Allan Liddle: Taking a few days off

Life can get hectic. For me it’s juggling the demands and stresses of the day job with the trials of a house move whilst I get on with some extensive renovations at home, not to mention the need to tie a few flies and obviously get out and fish them. So, what perfect timing that a birthday came along to give me the excuse of a few days away to chase our native brown trout in the dramatic wild scenery so abundant in the Scottish Highlands, good for the soul and the batteries.

Well I say good for the soul and recharging the batteries but for that I need to really get out there and cover the miles over bogs and peat hags and slippery rocks sweating and working those muscles you forget you had. If you don’t come home knackered and sore you’ve not been doing it right. Ok confession time -  I’ve recently noticed that inadvertent noise and groan as I get up out the armchair, but the draw of our wild ‘troots’ and the jaw dropping scenery helps you forget all those aches and pains or the ever mounting years for that matter, confession number two is this birthday is closer to the big ‘five-oh’ than the ‘key to the door.’

 

Shepherd’s Pie, beer and a few ‘Après Fish’ Drams soon help you forget the aches pains and tired limbs; it also helps set you up for another foray the next day - well if you don’t overdo the drams n beer that is. Not that there was much chance of that as the fishing / hiking sessions stretched to twelve or thirteen hour days so after a feed and wee moment to savour the experience the eyelids were soon too heavy, another sign of rapidly approaching middle age (or so I’m told).

The conditions were pretty good this trip with light winds and mostly overcast skies, coupled with some warm weather. Good for fishing and good for midges n other blood loving beasties as well though and much blood was given in the search for ‘Wild Scottish Gold’, the price you need to pay for the wilderness experience, still nothing a liberal application of midge repellent and bug net can’t keep at bay. It helps to keep you on the move as well. I find covering miles when wild fishing much more productive than standing around on one spot anyway.

Hog’s n Hoppers found plenty takers amongst the fish, in fact I think I only changed flies about three times during the entire trip meaning more time spent fishing and on this occasion, plenty eager fish to chase. The light winds also meant a lot of my favourite flam calm conditions where I had the chance to target fish cruising on the top which is always exciting stuff. All too soon though the need to get back to reality came around and the car pointed towards the road home, roll on next time, luckily it won’t be too long before I get back out again.

- Allan

Allan was using the Wet Fly Supreme on his fishing expedition in sizes 12 and 14. Find out more about the hook here...