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Friday, 25 May 2018

Fishing report by Jim Boyd


JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer

TO Email Group.
Issued by Jim Boyd on behalf of the following fisheries on Monday 21 May 2018. The
report is for the week ending Sunday, 20 May 2018 2018.

1. FRANDY (Gleneagles) On the individual front Tam Melville & Jim Galloway from
Blairgowrie kept 10 fish weighing 26lb 4oz, Brian Hepburn & Alex Hamilton (Kelty) 10
fish 22lb, Brian Thorne (Crook of Devon) & Alastair Murphy from Rowbank
kept 10 fish weighing 23lb 8oz and released 8. Judith & David Swan from
Helensburgh 4 fish weighing 9lb and released 3, Bill Ramage (Alva) kept 4 fish
weighing 10lb and released 10, Davie & Andy Hunter (Alloa) caught and released
19, Glen & Ronnie Mackie kept 6 fish weighing 12lb 8oz and released 6 and Mike
Hatton from Kent kept 3 fish weighing 6lb 8oz and released a further 4. Bobby
Paterson from Stirling caught & released 8, Helen Philp & James Massie (Kinross)
kept 7 fish weighing 19lb and released 6, Ian McGregor (Madderty) kept 2 fish
weighing 6lb 8oz and released 9, Robin Eadie (Kinross) 3 fish for 6lb 8oz, George
Keith & Tom Lansdown (Dunfermline) kept 5 fish weighing 12lb and Billy Thomson
from Auchterarder kept 2 fish weighing 7lb and released a further 6.

Bobby Paterson from Stirling caught and released 10.
On the club front Cove & Kilcreggan A/C kept 13 fish weighing 27lb and released a
further 12, Pitcarmick A/C kept 20 fish weighing 45lb 4oz, Alexanders FFC 31 fish
weighing 67lb and released 9, Townhill A/C kept 48 fish weighing 106lb and the
Masonic Competition kept 38 fish weighing 85lb 4oz. Scottish Ladies A/C kept 19
fish weighing 40lb and released a further 16.
The top taking flies have been the Minkie, Green Buzzers, Ace of Spades, Leggy
Bloodworm, Kate McLaren, Okey Dokey and Cormorants whilst all areas continue to
fish well.

2. ORCHILL TROUT FISHERY (Braco) The sun shone nice and bright on Saturday
for the annual Strathcarron Hospice Charity Day and thanks to all anglers throughout
the year the magnificent sum of £3,421was raised. In all 94 fish were caught for
241lbs and the event was won by two anglers Brian Neilson and Allan Buchan with
catches of 4 fish weighing in at 12lbs 4oz. Lucas Alonso -Spring was third with 4 for
12lbs and the next three places were all equal with catches of 4 for 11lbs by Allan
Doyle, Jack Gibb and John Speedie. Lucas had the heaviest fish at 5lbs 8oz and
throughout the day Dries, Buzzers, Diawl Bach and Lures were all catching fish.
Owner, Elizabeth Jackson thanks all the generous anglers, helpers and others who
made the day such a big success.


4. MARKLE (East Lothian) It was another week of big specimens coming off with
Bruce Hunter from Edinburgh using a Black Lure to take one at 10lbs 8oz, Jackie
Hay, Haddington, ha a brace weighing 12lbs 8oz – best 8lbs on a lure, Bruce Hunter,
on another visit, had one at 8lbs on a lack Lure and B Hargreaves from Edinburgh
had 4 – best 8lbs. Liam Allison from Dalkeith had one at 8lbs on a Dry and A Gill
used a Rabbit to take one at 8lbs.

5. SWANSWATER (Stirling) A warm, dry, sunny week saw the water temperature
rise from 12oC to 14oC and the fish become much more active. On the days when
there was some cloud cover they were to be found in the top 3 feet of the water, but
in the bright sunshine they were much deeper – around 5-6 feet down. In the
mornings they were to be found along the bank from the Dam to the boats where
there was a bit of shade from the sun. In the afternoons and evenings they were
more spread out with the island an occasional hotspot. Deep down they were taking
mostly lures, including Dancer, Ally McCoist, Cat’s Whisker and Olive lure. When
they were nearer the surface the best patterns included nymphs and wets including
Hare’s Ear, PTN, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Kate McLaren and Mallard & Claret. As the
water warmed anglers reported a lot of tail-nipping and chasing so a reasonably fast
retrieve was required to hook up with fish. Some dry flies were also working with
Hawthorns and Black Gnat both being successful in attracting fish. Browns and
Tigers are still figuring in the catch returns with many lovely over-wintered Browns
being caught. The Fishery is now open every day from 8.00am to 9.30pm.
Rab Bonar, Menstrie, 5 for 15lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 7 for 20lb 12oz
including a Blue and a Tiger, plus 9 C&R, Donald Macrae, Skye, 3 for 9lb including a
Brown, Neil Andrew, Ayrshire, 3 for 9lb, plus 3 C&R including a Brown and Alec
Peachey, Hamilton, 3 for 9lb including 4lb Rainbow. Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb
including 2 Blues, Ian MacDonald, Alva, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Danny Doherty,
Denny, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Andy Brown, Dunfermline, 3 for 8lb 4oz including a
Blue and Lawrence Eddie, Grangemouth, 3 for 8lb including 2 Browns. Robert Smith,
Falkirk, 2 for 7lb, plus 2 C&R including a Tiger, David Laurie, Rosyth, 2 for 7lb
including 4lb Blue, Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 12oz, Andy Tervit, Paisley, 2 for 6lb
8oz including a Gold and a Tiger and James Dick, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz plus 1 C&R.
Andy Duffin, Fallin, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue, Robert White, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 2oz
including a Blue, David Stirling, Edinburgh, 2 for 6lb including a Brown, plus 5 C&R,
Jim Craig, Balloch, 2 for 6lb including a Brown, Alasdair Dick, Stirling, 2 for 5lb,
including a Tiger, plus 2 C&R, Tom Clark, Stirling, 5lb Green, Henry Fulton,
Greenock, 4lb 4oz Rainbow and Brian Eadie, Cowie, caught and released 20 in the
small ponds. Willie Nyguist, Stirling, caught and released 9 and Scott Fosbery,
caught and released 9.