Welcome to our penultimate loch report of 2015 which means that there are just two weeks to go until the end of the season at Coldingham Loch.
As predicted November has once again been an excellent month to fish with just a few days lost to the inevitably changeable weather at this time of the year. Those that have braved it have had some cracking sport with fish showing in all parts of the loch and eager to take the right fly.
It remains a mystery to us just how few anglers take advantage of what we believe is one of the best months to fish and as we have said in the past, perhaps one explanation is that some people begin their shooting season and lay down their rods for the season. Certainly all clubs seem to end their season, mid to late October and no doubt this is because of the unpredictability of the weather at the tail end of the year but as we saw from the West Lothian FFC on Saturday it might be worth thinking about winter league outings as a way of keeping club interest going. Again, bank and boat are fishing well and at this time of the year with the weed fringe now dying back it is possible to fish from the bank in certain places without the need for wading. Access round the loch is good and with approximately a mile and a third of bank to go at you can be sure of space around you and good options for movement. As always at this time of the year we have had the odd smattering of what we call ‘Tweed Refugees’ i.e. that brave group of anglers that speculate well in advance about November fishing on the rivers ……. Get it right and you are probably in for a bonanza; get it wrong and unfortunately it’s either home time or look around for alternatives, which is where the loch comes to the rescue for some fishermen. Those that have swapped the salmon gear for the lighter approach have not been disappointed and whilst there are no salmon in the loch some of the rainbows, blues and browns are giving just as good an account of themselves.
Fish are very well distributed with no particular hot spots on the loch and the best results have come from the use of floating or midge tip lines using a range of flies from, minkies, apps bloodworms, zonkers, FABs, blobs, damsel / olive lures, cormorants, diawl bachs and buzzers. Feeding patterns are pretty random but in general fish seem to be switched on for good parts of the morning and early afternoon and in light winds there is still a lot of surface action meaning that the odd dry fly is also worth a shout.
So who deserves a mention from the last two weeks of fishing:
- Bob Cockburn continues to have yet another outstanding season and looks set to break his own personal best yet again. More on his final figures next time but for now his latest two outings have yielded catches of 16 each time. Black minkie and apps bloodworm have been his best flies.
- Robert Learmonth fishing with his pals Jock and Archie has also had two good outing with 13 and 8 fish landed and returned.
- Speaking of Jock Hunter, his last outing produced a superb brownie of around 4lbs in weight (see photos) and he said afterwards that if he hadn’t caught anything else that day he would have been a happy man. Another 8 rainbows for the day made him even happier though.
- Archie Richmond also joined the party with a very respectable 7 to the boat.
- John Foreman landed 8 to the bank including one blue.
- David Auld 6 to the boat using a combination of dries and black minkie.
- Steve Kelley and Keith Row had a combined total of 21 to the boat mainly caught using a FAB.
- Colin McIssac 7 to the boat using cdc shuttlecock
- Robbie Bell continues his success with a cake fly (biscuit blob I guess?), 8 one week followed by 9 the next.
- Mark French 7 to the boat whilst on holiday at Lochside Cottage.
- Ronnie Hunter 11 to the boat including one blue
- James Gardiner managed 9 from his stroll around the bank and was also fortunate to watch an otter chewing its way through a fine rainbow in the boathouse.
- Neil Keillor 13 to the boat using FAB, damsel and diawl bach.
- Ryan Embleton fishing with his dad, Paul and brother Liam managed to land his first ever rainbow and was delighted to be photographed with it afterwards. (see photo)
- Ken Wood 9 to the boat mainly caught using a cormorant.
- Peter Hottinger and Freddie Carter combined 12 to the boat with honours even for the day.
- Ricky Taylor had a great day from the bank with 10 using mainly apps bloodworm.
Only one club joined us during this period and used the loch to fish one of their winter league outings. West Lothian FFC came with 8 anglers and landed a total of 37 fish for the day giving a rod average of 4.6. Best rod on the day was Wayne Cram with 9 fish landed. Heaviest bag went to Richy Anthony with 13lbs 10ozs.
We heard the other day that The St. Abbs Independent Lifeboat Organisation has now managed to raise in excess of £70,000 in their quest to buy a new lifeboat for St. Abbs. This is a fantastic effort from all involved and we wish them even more success over the coming months. As you know we supported them through our Lad(y)s and Dads day and will continue to do so in future.
I have not researched this but somewhere in the back of my mind I recall the word angling is derived from “Fishing with and Angle”
This goes back to pre- history when “hooks” or as they were known “Angles” were made from bone. Obviously a bone with a built in angle. 🙂
I suppose if you took a bone something like a wishbone and with a lot of patience and a sharp flint you could fashion something like a hook. Some sinews from the leg of a deer, a worm from the midden and away you go.
Personally I think a Kamasan B170 and some fluorocarbon is the way to go 🙂
However angles can very important when fishing.
The angle of the rod in the casting stroke will determine the shape of your Loops.
Too much and you will lose distance. Too little and you risk tangling up a multiple fly rig.
When using a sinking line you need to maintain an angle with the rod tip and flyline to keep in touch with your flies and this angle influences how your flies come up to the “hang.”
Casting angles relative to the Bank or Boat determine where your flies are fishing and particularly with multiple dry flies or the washing line will increase or decrease the chance of a fish seeing them.
In a drifting boat your presentation angle may need to vary with the strength of the wind.
The use of a drogue can also change these dynamics.
Your position in the boat and how you are sitting can affect your natural casting angles as can whether you are left or right handed.
So perhaps things are not as straight forward as they seem.
If they were we wouldn’t need the angle and perhaps we wouldn’t be angling. 🙂