A Dying Art?

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Now I am not sure if Fly Fishing is an Art or a Craft or a Pastime, a Hobby or a Sport. However I am fairly sure that the participants are a group of people that are progressively getting older. There are less and less youngsters getting into fishing in general and possibly fly fishing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]