Loch Lee Competition 25/05/2015

Arbroath angling club held there latest competition at loch lee up glenesk.Fishing on the loch gives anglers the chance to catch wild brown trout,Arctic char, and if lucky enough you may encounter a salmon.Conditions for fly fishing were far from ideal as a very strong westerly wind was howling down the loch coupled with very bright sunshine it was going to be a very testing day. Nine anglers competed on the day and only two had a fish apiece come weigh in time at four thirty. Winner on the day was Ryan Dell with one nice trout weighing in at 1 lb 8 oz, second was Les Shepherd with one trout weighing in at 8 oz. The weather had the upper hand on the day and with better conditions I’m sure a few more trout would have been weighed in. Well done to Ryan Dell for winning his first competition for the club.

ryan dell

Backwater Dam Comp 10/05/2015

Full result from Arbroath Angling Clubs backwater competition,first George ( Sye) Gall twelve trout 4 lb 15 oz second was Scott McGregor twelve trout 4 lb 14 oz third was Scott Reith twelve trout 4 lb 11 oz fourth was Les Shepherd eleven trout 3 lb 13 oz fifth was Jim Thomson ten trout 3 lb 8 oz and sixth was John Woodeson two trout 1lb. Conditions on the day were ideal as there was a light south west wind blowing for most of the day and the skies were overcast which brought the trout up on the top, all the clubs anglers had trout and numerous offers to there flies with the most successful lines being a slow glass or midge tip.Flies were being blown on to the water and were very small and black in colour and the trout were free rising to them,anglers who matched the size and colour had good results on the day with most landing upwards of twenty apiece.The backwater is a great venue with plentiful small, but feisty fighting wild brown trout.Anyone interested in going up pop into lintrathen boat house where you can obtain a day permit at a reasonable cost for a days fishing.

River Tay Competition 3/05/2015

Arbroath angling club held there latest competition of there season on the river Tay.Weather on the day was abysmal, east winds blew for most of the day which was coupled with driving rain that made angling tricky to say the least.A four fish bag limit was set and anglers got to there beats and started from 9am till 4.30pm. Not many flies were seen coming off the river due to the cold adverse weather for this time of year but some were seen at 3.30pm at caputh where Scotty mcgregor had a couple of trout,one on wet fly and one on the dry fly.les shepherd had a great start and had four in the bag by 11 am. Scott Reith chose to try out a new bit of water and had three trout, he had quite a frustrating day as he dropped nine good fish whilst playing them.George Gall had two fish in the morning above the A9 motorway bridge and also lost a few nice trout that came off whilst playing,he had a nice pound and half grayling that was safely returned.He then went down below the a9 bridge where he took another two trout.full result as follows first George (sye) Gall four for 2 lb5oz second Les Shepherd four trout 1lb 14oz third Scott Reith three trout 1 lb 12oz fourth Scott mcgregor two trout 1 lb 10 oz.weather wise a terrible day,but the trout were still active at times and the sport wasn’t to bad as most anglers had lots of chances to take a few more trout.

Scott Reith did a fishing mcnab catching a trout,a grayling,and an eight pound salmon on the same day,there’s not many anglers can claim this accolade,well done Scotty.

scoots tay

Lintrathan Boat Comp 25/04/2015

Arbroath angling club fished lintrathen reservoir today,weather forecast wasn’t very favourable as rain and gusty winds were forecast,however we got away without a soaking as the rain never came,in fact it was a pleasant day to be out in a boat as the sun shone brightly most of the day.fourteen club anglers competed on the day with the bag limit set at four fish.Most of the anglers headed of to the sawmill Bay Area of the loch where there was shelter to be had from the gusty north westerly wind ,however this area is most popular for anglers as it holds a lot of fish which are attracted to this part of the loch due to it’s shallowness where weed growth is prevalent and nurtures aquatic life for the trout to feed on.Come weigh in at 4.30pm six anglers out of the fourteen had there limit which was good angling.The winner on the day was Scott mcgregor four fish 9 lb 2 oz second was Jim Thomson (without the p) four 8 lb 8 oz third equal George ( sye) Gall ) and Jordan Webster both four 8 lb 2 oz fifth Andy wood four 7 lb 12 oz sixth Colin nicol four 7 lbs seventh Graham Dunbar three 5 lb 12 oz eight Colin smith 2 fish 4 lb 4 oz ninth Les Shepherd 2 fish 4 lbs tenth Scott Reith 2 fish 3 lb 10 oz and eleventh place and the heaviest of the day at 3 lb went to John Woodeson

Monikie Boat Competition 12/04/2015

Arbroath angling club fished Monikies island pond today,conditions were good with a south westerly wind and overcast skies,things looked good for the clubs first boat competion of the season. From the off trout could be seen rising on the surface to the numerous buzzers that were coming off , however they only seemed to be interested in taking blobs, fabs, or boobys pulled fast past them to induce a take.The fish taken were a good quality of rainbow with full fins and tails and good fighting fish.Full result for the day was first Colin Nicol five for 10 lb 12 oz, second Scott McGregor 5 for 9 lb 12 oz third George(sye) Gall 5 for 9 lb 9 oz fourth Aaron Phillip 5 for 8 lb 15 oz fifth was Jim Thomson 2 for 4 lb 5 oz Sixth Les Shepherd 2 for 3lb 12 oz seventh was Phil Gibson with 2 for 3 lb 9 oz and finally for the seniors eighth place Bruce Mcaskill 1 for 1 lb 14 oz. The junior winner was Robbie Gibson with 2 for 3 lb 9 oz.

monikie rainbow

monikie rainbow

Wardens Report 22/03/2015

Apologies for the delay in communication from me, these computers have no mercy and when they decide to collapse they do it at the the worst time. However, it’s been in the dockyard for repair and hopefully it will behave itself, at least until the end of my report.
Welcome to a new season on the Lunan. For some strange reason the Winter seems to have passed quicker than normal and suddenly we are here again looking for new sport. Well I can tell you that the River is all set to go, the fly-life has been encouraging over the past few weeks, plenty of good hatches of Large Dark Olives and the fish are feeding on them steadily. The hatches are not big and they are quite localised but they are big enough to show us where the fish are. It’s all part of the annual cyce on the River, it rarely lets us down and it’s always good to see. The water level right now is excellent , and it’s just the right colour for the fly and the flow is perfect.
The River was stocked recently, I don’t want to spoil your fun by telling you the main stocking areas but if you fish your usual hot-spots you will meet some good sport. And I mean good sport. These are some of the healthiest , well-fed, good-looking fish that we have seen for a long time. They are sourced from a local hatchery, they are healthy free-rising fish and I guarantee that they will bend your rod. The best thing about these local fish is that they don’t speak Latin.
The dreaded vegetation is still low enough to see the snags and bar-wire, there are plenty of ducks nesting and so again I ask you to be careful where you put your size tens. Just below the Cottge Pool is a bit of bad bank erosion, big lumps of earth falling off unstable banks, so be careful where you go.
The old sluice-gates at the very top of the water in Friockheim are are being looked at very carefullly by the Fisheries Trust with a view to remove them, and in case you hadn’t noticed, the Viaduct is finished and very nice it looks.
So, it’s all there waiting for you, the River is set to go and the fish are looking up, tight-lines to you all.
Good luck, M.

River Tay Competition 22/03/2015

A hard day was had for all for members of the AAC who made there way up to the River tay today.The weather was Overcast for most of the day with a strong gusting south westerly that was in your face around Stanley area making casting very difficult, where up near Dunkeld it was a little more sheltered but still no fly life was seen at these two beats. Scott Reith decided to go up to the top of the Stanley beat where he had a nice trout of a 1lb 4oz and touched nothing else for his day. George (sye) Gall had 2 half pound brown trout that made the 10 inch measure and a wee grayling for his day. I don’t think les Shepherd touched a fish but seen one or two rise, Jim Thomson blanked as well but thoroughly enjoyed his day.And Scott McGregor had a cracking brown trout at 3lb 2oz which he weighed as soon as it was out the water, but come weigh in time it was 3lb on the dot. He also landed another on the 1lb mark. Scott McGregor also dropped a fish in the first couple of casts and had a wee rainbow that accidently fell back in the water (cough) (cough) as your supposed to kill these. We decided to try the last couple of hours at Caputh where we were sheltered from the wind until it changed direction, we seen a couple of large dark olives and it look promising for a fish but we touched nothing, good start to season.

Wardens Report 12/10/2014

Well Gentlemen, that’s it as far as Brownies are concerned, you’ve got a wee bit of time left to try the Sea Trout and then it’s time to give the river a rest. And if ever a wee river deserved a rest it’s the Lunan. It has been so good to us this season it should get a medal. I don’ think I have been on the the river and not done well. My time is divided between looking after things on stream, [ erosion, fences, rubbish and trees collapsing] and enloying myself fishing. The two aspects of the job as Warden mesh in very well, in fact it is so obvious that it doesn’t need saying but if I didn’t spend time fishing then I wouldn’t be aware of the problems. Erosion will happen every year regardless and there is little we can do about it except telling those responsible that it’s happening, SEPA is allways willing do the job for us and they do the best they can, farmers and land-owners are rarely a problem when you consider how busy these people are. Speaking of which, the farmer has built a new fence all the way along the river just above the bridge at Kinnell, makes life a lot easier for us in terms of dodging cattle.
Rubbish in the water is something we must all be aware of, if I had a pound for every plastic bag I’ve removed from trees and weed-beds I could buy a new car.
Trees collapsing over the water is an ongoing thing, it’s a natural event and something we live with. In most cases all it takes is a couple of hours with the extending saw to trim off branches as far back as possible. The bottom of the Fly-only is good example, on the sharp left bend the current scours away at the bank and eventually the tree falls over into the water. But it’s rewarding to get stuck-in and clean things up, it’s part of the job and I love doing it, it keeps the river looking pretty. Sometimes a blockage is just too big for me and we must call upon the land-owner for help. Just below the Viaduct is a good example of this, there is a big tree down across the width of the river and it’s collecting all the debris to make a very bad dam. It’s about 50 yards dowstream and it willl cause problems later.
This is one of the few years when we have not seen a bad drought, in fact, the water levels have been exceptionally good all through the season. Fly-life has been excellent and the fishing has been brilliant all the way through. The last few weeks of August and into Sepember was one of the best periods I’ve ever seen on the Lunan . I saw good fish up an down the whole river, the best I caught was a 14 incher in perfect condition.
Right now we are seeing some back-end activity, I’ve seen shoals in the Cottage pool and Blue-bridge, and the kamikaze antics at Boysack is always worth watching, some decent Salmon making the trip, one even used the fish-ladder!
If next season is anywhere as good as this season we are looking at some excellent sport, this season has been the best for a long time and long may it last. It just goes to show what a grand wee river we have under our protection, it’s always full of surprises and I love it.
Good luck and tight-lines to all, .M

Rescobie Loch Competition 21/09/2014

Twelve members of Arbroath angling club held there last competition of the season on rescobie loch.To date the loch has been fishing really well with some nice bags of trout being caught most days.Weather conditions on the day was overcast skies and a gentle south wind which was ideal for angling.However on the day only 4 anglers were to bring fish to the scales at weigh in time.The winner on the day was Scotty Reith with 4 trout for an impressive 14lb 9oz. second was [Sye] George Gall also 4 at 9lb 8oz third was Jim Thompson 2 at 5lb 7oz and fourth was Les Shepherd with 1 at 2lb 4oz. Best flies were boobies and blobs on a midge tip or fast glass line pulled fast.


Loch Leven Competition 3/08/2014

;The club had 4 boats go out on loch leven last sunday.The anglers fishing on the day were happy about the reports that the loch had fished quite well the previous day with some nice brown trout taken.Conditions were also a plus with a good steady wind blowing and with dark overcast skies things looked good.The trout were right up in the top two feet of water but although great to see it got very frustrating as trout after trout was to be seen chasing the hard pulled flies through the waves only to slide away under the boat at the end of the retrieve.However some trout did hook up and the biggest on the day went to Scott Reith with one at 1lb 10oz .First place overall went to Scott Mcgregor with two trout weighing 2lb 4oz. second was Scott Reith with one at 1lb 10oz Third was Jim Thompson with one at 14 oz and fourth George Gall with one at 13oz.There were numerous small fish caught and released by all the anglers and some fish a lot larger hooked and lost whilst playing them.Leven if you catch it on the right day will give up some of its trophy trout Im sure and it wont be to long before I for one will be back fishing this hallowed loch. Flies taking fish on the day were claret dabbler, claret snatchers, pearly Invicta, and the old favourite the clan chief.scoots loch leven