Coldingham Loch is not the only place I fish. I often fish for Trout and Grayling on Rivers as well as visiting other Stillwaters both large and small. These different still waters often need different tactics.
It seems to me that at least a few anglers think if something worked last week on another water it should work this week on a different place.
Now if you have nothing else to go on then it is at least somewhere to start.
That said there is rarely a place where no information is available.
If you keep a diary then that is obviously the first place to look.
The staff at a loch is another useful area and Carmel and Gareth at Coldingham want you to catch fish so just ask. Log books are available at some places and can be very useful.
If you are still stumped use your eyes…………. 🙂
If there are lots of rising fish a fast sinking line may not be the best option and of course the reverse may be true.
Cobwebs on the boat shed or bushes may also provide some information on hatches.
Setting up two rods with different methods allows for a quick change. It make the boat a little crowded but you soon learn to manage.
Two or even three rods on the bank gives you lots of scope albeit a bit of a pain when moving from place to place.
You may also wish to give some thought to the type of place you are fishing.
Bob Cockburn is a Coldingham Expert and he was my guest at the Ellem Club competition on the Watch Reservoir last week and before we went out on the boat we agreed to start on different methods.
These met with little success and it was Dry Flies that eventually worked for us.
However Dries on the Watch is probably much different to that on the Loch.
The Watch is 70 feet deep in places, fed by streams coming off moorland and so is a bit barren.
Coldingham is the exact opposite. Spring fed through limestone.
For those who may be interested the technical terms are that the Watch is Oligotrophic and the Loch is Eutrophic.
Fancy words but what it means is that the insect life and so the fish behaviour is different.
Dry Flies on the Watch would tend to be sparse, small and black with some bigger windblown terrestrials again mainly in black.
Being larger and more exposed I would tend to use bigger flies up to a size 10 and closer together because of the reduced water visibility and often a bigger wave as was the case last week.
The Loch is different and generally with a smaller wave and clearer water I would fish smaller flies and much further apart. A single dry is often effective and the flies on the loch tend to be a bit more colourful..
Of course nothing is set in stone. I have caught on size 21 F Flies and size 8 Sedges on both places.
Perhaps though a bit of thought on where you are might, just might give you a better starting point than what worked up the road last week. 🙂