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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-03-2000, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: Per StadighDate: 5/2/2000 9:44 PM

Hello all friends!

I just returned from my annual week on the Aberdeenshire Dee in Scotland. As usual we had a fine week along one of the most pleasant rivers there is. The problem was that we a had a bit too much of the good - in our week a 60 year old rainfall record was beaten. The river rose 5-6 feet from the already high level we had on arrival. Gin clear was swapped for chocholate brown...

As there are no less than three early copies of Jock Scott's book on Arthur Wood and  the floating line (we fish the beat opposite Cairnton) in the lodge's library it becomes the logical bedside reading up there. Wood said that it took at least 3-4 days for his beat to start to fish after a dirty spate....****!!

As one can't spend a full week of sampling whisky I decided to try and prove ol' Wood wrong. Armed with my worst 4" "Christmas tree" tubes and the sinktips I have learned to use in the B.C I set forth.

To cut it short - I got three springers of the normal Dee size (8-12 pounds) and a good many headshakes from our trusted ghille. (One was caught in the eddie formed by the bench were we normaly sit!!)

The interesting part was that only one fish was caught deep down on a large fly. The two others came to intermediate lines and tubes of around 1 1/2 " overall length. I tried Airflo's 45' heads in  clear intermediate - wonderful casting lines, as were the similar floaters. A #12 loaded my 16' T&T extremely well and will become a favorite rig in Russia. 

It is amazing how well a fish can see - even in that very dirty water.

Just a report. The season has started!!!





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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-26-2000, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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i am confident a man of the world with your stature in the salmon community can find at least a few svenska flickas to dress up this collection of fishing bums like us

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-28-2000, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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You know that these things don't meet. Too many years in stinking waders has taken most of my charm away. The "svenska flickas" are getting in pickier.... It is whole lot easier in Russia, though...


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