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Ladies win at Grafham

ladies trophies 2015

 

Scottish Ladies International Fly Fishing Team wins ‘Gold’ for the second year in a row.

 

(Supplied by Dione of the Scottish Ladies Fly Fishing Team. Many thanks Dione for keeping us in the loop!)

After an extended period of unsettled and windy weather disrupted the allocated practise period, the Scottish Ladies International Fly Fishing Team won a notable Gold Medal for the second year running at the Ladies Home International Match on Grafham Water (England) on June 4th. Conditions varied widely with and overnight 180 degree wind change to the SE, bright sunshine and nary a ripple in the morning of the match day, to be replaced by a rolling wave by mid- afternoon making fishing very difficult. Lumps of suspended algae added to the adverse conditions however, this cleared as the wind increased until a chalky slick suddenly materialised on the favoured morning drift from G Buoy to Pylon Point. In the afternoon, most competitors moved to the more sheltered Valley Creek/Lodge Bank drift which proved very productive. The challenging conditions resulted in low catches for all teams as the fish went deep.

In a total ‘Catch and Release’ match, the results were;

1st Scotland with 21 fish for 1548 Points.

2nd Wales with 17 fish for 1314 points.

3rd England with 16 fish for 1220 points.

4th Ireland with 13 fish for 984 points.

Dione Roberts (Scotland ) Brown bowl winner

Buzzer fishing has been outstanding on Scotland’s fisheries this year and the team adopted this method which resulted in Scotland’s Ladies success. Under the management of Alan Hill, with Anne Boyce as Captain, the team has worked extremely hard for this result. With those who went to Grafham for the pre-match visit in May all catching fish on the day, including top rod Dione Roberts (Scotland) with 7 fish for 511 points. Rhian Taylor (Wales) came second with 6 fish for 469 points and third overall and second placed Scottish rod was Morag Wallace (Scotland) with 6 fish for 447 points.

ladies formal

The Scottish Ladies International Fly Fishing Team would like to thank all their supporters including Flybox, Angling Active (Stirling), J&GCrafts, The Working Wardrobe, and to all the fisheries who have offered their facilities for fundraising events.

 

 

2015 River international – Win for Ireland.

International River Liffey Competition Results 2015

 

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Remembering Vic Kielarsky (Wee Vic).

We can now confirm that Vic’s funeral will be held at Falkirk Crematorium on 29-6-15 at 1.45pm with the Wake at the Cladhan Falkirk.

It is with great sadness that Angling Active confirms that Vic Kielarsky ( Wee Vic ), one of our founder members of staff, has lost his long running fight with cancer.  He eventually died peacefully under the care  Strathcarron Hospice on Saturday 20th June –  7 days before his 56th birthday.  He may have been short in stature but he had a big heart, a hugely welcoming personality and left a pretty big footprint with the sales team.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course but anybody wishing to support the fantastic work of Strathcarron Hospice can leave a donation in the shop.

– The Team at Angling Active.

 

 

Seatrout Gear – what do I need?

Angling Active's Steven showing us how to walk the walk.

Angling Active’s Steven showing us how to walk the walk.

Consistent with folklore, the Dog Rose (aka Wild Rose) is out in full bloom and the mysterious seatrout are in. Here in quantity and quality, the Allan and Teith are having fabulous runs and catches of stunning fish lately. The Tweed, Dee, Spey and Esks have been catching seatrout too with more being caught than salmon on some of these notable salmon rivers, dare I say…

When the Dog Rose is in flower - The Seatrout are in!

When the Dog Rose is in flower – The Seatrout are in!

 

So… What to use?

Many have opinions on how to hook the spookiest fish of our local rivers. If you get all the conditions right a night session can be the most exciting game fishing you’ll ever have! The ideal conditions list is as long as your arm, but a warm, still evening with no moon is generally a good trigger for the seatrout anglers to sacrifice the sofa for a stumble in the dark. When its dark enough to lose the colour of the grass across the river then your in prime time.

Nothing out of the ordinary is required. If you have a 9 or 10′, #5 to #8 trout rod and a floating or clear intermediate line to match you’re almost ready to go.

Airflo Trout Polyleader

Airflo Trout Polyleader

Greys Cap Light

Greys Cap Light

Rio Powerflex Tippet 110yd

Rio Powerflex Tippet 110yd

At the business end of your floating line you’ll want to  get a few clear floating and intermediate trout polyleaders in 5 and 10ft, a spool of co-polymer nylon tippet or leaders for strength and low glare and a few of each of these flies below recommended by Malcolm of Caledonia Fly Company and Fishpal and that’s you sorted. Oh and a torch, this can be the make or break of an evening.

 

Surface Wake Flies

Gurgler

Gurgler

Jumbo Muddler

Jumbo Muddler

Jambo Tube

Jambo Tube

 

 

Traditional Seatrout Patterns

Teal and Black

Teal and Black

Teal and Blue tube

Teal and Blue tube

Lackagh Stoat

Lackagh Stoat

Grey Monkey

Grey Monkey

Haslem

Haslem

Squirrel and blue

Squirrel and blue

 

 

Larger River Aluminium Tubes

Pearl Teal and Blue

Pearl Teal and Blue

Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Pearly Stoats Tail

Pearly Stoats Tail

 

 

Brackish or Saltwater Patterns

Elver

Elver

Demon

Demon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you do, be safe, take your phone, try to be as quiet as you can on the gravel, don’t wade, and keep any torch light off  the water. And so ends the recipe for a good night at the seatrout. Good Luck!

See our permits for access to some seatrout water: https://www.anglingactive.co.uk/magazine/fishing-permits/

 

Blue Banks – River Teith Permits 2015

Blue Banks Fishing, River Teith

Blue Banks Fishing, River Teith

 

Please contact Blair Drummond Estate for fishing permits on the Blue Banks.

EmailMargaret@blairdrummond.com

Tel: 01786 843101