A Day with Stan Headley for 'Trout & Salmon'


trout & salmon magazine loch eye featureIn late July 2010, I took Stan Headley out for the day on Loch Eye for a feature for Trout & Salmon magazine (we even made the cover!). It's a bit of a cliché but when describing the loch to others, we often say that the fishing can be dour for long periods, and then it's as if someone turns the light switch on and there are fish everywhere. After a very quiet first couple of hours that day I was about to invoke Plan B with a move to another drift, when suddenly things started to happen…!

Over the next few hours, we experienced some terrific fishing to the wets. Nothing so unusual in that. What was different though was that we had a photographer in the boat to record everything – well at least until he had got all the shots he needed, and started fishing himself.

In all, we caught around 23 lovely wild brownies (things got a bit hectic, so this is plus or minus), of which 13 were over 1¼ lbs. We lost a few as well; a fish of about 3 lbs comes to mind that I tried to ‘tail walk’ for the camera with a less than successful outcome – no photo & no fish! R.D.

 

Read the full article: The Trout & Salmon Magazine feature is available for Download here (PDF format 2.5MB).


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10:50 a.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley   A late start to the day, but we're now fishing. Nice wind from the West (WNW), a nice wave too, but a bit bright. A couple of good fish swirled away from the boat, but otherwise it was quiet and we only caught a few small fish in the morning.
© Chris Gregory
12:46 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley   Chris our photographer joins Stan (& his dog) and myself in the boat - cosy. The cloud rolls in, and grey overcast conditions prevail. At last, the first decent rod-bender as Stan hooks up.
© Chris Gregory
12:47 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley, netted trout   Fish 1, safely in the net. There's no close up of this one though as the first decent brownie of the day was laid out on Stan's tackle box for a pic, but then decided it had had enough, flapped and found its way back into the loch!
© Chris Gregory
 13:10 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley   Fish 2 (probably 3 actually as I thought Stan landed the first 2 fish).
© Chris Gregory
 13:47 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley, brown torut   Fish 3 - I can't believe we waited over half an hour for this next fish? Maybe nothing met our photographer's high standards!
© Chris Gregory
 13:47 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley, brown trout   Fish 3 - what a belter this one was though! And a great photo.
© Chris Gregory
 13:47 p.m. loch eye boat fishing , brown trout   Fish 3 - another great photo.
© Chris Gregory
 13:55 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley   Fish 4 - another pretty fish.
© Chris Gregory
 14:30 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley   Fish 5 - another for Stan. Did we stop for lunch before this?
© Chris Gregory
 14:44 p.m. loch eye boat fishing roger dowsett and stan headley   Fish 6 - coming to the net.
© Chris Gregory
14:44 p.m. loch eye boat fishing, brown trout with loch ordie fly   Fish 6 - an amazing photo! No prizes for spotting that's a Loch Ordie!
© Chris Gregory
 14:45 p.m.   Fish 6 - and here it is.
© Chris Gregory
 15:00 p.m. loch eye boat fishing, brown trout sub surface   Fish 7 - another fantastic shot.
© Chris Gregory
 15:00 p.m.   Fish 7 - In the net...
© Chris Gregory
 15:01 p.m.   Fish 7 - ... and in the boat.
© Chris Gregory
 15:13 p.m. loch eye boat fishing chirs gregory, brown trout   Fish 8 - Aha! Here's our photographer Chris Gregory with his hands on his personal best wild brown trout. Under the supervision of his guide (and stand-in photographer) he had hooked but lost a very similar fish just 5 minutes earlier.
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 15:26 p.m. loch eye boat fishing, jumping trout   Fish 9 - Terrific shot! Not absolutely sure if we landed this one, because just a minute later...
© Chris Gregory
 15:27 p.m.   Fish 10 - ... maybe we had a double hook up, it's definitely a different fish (& fly) - it's all just a blur!
© Chris Gregory

 

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