The Trout Hunters return!

It's March and of course that means we have to share our obligatory start of season fishing adventure! This year the first day was a weekday - and not great weather - so only the most hardy in the family ventured out. But the fist weekend of the season was just nice enough to lure me out too for a full family-fishing adventure.

The Trout Hunters return!

By now Corwin has explored pretty much the whole area and has his own preferences. He really loves hunting wild brown trout on the small streams of the area and his true favourite is the Unapool burn with Quinag towering above it.

One of our last fly-fishing trips in the autumn was in this very spot and ended in an unplanned tumble into a ditch - head first. Fortunately, he seemed to have forgotten about that and was talking about returning to Unapool all winter. So, of course, this had to be our destination on this very first Saturday of the season. We all put on our waders - Corwin unfortunately been forced to upgrade from his set of army camouflage coloured ones to the somewhat more childish bright green crocodile ones due to growing feet. Needless to say, the more professional looking ones in a larger size are on order!

After assembling the all the rods we headed down to the burn and I opted for photographer's duty before fishing fun. This is the location where I caught my FIRST and ONLY ever trout so far in my fishing career so I decided not to peak too early this season and take it easy, learning from the experts.

Corwin was straight in there, casting away merrily with Stewart heading around a corner towards a little waterfall. At this point, the little angler was ahead 1-0 overall for the season as he had caught one on the first day of the season. The intra-family competition was truly on! And it didn't take long until I heard the first 'FISH ON' shout from Corwin - the little trout got off but he was not deterred and just got on with it.

And then SUCCESS! A little trout got hooked and landed! 2-0! And then another one - 3-0! Corwin was literally walking on air by then - which probably explains why about a few minutes later he managed to... guess what? He fell into the same ditch he had explored last autumn. After all the fun and excitement it was a rough landing and a few tears and when they started to mix with some rain we decided to return to the car for some hot chocolate and little drive around the coast possibly with more fishing if the mood improved.

It didn't take long and telling some angler's tales until the tumble was forgotten. After a sugar boost, we headed up along another little stream that would lead to a cool waterfall we had visited last year early in the season. And then finally Stewart started to catch too - 3-1 - 3-2 ... 3-7! Corwin did take it in good spirit and both enjoyed some casting right underneath the waterfall.

And yes I was still taking photos - I do enjoy casting and might catch another fish this year but no pressure, family fishing adventures are all about being out and about together!

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Monika Strell

Monika Strell

About Me & Mine

Monika (an Austrian in Scotland), Stewart (a true Highlander) and Corwin (7), plus 2 dogs and 5 cats.  We live on a woodland croft in the parish of Assynt, in the far North West Highlands of Scotland.

Favourite place in the world:

Home - we are lucky to have mountains and beaches on our doorstep and Scotland generally; but we also love the mountains in my native Austria and have a soft spot for California, where we spent our honeymoon.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Explovering (our personal term for exploring and discovering) mountains, lochs and beaches, camping, foraging, star gazing, Geocaching, developing our already wonderful woodlands into a magic place to share with family, friends and neighbours and fishing.

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