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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Good Angling Bad Angling

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My mate Bob Cockburn keeps a Fishing Diary He is an excellent Angler and catches over 600 fish a year and averages over 10 fish a day on Coldingham. I probably fish as much as him and I like to think I can keep up. Now last week I was on the Loch for my […]

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 […]