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Harling

 

The Boat

Harling like trolling uses a boat, but here it is usually done on a river rather than a Loch. The boat is effectively kept stationary and the flow of the water is used to move the baits. The boat may be moved from side to side to cover the whole stream.

 

You will probably be using a boat belonging to an estate and crewed by a proffessional ghillie. A fast flowing river is not the place to learn to handle a boat. You must rely on a professional. He will know the behaviour of the river. If he claims the water is too high, he probably has good cause, so don't press him into service.

Most estate boats are kept in very good order, but its your life! Don't get into boats with water slopping about in the bottom.

 

 

 

Boat Tackle

 

Lifejackets

A comfortable seat or at least something to sit on is advisable! Carry a large net with a strong handle. Rod holders are a real boon, they can be fancy commercial models or your local blacksmith can knock out something using a "G" clamp and mild steel. Rods ... well almost anything will do as long as ot is man enough for the job. A long fly rod is nice beacause the fly line follows the boat in a curve, while spinning rods and multipliers offer strength and speed of retrieve.

 

You will be offered a life jacket, you are strongly advised to wear it. River water in Scotland is COLD. The shock of falling in can stop you from breathing for a few vital momments.

 

 

 

Lures and baits

 

 

Plug baits, Kynoch killers and Tobies all work. Some beats like to use a fly to hunt out the depths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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