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#1 captainflash

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:07 PM

Aw Right Chaps,
My friends and I are complete novices to fly fishing, so novice we have not got any fly fishing gear yet(but there is still plenty time to syphon off from the housekeeping kitty). We are planning a day or 2 at Loch Awe in probably July or August, we have been coarse fishing there but not fly. what would be recommended gear to use, would it be dry fly or nymph, what weight of line, and what rod & reel would be suitable.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:11 PM

Moving this over to the fly-fishing forum, you'll get a better response there I think.

And welcome to the site captainflash :)

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 06:11 AM

Hi

A ten foot plus rod coupled with a 6 or 7 weight line, either DT or WF should see you OK. The type of reel doesn't matter, it's only for storing the line anyway. Usually on Awe, wet fly is the norm, though nymphs and dries will sometimes have their day (or night), as will lures for the escapee rainbow trout.

I wouldn't class July and August as the best months, but early morning and evening should be productive, and the dry daddy-long-legs would be in my fly box.

And good luck with the midges....... :)



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Edited by IanR, 30 January 2008 - 06:28 AM.


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Posted 31 January 2008 - 07:14 PM

Hi

A ten foot plus rod coupled with a 6 or 7 weight line, either DT or WF should see you OK. The type of reel doesn't matter, it's only for storing the line anyway. Usually on Awe, wet fly is the norm, though nymphs and dries will sometimes have their day (or night), as will lures for the escapee rainbow trout.

I wouldn't class July and August as the best months, but early morning and evening should be productive, and the dry daddy-long-legs would be in my fly box.

And good luck with the midges....... :)
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 11:40 AM

Cheers bro. :thumbs:


My lasting memory of loch awe were the midges...............serious bighters, so I'd recommend not only cream protection, but a full on midge hat/mask, and don't forget your hands, a pair of "deisel" gloves from the petrol station keep the midges out and allow you to fish in reasonable comfort in the warm weather.

there are some big ferox trout in there, so best of luck.
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:00 PM

surely at that time of the year your going to check out the local midge population and then try to fish
get yourself a load of AVON skin so soft the blue bottle ,
its better than most insect repellents so good that the army use it when on exercise up in this area
. this reply is not a joke i have known people going out for half an hour and coming back arms all covered in blood from the midgies
don't ware dark clothing it makes you a target for them .
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 06:42 AM

If the midges are bad you are better off in a boat. If you fish under the trees out of the wind you might never be seen again.
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:47 PM

http://www.midgefore...default_map.asp

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:52 AM

The only problem with skin so soft (i use pink original and it's great) is that it washes off where your hands get wet, and then the little blighters go mental.

I don't fish dusk at that time of year for that very reason, though I remember getting my back eaten alive when we had to leave the hotel in the middle of the night when the fire alarm went off.
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 05:53 PM

One other thing to look out for apart from those maneating midges are the Ticks.
If walking through any long grass or ferns to go fishing then it is well worth while tucking your jeans into your socks and checking at night for the little buggers.
Only look like a pinhead at first but when full look more like a small Sloe.

Hire a boat from Loch Awe boats and try the edges of the loch.

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