Recent content by Westcountry

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    Red skin disease

    As far as I know all results from the boffins came back with "nothing found". It was noticeable that fish were showing freely in low water until the first rise in water in early May whereupon they all vanished and nothing showed at all. Since fishing has started nobody is seeing fish other than...
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    Red skin disease

    Well as nobody knows what causes it I don't suppose anyone can actually say it isn't dangerous to people. But having seen and handled some last year I know you wouldn't want to eat one anyway! I don't know of anyone who handled one who ended up with a red belly either... Andy
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    Red skin disease

    It certainly looks like it. It has been seen in at least two of the rivers in the north. Andy
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    Fishing 28th at earliest

    What are they worried about, it's like that all the time around the NC500. The roadside laybys from Applecross to Thurso haven't been as clean for years thanks to the lock down.
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    Best cheap spinning reel

    I used to do a lot of upstream spinning in small rivers, a method that probably uses more casts/minute than any other and lots of fast winding. I used to kill cheap reels in a matter of months or even weeks. Then I bought Shimano... they are still going strong after over twenty years with zero...
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    Which Switch

    I have a veritable forest of 11' - 11'6" single handers from wieghts 4 - 9 and all of them although not sold as switch rods have short extension handles. So I'm wondering which of the switch lines might be best on one of them. I've been looking at the Snowbee, Shakespeare and Barrio switch...
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    2020 Vision

    So what will 2020 bring us in the salmon fishing world, any predictions? All doom and gloom again or any glimmers of hope? By some strange twist of fate I've found myself in the Far North where nearly everything appears to be pretty rosy compared to the rest of the UK. One worry is if we will...
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    Fish Porn!

    Not exactly hard core X rated but you get the idea. Sutherland Bottle Bank :doh: Andy
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    Wot No Ally's Shrimp

    A couple of weeks ago I cut some troublesome over hanging branches on one pool on the river. Dangling from the foliage were quite a lot of lengths of nylon and even two polyleaders. From this I salvaged the flies pictured below. There were a few dressed singles and doubles but they were too far...
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    They Breed Them Tough Down South

    While doing a bit of a redd count on the Barle (Exe system) in Somerset with a mate last week we came across this rather unfortunate salmon lying on the bank. Obviously the result of a run in with an otter. Nothing very unusual about that but when I picked the head up the gills gave a little...