Rescobie Loch Boat Competition 20/9/2015

Rescobie boat competition 20th sept 2015. Twelve anglers competed on the day for the Rescobie 650 cup,conditions were good with overcast skies and a very light wind .fish could be seen dimpling away on all areas of the loch but were not easy to tempt.however as the breeze picked up it triggered the fish into being more active and club rods were soon bending into fish,six anglers managed there limit bag of four fish with the winning bag taken by Colin Nicol at 11 lb 12 oz, second was Scott Reith 10 lb 9 oz, third Malcolm Gall 10 lbs , fourth equal Jordan Webster and George Gall 9 lb 13 oz, sixth Ryan Dell 9 lb 4oz, seventh Jim Thomson 9 lbs, eighth Andy wood 7 lb 5 oz, ninth Aaron Phillip 6 lb 13 oz , tenth place went to les shepherd with one fish and the heaviest at 4 lb 7 oz which won him the big fish sweepy and twelve nicker in his hipper

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George Gall's photo.

Rescobie Loch Bank Competition 6/09/2015

Bank competition Rescobie Loch 6 th September . Five anglers competed on the day,conditions were not favourable as a blustery north west wind blew all day and also anglers had a very bright sun to contend with,however those competing got on with the task in hand and some nice trout were landed,winner on the day was George (sye) Gall with four trout for twelve pounds,second was les Shepherd with two for six pounds,and third was John Woodeson with two for four pounds.Largest trout was a brown trout of five pounds four ounces by G.Gallsyes rescobie troot


Wardens Report 23/08/2015

Just a few weeks to  go before the season runs out but I thought
I better submit a report to bring  you up to date. Right now the river is better than I’ve seen it for a long  time,  the water levels are well up and I can only put this down to the wet  days we saw recently. The water is coming down at a good healthy rate,  and  the river is perfect for good fishing. I am on the water every day and I’ve  never seen the river looking so healthy.  Fly-life is especially good  ,  plenty of Olives,  Sedges are always about late on, and the  good-old B.W.O are always a welcome sight. All this food is reflected in the  quality of the fish that I see. In the last 2 weeks I have C/R three of the  biggest fish I’ve seen on the river,  the week before last I had a fish of  15 inches {  I never learned to speak in terms of weight,  the U.S  fashion is much better in terms of length,  maybe i’ts me but just seems  easier } anyway,  last week I had a 17 inch fish,  big and mean and  built like a wrestler,  last night I had a fish which was off my rod-markings. I keep marks from 10 to 18inch and this fish was off the record. I dont mean to impress you with a list of big fish but if it might put things in  perspective. Big fish are good to see and heart-stopping to catch, big  fish are a sign of plenty of food and good growing conditions,  we can only  put this down to a river in good condition. Catching big fish can be memorable  rod-bending stuff but for me the excitement lies in catching those fiesty 10  inchers,  the colour of butter and twice as slippery. There are plenty of  these guys around,   but as always it’s a question of right
place-right time.  Of course the vegetation is rampant, it’s a jungle down  there,if it was easy it wouldn’t be the Lunan,   and it seems  to be the same story on small spate-rivers everywhere.
I am seeing a good show of wildlife right now,  plenty of breeding pairs of kingfishers, especially at Kinnell and on the Fly-only stretch,  I  was surprised by an Otter on the Hatton a month ago,  and again by an Otter  at Kinnell last week, surely a sign of healthy habitat. These guys don’t hang around for a photo shoot but it would have been nice for web-site,  I’ll  keep trying.   The question of the sewage spill at the Mouth has been investigated by SEPA and I had an e mail today to say that it was now under  control and the house owners have complide with SEPA advice.  I am in good communication with SEPA,  it’s always good to have them on call to handle  big trouble.
It seems as if my days as Warden could be numbered.  If modern  progress has it’s way very soon all rivers and fisheries will be protected and patroled by cameras mounted on a drone. So, maybe I should apply for a pilots licence so I can shoot these buggers down and keep my job,In the meantime,  be aware that our river is at it’s best,  we  are soprivileged to have it on our doorstep,  I love it to bits. Good luck and tight-lines.


River Tay Competition 12/07/2015

Arbroath angling club anglers headed of up the river Tay today for there latest competition of the 2015 season.The water level was very high for the time of year due to the heavy rain falling over the catchment area over the last week,there was not much fly life on the water and very few fish were to be seen rising,however come weigh in at four thirty two anglers brought trout to the scales with the winner being les shepherd with one at twelve ounces,second was George Gall with one at eleven ounces,plenty small fish were caught and returned by those competing but the bigger fish just didn’t show on the day.Arbroath angling clubs members Scott Reith,Aaron Phillip,and Lee Anderson were down at the lake of menteith last night to fish there heat of the Scottish clubs,on a wet and unsettled evening they did extremely well to bag ten fish between them,there are three qualifiers in every heat and they just missed out on weight as they had the same amount as the second and third teams who also had ten trout,all three anglers had chances to bag a few more but Lady Luck wasn’t with them on the night.lee Anderson qualified for the champion of champions competition with his six trout on the night.

Wardens Report 4/07/2015

      If ever a wee River showed it’s value it was today.  I am on stream every day, looking at it’s changes,  watching for whatever comes next.   Today the River is starting to show it’s bones.  But it’s also showing how resilient it can be.  After all the confusing weather patterns we have seen in the past 2 months, our wee River still flows and thrives to produce good fishing if you can meet the conditions and find the fish. Right now it is not at it’s best, it is low and clear and the fish can see you coming from the car-park. But,  and this is the clincher, if you are prepared to sit and work it out you will see that the fish are gathering in the pools. This need not mean the deepest part of the pools,  they are spread over the whole length of the pools on a first-come -first-serve basis. The big boys will occupy the best food lanes which most times doesn’t mean the deepest part of the pool. Yesterday I caught a lovely Brownie about 14 inches long,  he was lying in the neck of a pool in no more than 2 inches of water,  right in the conveyor belt of food.  Times are hard right now but the River is still as strong as ever.  Bottom line is bring on some rain!
Lower levels means I can wade up to places which were impossible to see last month,  Very nice, but I am seeing too many flies attached to too-thick line handing from branches. I don’t know what these guys were expecting to catch but these flies would have been more suitable for catching Tarpon or Steelhead.  I do believe our wee river deserves some respect,  it’s only a tiny link in the food-chain and I’m sure that most anglers in the club acknowledge that fact,   sadly some guys don’t see it that way and their main aim is to  horse -em -out .  Let it be known that if I catch guys using un-sportmanlike tackle on our wee river they will not be met with the best of receptions,  we are fishermen, and the emphasis is on sport.
Just for interest,  I found a flotation vest on the River. The kind used by kayakers or canoeists,  it looks to be  fairlly expensive so the user will be keen to get it back.  What puzzles me is ,  why would anybody use a canoe in these low-water conditions ,  unless of course the canoe had wheels,  you never know.
            In the meantime,   good luck and good fishin’  Mike

Lake of Menteith Competition 27/06/2015

Arbroath angling club travelled to the lake of menteith on Saturday 14 anglers competed and the results from this challenging venue are as follows first place Scott McGregor four trout for nine pounds,second Scott Reith three trout seven pounds,third Aaron Phillips three trout six pounds fourth was Malcolm Gall two for five pounds fifth George Gall two for four pound sixth was Graham Dunbar one at three pound,and finally Stan nicol one at two pound, the junior winner was Robbie Gibson with five all caught and released,and his father Phil gibson also caught and released two,guest rod Mike (wink) Souter also caught five trout for his days was a hard days fishing but perseverance paid off and some nice good fighting fish were caught.

scooty at menteith

River Tummel Competition 13/06/2015

seven anglers headed of to Pitlochry on Saturday to fish the river tummel for the George Gall memorial cup, the river holds some nice specimens of wild brown trout with fish of three pounds plus being landed by some fortunate anglers.Weather conditions weren’t to bad as there was cloud cover and light winds for the whole of the day although the wind was from the North east which curtailed any decent hatch of fly.The limit for trout is two and they have to be twelve inches in overall length to count.Come weigh in at eleven thirty only two anglers had trout to weigh in with the winner on the night with two trout for 1 lb 12 oz, was George (sye) gall. second was Scott Reith with one trout 14 oz.Both anglers trout came to spider patterns, other anglers reported hooking some good trout but losing them whilst playing them, overall it was a good days angling and all the guy’s thoroughly enjoyed there day out.

Wardens Report 3/06/2015

Long time ago, I worked at at a coal mine called Hawthorn Colliery, in Durham, I was just 15. I worked there just long enough to learn that there was a better way through life. Luckily for me just after I left Hawthorn it closed down and many men were made redundant. I class this as a lucky move because I escaped the troubles of redundancy and I volunteered to serve Her Majesty , her heirs and successors. Lucky move.
Here I am today 55 years later and I’m still under the influence of Hawthorn.
It’s Hawthorn time on the Lunan, what a day I had today. The wee river was alive with rising Trout. All thanks to the Hawthorn Fly. I caught 6 good fish and didn’t move. Just for good measure I caught the biggest fish I have ever had on the Lunan . A lovely Brownie of just over 16 inches long. I don’t take photos of my fish., they are not film stars. When the fish is hooked and brought to hand, for me the show is over. Everything has done it’s job, the rod, the line, the fly, and most of all the fish. It’s our job to get it back where it belongs without dithering gasping photo shots, not for me. Anyway, bottom line is that this cracking wee River is still full of surprises and we are privileged to have it on our doorstep.
Get down there. Hawthorn was lucky for me.

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.

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