Coldingham Loch Fly Fishing 4

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3rd of July.

Tuition morning with John Harrison. Conditions are difficult with the Loch Temperature still highish but perhaps moving in the right direction. There is some cloud cover and just a light breeze

We start off with some Dry Fly fishing as in these conditions it is the easiest form of fishing.

I show him some of the wrinkles that increase your chances and very soon he has fish coming to his flies.

However his lack of experience means he is just a tiny bit slow to react to start with but after about 30 minutes he gets the hang of it and a nice resident rainbow is in the net.

After an hour and some more offers it is time to move on to other methods and I go through a series of different lines, leader set ups, flies and retrieves with him as well showing him how to fish the “hang” which produces another fish to the net.

With half an hour of the session left we switch back to Dries and a few offers result in one more fish hooked but after a few seconds it decides to run towards the boat and John is just not able to keep up with the speed of the fish and the barbless hook slips out.

Never mind a good short session in far from ideal conditions.


July the 4th.

Independence Day

Greetings to our American Brothers, Sisters and Cousins.

I am looking after the Loch today as Carmel and Gareth are off to the Scottish Game Fair.

Not the Berwick one!  🙂

The weather is pretty poor with a strong wind and rain forecast. Still this is helping the Loch cool down and the cloud cover is welcome.

This has obviously put a lot of people off and “my” only customer is regular visitor Les Lockey.

One other chap turns up but decides it is too cold for him…….. 16 Degrees C.  ????

Big mistake…………………..

Carmel and Gareth had both urged me to have a fish so I thought it would be rude not too.

Anyway to cut a long story short by the end of the day myself and Les had given “Freedom and independence” to over 50 fish!

A bit like the “colonies” many fought hard and gained their own independence but around half were netted and subsequently liberated.

It did not seem to matter which flies I used as I caught on Buzzers, Lures, Dries and Nymphs.

All were caught on a floating line but with a 20 foot leader sometimes the buzzers were deep.

One highlight was a monster of a fish. A rainbow trout around 29 inches long with fins that were sharp as pins

The only comparable trout I have caught were in Manitoba. What a fish!

I had a hell of a job with it  as at one stage it was 20 yards behind the boat in shallow water with my rod still in front of the boat with the tip probably touching the bottom.

Later in the struggle it dived into the weed and for couple of minutes it all went solid and I did not know whether it was still hooked or not. However the nylon eventually cut through and with a bunch of weed still on its face I managed to get it into my slightly small net. There were bits of it sticking out opposite sides of the 24 inch net as I lifted!

I was also lucky that at some stage my dropper had been ripped off.

Probably on the bottom of the boat………….. eeeek!

If it hadn’t I would not have got it out of the weed.

So how big was it in old money?

Well with the adrenalin coursing I thought it might be 12 Pounds but on reflection although it was a broad and deep fish it was also streamlined.

So between 9 and 10 pounds.

I would like it to be 10…………………………………….  🙂

What a day!