The long awaited new trout season starts today. For me the 15th of March marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Soon new life will begin everywhere around us as our wee corner of the world heats up. Who knows what the new season shall bring? I hope for memorable days and nights on the loch and of course I can also expect a few disappointing outings on the loch too. Soon my thoughts will turn to fishing trips to highland lochs and lochans but for now as winter fades and the new season begins Hillend Loch will be my stomping ground. Although the new season begins today I won't manage up to the loch until Sunday. I will therefore report back on Sunday evening, hopefully with some tales to tell.
I have been at the tying bench tonight tying up a few Clan Chiefs. This fly is a favourite of mine. It is a modern day traditional fly created by an Orcadian man,John Kennedy. it was originally designed by him for migratory fish. It also has a good reputation on the mainland for brown trout. Its creator was clearly inspired by the Kingsmill - Moore bumble patterns. This version I have tied tonight is a little bit over dressed as it was originally intended to be tied sparsely. I will let the trout decide.