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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Fishing report by Jim Boyd


JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer

Issued by Jim Boyd on behalf of the following fisheries on Monday 02 October 2017. The report is for the week ending Sunday, 01 October 2017.

1. FRANDY (Gleneagles). Peter Cameron & Steven Francis from Hamilton caught and released 18, Ian MacEchern & Jim McIntosh, Fort William, 9 fish weighing 26lb 12oz, G Kynhoff, Boness, 2 fish weighing 6lb and released 1, Bobby Paterson, Stirling caught and released 9 and Andy Hunter from Alloa caught and released 12. David Swan & Frank Boggie from Helensburgh took 5 fish weighing 13lb, Billy Thomson, Auchterarder, 5 fish weighing 14lb and released 7, Brian Hepburn & Alex Hamilton, Kelty, 3 fish weighing 8lb 12oz and Bill Ramage from Alva retained 4 fish weighing 10lb and released a further 3. Alan Armstrong & Neil Sharp from Dollar had 6 fish weighing 15lb, Hamish Higgins, Perth, 2 fish weighing 5lb and released a further 2 and Brian & Xin Xin Cameron from Menstrie took 8 fish weighing 19lb 4oz.
On the angling club front St Serf Ladies A/C kept 11 fish weighing 23lb 4oz, Farmers & Associates A/C 34 fish for 86lb, IBM Freshwater A/C 47 fish for 103lb and released 6 and Wallyford A/C kept 12 fish weighing 23lb 8oz.
The Cormorant, Cats Whisker, Sedge Muddler, Kate McLaren, Hot Head Damsel and the Olive Sedgehog proved to be the top flies whilst the best fishing areas were on the South Shore and the Dam Wall.

2. ORCHILL LOCH (Braco) This coming week the road to Orchill from Stirling and Perth will be getting patched by the Council so there may be some delays experienced but there will certainly be access to the fishery.
Michael Douglas from Crieff was delighted to catch a 7lb rainbow on a Damsel, D Denniston, Lennoxtown, had a brace for 9lbs 8oz – best fish 6lbs 8oz on a Hare’s Ear, P Fleming, Methil, 2 fish for 9lbs on a Yellow Dancer, Dave Wilkie, Stirling, 3 fish weighing 12lbs 4oz on a Black & Green Fritz and Colin Hynd from Dunfermline used a Blue Damsel to take a brace weighing 6lbs. John Score from Alloa took 3 fish for 12lbs 4oz on a Hot Head Damsel, Jim Archibald, Stirling, 3 fish for 8lbs on Buzzers, Hamish Carmichael from Alloa had 2 for 6lbs on a Hot Head Damsel, Hector Wilson from Bannockburn used a Black Fritz to catch 2 for 9lbs – the best tipping the scales at 7lbs.


4. MARKLE (East Lothian) It was a fairly quiet week due to the wild weather but despite this some excellent bags were recorded. The Russell duo of Tam Snr. and Jnr. had a great outing sharing 22 fish on dries, Joe Beattie, Edinburgh, 16 on a CDC, Bruce Hunter, Edinburgh, 17 on lures and Buzzers and Ron Thom from Haddington used various lures to get 10. Jack Faulkner from Edinburgh had 5 on Buzzers, John Thomson, East Linton, 5 on a Hare’s Ear, Paul Harvey, Musselburgh, 9 on a CDC, Paul Rae, Hawick, 5n on Crunchers and Davie Bullen from Edinburgh used a Rabbit to take 5.

5. SWANSWATER (Stirling) The weather this week started fairly settled and with the water temperature remaining at 12 degrees, it meant the fish were feeding on or close to the surface with many being taken on dries including Hoppers and Spiders as well as traditional wets doing well. The middle of the week saw more unsettled conditions and a cool easterly wind, but the fish remained it the top couple of feet. During this spell the fish were more inclined to take Nymphs and small lures. Towards the end of the week water temperatures began to drop after the colder nights coupled with the more unsettled weather and heavy showers, meaning the fish were slightly deeper and more were caught on lures, including Cats Whisker, Humungus and Dancer. As the season end approaches, the Brown trout continue to feature in the catch returns, with some beautiful specimens being recorded. With the nights drawing in the fishery is now closing at 7pm.
Rab Bonar, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 8oz including Gold and 3 browns biggest at 3lb 8oz,
Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 5 for 12lb 8oz including 3 Golds, Alan Prentice, Clackmannan, 4 for 13lb including 2 Golds and a light Blue, Alan Knox, Peebles, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and 2 Browns plus 1 returned and George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb plus 1 returned. Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 10lb 12oz including a Gold plus 3 returned, Darren hill, 4 for 10lb 8oz plus 2 returned, Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 11lb including a Gold and a 4lb rainbow, Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 9lb including 2 Golds plus 2 returned, Tam Baillie, Kincardine, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Brown and T J Falloon, Glasgow, 2 for 9lb including a 5lb 8oz Rainbow. Robert Park, Glasgow, 2 for 8lb, Ian Whitfield, Denny, 2 for 7lb, Robert Smith, Falkirk, 2 Golds for 6lb 12oz, Alex Knox, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 12oz and John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 12oz. Alex Botezatu, Stirling, 2 for 6lb, Alan Morrison, Kelty, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Gold and a light Blue, Reg Davidson, Wishaw, 5lb Rainbow, Billy Armstrong, Johnstone, 21 returned and James Brooks, Grangemouth, 9 returned. Stewart McFarlane, Alexandria, 8 returned, Kevin Campbell, Alexandria, 8 returned, Stewart Bailey, Glasgow, 7 returned, John Cuthbertson, Glasgow, 7 returned including 2 Browns estimated at 5 and 6lb and Joe Wood, Johnstone, 6 returned.

6. WOODBURN (Milton of Campsie) NO REPORT THIS WEEK