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Wild brown trout - loch fly fishing

scotland loch fishingOn the Scottish lochs, wet fly fishing from a drifting boat is the most commonly used method although recent years have seen a greater appreciation in the use of dry flies and dapping. The boat is set to drift broadside to the wind along a chosen "drift", an area of suitable depth and character for feeding trout. Usually two (or even three) anglers share a boat, casting their flies down or across the wind and working them with a combination of rod movement and line retrieval to represent living insects. The terminology used for a three-fly cast is point fly, dropper (or middle) and bob fly (the dropper nearest to the rod). The bob fly is so called because it is closest to the surface and as the line is retrieved and it can be made to skate and bob along the waves to represent a hatching or egg laying insect. Bushy flies that cause an attractive wake are often used for this purpose in the belief that they bring the trout up and if they don´t accept the bob fly they may take one of the others. Popular wet fly patterns include Kate McLaren, Bibio, Black Zulu, Blue Zulu, Soldier Palmer, Clan Chief, Kingfisher Butcher, Silver Butcher, Yellow Tail Greenwell, Black Pennel, Ke-He, Claret Pennel, Grouse and Claret, Teal and Green, Invicta, Silver Invicta, Green Peter, Dunkeld and a few dark coloured buzzers for occasions when the wind drops. Sizes 10 to 14 cover most conditions. Fairly light tackle is best. A fly rod suitable for a number 5 or 6 line, coupled with floating and intermediate lines will satisfy the requirements on most days. Travel rods are ideal where reaching the loch requires a long walk.

Traditionally rods of 10 feet or more were used. This length makes the control of a team of flies much easier than is possible with a short rod. scotland trout lochTypically a cast of flies is around nine or ten feet long with a point fly and two droppers approximately three feet apart. Normal strength is between 4 and 6 pounds BS. Any of the traditional loch fly patterns are useful with dark colours favourite.If conditions are flat calm it becomes difficult to deceive trout. Fishing a single fly on a light leader is then more likely to be effective than a team of three. Dry flies and emerger patterns are recommended in such conditions. Hoppers are the most popular dry fly patterns for loch fishing but any representative pattern is worth trying. Dapping is an exciting method that involves a very light & bulky floss line sometimes called "blow line". This material blows with the wind and the dry fly is attached by a short length of leader that need not be particularly fine because it need never touch the water. Using a long rod held high the angler maneuvers the fly to skip and dance along the waves like a live insect. Takes are usually dramatic splashy affairs as the trout attack the escaping prey. A good steady wind and nerves of steel are required for this most exciting method. Favourite dapping flies are various Daddy-Long-Legs patterns and bushy dapping flies such as the Loch Ordy.

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