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Hillend Dabbler

My first troot of the season.

I should have posted this two weeks ago. An account of my first day of the season on my local Loch  Better late than never.........

Yesterday, unforeseen circumstances at work prevented me from taking a holiday and getting out on the Loch on the opening day of the season which, in retrospect turned out to be a blessing as the weather here at Dabbler's HQ was horrendous. Once again we were hit with an icy blast of wind, ice and snow. My Hillend correspondent tells me that it was a winter wonderland up there yesterday.

Therefore I arranged for a half-day holiday today and decided to get up to the Loch at midday. When I arrived the Loch was bathed in sunshine. As I wondered round the shore I heard various reports from credible and not so credible sources of good numbers of trout being caught from various locations all over the Loch. Ted's Tree looked as good a place as any to make my first cast of the season. I set up with a Hillend Brute on the point and a Hillend Green on the dropper. I persevered for about fifteen minutes or so before heading over to the Island in front of the Whitehill woods. It wasn't long before I made contact with one of the new Hillend residents but he managed to get off in the fight which ensued. I had to wait for another twenty minutes or so before getting the chance to land my first trout of the season. This time I safely had the trout in the net after a few heart stopping leaps and runs. This trout was despatched as I promised a friend that my first trout of the season would be for him. Satisfied that I had broke my duck for the season I stopped fishing for a wee while and just sat back on the shore and enjoyed the scenery but it soon turned cold when the cloud rolled in so I made my way back via the the BHB and back to Teds Tree for a few final casts of the day . I then decided it was time to head home but before doing so I went into the Hillend Lodge for a blether and a welcome hot cup of soup.



Rena

Nice!! Beautiful view too!!

Poor trout *still* looks shocked that you won!
bodger

A beauty of a fish and a beautiful place too.
bignedkelly

nice fish there mate
am itching to get out before i start lambing in a couple weeks time
have you heard of anywhere fishing well in the fife/central belt area?
Woodsmoke

bignedkelly wrote:

have you heard of anywhere fishing well in the fife/central belt area?


Had reports that Leven's starting to come on a bit. I generally don't go anywhere near it early on, but I might venture down over the next few weeks  

Nice fish, Dabs. Overwintered by the look of it, too! Are they still deep, or was there much happening on the top?  
Bodach

Now that fish is getting me interested again, won't be this weekend as its going to be way too windy, Loch leven would love a go back on there, burley sands, trapple hole used to have a map of all the drifts when it was a broon troot fishery, loved it back in the 70's you could not get a boat from May till August, the dailt record used to have champion of champion comps on it, the the algie kicked in and killed it not fished it for years.

YIS

Bod
bignedkelly

Leven has been back to a brown trout only water for some years now mate - and there are some real specimens there - only thing is they can be a right bugger to find
Bodach

Ah so its back to its old self, grat will have to have an evening session in the summer, does it still have a big head of perch? Used to catch a lot of them on a peter ross.

YIS

Bod
bignedkelly

Bodach wrote:
Ah so its back to its old self, grat will have to have an evening session in the summer, does it still have a big head of perch? Used to catch a lot of them on a peter ross.

YIS

Bod


Sore point for me - not nearly as many perch as there used to be but still plenty about .
They took a load of them out when the loch was in full swing but in my opinion it killed the fishing - the perch were feeding mainly on or near the bottom - so when they removed them the trout had this new source of readily available food right down deep so they just stayed there. they huge rises that were once a real feature of the place became very much hit or miss and mainly the latter. For me this even more than there algea problems was the key to the lochs demise - if you havent been for a few years you will see a very different place - where once you had to book months in advance to get one of there 50 boats now there are only about 15 and you can turn up pretty much any day and there will be boats available.
But this was all done years ago and fingers crossed the loch is coming back to what it was - it was a brave move to switch back to brown only but they are quality fish and well worth the effort.
Bodach

Shame the loch has gone that way, maybe the fish will start to breed in the feeder burns and the stock will build up, its a massive water and even if 8 troot to the acre that would be some amount of fish,aye remember when you could not get a boat on it and the daily record always held the champion of champions on it, I was a boatman once in the copm and the two anglers wanted to fish saint serfs island at one oars depth we fished it all day and total catch 6 perch and a wee brownie, I was about dead rowing those old 18 foots all day. I will have a return visit.

Bod

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