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    More Lewis fishing

    The forecast for the yesterday and today were reasonable with relatively light winds promised. Unfortunately it didn't quite work out like that and relatively light winds turned into flat calm:



    Last night I wandered out to my chosen camping, and fishing, spot and on the way I passed a few little lochs. I didn't stop for a cast as time was already getting on plus I was carrying a very heavy pack. With camping gear it seems to can have light or inexpensive, but not both, and light can be very expensive indeed for someone who might only camp a few nights in a lifetime.



    You can see that even on the way out there was little or no wind and really it might have been more sensible to turn and come home again but who is going to give up on a fishing trip? I got the tent up just on sunset:



    This shot taken just after sunrise shows that I picked a spot handy for the loch but the lack of wind made fishing really tricky, especially for someone like myself who only fishes wet fly. Maybe a dry dropped out there and given the odd twitch might have taken a fish or two:



    As it was with my timing I only really got about an hour of fishing in the evening but I did have a few decent fish when a tiny ripple came up on the loch and that is always nice on a fishery which is completely wild and where the fish have been resident since the end of the last ice age:



    Due to there being little or no wind for most of the time the midges were pretty bad and a head net was necessary for quite a bit of the morning, however that's what you get for going out in a flat calm and it wasn't completely unexpected:

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    Priceless despite the midges. Always carry a few CDC's in your fly box for those occasions.

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    Cracking pictures

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    Lovely shots. I've not camped up there, but I have fished the moor lochs north west of Stornoway. A windless day up there is unusual... It's a stunning spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    Priceless despite the midges. Always carry a few CDC's in your fly box for those occasions.
    I know, but all I had was the wet flies. I have a box of CDC and other similar stuff but haven't used one of them in years since I moved to fishing wet fly only. I guess it is sort of like the folks who only fish dry fly and it isn't just about catching the fish but a sort of "ethos" that comes upon you. I have some small black pennells in the box so putting one of them on a fine leader would be pretty close to nymph fishing and in those conditions it would probably fish in the surface film anyhow so that's me back fishing the dry fly :-)

    I must say that Smidge really is the thing when the midges are that bad, it simply works well. However when they are so thick in the air you need the head net just so you can open your eyes or breathe. Of course eating didn't work so well as it required the removal of the head net, and I didn't want to get into the tent to eat if I could avoid it.
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    Yes I know what you are saying about using one method you enjoy, several regulars at our reservoir only fish dry fly.
    What would be your most successful team of flies for those wild brownies ?

    Like the sound of that Smidge (midge repellent) ... been using skin so soft. ATB Gaz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    Yes I know what you are saying about using one method you enjoy, several regulars at our reservoir only fish dry fly.
    What would be your most successful team of flies for those wild brownies ?

    Like the sound of that Smidge (midge repellent) ... been using skin so soft. ATB Gaz
    I've never been a big fan of the skin so soft but on the other hand I haven't given it a good trial. Smidge is great because it doesn't melt anything, like deet does, plus the FDA say it is safe to use even on children and it has tested as effective as deet against midges, ticks etc. I've no connection with the people making it but when you get something that works for a real pain like the midges then it is good to spread the word. The active ingredient is also in something called Autan and I believe the selling point of smidge is that it is waterproof.

    When it comes to flies that I'm not too chosey really but often I have a Zulu or Blue Zulu on the dropper and a Black Pennell or a Connemara Black on the point. I used to fish 3 flies but have settled on 2 these days as I get less tangles. Probably it would be better to learn to cast better but I haven't seen any decrease in catches with 2 flies so there seems to be no down side.
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