Dec 9 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
TRULY awful weather made sure that very few people ventured out and only a couple of small pike were taken all week. John and Rodger now have baits available at the boathouse.
A QUIET week with flooding everywhere, the worst being the rivers flooding fields. Owner Elizabeth Jackson said: “I don’t think I have seen the Earn so bad before. Water levels here dropped quickly whenever the rain stopped. Please call if in doubt about the weather here”.
When the water was coloured flies doing best were black and dark ones, about 2-3-feet down, but after a couple of days all colours were catching again just under the surface.
On Sunday Falcon FFC caught 37 for 82lb 8oz. Allan Borthwick had the heaviest basket with 5 for 11lb 8oz on a hot head damsel.
Some other good catches: David Pitcaithly, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb; Jack Gibb, Clackmannan, 3 for 7lb 8oz; Hamish Carmichael, Alloa, 4 for 9lb; A Inglis, Callander, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Bill Moonie, Stirling, 3 for 7lb.
PLENTY of good sport for those who braved the conditions last week. Rain up to 2½ inches in one night led to flood conditions on Tuesday but by Wednesday afternoon the level had dropped and the water was more or less clear. At the end of the week the weather turned colder but fish were still taking. In general fish were around 3-4 feet down and taking a variety of lures, including cat’s whisker, damsel, dancer and various fritz patterns.
Some of the best catches: Brian Lockie, Stirling, 5 for 16lb 4oz, biggest 7lb 4oz; John Mathieson, Doune, 3 for 11lb 14oz, best 6lb 14oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 4 for 14lb 4oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 for 9lb; Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb 8oz.
THE Christmas fishing competition on Sunday was won by William Caddis from Stirling, who received £100, a hamper and turkey, with 5 for 15lb 2oz. Second was J Jardine from Milton of Campsie and third was M O’Rourke from Coatbridge.
Average weight for the week was just over 3lb 2oz.
Largest of the week was an 11lb rainbow caught by G Hogan, Stirling.
Best flies: ugly bugger lure, mini fritz, blobs, yellow dancer, olive tadpole, HH damsel, diawl bachs, bloodworm, buzzers. Best bait: worms, maggots, small taz’s.
Some of the best catches: W Paterson, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb 8oz; A Davis, Larbert, 5 for 15lb; I Smith, Alva, 5 for 15lb; W Caddiss, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 2oz; R Thomson, Dunblane, 5 for 15lb; J Jardine, Milton of Campsie, 5 for 14lb 12oz; Mr MCoff, Airth, 5 for 13lb 8oz; J McCormack, Stirling, 5 for 12lb 4oz; G Ross, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 12oz; B Robertson, Cowie, 3 for 9lb; A Couper, Stirling, 3 for 9lb; J Meiklejohn, Stirling, 3 for 8lb; M Boylan, Denny, 3 for 8lb; W Breslin, Stirling, 3 for 8lb; D Westwater, Airth, 3 for 8lb; H Cameron, Cambusbarron, 3 for 7lb; R Davidson, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; D Craig, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; A Buchan, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; D Batchelor, Airth, 2 for 5lb; R Hunter, Dunipace, 2 for 5lb; G Hogan, Stirling, 11lb rainbow; J Marshall, Stirling, 1 at 4lb.
The fishery will be open every day from 8am-5pm until Christmas, thanks to the ice-prevention wave machines.