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All Bluster

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.

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Just Got Lucky

Today was the annual "Day After Boxing Day" charity fishing competition at Swanswater in aid of raising funds for Strathcarron Hospice. As ever despite the very cold temperatures, there was a great turn out and I understand over £900 was raised for the hospice ( the final amount will, I am sure, be posted on Swanswater's facebook page once Morna and Alastair have thawed out!).

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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.