Aug 12 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
THE best taking flies and lures included the bibio hopper, heather fly, Kate McLaren, dancers and damsels. All areas of the loch are performing well.
Some good catches: Alan Pate and Gavin Bayne, Falkirk, 6 for 17lb 12oz; Andrew Carrie and Tommy Gordon, Paisley, 6 for 17lb; Tom Ganley, Kinross, 3 for 9lb; Geoff Hemmings, Kinross, 2 for 7lb 8oz; Andy McReary, Glenrothes, 3 for 8lb 8oz.
Club returns: IBM AC 26 for 74lb 1oz, best 6lb 9oz; Shell Mossmorran 16 for 44lb 4oz; Perth War Memorial Club 7 for 17lb 12oz; Longannet AC 5 for 11lb 12oz; Perth Ex-Servicemen’s 7 for 17lb 8oz; Perth RASC AC 4 for 11lb; Tillicoultry 10 for 29lb.
LAKE OF MENTEITH
TEMPERATURES have continued to fall and fish are more likely to be found higher in the water column. Best areas are still the west end ( and Gateside Bay and Rookery. Medium-sink lines with boobies and diawl bachs are ever popular but, with a bit of cloud cover and reasonable clarity, dries are worth a try.
Fish Hawks held their Inter League Comp north of the border. Jock Woods of the Northern League accepted the shield from SANA president David Ogg. The 19 boats netted 141 and returned 65. Ian May of Greylags was top rod with 12 for 25lb 12oz. Greylags (retired) won the fish-off.
In the boat league Brian MacKenzie has increased his lead over James Fairly to four points. The 19 anglers caught 38 fish, all returned.
The final heat of the Scottish Club Championships took place in heavy rain and saw 13 teams catch 47 trout for 119lb 5oz. Top club was Stanley and District with 7 for 17lb, 2 Kelso AA B 5 for 14lb 7oz; 3 Monifieth Trout 6 for 13lb 8oz. These three teams go through to the semi-final on September 23.
The individuals going through to the final of the champion of champions on October 14 are Andrew Peoples, Malcolm Selvey, Phil Hunter, Roddy McIntyre and Stewart Fraser.
Good catches: Bill Ramage 5 for 16lb 3oz, 10 returned; John Web, four pike.
Club returns: St Mungo 6 boats, 29 for 78lb; Farmers 7 boats, 22 for 60lb; Pencaitland 18 for 49lbs; Ellem AC 9.5 boats, 33 for 86lb; Lothian and Borders Police 15 boats, 74 for 242lb; TAC 5 boats, 19 for 48lb.
SOME have had huge hauls, with others left weeping into their waders. No two days have been the same but there have been quality catches under difficult circumstances. The best were a massive 27lb 3oz pike for Neil Kerr and a dirty dozen from brothers Chris and Gordon Sharp, most of which were mid-to-high doubles. There have also been some fine brown trout taken after a brief lull, due to cloudless skies and high temperatures.
Little Drum Farm’s water level has dropped slightly so the upper bay is borderline for pike but the main area is still deep so fish should be moving away from the mouth of the Blackwater River. The road shore car parks are still producing a solid number of catches, with Beetle Bay and the dam end also showing healthy signs of activity and regular feeding.
Numerous trout rises are still being spotted, with huge amounts of insect life available (quite far from the shore), and catches are being reported in Milton Bay, Portnellan, Boathouse Bay and East Dullater. The recent drop in temperatures seems to have them feeding hungrily again.
Some good catches: Neil Kerr 27lb 3oz, 20lb 9oz; Gordon and Chris Sharp, Coatbridge, 19lb 5oz, 17lb 8oz, 17lb 6oz, 17lb 3oz, 15lb 2oz, 15, 14lb 6oz, 13lb 7oz, 12lb 4oz, 12, 12; George Richie, Crieff 20lb 2oz, 18lb 4oz, 16lb 3oz, 13, 8 mackerel.
Young Ben Campbell reeled in a hard fighting 2lb 8oz wild brown trout during some extremely choppy conditions while fishing from the boat.
FISH have been taking just under the surface or at times a bit deeper, as the water has been a lot warmer on the surface.
A wide variety of flies have been taking, including dries, damsel and buzzers and great sport has been enjoyed.
Falcon FFC had a good day, catching 37 for 96lb. The morning competition was won by Willie Barr with 4 for 11lb 2oz and Garry Borthwick’s 5 for 14lb 4oz won the overall event.
Some other good catches: Sandy Davison, Bridge of Allan, 4 for 10lb 4oz; Robert McKinnon, Dunblane, 4 for 12lb; Bert Wick, Dunblane, 5 for 13lbs 4oz; David Drummond, Tillicoultry, 3 for 9lb; Chantelle Delange, Crieff, 2 for 5lb; Jim Prentice, Tullibody, 5 for 15lb; Robert Hollins, Dunblane 2 for 6lb.
On the coarse ponds it was a very wet day on Sunday for the Daiwa-sponsored Orchill Open, with 36 anglers taking part: 1 Grant Clark 50lb 12oz, 2 Tommy Laurieson 50lb 11oz, 3 Steph Hunter with 42lb.
SLIGHTLY cooler temperatures and the steady downpour of rain over the weekend improved water quality.
The algal bloom which had been affecting the clarity and colour of the water has disappeared. Much of the problem came from upstream, with the feeder water Loch Coulter badly affected.
Fish are in the top two feet of the water and taking a variety of wet flies and nymphs, including Kate McLaren, invicta, damsel, hare’s ear, buzzer and PTN. Dry flies such as hopper, spider, muddler and daddy long legs are also doing well, especially on the small ponds.
Some of the best catches: Kevin Lowe, Larbert, 3 for 15lb 2oz, best 7lb 12oz; Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 3 for 12lb 12oz, best 7lb 4oz; Paul Allan, Camelon, 2 for 8lb 12oz, best 6lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 14lb, best 6lb; Willie Martin, Stirling 3 for 8lb 8oz; Keir Hardie, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 4oz; Dennis Raynor, Stirling, 2 for 6lb and returned four.
With the evenings already getting shorter, the fishery is now closing at 9.30pm.
EVENING sessions are good for dry fly and buzzer, with nymph and lure fishing producing the best results in the daytime.
Fish of the week was a 14lb rainbow caught by D Forester, Dunfermline, in his 5 for 25lb.
Best flies: black/green nomad, HH damsel, claret hopper, diawl bach, buzzers, traditional flies. Best baits: worms, wasp grubs, maggots, size 0 mepps lures.
Some of the best catches: R Loos, Stirling, 6 for 18lb in three visits; F Roberts, Grangemouth 5 for 16lb; C Hill, Bathgate, 5 for 16lb; G Hamilton, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb; S Aitken, Stirling, 5 for 15lb; K Crossan, Bannockburn, 5 for 14lb; M Stewart, Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 8oz; R Murray, Tillicoultry, 3 for 9lb 9oz; G Anderson, Fallin, 3 for 9lb; J Diamond, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 8lb 8oz; G McLeod, Denny, 3 for 8lb; G Davidson, Bannockburn, 3 for 8lb; B Dawson, Bannockburn, 3 for 7lb; , J Whyte, Blairingone, 2 for 7lb 8oz; A Wight, Denny, 2 for 6lb; I McGregor, Doune, 2 for 6lb; P Baraonowski, Bridge of Allan, 2 for 5lb 12oz; G Paterson, Bannockburn, 2 for 5lb.