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By scottishriverfishing, Feb 14 2016 06:53PM

It seems like months since the water levels were at a sensible level on a day when I could get out to fish. I've had one day guiding and two sessions fishing this week. Got to make the most of the river conditions when they're right! Client Ian managed seven grayling including a new PB of 50cm. This is the second time he's been out with me and the last time he also had a new PB which stood until we were out on wednesday. Most fish this big have a few scars and marks but this one was pristine (see pics). I love it when clients catch, but when you put someone onto a PB it's even more satisfyling.


Managed a couple of sessions fishing too. First day started well with three good fish in the first 15 minutes or so. Unfortunately the river began to fill with snow melt and salt washed in off the road which killed the sport a bit although we did manage a few more fish. Cold East wind and a mix of rain, sleet and snow didn't help.


Next session was a short one of three hours. Went to a bit I've fished for years and this was the first time the levels were low enough to try it since the floods. I couldn't believe how much it had changed. Where there was once a steep drop off and nicely paced current there was now just level river bed and a current too fast to fish. We tried for a while with different weighted bugs and moving around but it had changed so much it was just hopeless. I'd been looking forward to fishing this particular bit for weeks so to say I was gutted would be an understatement. Never mind, plenty more water to try. Some 40m or so downstream where there had once been a shallow gravelly run there was now a small channel which the floods had gouged out. Fishing down it I hooked and lost a good fish. As I waded down there was a change in depth and pace. Current eased off a little and there was a drop off of around 10-12 inches. I said to my mate "this looks like the spot" and Bang! I was in. 45 mins later I'd had seven good fish up to 48cm, lost three and missed a couple. By this time it was like fishing in a blizzard so we headed for the car and made a move. Finished the day with 11 grayling and my mate landed six. Good going considering we only fished three hours and a lot of that time it was snowing heavily (see pics). Hopefully I'll manage a few more sessions before the end of the month.

Lovely big fin on this one
Lovely big fin on this one
Fishing in the snow
Fishing in the snow
Ian's new PB. Pristine 50cm fish
Ian's new PB. Pristine 50cm fish
Chunky February grayling
Chunky February grayling
You'll miss out if you only fish in nice weather!
You'll miss out if you only fish in nice weather!

By scottishriverfishing, Jan 31 2016 06:16PM

Opportunities for grayling have still been few and far betweedn, but a little calm weather in between Gertrude and Henry was all we needed to get out for a cast. The water was good, being around 3ft up on Summer lows, and it was fairly clear. On arriving there was a slight green/grey tinge to the water which usually means snow melt and salt from the run off from the roads, and this is seldom good for grayling. A few casts and the first fish was on and at just over 40cm it raised the expectations a bit. We stuck mainly to areas that maybe don't contain large numbers of fish, but which usually hold better specimens. This tactic paid off big time today with all but two of the fish being over 40cm. The two which were under 40cm were small fish of around 10-12cm. It's a good sign that some of these are still around as these are the fish most likely to have been affected by the recent floods. Conspicuous by their absence today were the brownies which can sometimes be hard to avoid no matter how hard you try. Best fly for me today was the black/pink copper John. I had squirmies on all day and didn't have a single fish on them. Storm Henry is beginning to show his hand now, with the wind picking up and a bit of rain beginning to fall. Hopefully it'll pass quickly and the river will be fishable again soon. Today's session has scratched the itch for now, but I'd like to think I'll manage a few more sessions before March.

Best fish of the day
Best fish of the day
Good fish showing the Black/Pink Copper John that caught it
Good fish showing the Black/Pink Copper John that caught it
Nice plump winter grayling
Nice plump winter grayling
Had a lot of fish on the Copper Johns
Had a lot of fish on the Copper Johns

By scottishriverfishing, Jan 17 2016 07:38PM

Work on the shop is almost finished. 10 hours a day most days since 27th December have seen work progress at a better rate than I could have hoped for. All the tradesmen have been brilliant especially Craig Duncan who's done all the joinerery work. As a result the shop should be open towards the end of this week, a good week earlier than I'd hoped. The carpet fitter is coming tomorrow morning so all that needed done today was a little painting and a good clean up. As the river was in good condition and the weather was good I decided to get into the shop early, get the work done then head down for a cast.


The first couple of pools produced nothing, but then I started to get into some fish. First one of the day was a hefty 47cm lump. A good start. I caught regularly for the next hour or so with the fish coming to various different flies. Some of the nymphs from the range I sell accounted for a good few of the fish (see pics), with the others coming on the olive Czech nymph.


A move to a different stretch produced only a couple of lost fish, so we left and went to try another area for the last hour or so. By now it was getting pretty cold with the temperature dropping below freezing again. I've not used squirmy worms much and I've not had much success with them, but I decided to give a bright pink version a swim. This produced two good fish one after the other with the best one going 50cm. I've had hundreds of fish from this particular bit of river over the years, but I'm sure this is the first 50cm I've had from it. Perhaps it's true that squirmies will sort out the bigger specimens. Further investigation required!

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