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 […]

Catching More Fish.

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I don’t suppose there are many of us who would want to catch less fish……………….. Of course there are some days when you get it really right. Then after a good few fish you might take a break for a coffee or perhaps to change lines and method but usually if you have nothing in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]