Better to be Lucky than Good?

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I often say to Clients and other Anglers “There is no such thing as Luck in Fly Fishing.” Well that is not in the strictest sense true. You can of course get a bit lucky by hooking a good fish and then having the skills to land it. Most of us will have had the […]

Different ends of the Boat.

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“Catching remains somewhat hit and miss with two rods fishing exactly the same tactics, on the same day, from the same boat, producing totally different outcomes  ……… but hasn’t that nearly always been the case?” Above is a quote from the last Coldingham Loch Report by Carmel and Gareth and this got me thinking? “exactly […]

The Watch Reservoir

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This fishery has had a few different people running it over the last few years. Results could be said to have been mixed. 🙂 However this season things have changed. The Fishery has been taken over by volunteers from the Kelso and the St. Boswells Angling Associations. I have had four visits so far this […]

Mixed Results

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Those of you who study the Returns Book in the Loch Hut will surely have noticed the very large differences in catch returns that can occur on the same day. A day last week was no exception with two anglers in the low 20’s and one angler fishing only half a day for 12 while […]

Anchoring at the Loch

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This is not as simple as it may first appear. This article however is my personal opinion and you may wish to check with Gareth and Carmel to see if their advice is different. At all times when dealing with Boats and their Equipment Safety must be the Number One Priority. Be careful at all […]

Times Change.

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A little while ago an angler up at the Loch noted in the returns book that he had had a hard day. He only had five fish! Now I am old enough to remember when two in a day was just about considered greedy. My recent visits to Coldingham have resulted in 7 fish last […]

A Full On Week.

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Professor Ken MacAulay was my client this week. Ken is from Nova Scotia in Canada and later this year he is travelling to Australia to take part in the Oceania  Championships. This is for countries around the Pacific Rim and includes New Zealand, USA and Japan amongst others. The competition is to Full Fips Mouche […]

The Russians are Coming!

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I arrived at the Loch around 08.30 and after setting up my rods and the boat I was having the customary Brew with Gareth and Carmel and a few other anglers when Carmel’s phone went. It’s for you she said. Oh Oh! A sinking feeling as I have never had that happen before. However it […]

The Instant Age

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We don’t really have to wait for anything these days. 24 hour News and Weather Forecasts. Salads in the Winter and internet shopping around the clock. Cash machines dispense money 24 hours a day. Many rivers are open throughout the year as if it is not the Trout it is Grayling and of course the […]