Fly Fishing for dreams

Each time your out on a lake your mind never lets up, always thinking or dreaming about what is actually underneath you.  It’s not often you net what actually is! Most of the time the ones you dream about shy away at the last second and watch them swim back down into the depths with a few swear words. Wonder if they ever hear us?

It’s always something special to see a fish over about 6-7lb especially in great condition. Not that many are caught on conventional methods… such as dry flies or buzzers, with a few exceptions of course. Most large fish which are caught fly fishing are fished for using fish like patterns, which represents their primary food source. Fish don’t get big by eating just insects…

A recent trip to Draycote water with a few ospreys club members wasn’t an easy day by any means, with most of the 14 boys returning to the jetty with a dreaded blank. The best bag between us being just 3 fish.

Matthew Griffiths, a member of the Gold winning spring welsh team in the Orkney Islands landed 2 fish for around 15lb! His total weight was aided by this magnificent brown trout guestimated between 12-13lb and returned. (video of the fight to be uploaded soon) The fish is estimated to be around10 year old! Caught using an Airflo 40+ Di 7 Fly Line and a sparkler on a G-loomis fly rod.

I also had one of my best fish this season, no were near as big but probably one of the best looking rainbows I’ve had this year, A great way to end the lake fishing year

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Written by Kieron Jenkins

Orkney Trout Fishing

The OTFA is a non-profit making voluntary body dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of game fishing throughout the Orkney Islands. At a time when natural habitats are under continual threat and pressure, the continuation of the OTFA’s work is of paramount importance to both local and visiting angler to ensure that the rich heritage of Orkney trout fishing has a future as bright as it’s past.

The provision of riparian sites with access and boat launching facilities on the main trout fishing lochs. Most of these sites also provide shelter, piers, car parking and toilet amenities.

Facilities on offer at The Orkney Lakes
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Contact: Via web form http://www.orkneytroutfishing.co.uk/contact.html
Web: http://www.orkneytroutfishing.co.uk

Written by Kieron Jenkins

Carron Valley Reservoir

Created in the nineteen thirties by the flooding of the upper valley of the River Carron, is one of the most scenic trout fisheries in Scotland. Situated high in the Campsie Fells – yet only a ten minute drive from Stirling, half an hour from Glasgow and forty minutes from Edinburgh – the loch offers boat and bank fly fishing for rainbow trout & wild and stocked brown trout in magnificent surroundings.

 

Almsot four miles long and three quarters of a mile are its widest point and set in an area of outstanding beauty, where the trout angler can spend a day drifting in an out of many productive bays, casting a team of flies in front of solid, traditional, clinker-built boats, with only the ospreys, buzzards, curwels and oyster-catchers for company, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bank, where hard fighting trout lie in close in along the varied shoreline just waiting to have a go at a well presented Kate McLaren, Blae and Black or Peter Ross.

Facilities on offer at Carron Valley
Disabled access: Yes
Onsite Tackle Shop: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01324 823698
Web: http://carronvalley.com/