Fishermans Friends

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Sometimes out of a tragedy something good can happen. Of course you don’t want it to happen in the first place. However now and then in a community an event takes place that brings people together. My good friend Alec Harvey had that when his first granddaughter Willow was born prematurely and tragically died soon […]

Decisions, Decisions, Decision…………

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…………………….??? As in Life Fly Fishing is all about these. The first one is do you go or not? You should! But………… Well the first decision may well concern the weather. What does the Met Office have in store for us? I would suggest unless there is a specific warning and you live […]

The Watch Reservoir

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Under New Management. This reservoir and its fishing has been taken over by the volunteers of two local Angling Clubs. The Kelso and the St. Boswell Angling Associations. Well Done to them. Now I was hearing good reports of the fishing and some of them from my good friend Bob Cockburn so I asked him […]

Buzzers Buzzers Buzzers

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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 […]

Beginners Luck?

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Last week I had the pleasure of instructing Frankie Allan in his first venture into fly Fishing on Coldingham Loch. Frankie had done some sea fishing before but the world of flies and lines and leaders was a mystery to him. We started off with a discussion on tackle and I explained the AFTMA system […]

Angles.

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Angles. Angling? I have not researched this but somewhere in the back of my mind I recall the word angling is derived from “Fishing with and Angle” This goes back to pre history when “hooks” or as they were known “Angles” were made from bone. Obviously a bone with a built in angle. 🙂 I […]

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 […]

A Tale of Two Days.

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Well I am now firmly back from Colorado where I had a fantastic time with some old and some new friends. The Canadian Youths who I was coaching at the World Championships were a fantastic bunch of young men. Respectful, Polite, Keen and Dedicated. They were also all very good Fly Fishermen who would really […]

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 […]