To Barb or not to Barb?

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To Barb or not to Barb? For me that used to be the question. Nowadays I only ever fish the Loch with Barbless Flies. These are almost all Flies that are tied on specific Barbless Hooks and not de-barbed Hooks. Very, very occasionally if I cannot find a specific fly on barbless hooks I will […]

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 […]

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 […]

Different Waters

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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 […]

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 […]

Masterclass

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I have recently returned from a visit to the Czech Republic. Myself and Ian Whyte stayed in the Hotel Annin which is owned by keen fly fisherman Patrick Jedlicka. The reason for us travelling there was to attend a Masterclass organised by Lubos Roza. If you have not heard of Lubos perhaps you should. He […]