The Orvis Fly Fishing Report: Paul Procter reports on current fly fishing conditions in UK and abroad.

Updated: 13 August 2013
No. 41 Orvis Blog

A bright as a button, Peter found seas trout in extremely good nick

The tail span on this Scottish trout indicates their fighting prowess!

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Scottish Pro Guide Peter McCallum has really embraced the Access series of rods by dragging them up and down Dale.  The recent heatwave might have prevented fishermen scurrying down to their local river, but it’s just what the doctor ordered for a spot of saltwater fishing.  Given this, Peter packed his trusty 9-weight and armed with a range of sandeel patterns boasting polar fibre wings, headed for the coast.  Pollack were his main target species, but sea trout too showed a liking for a fly stripped back along the shoreline. 

Days later a welcome break in the weather saw Peter marching across the misty Glens to distant lochs.  Decent cloud cover obviously increased the odds of trout being more active and willing to feed in open water.  This time, Peter’s weapon of choice was the 104 Access that swiftly delivered a team of three, even in blustery conditions.  As for the trout, plump fish averaging a pound or so that with tails like shovels punched well above their weight.  Not bad going in the midst of a grueling heatwave!

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This 22 inch trout that feel to Hamish illustrates the potential of Scottish lochs.

Happy as a sandboy, Arthur about to return another loch caught trout during his WTT auction visit.

The stunning and famous Lady Caroline dressed by Paul Little

Wild Trout Trust auction day:
An authority on all things fishy and our northern most Pro Guide Hamish Young generously denoted a days guiding to the WTT auction.  Arthur, the successful bidder headed north full of anticipation and suitably prepared for what the Scottish climate dare throw at him!  In all, the weather remained kind and with a decent breeze, it was to loch style tactics proper.  A keen exponent of traditional wet flies methods, Hamish provided expert tuition and on showing Arthur the ropes, winkled out a cracking brownie of some 22 inches.  Buoyed up, Arthur set too by trundling large loch flies through wave tops to end his first session with a bakers dozen of trout.  The following day was even better, which helped make the long haul south bearable.  Suffice to say, Arthur left the Higlands a wiser and happier soul. 

A ‘Little’ trip down Memory Lane:
July saw temperatures soar across the British Isles and whilst many basked in glorious sunshine, the hardened salmon fishermen shuns these conditions at every turn.  Our salmon expert Paul Little was leading a group to the famous Wester Elchies beat on the river Spey amidst the climbing temperatures.  Now, July is generally prime time for grilse on the Spey, however, a river on its bones rarely gets salmon in the “running” mood.  Thankfully, a few resident fish kept them busy, but even then, sport seemed restricted to either end of the day.  Though one thing Paul enjoyed more than anything was attaching that time honoured classic the Lady Caroline, which incidentally was designed for the river Spey then swimming this through the Boat Pool.  Sadly, no takers were encounter, but at least he’d had a trip down memory lane!

Biosecurity Guidelines:     
Stuart Crofts has long led the charge when it comes to angling awareness on Biosecurity issues.  Granted, we touched on this subject some months ago now, but it’s vital we don’t let this issue slip under the carpet.  On the whole, anglers’ are a responsible bunch of folk who genuinely care about the environment.  Though, it only takes a momentary lapse in concentration for our guard to be lowered.  To “Stop the Spread” of evasive species like signal crayfish and Himalayan balsam the main points to remember are `Check, Clean and Dry`.

If you’re regularly shifting catchments then check waders, nets and boots before a vigorous clean in a mild disinfectant.  Obviously, time restrictions mean it’s not always possible to completely dry your equipment, in which case this should be soaked in a large bucket of hot tap water (45°C or over) and left for at least fifteen minutes prior to visiting another venue. This should help ensure that any larger organisms, like shrimps are killed off.  In addition, after this operation, you should use an approved disinfectant such as `Vikon S` to make sure other pathogens are neutralised (make certain that you follow all the manufacturers’ guidelines on the safe use and disposal of any disinfectant type products).

For more detailed information, check out the NNSS (non-native species secretariat) website at: and follow the links to see recent news on the latest threats (such as the spread of killer shrimps).  Our thanks go to Stuart Crofts for keeping us in the picture here.

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A mere dot in the distance, Paul Little tries his hand with a Lady Caroline in the famous Boat Pool.

Here, dozens of greenfly occupy a single leaf, image how many take up camp on a tree!

This plump fish was avidly scoffing aphids in the middle of the day

A Whiff of the Day Shift:
ThundersThe stunning and famous Lady Caroline dressed by Paul Littletorms brought a spectacular end to our recent heatwave that in turn lifted our rivers.  And once the sediment had settled, many trout ventured out to feed during the day.  Obviously, sport could be enjoyed at last knockings, but on quieter parts of a stream, fish could feed undisturbed.  Naturally, upwinged flies and caddis were thin on the ground, so what was it that tempted fish out from their daytime lairs?  Aphids (Greenflies) might well be a Gardner’s pest, but trout like nothing more than sipping in these tiny mites.  Best of all, what they lack in size they make up for in numberswhen thousands of these blighters can be seen during late summer.  Obviously, tree lined sections of a stream are a favourite place and armed with a suitable imitation, you can have dry fly sport to equal that of mayfly time with trout in tip top condition.     

2013 Schools and Courses:
Whether you’re a beginner out to learn the ropes or a more seasoned rod looking for advanced techniques, covering all aspects of fly fishing, Orvis have a full compliment of schools and courses scheduled for 2013.   Be it trout or salmon these include one day and residential courses from the Highlands of Scotland down to the Chalkstreams of Hampshire. 

For all Orvis schools and courses click here

For further information and bookings
please contact Judy Thornton.
Phone: 01264-349515

Paul Procter
Orvis UK
August 2013

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