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Report for week ending 21st September 2004
Temperature at 6ft 15C; Clarity 1.6m.

Gale conditions and severe gale forecasts marked the end of the week and the encroachment of the autumnal equinox, which this year arrives on the 22nd September. Fishing was cancelled on Monday 20th and other days have been made “optional” with many anglers declining to go out. The water is rapidly cooling now and the clarity has not been at its best due to the wind and large inflows. Hotspots have often been where there is shelter - and this is dependent on wind direction. Gateside, Stable Point, butts and Lochend are likely candidates to try in wind directions from South to West. Catches have been very good when the weather permits. The Rookery all the way round via Hotel Bay to Lochend and Tod Hole (including the open water) have produced good bags on a variety of flies from traditionals, sedges, diawl bachs, cormorant, black cat and the booby. The fish are often very close in and a fast glass line has been popular.

The first Semi-final of the Scottish Interclub Championships took place on Friday 17th. Thirty boats landed 223 fish for 465lbs, an average catch of 15½lbs per boat! There were 6 limit bags taken from various locations. Clubs qualifying for the Final on the 1st October (in order of merit) were Lochgilphead, Greenock, Creiff FF, Bridge of Allan, Grizle Cats A, St.Serfs B, Hedgehogs B and SANA.

On the Club Scene Saturday Angling AC caught 40 fish for 97½lbs with 8 boats, Lothian and Border Police (14 boats) 100 fish 214lbs, Stanley AC (8 boats) 36 fish for 81lbs, Vale of Leven (Alexandria) caught 25 fish for 49lbs in windy conditions with 9 boats.