Jun 22 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
THE top taking flies and lures included the cat’s whisker, black hopper, red wee beastie, sedgehog, muddler and the Kate McLaren.
Some of the best catches: Raymond Pirrie, Tullibody, caught and released 11, including a wild brownie estimated at 2lb 8oz; Louis Hanson and Stan Guzik, Alloa, 5 for 13lb 8oz; Bill Lyndsay, Strathyre, had 4 for 10lb.
Club returns: Rainbow AC 52 for 160lb; Perthshire 6 for 21lb 9oz; Morton 4 for 10lb; Doune 4 for 10lb 12oz; Balfour 10 for 31lb; Roslin British Legion 10 for 33lb; Perth Ex-Servicemen 6 for 19lb 8oz; Kinross Ex-Servicemen 7 for 19lb 12oz; Bonnybridge 15 for 41lb 8oz.
FISH can be seen rising throughout the day but have proved very difficult to catch when there has not been a ripple on the water. The best sport seems to be had first thing in the morning and last thing at night. There were two fantastic sedge hatches on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Despite the gale force winds, Saturday was by far the best day of the week for catching.
Top patterns have been CDCs, sedge-hogs, small skinny buzzers and blobs.
Some of the best catches: Andrew Greig, Tullibody, 8lb rainbow; Jim Cochrane, Alva, 3 for 8lb; David Buchanan, Dunblane, 2 for 7lb 13oz; Paul Coyle, Tillicoultry, 13 released; Brian Lockie, Tullibody, 9 released; Mark Armitage, Sauchie, 3 for 8lb.
LAKE OF MENTEITH
THERE are signs that clarity is starting to improve. Fish may be on the move, with good catches on buzzers, hoppers and dries reported from the Rookery, Gateside, Malling Shore and out in the open.
On the first day of the Disabled International the Scots caight 22, Ireland 15, England 13 and Wales 11.
In heat sevent of the Scottish Club Championships 36 anglers caught 80. 48 were weighed in for 110lb. Results: 1 Townhill AC, 2 Dunfermline Railway, 3 Drumbowie Fly Fishers. Top individual was Calum Hardie of Drumbowie with 8 for 16lb 9oz; 2 George Mooney, Lochinch; 3 Jim Hay, Dunfermline Railway 7 for 15lb 5oz. They qualify for the champion of champions along with Gordon Michie and Davy Wales.
The Disabled National took place last Friday. The 2012 champ is Jim Crawford from Ayrshire. Also qualifying for the 2013 team were A Smith, A Hunter, S Fraser, C Broadhead, W Barnes, J Currie and Barry Hood.
In the sixth heat of the Menteith Boat League Brian MacKenzie picked up another first place with James Fairlie second. The 23 anglers caught and returned 74.
THERE has been a lot of great sport on top of the water as there is an abundance of life so diawl bach, daddy, hoppers, buzzers and a wide variety of other flies have been doing well.
Goth FFC from Fallin had a good day in the rain on Saturday, taking 53 for 151lb 12oz with G McGlug having the heaviest basket of 4 for 13lb 4oz.
Some other good catches: Jock Millar, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Jack Forbes, Stirling, 1 for 5lb; Gordon Gelletley, Stirling, 4lb rainbow; Richard Wilson, Alloa, 1 for 2lb 12oz; William Alexander, Menstrie, 2 for 8lb 8oz; William Smith, Menstrie, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Greg Lockhart, Dunblane, 3 for 10lb; John McLaren, Causewayhead, 2 for 5lb 8oz.
FOR most of last week fishing was better in the morning than later in the day, as cold evenings kept the fish below the surface and rises were few and far between. Anglers did best by looking for fish, with a few tigers caught in the burn and round the back of the islands. The first of a batch of multi-coloured trout are now being stocked, mostly in the small ponds.
The biggest blue of the year was landed on Saturday: a cracking 12lb 4oz specimen taked by Allan Beattie, Larkhall, in his 4 for 19lb 6oz.
Some other good catches: David McFadyen, Bannockburn, 3 for 14lb, best 8lb 12oz; Ian Munro, Stirling, 2 for 7lb; John Mathieson, Doune, 6 for 16lb 12oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 12lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 11lb 4oz; Mike Barker, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 4oz.
BEST flies: olive tadpole, hare’s ear nymph, claret hopper, snatchers, damsel nymph, epoxy buzzers, diawl bachs, CDCs and traditional wet flies. Best baits: maggots, worms and small mepps.
Some of the best catches: J Henderson, Falkirk, 3 for 19lb, best 13b 8oz; A Walton, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb; I Finlayson, Grangemouth, 5 for 15lb; T Murray, Doune, 5 for 13lb; I McGregor, Doune, 4 for 12lb; D Goodman, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 8oz; R Murray, Tillicoultry, 4 for 11lb; J Jardine, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 10lb 4oz; B Robertson, Cowie, 3 for 9lb 12oz; J Ballantyne, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb 8oz; I McDonald, Alva, 3 for 9lb 8oz; S Murray, Doune, 3 for 9lb; A Couper, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 8oz; R Marshall, Plean, 2 for 7lb; R Paterson, Sauchie, 2 for 6lb 4oz; J Thompson, Fallin, 2 for 6lb; W Caddiss, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; L McKay, Dunipace, 2 for 6lb; JC McGowan, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; I Roberts, Stirling, 2 for 5lb 8oz; J McCormack, Stirling, 2 for 5lb; C Sharp, Bannockburn, 2 for 5lb; S Kerr, Menstrie, 2 for 5lb; M Mercer, Menstrie, 4lb rainbow; M Smart, Campsie, 1 for 4lb; J Thompson jnr, Fallin, 1 for 4lb.