After an almost totally still end to the day yesterday and much the same but with heavy showers, early morning today, I think we all got lulled into thinking the worst of the recent weather had passed the island of Islay. By the time we hit the wee loch ( I don’t know the real name of this wild loch on the Lossit
The guys in our party here with Fly Fish Islay who were faster at getting organised and out, than I am – I cannot tell a lie I am a bit of a faff when it comes to getting ready, say that for the first ten minutes or so it was really quite pleasant. But by the time I was on the
I went to the end of the bay I had had a bit of success on here, last year and had a fish first cast, on the same fly that did me so weall las year the green tag Kate.
I just worked my way down the bank and again like last year the further you could cast out square to the bank the better and more sure you would be of a decent fish. My
Post Fishing Dram
This evening’s post fishing nip was Strathisla
Tasting Notes from David Wood of Distilled Events and Fly Fish Islay
On the nose cut grass, summer meadows and on the palate fresh fruit and citrusy, and on the finish lengthy with the faintest waft of peat smoke.Very fruity on the nose,
On the palate, strawberries and blackberries and cinnamon and a long “Christmas Day” in a bottle finish.
I wandered round the bank to where Shaun was and then was getting ready to have a go further up the bank when Dougie the guid shouted that everyone was gone as the wind was too hard to deal with and that conditions were ideal back at Lossit.
I was happy to keep going but we decided to head back with everyone else. Back at Lossit the wind was much more benign and Dougie had got the boats ready for fishing. Myself and Shaun opted to use a boat, I hadn’t fished from a boat at Lossit on this trip so thought why not. By the time we had geared up and motored out on a near perfect gentle ripple and lined the boat up for our firt drift the wind had changed. In the blink of an eye the wind switched 90 degrees and became a blustery chop in a less than idea direction.
I very rapidly changed the drift and we started fishing into the reedy bay near the top corner of the loch. After picking up a few fish here between us, we moved around to the far side of the island and picked up a few more. My last fish was another decent long fish