I have fished the Loch on the last two Fridays.
The first one was with my friend Gary Hall.
Gary has been fishing for a most of his 27 years but without much input from successful anglers he has been a bit limited and patchy in his techniques and success.
He has recently significantly upgraded his River Skills as he attended a Rivers Masterclass in the Czech Republic organised by myself and World Champion Lubos Roza and attended by Gareth and a few other Coldingham rods.
However he still has a long way to go when the water is still.
That first Friday I was fishing the washing line with a FAB on the point and a team of buzzers above it. Now although I hooked the first fish it came off and it was Gary who landed the first one.
A nice fish on a pulled damsel.
However after that I started to catch regularly and as often happens when one angler is catching and the other is not, he speeds up and starts to make regular changes of flies.
Moreover the angler who is catching slows down and has no need to change the flies that are clearly working.
Now a real life buzzer is a small creature that usually takes usually takes three pulses up and two back when making its way to hatch at the surface. It will also take a few hours to make a journey of just a few feet from its home in the mud to the water surface so as far as the trout and the angler are concerned it is static.
So by the end of the day the static buzzer had well outscored the pulled fly.
A similar thing happened a week later when I was fishing with the Ellem Club.
We had sixteen anglers fishing and with the exception of two or three they were all pulling.
I once again started with the washing line and had my three fish bag limit inside 40 minutes and all on the buzzer. So without wishing to blow my own trumpet I continued catching through the day to end up in double figures.
Now when trout are locked on to buzzers and dries 99% of them will ignore anything pulled.
So when it came to the weigh in it was obvious that most of the members who had pulled all day had struggled. There were blanks and a few ones and twos and only a handful with their 3 fish to bring to the weigh in.
Now after our competitions we always go for a meal locally. This year we were at the Scoutscroft and a very pleasant affair it was. I was seated next to Dr Jimmy Mitchell.
Jimmy is a sprightly 92 year old and had enjoyed a nice day out with his grandson albeit with limited success.
During our far ranging conversation which include sorting out the Referendum he asked me what I caught on.
However he went on to ask the much more fundamental question.
How was I fishing them?
My reply was that I throw them out and have a cup of Tea.
This was a lie.
I have Coffee in my Flask. 🙂
However the underlying fact is that you have to imitate the natural and they are more or less static.
Just keep in touch with the line and wait for it to go heavy or as sometimes happens it gets pulled out of your hand!
As another nonagenarian, my old boat partner Bob Dalgleish used to say when fishing buzzers.
If you are going as Slow as you can you are going Too Fast!