• The Fog of Fishing

    I cannot walk past a wee burn, it is very possibly my favourite fishing type, and though in places it was quite silty from bank erosion I still ventured to run my bugs through the more gravelly deep area on the off chance there was something lurking below.

    The Fog of Fishing
  • High Activity, Low Interest

    Fish were being caught I was told, but seemed to have headed down deeper with the wind. So I opted to start with a sinking line ( an intermediate would have done but frankly I am not very happy with my Airflo intermediate line- I will need to get a new one, as sections of it appear to stick firmly to the surface and some less heavy flies end up trapped int he surface not just below as they should. ) and this ensured I would get down with my flies. On the point I had a modestly sized “fireman” lure and on the droppers a Cormorant and a black Pennel. Within a few casts at the south end of the loch I had my first follow, all the way in to my feet though the fish lost interest as soon as movement stopped ( I couldn’t retrieve further) and swum off. Interestingly it was the Pennel it appeared to follow.

    High Activity, Low Interest
  • The Island

    Yesterday was the annual Day after Boxing Day charity “competition”. Its not a serious affair with the primary goal being to raise money for the Strathcarron hospice.
    The competition was staked out for 28 entrants but on the day 23 turned up, on what was a fine is slightly breezy morning. Certainly a big improvement on the recent weather with Storm Barbara followed by Storm Conor right behind it and some pretty torrential wind and rain.

    The Island
  • The hot pegs

    Four hours credit in hand I made my way up to the main loch and found a spot that allowed me to fish into the bank that was down wind, the wind was pretty strong at times but I fanced keeping to the down wind side to see if fish were following along with the stuff you seem t hear and read a lot that you should try fishing in to a wind at these sort of venues rather than taking the easy option and getting the wind behind you. Well it did nothing for me, I never had a touch on the beaded Fireman lure I started with on a floating line. The floater was adequate with a long leader to allow me to be sure my fly was getting down up the top end as I was catching bottom now and again.

    The hot pegs

The Unfamous Fly : Fly fishing in Scotland and Beyond

Casting on Menteith
Welcome to the Unfamous fly, one of Scotland’s most popular fly fishing blog sites. The site documents the fly fishing outings of an otherwise unknown angler, no one famous, not a guide, not trying to sell anything.  Most of the outings will be round Central Scotland where there is a wealth of, in particular, still water fly fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout. From small stillwaters, like Swanswater, Burnhouse and Orchil, to larger venues like Lake of Menteith, Linlithgow and Carron Valley as well as more intimate Loch style boat fishing locations such as Glensherup, North Coulter and Pendriech ( Cocksburn Reservoir), most of these are fished regularly being within 30 minutes or so from home, along with numerous other small commercial stillwaters.

Full finned trout from Harviestoun

I also love moving water fishing though there are maybe less prime river fishing venues on my doorstep, I do venture out to river’s like the Clyde, the Tummel and the Tweed. Locally I fish the River Carron that flows through the Forth Valley, as part of my membership of the Larbert and Stenhousemuir Angling Club. I also love visiting river’s a bit further afield so stay tuned for these.

The fishing continues in winter too, with outings for my most favourite of game fish, the Grayling, with outings to the Clyde, Annan, Tweed and sometimes others. Very occasionally I venture further afield to points south, in England in Wales.

Not only do I write, video and photograph my fishing and where it takes me, but I also give my own honest opinions on tackle I use and places I fish. No one pays me and no one gets any sort of favouritism, so what you see is what you get. I am no expert just an enthusiast with a love for catching fish on the fly. Join me on my fly fishing adventures, in Scotland and beyond!


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