Loch Eye 2011
Some catch photos of our fishing clients on our guided excursions, and also from unguided anglers fishing the loch during the 2011 season; in chronological order (mostly):
An early season foray for Iain and I in April.
The smaller fish seem in decent condition, ...
... but the bigger fish were very lean. Clearly a hard winter, and taking them a while to get the weight back on.
They come from far and wide to fish with us (Oz)!
Mid-May, and a first-ever brownie for Dave.
A 2nd Ever Brownie!
A cracker for a 2nd fish. Still a bit lean, but this year's growth evident on the tail.
Into a Big One!
His pal Alan Drury in the other boat is not to be outdone. What is this?
'Can't Move It'
Wrapped around weed, his fish wouldn't move, and the boat kept drifting off in the wind, as if the fish was running! Eventually it pulled free from above...
At last, and it's a personal best! Also the biggest trout ever caught by our guests on Eye. A bit lean, so hard to estimate the weight, but at least 6 lbs!
Difficult to know whether this fish was still catching up from a poor winter, or was an old fish in decline. Definitely a 'stonker' though!
Another 'Red Letter' Day
June - What a day this turned out to be. This cracker is my best from the loch at around 5lbs ...
... but I was even luckier, catching 3 more fish over 2lbs! All on the same fly (an olive emerger) ...
They Just Kept Coming!
... Philip Sharnock and I shared 14 more fish, all ¾ to 1¼ lbs, and he was perplexed why no big ones fell to him ...
... He thought I should have given him one of my flies (yeah, right!), but as we all know, all scientific experiments need a control sample!
A PB for Bill.
A cracking fish, amazing markings.
Photo ©Colin Riach.
August - this fish has fed well.
The View from Below
This is an underwater camera..., isn't it?
Late September, and the last casts of the season. A chunky fish, with unusual livery - check out those red spots!
Another great fish to end the season.
Same fish. Just as Tara was releasing it, it caught the light of the low autumn sun - stunning!
Wild brown trout..., unbeatable!
August - One of two, cracking 3 pounders caught by Des and his son Dara. Two memorable fights; both fish entangling in the weed, leaving us to drift away downwind with line stripping off the reel. Both times, we had to use the electric motor to get upwind of the fish, then lift them free as we passed over them. A heart-stopping, adrenalin-thumping team effort!