Thanks are due to Tom Graham, our
fishing convenor for another well organised
October - Lake of Menteith
The last outing of our season proved productive,
with all but 1 of the 8 anglers returning limit
catches. 26 fish were weighed in for 56lbs 4oz.
George Leishman was top rod - 4 fish for 10lbs 14oz.
Weather was windy to start but calm by 4pm with a
mixture of sun and showers. Ghost tip and di3 lines
worked best with a cast of 3 boobies and very slow
retrieve being most successful. Cages bay, hotel bay
and lochend all fished well. A good day was had by
September - Frandy
Weather was windy from west at start. There was some
rain but sunny in afternoon. The 8 anglers had a
good day, weighing in 24 fish for 59lbs 4oz. George
Learmonth was top rod with 5 fish for 13lbs. All
caught fish, some reaching the limit quickly and
going to catch and release. Ghost tip and boobies
worked best and and all parts of the loch yielded
fish - the drift from lodge to opposite bank
September - Linlithgow Loch Light winds to flat calm, sunny conditions.
Water clarity was very poor with algae
blooms which probably accounted for the poor
returns, with only 8 fish (22lb 4oz) being landed
among the 8 anglers. David Halcrow accounted for 4
of these and was top rod (10lb 2oz). Best area was
in front of the palace fishing ghost tip and
August - Glen Sherup
A windy day at Glen Sherup, cool,mostly cloudy with
afternoon sun. Rain threatened but never set in
fully. George Leishman, Willie Gibson and Stevie
Burke had limit catches of 4 fish, others struggled
but all caught some fish. It was a day when if you
found fish you caught fish - some very quickly in
the case of George Leishman who had his 4 by 9.30 at
the dam wall and spent the rest of the day on catch
and release. Stevie Burke had success at the
opposite end of the loch at the burn mouth area and
also returned additional fish. Overall the nine
anglers weighed in 23 fish for 48lbs 4oz. Stevie was
the top rod with 4 for 10lbs 2oz. Successful tactics
were mixed but ghost tip lines with boobys and blobs
were favoured and buzzers worked at the burn mouth
5th August -
Eight anglers fished this outing to Black Loch and
had to cope with variable weather conditions -
descrbed as "alternately sunny, warm, heavy rain,
flat calm, strong wind, cold... and that was only
the first hour!" Only 19 fish were landed for 41lb,
with George Bell leading with 5 fish for 11lb 5oz.
George Learmonth was the only other angler to return
a 5 fish limit, though Stevie Burke (4 fish)
unfortunately had a day of long distance catch and
release. Candy boobys, crunchers and dry sedges were
the best flies.
July- Black Loch
Pleased to report that the top rod for this outing
was Willie Gibson with 5 for 10lbs 10oz, the only
member to weigh in a limit bag. Overall the 9
anglers weighed in 24 fish for 52lb 7oz on a day
described as hard going, wet (very) and windy.
Boobys, black crunchers and sedgehogs on floaters
proved successful and the high bank area was best,
though fish were taken all over the loch.
July- Lake of Menteith
The wind was light to begin with but picked up about
10.30. The afternoon was sunny. The 10 anglers
landed 19 fish for 52lbs 4oz. Most fish were caught
in cages bay. Rab Thomson, Gordon Sneddon and Tom
Graham had limit catches of 4 fish. The weigh in
produced the surprise result of a tie for top rod
with Rab and Gordon returning equal weights of 11lbs
12oz. Rab also had the heaviest fish at 4lbs 6oz.
Ghost tip lines with boobies, floaters with buzzers
and pink snakes (?) were successful tactics.
June - Black Loch
The outing was cancelled due to stong wind - gusting
to full gale.
June - Lake of Menteith
The evening session yielded 15 fish for the 8
anglers attending. Only 2 anglers weighed in limit
bags of 4 fish - Stevie Burke and George Bell - with
the latter having the heaviest bag of 10lbs 6oz. It
was very windy at the start but eased later and was
a mild evening. Fish were moving on surface but
proved reluctant to take. Heaviest fish landed were
5lbs 6oz (George Learmonth) and 4lbs 8oz (Tom
Graham). Best area was where the burn flows in to
cages bay and tactics included boobies on ghost tip
lines and (reportedly) a pink snake on a floater!
10th June - Glensherup A day of mixed weather - very wettill about 2.30 with light east wind,
then it was sunny
and the wind picked
strong from the west. A day of mixed
fortune too for the 10 anglers with a total of 27 fish for
Some found it easy, others
struggled... Tom Graham was top rod with
4 for 10lbs 10oz. Best area was at
the west end where
the burn enters.
Different tactics were
successful, even dries taking
some fish, but a DI3 pulling a
blob was overall the best. The osprey probably had the
13th May - Carron Valley
Reservoir A wet, cloudy
calm start to the day. Rain persisted and the
wind picked up through the day and was strong by
the close. The 10 anglers weighed in 30 fish for
38 lbs (a mixture of browns and rainbows).
Several anglers returned fish. Top rod was
Robert Thomson with 4 for 9lb 6oz including the
heaviest fish - a 5lb 2oz rainbow.
28th May - Black Loch Fair weather
greeted the 9 anglers who fished this outing. However the fishing did not match the
conditions and Black Loch yielded only 16 trout
for 35lbs 8oz.
Top rod honours were shared by Rab Thomson and
Gregor Bulloch, each with 4 fish for 8lbs 7oz, leaving the
remaining 7 to weigh
in 8 fish. Boobys and dries did the
business, with the high bank and drifts through
the middle yielding fish.
May - Linlithgow Loch
A day of
bright sun with a strong east wind.
Best rod was
George Learmonth with 5 fish for 13lbs 4oz, one
of four anglers to return a limit catch.
Total for the 8 fishing was 25 fish for 65
lbs.8oz. The best areas were hatchery bay
and swing park bay. Fish were hard to find in
the morning but proved easier in the afternoon
with the best tactic being brown buzzers on
floating lines in the swing park area. A few
fish responded to fabs in hatchery bay
- Lake of
The weather was cold, wet and windy! In
spite of this all 10 anglers caught fish, with
George Bell emerging as top rod with 4 fish for 9lbs
12oz. Several good fish of over 3 lbs were caught.
Total was 30 fish for 66lbs. Best area was around
200 yds out from the Butts.
1st April - Linlithgow Loch Most struggled on this outing, though
all caught fish, catches of 2 or 3 were the norm.
Gregor Bulloch however beat the trend, with 5 for
13lbs 4oz (and 2 returned). A yellow dancer booby
was mentioned! Total catch for 10 anglers was 28 for
89lbs. Weather was cold with an increasingly strong
wind from west, sunny in afternoon. Best area was
the north shore.
18th March - Linlithgow Loch First outing of our season. The weather
was fair, with light winds and sunny periods. This
was a successful day for the 12 fishing with only 2
anglers failing to return a limit catch. 52 fish
were landed with a total weight of 140lbs. Steven
Burke was top rod with 5 for 14lbs 8oz. Best area
was along the tree line on west shore of Town Bay.