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    Default First Light Fly

    Looks like an early start next week if we don't get water. I will be up at 5.30 every morning and bursting to get out there first thing.

    I wondered if anyone had a favourite fly for early morning just before it starts to get light? maybe use 6.30am for the first cast.

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    sunray shadow
    Id rather have something I don't need than need something I haven't got!!

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    Anything with a touch/hint of white at first light and last light.

    Bann shrimp is a good subtle choice
    To one who has roved on the mountains afar
    Oh! For the crags that are wild and magestic
    The steep frowning glories of dark Lochnagar.

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    A wee 12 double long tailed munro or a wee willie gunn........
    Just as daylights coming in.

    Obviously depending on water height & conditions
    Last edited by Method man; 18-09-2015 at 10:35 PM.

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    Blue charm.
    Heero just pawn in game of life.

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    White willie gunn

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    Wee Silver Stoat with pearl flash under black arctic runner, first and last light.

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    A foxford Shrimp between the lights would be my choice
    Ye Cannae help bein' a wee bit grumpy, No if ye was jist born crabbit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamson v10 View Post
    White willie gunn

    That's a new one on me......do you just add some white bucktail to original dressing?

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    Default First Light Fly

    As usual I am going to be boringly scientific! At first light as the sun clears the horizon, the amount of light entering the water will be determined by the degree and density of the cloud cover. With a clear sky there is none, and from the salmon's direction the sky appears black. At that point the colour of the fly is irrelevant. With light cloud cover sunlight is reflected into the water from before dawn, but all objects viewed from below will appear black or grey. Until the sun reaches about 5 degrees elevation, all of its direct light is reflected off the water surface, none penetrates, so always fish the fly above the salmon. About 0730 the light level in the water increases rapidly as less is reflected. This rapid change can have a marked effect on cock fish behaviour at this time of year - see my early post Morning Glory - Sex and Flies. In those conditions of rapid light transition almost anything will do provided it's big enough and fished aggressively above the salmon's sight line - Sunnray does nicely. Once you get to 0815 there is much more light entering the water and normal fly selection criteria apply.
    As someone who can't lie in bed I have always fished before breakfast where local rules permit and found it productive, so tight lines.

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