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 […]

Start River Fishing

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I am a member of the Ellem Fishing Club which is the Oldest Fishing Club in the World. Our Club was founded in 1828 and we have an Annual River Fishing Day. In recent years Stillwater Outings have come to dominate the Club with 6 of them and still only the one River Day. Recently […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best of Both Worlds

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The Loch is one of those rare places. Well of course some of that is obvious. It is a natural beauty spot and the water is gin clear. It is also quiet and relaxed with a great selection of wildlife but that is not what I mean. I am thinking of its size. At 22 […]