Sep 16 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
RONNIE GLASS is the new 2011 Scottish National Trout Fishing Champion.
Ronnie of Kelso AA was top rod last Saturday with 12 for 27lb 9.8oz. Ronnie was figure of eighting a midge tip line with a hares ear suspender on the point (7), a damsel in the middle (4) and a blob on the top dropper (1).
All were taken in the Hotel Bay and Shear Point drifts. Ronnie has had a good season on the competition scene and must have felt he had a chance, this was certainly no flash in the pan. Ronnie, who is a font of knowledge on all things fishing, was naturally delighted to be the 119th winner.
Second placed was Allan Smith, Stormont Field AC who also landed 12, but unluckily his three kept for the scales weighed 2lb 6.6oz less; Allan was fishing off Shear Point with a Cortland Blue line and took 8 on the point with a candy cat booby and 4 on diawl bach.
Third was John Simpson, Ardrossan Eglinton. In all the 60 anglers caught 332, 168 were weighed in for 447lb and 164. The top 18 qualified for a place in the Scottish Team.
Tom MacTaggart thanked Glasgow AC, anglers and boatmen, Iain and Eleanor (results), Wendy and Wilson for the buffet. Competition organisers SANACC, specifically Tom MacTaggart and Mick Moran deserve a big thanks for their professional approach and all their hard work. Full results at www.sanacc.org.uk
FISHING was good last week for fly and bait anglers on all three Lochans, as the water cools down towards Autumn.
Evening sessions are doing very well and we are still open till 8pm. Rainbows, blues and brown trout have featured amongst many bag limits. Average weight 3lb.
Best flies: Viva, Nomads, GH Damsel, Hoppers, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers. Best Baits: Worms, Wasp Grubs, Maggots, Taz’s.
S Murray of Doune caught another double, his third in three weeks from Wellsfield, a 13lb rainbow trout.
Best catches: R Ure, Stirling 6 for 15lb 8oz, in 2 visits; S Murray, Doune 5 for 35lb, best 16lb 8oz and 13lb rainbow trout in 2 visits; A Ford, Polmont 5 for 18lb, best 7lb; I Nelson, Larbert 5 for 16lb, best 4lb 12oz; P Mathieson, Stirling 5 for 15lb, G Weir, Alloa 5 for 15lb, B Dawson, Bannockburn 5 for 13lb, J Syme Fife 4 for 22lb, best 13lb rainbow, A Porter, Falkirk 4 for 12lb, best 4lb rainbow; B Thomson, Cumbernauld 4 for 12lb, D Cowie, Grangemouth 4 for 11lb, K Ward, Alloa 3 for 10lb, W Caddiss, Stirling 3 for 9lb 8oz, A Cooper, Stirling 3 for 9lb 8oz, R Murray, Tillicoultry 3 for 9lb 8oz, best 4lb, D Graham, Dunipace 3 for 9lb, M Simpson, Stirling 3 for 8lb 12oz, D Batchelor, Airth 3 for 8lb 12oz, J Simpson, Stirling 3 for 8lb 8oz, S Totten, Stirling 3 for 8lb 12oz, G Craig, Tullibody 3 for 8lb, G Kochanek, Stirling 3 for 8lb, M Anderson, Bannockburn 3 for 8lb, R Riby, Bannockburn 3 for 7lb, S Griffin, Kilsyth 3 for 7lb, A Donaldson, Alloa 2 for 6lb,
B Birdie, Fallin 2 for 6lb, B Davidson, Stirling 2 for 6lb, R Loos, Stirling 2 for 6lb, I Addison, Grangemouth 2 for 5lb 12oz, G McLeod, Denny 2 for 5lb 8oz, J Shaw, Kilsyth 2 for 5lb 8oz, M McGill, Bannockburn 2 for 5lb 8oz, G McNairn, Bonnybridge 2 for 5lb 4oz, J Lowe, Stirling 2 for 5lb, D Ross, Kincardine 2 for 5lb.
THE ever changing weather conditions led to mixed fortunes this week.
The slightly calmer days at the start of the week saw fish remain high with many anglers enjoying some top of the water action with dry fly, including Daddy and Heather Fly, proving very effective. Other patterns doing well were Kate McLaren, Spider, Diawl Bach and Snatcher.
As the week went on the anglers had to battle against the deteriorating weather and fish went deeper, intermediate lines were required with a mixture of smaller lures working well, these included Hot Head Damsel, Dancer, Ace of Spades and Bunny Leach.
The biggest Brown of the season was caught this week (7lb) along with some other superb smaller Browns featuring in the catches.
Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 18lb 12oz including 9lb 10oz Rainbow; Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 4 for 16lb including 7lb Brown; Alan Hunter, Alva, in 3 visits, 13 for 39lb including 4 Blues and a Brown; Ian Hunter, Alva, in 2 visits, 8 for 22lb 4oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, in 2 visits, 6 for 17lb 12oz including a Blue; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 5 for 15lb including a 5lb Rainbow; Darren Hill, Alva, 5 for 14lb; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb including 3lb 10oz Brown; Kevin O’Brien, Camelon, 2 for 7lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow; Charles Devine, Stirling, 7lb 4oz Rainbow from Millpond; Kevin Duff, Alloa, 6lb Gold.