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Report for week ending 27th July 2004
Temperature at 6ft 19C; Clarity 2.4m

The week finished with calmer, warm and humid weather and a water temperature at 6ft showing a gradual increase to 19C. This is the temperature which usually heralds a move too or above deeper water. The floating line or slow sinker with lure (booby?) / nymph or buzzer combination has been popular of recent. Also working was the dry fly (eg CDC). Most productive area has alternated between the road shore and Malling Shore, with the latter being the hot spot at time of writing.

Scottish Club Championships Evening Heat no 12 – 24th July
The 19 three man teams caught 100 fish for 195lb. The three teams to progress to the semifinal on the 8th October were; 1st Creiff Fly Fishers A (P.Auchterlonie, Allan Brock, G.MacKay) with 12 fish for 24lbs 5oz. 2nd Roche AC (J.Watson, J.Morton, M.Mullen) with 12 fish for 22lbs 12oz. 3rd Port Glasgow A (D.Downie, E.Hopkins, I.Lindsay) 9 fish 18lbs 2oz. Top individuals through to the Daily Record Champion of Champions were Hugh Law (Stanley and District) with 7 fish for 14lb 2oz. – fishing the washing line technique – using a booby and diawl bachs – behind Dog Isle. 2nd A.Brock (Creiff Fly) 5 fish for 11lbs 1oz. 3rd was J.Watson (Roche) 5 fish 10lbs 3oz and 4th was D.Marklow (Loanhead) 4 fish for 9lbs 3oz. Heaviest fish of the night was 3lb 7oz caught by J.Devine of Aberdour. The winning team, best individual and captor of the heaviest fish all received bottles of Bowmore Whisky.

Glenkinchie boat league – by Alberto Laidlaw, 21st July Evening 28 anglers caught 108 fish for 217lbs.
The Lady of the Lake left all in her wake this evening and the gap at the top narrowed thanks to a specimen fish. Elaine McCracken from the Port of Menteith, caught her limit and was top weight for the night with 18lb 13oz, Elaine, Scottish Youth Internationalist and Lake regular caught her limit from Shear Point and International Bay and from what we could observe close into the shallows.
The evening was warm with very little wind and very soon after commencing what little there was disappeared. Initially the fish went down but as the evening progressed we were able to cast to rising fish, not that it made much difference to Kenny Miller and myself we just sat in the deeper water off Shear Point and marvelled as Elaine did her stuff.
Six limit bags were caught and the favoured methods appeared to be boobies on Di-3’s or white cats pulled close to the surface. I believe that I have discovered the Dave Downie method, it is rumoured that you use a Di-3 chuck it out as far as possible then strip straight off so that the boobies pop on the surface, move the fly as fast as possible, stop, figure of eight for a while then repeat expect the take at any time but normally when the fly stops.
The leader board is still very close with Dave Downie at the top with 126lb 15oz and thanks to a specimen fish of 7lb 3oz Jim Litster has reduced the margin to 7lb 6oz so the next couple of weeks will be real cliff hangers and it is great to see it so close after 10 weeks.