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    Mepps

    I was much the same, silver and copper for me with the long bladed one in higher or faster water when I wanted to fish downstream. The long thin blade gives less drag in fast water and so goes a bit deeper when fished below you. Like you I never seemed to do anything with a gold one until I...
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    Salmons life cycle

    I know on one river in the north most of the repeat spawners are found in the early spring run. As many as 15% of the Feb/March fish sampled (scale reading) some years. What I don't know is whether they were springers, summer salmon or grilse the first time around, Ill have to go ad ask some...
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    Blair spoons

    Because Flying C's result in lots of deep hooking when fished downstream but spoons such as the Blair and Toby don't. When I lived in the Westcountry I must have spent thousands of hours cranking a Flying C on the little spate rivers and a chalkstream. I soon learnt that fishing them down and...
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    Has anbody actually been fishing yet?

    It is. I have my fingers crossed for you, for all the good that will do! Andy
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    Has anbody actually been fishing yet?

    Funnily enough in my corner of the north despite weeks of frost there has been very little ice in the river. So I decided yesterday (Saturday) would be a good day to get a January fish... opened the curtains yesterday morning to be greeted with a sea of ice and grue. Given the forecast it looks...
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    sepa river levels

    I was speaking to someone from SEPA this week and they have no idea when the gauges (or anything else including email and payroll) will be back up and running. Andy
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    SEPA RIVER GAUGES - CYBER ATTACK

    As far as I know the whole lot are down along half of SEPA's systems. Just a little surprised that they have been down since 23rd December. You would hope a government department would have the ability to get back to something closer to normal quicker than that? It's also a bit odd how the...
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    SEPA RIVER GAUGES - CYBER ATTACK

    Anyone heard when they might be back online? They've been off since before Christmas but they still have a working flood warning page 🤔 Andy
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    Poly Leaders

    I don't use nail varnish ;)
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    Poly Leaders

    Rrrr/Budge cheers. I was sort of working along that method but obviously being too gentle! Andy
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    Poly Leaders

    Stupid question coming. How do you strip the coating? I tried stripping a bit off an Airflo poly leader last year and it's stuck to the core like **** to a blanket! Is there a simple trick I'm missing? Andy
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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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