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About Highlandsaltyfly

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  • Birthday 04/29/1965

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, music,luthiery
  • What I do for a living:
    Fisheries biologist

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    Wester Ross Scotland
  1. Hi Big sea scorpion on a surf candy, Greenland Jim
  2. Check out the song Coming to Philadelphia, about Jeremiah Dixon from NE England, a surveyor who co created the mason Dixon line. I have a number of relatives that followed Jeremiah and some who came back!! Jim
  3. Hi A Northumbian here from just north of the wall. Hadrian had plenty of guys to man his wall , watchtowers every few hundred yards , mile castle every mile and big forts every 10 miles or so . The secret weapon wasnt the wall it was the ditch or vallum on the North side of the wall , this seriously hampered the success of any charging red haired beardy hoards from Caledonia. Great east west supply road call the stanegate with ports at either end Not the best posting in the Roman Empire but the guys were well looked after. Jim
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  5. Hi all Started off in freshwater , saltwater didnt come till much later .I had John Veniards fly tying guide as a young tyer which hinted at sea water flies . I discussed this with my old uncle and fishing mentor who had fished in the sea with the fly for the usual summer species here in the UK. Never gave it a try until the late 1990s , then I was hooked. My go to books ,still to this day are Inshore Fly Fishing Lou tabory Fly rodding the coast Ed Mitchell Saltwater flyfishing in Britain and Northern Europe Ed Paul Morgan Pop Fleyes Bob Popovics Jim
  6. Hi Christmas1974 or 1975, I think , a Gladding Intrepid reel with a 4 at double taper line, with a glass fibre Shakespeare Pinvin Deluxe rod . Thanks to my uncle Jim and auntie Jean. Uncle Jim had recently had a stroke so he gave me his fly tying kit too. My best Christmas ever, also got a bike , a microscope and an Action Man. Must have been a good boy! Jim
  7. Hi Late to this topic. Fished last fall in NJ ,with SOLer Veitiero. Was much impressed with his casting with double handedsaltwater rod. He could punch a line right out a ridiculous distance and cover much more water than myself with my 8 wt Greys. I have an old ,hardly used ( maybe 3 or 4 times ) Diawa whisker fly 2 salmon rod . 15 foot #9/11. Any use for salt? Jim
  8. Hi The fines won't stop them Theyhave a market for their fish, it's down to money at the end of the day. The restauranteurs and ultimately the customers probably don't give a fig about the legality of the fish on the plate. Perhaps you need to police the restaurant, whack them with a fine when food inspector s find under sized fish in their kitchens? Jim
  9. Hi Started at the age of nine. I had an uncle who fished the River Coquet in Northumberland, England. I would join him for weekends, trout fishing with wee spinners or mepps. He often used the fly which fascinated me. Sadly he had a stroke and could not fish anymore . The following christmas he gave me a fly rod and reel and his old fly tying kit and books. That was it! I still have the rod and reel , books and kit. My eldest son inherited my uncle's old Hardy fly rod and reel and spinning rods when he died a year or so back. Keepin it going! Jim
  10. Hi As a biologist I spend quite a chunk of my time with sea trout (sea run browns). I have watched on a number of occasions sea trout post smolts in the sea feeding on wind blown insects coming off stands of pine and birch. So even in the sea they never forget the goodies they enjoyed in freshwater. Food is food! Jim
  11. I guess either no ones used them or they are less than good .Will tie up a coule of flies and try out Jim
  12. Hi Its a woolly ash aphid or similar , adult winged stage. Caddis and sedge flies are both the same , interchangeable names ,order Trichoptera (hairy winged flies). The name caddis refers to the case building larvae and harks back to caddymen ,pedlars who pinned their wares to their clothing, The term Caddy ,as in golf , comes from the same origin. Some Trichopterans do not build cases , they spin a net instead and use that to capture food Jim
  13. Hi all Been given a couple of packs of Partidge Sea streamers CS11/3 hooks. Never used them before . Bizarre looking hook .Any of you guys tried them?Does the reversed barb cause any issues? Heres a pic from the internet. Jim
  14. Hi Not a tackle or technique tip .Many years ago I hurt my shoulder , reaching around for my sea belt! Did it again more recently reaching arround to hand sweeties to my kids in the back seat!. The first time was a real bummer as I'd managed to get get myself a day on the Spey courtesy of a promostional day for my company .I took along my brand new 15ft double hander .By the end of the day I was in agony and could hardly move my arm ( I did however get my pb sea trout which was some degree of releif) I have a freind who was a physio (ex physio to Britains ladies hockey or net ball team, cant remember which ) .She treated me with acupuncture and the results were great .The second time it happened I went to my local chinese clinic and was treated just a sucessefully . I know it sounds like mumbo jumbo to some but give it a try. Jim
  15. I see a couple of different parasites on this fish. The long stringy things are a skin fluke. It's probably a Lernaeenicus species. I've seen similar on herring but a species which attacks the eye. They are a Pernellid parasitic copepod. What you are seeing is adult females, the body is the long thin red bit and egg chains brown. The egg chains contain many embryos which hatch and go through a series of planktonic stages before attaching to the fish. Mid flank and down and left of the black spot are a couple of female caligid sea lice, probably Caligid elongatus. You'll be more familiar with this as they are generalist marine parasites, I've seen them on stripers and Atlantic salmon too. These are also parasitic copepod, you can see thier much shorter egg chains if you zoom in. Jim