Jun 17 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
INDIVIDUAL Returns: Tommy Tinlin, Airth, 4 for 9lb 8oz; Norrie Baird, Stirling, 3 for 7lb 8oz; John Banner, Sauchie, 3 for 8lb.
Club returns: Dundee AC 14 for 33lb 7oz; Lochinch 11 for 28lb 4oz; CIBA 18 for 44lb 6oz; Grizzle Cats 32 for 55lb and released 44; Balfour 8 for 18lb 4oz; Leslie and Glenrothes 16 for 47lb 3oz; Ferranti 3, 8lb 8oz; Heriot 8 for 26lb and released 23; Roslin British Legion 11 for 28lb 4oz.
Favourite fly/lure: hoppers, orange blob, cats whisker, sedge muddler, dabblers, sedgehogs. All areas good.
LAKE OF MENTEITH
IN THE Scottish Club Championships 48 anglers had a catch of 168 for 360lb. All areas of the lake seemed to be holding fish and dries and buzzer tactics were the order of the evening: 1 Hedgehogs: Craig Cowan (heaviest bag and fish), Paul Sharpe and Colin Smith; 2 Alba Orvis 15 for 33lb 5oz; 3 Newtyle and Meigle with 15 for 26lb 8oz.
Anglian Water heats: best bag on Monday was Craig Cowan of Leven Fly Casters, who landed 10 and helped his team to first place and qualification for Thursday’s final. Also through were Change A, Tweedside T’anglers, Perth RASC and Heron Fly Fishers.
In the cool and windy evening heat Grizzlecats were top team with 15; 2 Team Sunburst 15; 3 Alba Orvis 14. Other qualifiers were James Gardiner 7 and Saltire Flyfishers.
Menteith Boat League: Brian MacKenzie was top rod with 14. The 22 rods averaged 5.9.
WITH the weather remaining cool fish are still active, although those seen moving around the top of the water are not necessarily those that are being caught.
In general most have been taking around 3-4 feet and are looking for small lures and nymphs, fished with a fairly fast retrieve.
On the small ponds wet flies such as bibio, Kate McLaren and spiders have been doing well.
There have been no particular hotspots, although the dam area has been fishing well early morning. From the middle of the week onwards boats were also doing well.
Some of the best catches: David Garrett, Stirling, 4 for 15lb 8oz, biggest 8lb 3oz; Jimmy McGillivray, Clackmannan, 3 for 12lb, best 7lb 2oz; Eddie Collins, Cowie, 2 for 10lb 8oz, best 7lb; Billy Weir, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 6oz, best 6lb 10oz; Donald McMurchie, Fallin, 5 for 14lb 12oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 12lb; Stuart Malcolm, Denny, 4 for 11lb 12oz; Davy Horne, Stirling, 3 for 9lb; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 9lb; Rory Ford, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 8oz.
ANOTHER good week for sport, with plenty caught in all three ponds, using the correct tactics. Most of the week the fish were around 2-3 feet deep, taking a variety of small lures and flies. Those fly fishing for brown trout have done really well using CDCs and Klinkhammers.
Best flies: mini-lures, diawl bach, HH damsel, buzzers, traditional wet flies. Best baits: maggots, worms, mepps spinners.
D Harkins, Grangemouth caught the biggest fish of the week: a 14lb rainbow in his basket of 5 for 24lb.
Some other good catches: R Davis, Cambusbarron, 5 for 15lb; P Liddle, Stirling, 5 for 15lb; G Johnstone, Larbert, 5 for 15lb; B Watson, Torwood, 5 for 14lb; W O’Rourke, Bo’ness, 4 for 14lb; A Brown, Doune, 4 for 12lb; A Buchan, Bannockburn, 4 for 11lb; R Murray, Tillicoultry, 3 for 9lb 8oz; B Robertson, Cowie, 3 for 8lb 8oz; J McKay, Tullibody, 3 for 7lb; G McLeod, Denny, 3 for 7lb; Campbell, St Ninians, 2 for 6lb; S Flanagan, Denny, 2 for 6lb; D Russell, Bannockburn, 2 for 6lb; P Paterson, Menstrie, 2 for 6lb; M Morrison, Denny, 1 for 5lb; T Valentine, Stirling, 1 for 4lb 12oz.
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