Fraser on Fishing: Nice Brownie brightens my day

Alan Brand from Edinburgh landed the biggest fish of the year so far  a 10lb 9oz rainbow on a Diawl Bach at Swanswater.
Alan Brand from Edinburgh landed the biggest fish of the year so far  a 10lb 9oz rainbow on a Diawl Bach at Swanswater.
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It was a fairly quiet Rosslynlee fishery when I arrived, albeit a midweek visit.

A handful of anglers were on the water but little was showing. Opting for a midge tip line and a mini hothead Damsel – which is one of the fishery’s best fish takers – I ventured out.

Starting out in front of the lodge, I was getting some interest with the odd pluck but no firm offers. A west wind picked up blowing from the fishery entrance onto the dam wall. Moving round to the edge of the reed beds and fan casting along the reed beds and onto the dam wall brought my first solid offer which slipped the hook after several minutes. Management informed me that in the last few weeks the fish have switched from black to olive in their feeding habits. Some big fish showed further out but not within casting range so I concentrated on the water that I could fish. Obviously, the fish were not chasing so I slowed the retrieve right down to almost a crawl. Things started happening after that with some solid tugs and pulls but still no lock on yet.

Deciding to go smaller with a team of Diawl Bach’s on a slow figure of eight retrieve and I was in. To my surprise, it was a nice brown trout of around 11/2lb. Returning the brownie, I found another two rainbows in the next hour before the rain set in.

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