My last two visits to the Loch have resulted in very steady if not absolutely spectacular fishing.
However the overriding factor has been the wind.
Strong but not impossible on both days. This makes the fishing a bit harder and at the end of the day more tiring.
This has to be balanced by good catches with thirteen fish on one day and a dozen on the other.
These have included resident fish to around six pounds and the odd Blue and Brown to spice things and keep you guessing what is on the end..
I like this time of the year as the fish are generally not fussy and most flies will work.
It is often just a matter of finding the right speed of retrieve and most anglers are probably moving the flies too fast.
On my first visit I had to use a very slow figure of eight. In fact when anchored if I cast across the wind this was too fast and I needed to cast straight down the wind. Indeed half of my fish came on the “drop” with no retrieve at all.
However on my second visit it was different with the fish wanting a variety of retrieves.
I often see anglers using a steady 12 inch pull at nine in the morning and still the same at five in the evening.
Another common “mistake” is to stay in the same area too long.
Drifting will bring you into contact with more fish during a day. If you prefer to anchor then I would suggest moving every hour.
I often catch a fish or two after moving and then the takes dry up. Another move of around 30 yards can often bring more action.
This may be because after catching a fish or two and with two anglers regularly casting for an hour or more an “exclusion zone” emerges in front of the boat.
Regular movements and changes in retrieves can often be the way to a successful day.
After all it is the Trout that decide what they want and not the Angler. 🙂