3rd time unlucky…

As we were walking back to the car I spoke about every reason for why we should have caught some monsters.

  1. The Pike were their!
  2. I had caught them there at this time in previous years.
  3. We had huge flies.
  4. I had read some stuff on the Guru McFluffchucker site.
  5. You cannot have a third time blanking for the beasts surely?

Turns out you can blank three times in a row…..

So what went wrong?

Well, for a start it was bloody windy which made casting interesting. The Loch was also higher than usual, maybe a foot or so which made wading tricky. Considering I had fished it on Sunday and it was a lot lower I suspect that the Pike do not like the big fluctuations that the on going rainy weather has been giving us.

Next time Jim, I promised, we shall catch a half dozen.

Here is a picture of a fish just in case you have forgotten what they look like:

Look a fish!

Guys, Autumn is fast approaching and with it so is the end of the trout season – roughly 5 weeks by my counting! You chaps got any plans or is the weather pretty much knocking your trout fishing on its head?




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  1. Craigie · August 28, 2012

    Like the new look site Alistair, very smart. Plans are somewhere on Saturday (need a big water and a day in the boat – going with a mate from Stirling who wants to fish a big loch – suggestions?) and the Storr Lochs on Skye in a fortnight.

    Obviously the weather will definitely turn friendly, and the Kelvin sport will start again. Just as obvious is that I’ll be sent to Bognor Regis for work.

  2. Campbell S · August 28, 2012

    When the loch floods, the Pike move right up in to the margins, you need to fish in the dense weed…

    4th time lucky…right?

  3. Alistair · August 28, 2012

    Hey Craigie, before you head to the Storr lochs you might want to check out http://northcountryangler.blogspot.co.uk/

    Matt travelled up to Skye to catch wild trout only to find out that it had been stocked with finless wonders. I have heard good things about Loch Katrine for somewhere local. For some real wild fishing instead of Sky I have heard the lochs up near Applecross are very good – there is a nice campsite nearby as well. However, take what I say with the mind that I do not get out loch fishing much 🙂

    Many thanks for the comments about the design of the site – I had been meaning to do it for a while however decided the other day to just tear it up and start over – I am pleased so far. In a couple of weeks I will relaunch the forum (people can still register at it just now if they want). It was Campbell S who took three of the photos for the header.

    Campbell, we fished all over – to be fair Jim caught a couple of tiddlers. I really cannot state enough just how windy it was – it was a gale right enough. I got me an amazing popper which you will love – it goes gloop,gloop.glooooop!
    You up for a session soon?

  4. Craigie · August 28, 2012

    Hi Alistair,

    Cheers for the heads up on the Storr Lochs – unfortunately the trip is part of a bigger weekend plan to catch up with some friends and do some walking (I would love to get up to Sutherland to fish instead!)

    I’m sorry to hear they’ve decided to stock the lochs. We’re supposed to be fishing during the PAA “competition” that weekend – loosely termed because we wont be competing and because the competitors often spend most of it on the bank, but I know a few of the boys in the Portree Angling Club pretty well so will ask why they made the decision to stock. There are a lot of strong opinions in that association as you might imagine, and there are definitely a few guys that share my opinion on the lochs (beautiful lochs in a beautiful location, and the indigneous population shouldn’t be supplemented). I know that over previous years there have been concerns voiced about the size distribution of the wild fish population, but a (relatively) recent survey was done and concluded that the distribution was wholly appropriate for the loch. Off the back of that, I think its crazy to dilute the genetic pool with stockies. It would certainly be sad to see those lochs turn into stockie ponds.

    Trying to decide between Katrine and Venachar. I had a lot of good days on Venachar as a nipper with my Dad, but have heard mixed reports of late, and a couple of recent trips weren’t fruitful.

    You planning to get out? Am down in Yorkshire for work just now – assume the K is back to Wonka’s Chocolate River?


  5. Alistair · August 28, 2012

    Fishing is fishing, you will still have a great time on the Storr lochs I am sure !
    I am told there are good trout in both K and V, tell you what though I hear the pike fishing is great in V 🙂