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Fishery Report: 22nd July to 28th July

Water temperature has mercifully decreased to around 18C and clarity has remained at 2m on the secchi disk. Some of the best fishing is now at the top end (Stable Point, Dog Isle, Malling, Heronry), also fishing well has been off the Road Shore. The cooler temperature means that the fish are to be found very close in as well as above the hot spots and can be located in the top couple of feet. Fishing has taken off since the cooler weather arrived and the Scottish Clubs and Glenkinchie Boat League registered their best catch so far this season. The Currie cousins from Broxburn landed the heaviest limit catch so far this season at 39lbs 8oz. Flies that are doing well include the booby, cat, diawl bach, damsel, Cul de Canard and muddler. Pin head fry are still in abundance and there is no doubt they are an important food source. Sighting of a heather fly remains unconfirmed – but they will be on the wing soon.

Club Results and other Notable Catches

23rd July: A.McKellor (Kilcreggan) 9 fish for 20lbs, G.Fleming (Glasgow) 7 fish 15lbs.

The Tenth Night of the Glenkinchie Boat League saw the highest rod average of the competition so far. 21 anglers landed 74 fish for 166lbs. Top rod was A.Wallace with 8 fish for 18lbs 6oz, 2nd top rod was Board Leader A.Ronald with 7 fish for 18lbs 2oz. Adam caught his fish on an orange booby with an intermediate line " up behind dog isle". The road shore also fished well on the night with many anglers having success with dries in the easterly breeze. Adam and Stuart Fraser (heaviest fish) received bottles of Glenkinchie. League leader Alan Ronald is now in a very strong (if not unassailable) position.
24th July: Patrick Hone (Motherwell) 12 fish for 24lbs8oz, Dukes (Irvine) 15 fish 36lbs, Duchart (Falkirk) 10 fish 22lbs.
25th July: E.Welsh (Burrelton) had 18 fish for 39lbs 12oz on an all day ticket. Osborne (Irvine) 7 fish for 17lbs, Morgan (Strathleven) 7 fish for 19lbs. J.McGhee (Houston) 7 fish for 20lbs, Falkirk Kingfishers (5 boats) 29 fish for 79lbs. Paul O’Neil 9 fish for 21lbs.
26th July: Sicchi and Donald (Glasgow) 10 fish for23lbs, F.McConnel and M.Anderson 15 fish for 38lbs, Crammond AC (5boats) 24 fish 54lbs, G.Bruce (Falkirk) 8 fish for 16lbs, D.Paterson 7 fish 16lbs.

On Saturday evening the 57 anglers taking part in the 12th heat of the Scottish Interclub Championships caught 137 fish weighing 303lbs. The winning team was Creiff fly fishers with 14 fish for 32lbs 9oz, 2nd were Neilston with 14 fish for 31lbs 5oz and 3rd were Pinkertons with 14 fish for 29lbs 5oz. The heaviest fish (3lbs 6oz) was caught by J.Kelly of Neilston. Most fish came from off the road shore using boobies, white cat etc on intermediate lines. Further details of the top 4 individuals qualifying for the Champion of Champions will be available in the competitions sponsor – the Daily Record. The winning club, best individual and heaviest fish all received Bowmore Whisky. The following teams are competing on the 2nd August: ABCD, Ayrshire AA, Blairgowrie Rattray B, Bridge of Allan 76 A, Caley Liners, Eaglesham Fly B, Ferry Fly Dressers B, Glenburn A, Greenock and District, Hurlford, Isle of Bute, Kelvinside, Lochgilphead A, Lothian and Borders, Rowbank, Stirling Castle, Strathclyde B, Thistle AC, CSSA Rosyth.

27th July: Martin Hunter 15 fish for 36lbs, Kinross Ex- Service (4 boats) 22 fish for 44lbs, Leith Walton (4 boats) 7 fish for 13lbs, Bridge of Weir (7 boats) 33 fish for 80lbs, Game Fair Anglers (9 boats) 51 fish for 116lbs.

28th July: Jim Law (M/well) 10 fish for 24lbs, G and A Currie (B/Burn) 15 fish for 39lbs 8oz, M.Ferguson of Carnoustie 13 fish for 27lbs, Vets AC (5 boats) 27 fish for 64lbs, T.Ward (Cumnock) 12 fish 25lbs.