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Super fly Iona Allan takes advantage of the rise of indicator fishing

Iona Allan with her hand-braided flags.  Photo: Nigel Duncan
Iona Allan with her hand-braided flags. Photo: Nigel Duncan

However, she took the time to break out of her usual styles to launch a new product, braided indicators that are becoming more and more popular.

The only man in Scotland to produce this type of indicator recently retired and Iona admitted that it took him some time to master their making by hand. They are now for sale at his fishery, Allandale Tarn near West Calder.

She also markets them on social media and the word is spreading quickly. A fisherman made the trip from Ayrshire to pocket a few bags and the colored flags are said to be more susceptible to bites than the others.

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15 year old fisherman Oliver Plenderleith used a variety of models to land 21 trout during his session at Allandale Tarn. Photo: Nigel Duncan

The only downside is that you can’t slide them up and down the tip, but they have the advantage of a fisherman being able to tie a 10lb fluorocarbon line between the fly line and the indicator and then 6 lb fluorocarbon length between the other link on the indicator and the fly point. This means that if a fisherman is broken, he is likely to keep the indicator.

“Fishermen I know had indicators like this linked by Jimmy McBride who had a shop in Edinburgh, but it closed and no one was making them,” Allan said.

“People were asking me and I thought about it. I tied them up using braided buckles and rubber tubing, but I tried to make them as short as possible and a bit stiffer than the originals to keep them straight for better presentation. I have them now. at a stage where we can sell them in the fishery shop. “

They come in different shapes and sizes and Allan said they are easy to throw, especially the ball shape which is more aerodynamic.

This 9 pound cod was landed on Aquamarine Charters off Eyemouth.

She added, “Indicator fishing is growing in popularity and is especially good for young fishermen who practice the sport. They can be used on calm waters and also on rivers, hence their small size.

“The buoyancy is good and the indicators can be used with a number of patterns including rabbit, nymphs and weighted eggs, and they can be worked in difficult and calm conditions.

“The fishermen seem to love them and I took the time to attach popular designs like yellow owls to make them.”

Meanwhile, anglers at Allandale Tarn have had mixed fishing reports due to fluctuating pressure, but dry flies, buzzers, and brown or olive diawl hooks on size 12 or 14 hooks produced. vessels, beetles or nymphs and black spiders.

A 15-year-old fisherman, Oliver Plenderleith, used a variety of models to land 21 trout during his session, including a 16-pound fish, one of many double-digit trout to fish on the water in recent years. weeks.

Also in West Lothian, Bowden Springs, near Linlithgow, experienced a mixed climate, from hot and sweltering days to thunder and lightning with heavy downpours, according to owner Jim Gargaro.

However, angling has always been good with the best fly catch being Chad Rachanbach with four superb trout weighing 23 lbs. An 11 pound rainbow was the best and it was returned safely.

Dylan Johnstone caught an 8lb brown trout on a dry sedge and Conner Robertson a 6lb rainbow on buzzer.

Alan Purvis scored five for 18 lbs with a best of 5 lbs on the dry black beetle and buzzers.

The bait loch fished well with very clear water and some of the best catches on record came from Jake Greive and his brother Bert who caught eight for 19lbs, the best 4lbs, mostly on Powerbait and the current ledger .

Tom Saunders had five for 14 lbs on Worm and R Darling four for 16.25 lbs and a best of 7 lbs on Yellow Powerbait.

Jim Hall had five rainbows for 18 lbs with a best of 5 lbs and a good outlook in calm weather.

In the Pentlands, Harlaw continues to fish well, with fish feeding on hatching flies such as mayflies, buzzers and small sedges. Many fish also actively feed on minnows and sticklebacks.

Robert Ross, general secretary of Malleny Angling, which administers the water, said during the mayfly outbreak he had success with a pattern of dry mayfly and fished mayfly emergence. in the surface film.

Rainbow dancers and hot heads attached to a standard size 10 hook represented other fish that hunted minnows.

He added: “The fish are in the top two or three feet of the water with good water clarity. Other anglers have reported equal success with buzzers and mini lures proving to be the most effective. . Many pretty blues are captured. “

Neighbor Threipmuir also fishes well with many reports of double-digit catches of brown trout. Rosslynlee reports Davie Bullen collected 18 on buzzers and droughts and the water has been fishing well recently and the summer streak continues in Tweeddale near Gifford. Fished over four innings with the third due tomorrow (Sunday) and the top six qualify each inning.

Meanwhile, Cadence is launching a range in the world of fly fishing with a range of rods, reels and lines. They will be sold direct and the company says this allows them to bring high-end, high-performance fly fishing rods to anglers, with the best components and materials at “a reasonable price.”

Two of the world’s top fly throwers and anglers, Ian Gordon and Stevie Munn, are leading the development of the Signature Series fly rods and development began in Spring 2020.

The range includes two-handed and one-handed fly rods. Gordon specializes in two-handed rods, specifically the Spey Cast, and has extensive two-handed rod knowledge from three generations of salmon anglers and a keen interest in physics and biomechanics.

Stevie is a long-time fly fisherman and one of the most skilled fly tying fishing guides, casters and demonstrators in the UK and Ireland. He has won fly-throwing competitions and has a fly-throwing world record to his name. He merged his knowledge to develop a full line of rods to cover most solo fly fishing situations, from small streams and loch style fishing to remote casting on large reservoirs.

Five coils are marketed in sizes ranging from 3/4 to 11/12. Made from high quality aluminum, they are lightweight and perfectly weighted to balance on their matching Cadence fly rod. They come with powerful brakes.

There are also a variety of line styles for one or two handed rods and anglers will be able to choose the material their grips are made from, whether it is high quality AAA cork or hard EVA.

A spokesperson said: “The products have been tested by a team of brand ambassadors in the UK and Ireland.”

In coarse fishing, Garry Mortimer won the sixth of 11 Summer Series stages organized by Edinburgh and Lothians Coarse Angling Club.

He scored 14 lb 4 oz at Alex’s Pond in Orchill near Auchterarder with John Perella second at 6 lb 8 oz with John Hannah third at 6 lb 7 oz and Heather Lauriston fourth at 5 lb 12 oz. Roz Cassidy, who won the fifth round, was fifth this time around with 5lb 10oz.

In the Knockout Cup, Ian Sloss beat Andy Hamilton to advance to the next round.

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