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 –
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
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.