The first week of the new fishing season has now passed and I'm pleased to report that Ive had a couple of successful and enjoyable trips to the local Loch.
I didnt bother visiting the Loch at the weekend as I know from past experience that the first weekend of the season is always extremely busy.
Instead I did a bit of cycling on the local back roads to aid my fishing fitnesss.
I also replaced my old tying chair which had seen better days and which was giving me back problems. So for the first time in a while I sat comfortably on my new chair at the vice tying a few flies over the last couple of days for my Hillend Box and a few for my Highlands & Islands box too.
The green tailed Kate is a pattern I've neglected using the last few years but has been sucessful for myself and others at Hillend in the past.
The Soldier Palmer has been a pattern that seems to be a bit of a bogey fly for me at Hillend despite its excellent reputation.
Therefore in this variation Ive included an orange head hackle.
The other two patterns pictured were tied with the Machair lochs of the Outer Hebrides in mind as I was reminded by a couple of my angling friends that patterns with a bit of yellow in them are considered a good choice for such lochs.
Now that the weekend is over I'm off for a run out on the bike then later today after dinner I will head up to the Loch to fish the last few hours of light.