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

River Tay Competition 27/07/2014

The club have held two comps lately with the first being on the river tay,although the river was running at summer levels the dark overcast conditions on the day were good for angling as a bright sun and low water has the trout heading for cover in the deep pools.A few trout were to be seen rising in some of the smooth glides taking small smuts and the odd yellow mayfly duns that were to be seen sailing down the river.Weigh in at 4 30 pm saw only two anglers bring a fish each to the scales with the largest one and winning trout on the day at 14 oz going to George [sye] Gall. Second place went to Les Shepherd with one at 11oz.Cooler weather and a rise in the water will get the trout on this river back up on the rise.September can be a very productive month as the trout start to feed in earnest as they go into spawning mode

Monikie Competition 5/07/2014

Next competition up for the club was Monikies Island pond where the clubs anglers had a great days fishing covering rising fish the whole day.Some anglers opted to fish the dry fly and had good results on cdc patterns whilst others fished midge tip and small flies and also had good success.Senior winner on the day was George [sye] Gall with 5 trout at 9lb 9oz 2nd was Scott Mcgregor with 5 for 9lb 2oz. 3d was Bruce Mcaskill with 5 for 8lb 15oz. 4th was Scott Reith 5 for 8lb 8oz. 5th was Alec Low 3 for 5lb 5oz and 6th was Stan Nicol with 2 for 3lb 11oz. 7th was Jim Mosley 1 at 1lb 12oz.The junior winner was Robbie Gibson who had 3 trout at 5lb 5oz

Lake of Menteith 28/06/2014

Eight members of the club headed off down to Stirlingshire to fish the lake of menteith.Conditions for fishing was good with a light easterly wind and plenty of cloud cover making it ideal for catching a trout or two. Most anglers opted to fish with intermediate or midge tip lines as the fish were seen to be nosing about very close to the surface.Top senior rod on the day was Scott Mcgregor with 6 trout for a weight of 14lb 8 oz second was Scott Reith with 3 at 6lb 12oz third was George [sye] Gall with 3 at 6lb 6oz fourth was Kev Gall with 2 at 4lb 7oz fifth was Bruce Mcaskill with 1 at 2lb 8oz and 6th was Malc Gall with 1 at 2lb

Wardens Report

Here we are in the middle of the growing season, and by that I mean everything is growing. Weed is spreading along the river bed in places where weed did not survive before. I put this down to erosion and whole banks of topsoil dropping into the water to cultivate a new riverbed.All this weed can only be good for the water oxygen content and cover for this years batch of fry, which is next on my “growing” list Everywhere up and down the river are clouds of fry, good signs of a breeding season and hopefully a good batch of young fish next year.Of course these babies have got a long way to go before they can fend for themselves, it’s a pity that only a small percentage of them will reach maturity, but Mother Nature knows better than us about numbers so leave it to her to arrange, good luck to them all. Next on my “growing” list is predators. We all know who I mean. Mink, Cormorant, [ I nearly put worm-chuckers in there but I’m not sure that Scoots would agree ! ] being the two main contenders All these people have got to eat and food is available everywhere which means that predators are growing just as fast as our fish . Speaking of fish, this must the best time year for free food. Fly – life has been exceptionally good and fish food just comes floating down on a non-stop conveyor belt. On top, in the middle and on the bottom of the river the food just keeps coming and the fish home in and eat all they can. Get the fly right and you are on a winner, my best day this year was when the Hawhorn Fly decided to show in great numbers and I was getting a tug every cast.The real baddy on “growing” must be bankside vegetation, unless you find a well-worn route you are actually wading through shoulder-height green stuff, and this stuff wants to trip you, or sting you, or scratch you or just plain be troublesome,, I love it, it means the riverbank is alive and well.
I was missing some stockies over the last few weeks and I thought that they were all fished out, but the exceptionly good water levels of late have proved me wrong. Over the last week I have caught good fish every day, the best being over 13 inches , last night. So, the water is perfect, the stockies are still stocked, get down there , get nettled and get fishin’
If you can, get down below the Viaduct where the tree was down and overhanging on the first major left-hand bend. The owner has lifted the tree and this has exposed a really big new hole.
Tight lines and take care. M.