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Fly fishing questions page 19.

Questions can be about any aspect of fly fishing, fly casting, casting instruction, fishing in Scotland or abroad, fly fishing courses, fishing flies, etc. The following is just a random selection of questions that have been send by readers and answered by Ally. If you have a question that you wish to ask please do not hesitate to complete the form.

Questions:

New venue
Fly size
Salmon & leaves
Fish on the reel

New venue

Question: : I have coarse fished all my life age 50 now. Last year my wife gave me a days guided fly fishing at Stocks Reservoir in Lancashire. Only have had a few times this to get out. On a reservoir this time of year should I be buying wet or dry flies? I have heard that you can fish both at the same time! Hook size?

Answer: I live hundreds of miles from Stocks so if I was going to fish there or anywhere else new I would phone them for local advice and ask what has been successful lately and what they think would be best during my visit. You can fish with a dry fly on the end of the leader and have for example a couple buzzers suspended between the dry fly (which should be buoyant) and a floating fly line. You can also suspend a nymph or buzzer by tying a short piece of leader material from the bend of the hook on a dry fly which then also acts as a float. Hook sizes should match the naturals, here in Scotland the "standard" size for lochs is #12, again when you enquire about flies and tactics also ask about hook sizes.

Fly size
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Question: When you buy a size 2 or 3 etc. fly, is the hook size a 2 or 3 etc.? 

Answer: The short answer is yes you would expect the number to be the hooks size. However since all hook manufacturers don't use the same criteria for determining hook size and they make various styles of hooks some of which are appear to be sized quite differently from others the situation is quite confusing and you could I'm sure buy a size 3 from one person only to find that it is bigger than a size 2 from another. To add to that flies can be dressed either smaller or larger than normal on a hook.

Salmon & leaves
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Question: Four of us, all seasoned salmon fishers have just returned from the upper Tweed, below Peebles from a week’s fishing 22nd to 27th Oct. with only one fish between us. Same result last year. During both fishing trips there was heavy leaf fall, leafs on top and in the water. Four out of ten casts would catch a leaf, very annoying. Do leaves on top and in the water have an influence on salmon? Last year as well as well as this year the river was fining, clear and cold. Salmon, mostly coloured fish would jump at times and at other times in same water and light conditions would not show at all. Are they spooked by leaves?

Answer: I believe that in addition to being a nuisance to the angler lots of leaves (leaf soup!) passing the fish must distract and obstruct their vision and make it difficult for them to discern your fly from the debris. Sometimes I think that my success rate may have improved under these conditions by using flies that don't resemble leaves such as blue coloured flies or the likes of the Junction Shrimp and other white winged flies. A fly hooking a leave may cause disturbance due to its unnatural movement. I don't think that the natural progress of leaves should disturb fish but our presence and the passage of flies and lures certainly can. Fish are often disturbed by other fish entering a pool and stirring around looking for lies. In truth most of the fishing in Scotland after mid October is for fish that are well past their best, September is the best autumn month provide that water conditions suit. I write this conscious that I don't know all the answers regards salmon fly fishing!

Fish on the reel
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Question: When I get a fish on when I have a lot of line at my feet, what is the best way to get the fish on the reel?

Answer: The most important thing is to keep tension on the line so there is normally no particular need or hurry to get "onto the reel" what I do is make sure that the line stays tight by holding the line under my middle finger control the tension onto the reel with my pinkie whilst winding in. Lots of fish are landed without any line being wound back onto the reel.

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