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September

Loop Classic reel deal & Report

Ronald Sutherland

The Helmsdale provided some super sport last week on the upper beats with many fish being caught over 20lbs, 24lbs was the biggest I believe. Good numbers were had by all the estates, some were in the mid 20s, I guess there were around 100 off for the week. The Association water only provided 2 at 10 and 5lbs and a healthy sea-trout of 4lbs. 

I was lucky enough to manage a day on the Spey on Wednesday with friend Vanya Hackel on the fabulous Castle Gordon water. I always fancied a cast below the main road bridge on the A96 at Fochabers and to my delight that was the exact pool I drew for the morning. The first two hours passed quietly, then all hell broke loose! I managed to get 3 in the net and lose one at the net, before that I broke one and bent the rod in another in a mad spell before lunch, many thanks to John Fox and ghillie Bob Harrold for all their help - I also smashed a 17ft loop rod in the...

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September

High water for the week

Ronald Sutherland

The river fished well last week considering the unsettled water levels. Some excellent catches were recorded when conditions were favourable, notably 10 on beat 3 above to the rod of Johnny Hardy on the Wednesday, amusingly John hardy junior had 8 from the Oykel on the same day, quite a day for the father and son combination! 80 - 90 fish were caught for the week and most coming from the upper beats as per usual for the time of year.

The Association water suffered due to high water and I have heard of only one fish taken last week.

The Tweed, Tyne and Dee continue to turn heads with some excellent scoring, we are receiving some super feedback of catches on our flies on these rivers, Cascade Pigs in 0.5" tungsten and aluminium are fishing very well, as are RS PBPs and Feeler flies. You can fish these tubes on sinking or floating lines depending on what depth you want your flies. Most fish are now being hooked sub surface on sinking tips of varying densities, make sure...

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10

September

3 weeks to go!

Ronald Sutherland

This Bogof deal is now closed
The Association water has struggled this past week, unsettled conditions and very few fresh fish entering the system have slowed things right down. It's raining heavily again but I think if another big spate comes crashing down the glen we should catch a few more older boy's next week as there are quite a few fish on the beat. We need temperatures to cool down now to get fish in spawning mode, this usually makes fish hit bigger flies like the ones on offer below.
The beats fished reasonably well but there were no outstanding catches to report - I have been invited to fish beat 2 again later today for Achentoul rods ( watch this space!! )
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6

September

Another big week on the Helmsdale

Ronald Sutherland

As I stated midweek last week the fishing has been excellent and big numbers were posted on most estates. Borrobol rods had the lions share with a superb 38 fish for the week. The upper beats were providing most of the action as expected and coneheads and copper tubes scored well. I would guess around 200 fish came off the river last week.

The Association water offered good sport also and fresh fish were taken on most days, 16 was the total for the week. I even managed a few myself! A 1" tungsten Red Frances took my first and last fish of the week fished on a floating line and 10ft leader. I also managed to land another bonus fish in the tail of the Park pool on lower beat 2 fishing for Achentoul rods Saturday evening. The water was around 1ft 6 and the bigger pools on the beat were in absolutely incredible shape for the fly. Around 2 miles of beautiful water, I could not even scratch the surface on foot, and that was just on the lower beat left bank!

We are now in September...

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1

September

Midweek Latest

Ronald Sutherland

13 fish off the Association water this week up to Thursday, all off the Flat Pool apart from 2 from William Jappy last night in Upper Allan. Most fish are fresh amazingly and most of the locals are scoring, 7 off on Tuesday evening.

The upper beats are fishing very well too, 3 & 4 above providing most sport. The season is far from over it would seem so get out on the water if you have a chance.

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