rails are on the track in preparation for the line. Access to the club house is now via the new road along the narrows under the bridge at Forsyth's house. This road just opened the other day there but there is still some work to be done to tidy everything up etc. Two new car car parks are to be constructed at the club house too for members only. The non member car park will be on the other side of the rail track and access to the club house will be via the footbridge over the railway.Everything is coming along nicely. Finally the new road coming down from the Limerigg road to the

The Caithness slide show!

Here it is the slide show that I've been attempting to upload since yesterday. Its a collection of pics from my trip to Loch Watten and the sea fishing my friends enjoy Plus a couple of pics of the salmon taken from the River Naver.If you are wondering about who or what is the musical accompaniment to the pics it's a song called "Me & Jiggs" from Josh Ritter's 2001 album titled , The Golden age of Rock n Roll. I do hope you enjoy the music as well as the pics. Please feel free to leave any comments , good , bad or indifferent

Piscatorial Pleasure

I appear to be having trouble posting my slide show of my trip up North.Therefore I will have to make do with posting some more pics. Hope you enjoy them . Feedback would be very much appreciated.

The Watten Warriors 2010

Last Thursday Tam, Scott and I departed Airdrie at 3 am in high spirits as we were heading to Caithness on our annual fishing break. Loch Watten was on our minds as we made good progress on the A9 in the early hours of Thursday morning. We arrived in Wick just as the shops were opening and wasted no time in calling in on Hugo Ross’s shop to have a look at the angling eye candy on show. I was tempted by an old second hand angling book, Trout from the Hills by Ian Niall, but after enquiring about the price I decided that 39 quid on this occasion would be better spent on the fishing we had arranged on our wee holiday. I did purchase some flees which I knew I didn’t need as we had more than enough but you how it is, we fishermen can’t help ourselves, even though I do tie my own flies. After a visit to the bakers for breakfast we were off again on the short journey to our accommodation, Central Caravans, just outside the village of Watten. Tam and Scott had been here before when they f

Bathymetrical Survey of Scotland

I thought I would bring to your attention a fantastic resource for anglers wishing to fish the Lochs of Scotland. Some of you may have noticed a link to the Bathymterical survey of Scottish freshwaters on my side bar. It's a fantastic resource with detailed zoomable maps giving a grid of the depths of the lochs. Whenever I am going to a Loch I've never been to I always do a bit of research before hand, much to the amusement of my two fishing friends who have given me a nickname that I will not be disclosing on here. I'm sure that Tam and Scott find my facts and figures etc helpful and interesting. It's always helpful to know what depth of water you are fishing over. Of course not every single Loch is covered in the survey but many popular venues are. It was pleasing to note that the Lochs of Caithness that I will be visiting over the next few days are listed.The above notes are an example of the information available.Next time you are going fishing have a look at this

Flytying for Pleasure

I've been busy at the vice all morning and afternoon today, tying up flies for my trip to Caithness on Thursday. I literally have thousands of flies and to be honest I don't really need to be tying as I most probably have flies for every eventuality that will come my way on my fishing trip. I'm sure I'm not alone in participating in such practices. It's just something we fly tyers do. I just do it for the sheer love of tying. I am led to believe that brightly coloured flies are popular at Loch Watten which will be my main venue while I'm away. With that in mind I have been tying all manner of variations of traditional patterns which I hope will give me an edge.I don't have a name for the above fly it's just one of those patterns based loosely around a traditional style that I really enjoy tying. If anyone can think of a name for this pattern, please leave a suggestion in the comments box.

Seaside Sojourn

Hi folks! I apologize for the lack of posts recently as I have been all at sea, well sort of. I am just back from a wee holiday in Devon. The above pic is as close as I got to fishing while I was away. I didn't bother packing any fishing gear with me as I thought it was best to keep the other half happy,it was our silver wedding anniversary after all. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible as I will be doing a bit of tying and having a visit to Hillend before I'm off again on Thursday for four days. This time, on a fly fishing break with a couple of friends to Caithness. Watch this space for some pics of flies as I will be tying this evening as it looks far too windy and wet for a visit up to the Loch tonight