Tricky Day at Coldingham

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Decisions Decisions……..

First of all the Weather Lady said Tuesday would be the best day and then she said Monday!

So I booked Monday.

Then she changed her mind………………which of course a Lady is entitled to do.

So I went to Coldingham Loch on Monday.

It was Howling.

And not very warm.

I went straight down to the boat shed and set my gear up by which time Gareth the owner had made the tea.

We had a pleasant chat putting the fishing world to rights and I got a some information about the weekends fishing.

Sort of the usual story with some anglers doing really well, some ok and some struggling a bit.

A lot of fish were right out in the middle which was good news for the fishery as it showed they were spreading away from the edges where they had been hanging out.

Not such good news with the wind we had today……………

Buzzers he said and a team of four buzzers I had tied up last night is what I had ready.

There was a southerly wind so I anchored up in the home bay near the pen so I could just about reach the shore casting away to my left but with a back cast to the right I could get out into the open part of the Loch.

About half an hour went by without a touch.

However I had noticed a couple of fish moving out in the middle and suspecting I was fishing too deep I put a foam daddy on the point in place of the heavy buzzer.

A hookup followed next cast but came off the barbless hook on the first jump.

Nothing more for the next twenty minutes and as that one hook up had been immediately after the cast landed I suspected the flourocarbon was still pulling the flies too deep.

By this time I was seeing a few more rises. They were those knotty whorls that just disturb the surface with nothing of the fish being seen. I could see nothing on the top but with the wind and wave that was not surprising.

Suspender Buzzers?  Shuttlecocks

Anyway of came the Flouro and on with a team of dries on Copolymer.

Blank avoided and a £1 donation to the Game Angler Forum saved! Ha  Ha

The day turned out to be a memorable one with good number of fish to the boat and many more lost on the size 16 barbless hooks.

Mind you I had to cover about 10 fish to get an offer and about twenty to get a hook up and it must have been thirty to get one in the net.

There was a constant, steady rise all day that just slowly wound down between 16.00 and 17.00.

I returned all the fish but would have really liked to have kept one and spooned it to see what they were eating.

I did see some buzzers around and some small dark brown/olive sedges later on in the day.

Sedge Pupae?

Shuttlecocks and Crippled Midge in black were my best flies but the perfect fly would have made it too easy.

So Just as well I didn’t find it………………….

So another great day at Coldingham Loch

It has to be one of the best small waters in the country.

Happy Days despite the Lovely Weather Lady…………. 🙂

Decisions Decisions……..

First of all the Weather Lady said Tuesday would be the best day and then she said Monday.

So I booked Monday.

Then she changed her mind………………which of course a Lady is entitled to do.

So I went to Coldingham Loch on Monday.

It was Howling.

And not very warm.

I went straight down to the boat shed and set my boat up by which time Gareth the owner had made the tea.

We had a pleasant chat putting the fishing world to rights and I got a some information about the weekends fishing.

Sort of the usual story with some anglers doing really well, some ok and some struggling a bit.

A lot of fish were right out in the middle which was good news for the fishery as it showed they were spreading away from the edges where they had been hanging out.

Not such good news with the wind we had today……………

Buzzers he said and a team of four buzzers I had tied last night is what I had ready.

There was a southerly wind so I anchored up in the home bay near the pen so I could just about reach the shore casting away to my left but with a back cast to the right I could get out into the open part of the Loch.

About half an hour went by without a touch. However I had noticed a couple of fish moving out in the middle and suspecting I was fishing too deep I put a foam daddy on the point in place of the heavy buzzer.

A hookup followed next cast but came off the barbless hooks on the first jump.

Nothing more for the next twenty minutes and as that one hookup had been immediately after the cast landed I suspected the flourocarbon was still pulling the flies too deep.

By this time I was seeing a few more rises. They were those knotty whorls that just disturb the surface with nothing of the fish being seen. I could see nothing on the top but with the wind and wave that was not surprising.

Suspender Buzzers?

Anyway of came the flouro and on with a team of dries.

Blank avoided and a £1 donation to the Game Angler Forum saved!

The day turned out to be a memorable one with good number of fish to the boat and many more lost on the size 16 barbless hooks.

Mind you I had to cover about 10 fish to get an offer an about twenty to get a hook up and it must have been thirty to get one in the net.

There was a constant, steady rise all day that just slowly wound down between 16.00 and 17.00.

I returned all the fish but would have really liked to have kept one and spooned it to see what they were eating. I did see some buzzers around and some small dark brown/olive sedges later on in the day.

Sedge Pupae?

Shuttlecocks and Crippled Midge in black were my best flies but the perfect fly would have made it too easy.

So just as well I did not find it………………….

So another great day at Coldingham Loch

It has to be one of the best small waters in the country.

Happy Days despite the Lovely Weather Lady…………. 🙂