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  1. Default Upper Kinnaird South Esk (March 08)

    Ooooops i meant South Esk









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    Lovely pics and I have edited your thread title to the South Esk. That looks like a hefty fish in the net. Were you fishing with one time forum contributor Per Anders Templedog as I know he fishesUpper Kinnaird around the same time?
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    I've edited the thread title

    A lovely beat which, with decent water, fishes the fly beautifully. Without water, it's tough going

    I must get down there again

    Thanks for the pix - rod hand is twitching
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    it was a cracking day
    Possibly the nicest bit of water I have fished

    I had one at 6lb
    another member of the party got one at 9lb which was an absolute spanker

    no it wasn’t with Templedog

    I was luck enough to be invited up for the day by a firm of surveyors

    Cracking beat

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    Is the fish being held up not a kelt?

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    No, the proportions look fine, strong shoulders, and the fins look well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sealicer View Post
    Is the fish being held up not a kelt?
    Sorry to say this but that looks like a kelt to me. Look at the girth at the anal fin.... looks far to thin for a springer. On the Dee last week I landed a number of fish like that... fully finned, bright silver and occaisionally one of them actually seemed to fight better than the springers but most definitely kelts. Wrong shape and carrying gill maggots.

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    On the evidence of the photo I would agree with Jim - in addition the back and the belly are very parallel, a classic characteristic of a kelt. That said, photographs can be deceptive - Splash took a couple of photos of a small springer earlier this season - the first was discarded because the angle the fish was being held at made it look like a kelt

    I heard yesterday that a number of kelts are being landed on the lower Dee which are so well mended and hard fighting that it takes an experienced eye to spot them.

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    Here are the pictures CD is talking about. In the first the fish is held flat to the river surface with its belly slightly in the water which has the effect of making the belly look parallel to the fishes back like a kelt. If you look closely though, you can see that the tail wrist is thick, the recognition point that JTF refers too. In the second picture, when the fish is raised above the water, its very clear that the fish is a springer.

    Springer of Kelt?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Deesidecaster View Post
    Fresh fish can also have Gill Maggots.
    Yes occaisionally but very, very few.

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