Mixed Results

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Those of you who study the Returns Book in the Loch Hut will surely have noticed the very large differences in catch returns that can occur on the same day.

A day last week was no exception with two anglers in the low 20’s and one angler fishing only half a day for 12 while two anglers in a full day session had only 3 fish between them.

Of course skill and experience can be a major factor but often the difference can be quite simple.

I recently had a day out when the fishing was very good and coincidently a friend of mine and a very accomplished angler was there and also catching prolifically.

We exchanged a few bits of information as we crossed paths during the day and by mid afternoon we were both well into double figures. On meeting up again I asked him what sort of retrieve he was now using.

An occasional pull but mainly static was his reply. My reply was that I could not make my mind up whether to leave the flies alone after casting or to give them the just an odd twitch as both methods were working.

Just as we were talking and he was not retrieving his line shot away and another fish was on!

It was however obvious to both of us that the traditional “Scottish Pull” of about 15 inches at medium speed was not the way to go.

I often see anglers fishing this retrieve all day and in some cases all season! Now of course on its day it works but there are many days when it is largely ineffective. This day was one of them and the results book at the end of the day showed this in stark detail.

Borderline cricket scores for some boats and one hand finger counting in others.

The next to static anglers were having a field day using a selection of flies but the “Pullers” were only picking up the very odd fish.

A bit of simple observation would have shown that the successful anglers were all using light coloured fly lines which were almost certainly to be floaters or possibly midge tips and that we were all as a general rule fishing very slowly. A quick question or two would also let anyone know what flies were working.

Of course you can fish the way you wish and enjoy your day but if you want to increase your catches may be a bit of a brush up on your observational skills might just help. 🙂


Bob Dalgleish. Still Game at 89 years.

Bob Dalgleish. Still Game at 89 years.