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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]