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Photo: D.Fraser

Report 23/9 - 28/9/03

Water temperature has fallen to 13.5 C at 6ft and clarity has also reduced to 2.8m. Large shoals of 2-3 inch roach are evident flashing and feeding on the shrimp and daphnia that currently abounds. In turn they are being hounded from below and above by fish (perch, pike, trout) and bird (heron, grebe, kingfisher - no guillemots yet!). No ospreys have been seen for over a week and only a few martins/swallows remain from the second brood. The destratification of the water column is under way and a bit more colour than of late might assist in disguising the cast line. The fish are to be found in various drifts and as they are near the surface are usually visible - so it is worthwhile having a look around. The road shore, Hotel Bay and the reeds, Lochend and the Butts appear to be holding the most fish – but they can be found all over. Flies of the week are the diawl bach, cormorant buzzer, black cat, barby doll and sedge. Pictured below is Jimmy Millar of Herits AC.

Photo by Colin Riach

Results and other Notable Catches
23rd Sept: Paterson (S/muir) 7 fish 16lbs, Thomson (Kilmarnock) 7 fish for 16lbs, Batchelor 8 fish 17lbs.
24th Sept: Barnes (Fife) 8 fish 21lbs, Quigley (Johnstone) 7 fish 16lbs.
25th Sept: Lochinch AC (11 boats) 67 fish for 140lbs. Central Scotland Police (5 boats) 42 fish 87lbs. Leiper/Ness 10 fish for 20lbs,
26th Sept: Edinburgh Trooties (10 boats) 75 fish 155lbs. Edinburgh Fly Dressers Guild (5 boats) 42 trout 93lbs, CIBA (6 boats) 36 fish for 64lbs.
27st Sept: Kelvinside AC (5boats) 29 fish for 61lbs - Club Champion 2003Tom Taggart. Gartmore AC (9 boats) 17 trout for 31lbs, C.Morgan (Dumbarton) 9 fish, Clarkes (Glasgow) 12 fish for 28lbs.
28nd Sept: St.Fillans (4 boats) 24 fish for 53lbs, Johnson (3 boats) 28 fish for 58lbs, Stewarton AC(5 boats) 18 fish 30lbs – club champion 2003 Mark Steven, Midlothian AA (5 boats) 18 fish 38lbs
29th Sept: R.McGregor 10 fish for 20lbs, Ward and Davie (Cumnock) 12 fish for 30lbs.

Congratulations to Caley Liner Club Champion 2003 Billy Boe.