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Showing posts from September, 2015

Armchair Fishing

I was keen to get out on my recently purchased float tube so arranged through a fishing friend to get some tuition on a Perthshire Lochan. I met up with Vaughan at Braco and then after packing all my gear into his car we drove up through the Perthshire countryside to a couple of lochs which Vaughan assured me would be ideal for a novice float tuber. We stopped off at the first loch and ran through everything I needed to know he then attached a rope to my tube and set me of out onto the loch. After learning how to manoeuvre etc I was keen to be set of the leash to start fishing. Therefore we moved onto another loch where Vaughan said I could be in for a few surprises , so told me to be prepared. We noticed that fish were dimpling at various areas all over this loch so expectations were high and we were both keen to get afloat. So off we went and I found it surprisingly easy to move up the loch the only trouble I had to start with was controlling tur

The Great Outdoors

My flytying has been curtailed of late due to my sister in law temporarily taking over my tying room whilst  living with us until she moves into her new house. However today I managed to get outdoors into the garden and tie a few patterns on the garden table with a nice cold beer close to hand. It has to be said the light was absolutely tremendous which I believe is a very important factor whilst tying. The natural light really assisted me outdoors today so maybe tying al fresco is something I should consider doing more often. I doubt my hands couldn't cope with the cold during January and February whilst in the depths of winter though. It was very enjoyable to be at the vice again to tie my favourite style of patterns.  With the end of season fast approaching I'm very keen to get out over the next couple of days to use these flies and make the most of what's left of the brown trout season.

Hillend Naturals

Last weekend I was out on the boat at Hillend most probably for the last time this season with the Hillend Veteran Davie Graham. We didn't do too well. Not for us were those rainbow trout that are stocked every week , oh no! We hooked up with "Hillend Naturals" I fooled two wee natural brown trout with a doobry on my top dropper however I only managed to handle one of them as the first one got away. Davie managed to land a pike. It was rather disappointing not to see any trout activity on the surface as conditions did look perfect.

What a tube!

Whilst on my recent trip to the Outer Hebrides a few of the guys were fishing on float tubes.  At the après fishing back at our accommodation it transpired that a good number of the Stravaigers have used tubes from time to time and encouraged me to try it out. A discussion about float tubes and their merits transpired over a few beers , and wine etc  I always fancied the notion of using one but was unsure as the big appeal to me about fly fishing is the simplicity of it all therefore to take loads of extra gear might be rather off putting. I decided that I would think about getting one over the winter and have a look into it. However a full kit bargain was brought to my attention at the weekend by a fellow Fisher who noticed it for sale on line.  Included in the kit was a life jacket, fins, boots, paddle, net, pump, rod holders and even a few fly patterns. I was advised that this was a wonderful bargain therefore   on Saturday evening my son drove me down to Steve

South Uist Stravaig! The Movie!

South Uist Stravaig 2015

That's the 2015 Wild Fishing Forum EOS Stravaig to South Uist over for another year. I've now experienced a few of these get togethers and have to say this has been the most enjoyable of the lot. Paul has to be congratulated for planning and organising the whole trip and I'm sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say it was very much appreciated for without all the planning and ground work  to such a remote location this would never have ran so smoothly. Andy is also to be lauded for all his advice and knowledge of the Uists too. The accommodation, meals and après fishing were first class as was the company of all the Stravaigers who travelled from the North South East and West. The fishing was fantastic all be it little tough especially in the strong winds , particularly on the boats as I'm not great on the oars although I tried my best. I was more comfortable with the bank fishing on all the various lochs we fis

A brief catch Up!

First of all I would like to apologise for the lack of posts on here. However its been utter turmoil here at Dabbler HQ for a number of reasons which have meant that I've not been fishing as much as I would like and I havent even tied a fly for a few months either. Ive been doing more hillwalking this season than fishing although I have had a couple outings with rod and reel. A recent trip to Loch Rannoch yielded a couple of nice trout, other than that there has been nothing much to blog about. However I'm off to the Outer Hebrides on Tuesday the 8th of September for what I hope to be the highlight of my flyfishing season. I hope to have a memory card with a plethora of photos and stories to tell of fish lost and fish caught in the meantime here are a few pics from recent weeks.