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1st outing of the season Monikie 2nd April

In the days leading up to our opening competition I was hoping the weather would improve, it did, a bit, but there was still a chilly east wind(normal for this time of year on the east coast) with low cloud all day; however as Billy Connelly says there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes; and as often happens on less promising days the fishing was excellent.Having been there on Saturday when the fish wanted the flies static or on the hang, that was the way I tried first while my boat partner, having seen fish on top in the calmer areas, tried dries and hooked and lost a fish early on. Most boats fished close in, along the Craigton Bank round to Swan Island. We caught a couple of fish then boat pressure seemed to put them off a bit so we moved to the west end and fished from 100yds out towards the draw off towers and found fish there especially close in and by lunch time both had our limit, intermediate lines and black and green tadpoles or boobies was the story. In the afternoon we moved to the south side drifting towards Elsie’s Corner and by that time the new stockies were giving themselves up so we stopped early. A few other boats joined us and the rest seemed spread about along the Craigton Bank. As usual the fish from Welham Park were of excellent quality All 19 members caught their limit so 95 fish for 185lbs was the result, makes up for the not so good days!!! Lines used ranged from midge tip to DI3 and black and green  lures and boobies were best Alan Stewart had the 1st fish and the winner was our ex secretary Brian Makin. An excellent turnout of members. Next outing is Rescobie on 16th April

Andrew Robertson

2nd Outing of the Season Rescobie Wed 16th April

Conditions were OK moderate west wind cloudy am brighter later As is often the case at Rescobie not a lot of fish rising ( well not where Peter and I were) but at lunch we found there were fish showing in the area from  the church southwards and so we joined the rest there in the pm plus some members so it was a bit crowded It appeared that the fish wanted flies moved slowly or not at all and on inter or DI3 lines with cormorants or black and green mini lures the best and too late we found out floaters with a team of buzzers!!

Our 2 guests were the best rods but the comp was won by Doug Grimmond and Stuart Thom had the heaviest fish Next outing is to Linlithgow Loch a new venue for us ( wonder if there is a fly called Mary Queen of Scots) on30th April

Sorry about the late report had a bit of trouble with the website

Andrew Robertson

3rd Outing of the season Linlithgow Loch Wed 30th April

Funny how the forecast is correct when its a bad one. Spot on for today. A.M. conditions not too bad with cool east wind but dry and cloudy, but P.M. windy and wet My boat partner Stuart had a nice fish 1st cast and then followed an episode worth a letter to Trout Fisherman funny stories page. I had my nose in my bag looking for inspiration, heard this thud, looked up and saw Stuarts rod disappearing into the distance; so I said something like ” you’ll have another rod with you” Aye says Stuart but that one cost me £400, so we set off after it, by which time rod and fish had disappeared. However I decided to leave the anchor dangling and we went about 200yds without seeing rod or fish so I said to Stuart we’ll turn and see if we can find it on the way back, lifted the anchor and there was Stuarts line caught in the flukes. What’s more the fish was still on and was duly landed. Thanks for the Ardbeg Stuart! Fish were just sub surface all A.M. deeper in P.M. Winner was Vic fishing buzzers and the heaviest fish was caught by Ed; In all we had 31 fish for 79lbs. I think we’ll go back there again, nice location and very good facilities and helpful,friendly club members who run it. Car parking was not a problem contrary to some warnings. Next outing is Lintrathen on 14th May P.S. both Ed and I got through to the semis of the National Championships by the skin of our teeth!

Andrew Robertson

4th Outing of the season Wed 14th May Lintrathen

The weather gods were with us for once SSW wind with a nice wave— a bit too bright up till 2 o’clock but nice cloud cover after that. Everyone struggled before lunch tho’ Alan and Jim B had 3 in the boat and peter had 1. My boat partner Vic had 1 pull fishing buzzers on a floater. Some whisky from Vic cheered us up at lunchtime, silly me forgot I wasn’t driving and refused another dram. Vic and I stayed in the shallow north west bay in the pm and most of the others went down to the Rhodies / Harbour area. We had a fish each early on and between 2.30 and 3.30 the fish seemed to come on the feed and we had another 3. Vic’s fish took a size 16 cruncher type fly( a bit of a no nothing )while mine were on a y dancer so work that out . I think there was a similar rise at the same time elsewhere on the loch Total catch was 18 fish for 12 anglers Winner was yours truly, Alan Stewart was 2nd and Vic had the heaviest fish, a lovely rainbow of 3lbs 6ozs. Next outing is to The Lake on 21st May and the forecast is looking good

Andrew Robertson

5th outing Wednesday 21st May The Lake

Conditions were good for this outing SW wind 10 mph with nice cloud cover in the am. It’s always a pleasure to fish at the lake as Jim D says at other venues you hope to catch but at Menteith you expect to; as it is well stocked but fished hard it is not always easy and this outing was no exception. At lunchtime those of us who met up had not done a great deal, 1’s and 2’s were the best but we had mostly been in the west basin, Heronry, Malling Shore etc but I gather that those who went to the Lochend area did better. In the pm it became too bright and was more difficult so at the weigh in the best bags were 3’s and 4’s Best lines were midge tip and inters and the successful flies were a mixed lot. The winner was John McDougall with 4 fish and the heaviest fish was caught by George Potts— so far this season 5 outings 5 different winners !!! Next outing is the 1st evening one at Monikie on Wed 11th June

George Potts my sub editor!!! has emailed me this report; thanks George George and Vic got off to a great start at Lochend with lots of feeding fish, 3 in the boat by 10.45 green buzzers on a floating line Up to the Heronry plenty boats some fish. After lunch back to Heronry then Malling and Gateside nil ( same for Gordon and I ) back to Lochend  where George got a bonus fish as I did at Chicken Leg Bay There were some mayflies about stoneflies, beetles and midges but no fish taking them ( I agree ) See George’s beautiful ‘bow at the top of this page

Andrew Robertson

6th outing Wednesday 11th june Monikie

Conditions were OK if a bit too bright for the 1st evening outing with a west wind giving a nice wave but the fishing was difficult in spite of a fresh stocking the previous week Most fish were caught close to the margins After 9 o’clock the fish just seemed to stop rising tho’ there was a late flurry at last knockings; too late and too choosey!!

The winner was Gordon McKay with 4 fish for 6lbs 8ozs, 2nd was Bob Mitchell with 2 fish for 4lbs 7ozs and the heaviest was taken by Alan Stewart—2lbs 12ozs; 19 fish for 33lbs

That’s now 6 outings and 6 different winners Next outing is Glensherup 25th june

Andrew Robertson

Interclub Rescobie evening Monday 16th June

The annual interclub competition between Dundee West End AC, Dundee AC and Birkhill AC was held at Rescobie preceded by high tea at Chapter and Verse in Forfar Fishing conditions were good with  cloud cover and a gentle east wind but the fish didn’t cooperate and after a hard evening’s fishing the result was a win for Dundee West End-the first for a few years- with 7 fish for 15lbs 5ozs and I was lucky enough to have the best basket-2 fish for 5lbs 3ozs  A very enjoyable relaxed outing with good company Thanks are due to Ed Fullerton for his help in organising this outing and to all who took part

Andrew Robertson

7th outing Wednesday 25th june Glensherup

Glensherup is another place you expect to catch fish, always a pleasure to fish there Andy Mitchell runs a good venue and is always ready to give informed advice reg tactics and methods/best spots

Wind was eastish and a bit swirly close to the dam and flat calm later, some fish rising but hard to see them tho’ they were just sub surface I was on my own as Doug G had a gippy tummy Most boats made for the top end so as I was last away I decided to fish from the pier down to the dam corner, thanks for the advice Andy There were plenty of fish there as there were at the top end but they were definitely not giving themselves up; I fished a 6 foot midge tip all night with a Cat Booby on the tail with Traffic Light Buzzer, Bibio Snatcher and a G&H Sedge on the droppers most fish came to the Booby early on and to the sedge later The others seemed to have been using mainly midge tip or inter lines with Boobies Cormorants and Snatchers

The winner was Alan Stewart with 5 for 11lbs 6ozs, 2nd was myself with 5 for 11lbs 1ozs and the heaviest fish was by Alan 2lbs 12ozs Total was 26 fish for 52lbs The next outing is on Wednesday 2nd july at Monikie

Andrew Robertson

8th Outing Monikie evening 2nd July

Forecast was not good and that was how it turned out, strong southwest wind with a spell of rain. Not many boats tried the Craigton Bank, most preferring the more sheltered areas The fresh stocking of fish the previous Saturday still didn’t seem to be back on the feed( in spite of the fact that they would not have been fed for about 5 or 6 days); possibly due to the water being warm. Fish were mainly caught in those sheltered areas next to the west and south sides and those who did well included my boat partner Dennis Watterson who fished mainly midge tip with a brief switch to a slow sink and the Tequila Blob seemed to be best tho I caught my only fish on a Claret Sedgehog

The winner was Dennis with 5fish for 9lbs + and 2nd was John McDougall with 4 fish for 7lbs+ and the heaviest fish was caught by Ed Fullerton Total catch was 26 fish for 52lbs That’s now 8 competitions and 8 different winners. Next outing is Rescobie on the evening of 23rd July

Andrew Robertson

9th outing Rescobie evening 23rd july

Conditions were good light east wind and cloud cover. The loch was apparently fishing better in spite of the continuing warm spell J D and I went across to the Green Bank side and saw some fish rising a lot of which were small perch but we could only manage a fish each and then we tried the Drimmie corner and eventually down near the Church but those members who went to the Condor end did better and there were a few 4 fish limits on lines varying from DI3 sweep to midge tip with a variety of flies  from blobs to small nymphs The winner was Dave Leiper with 4 fish for 9lbs, 2nd was John McDougall with 4 fish for 8lbs 14ozs. Heaviest fish was 3lbs 5ozs  by Dave Total catch was 33 fish for 69lbs 14 ozs. That’s 9 different winners now. Next outing is back to days at Frandy on Wednesday 13th August

Andrew Robertson

10th Outing Frandy 13th August

Things looked promising when we arrived, moderate north west wind and light cloud cover and an  air of expectation in the car park since reports suggested it had been fishing well. John McDougall and I headed up to the top end along with most of the rest. Ed F went to his favourite spot on the north shore and one or two went to the dam end. Most of those up at the top end chose to fish down the north shore so we tried the opposite shore  and soon we had some success I got a couple of fish and John lost one at the net . Dave Leiper and J D were into fish as well However pressure of boats in that small area soon put the fish down and at the lunch get together the best boat was Dave and J D with, I think, 5. P M john and I tried the north side from the burn to the dam on the bailiff’s recommendation and John managed one fish but tht was it and as everyone else had gone up to the top end we headed back there too I managed one more, a lovely blue over the 5lbs mark on a claret bumble muddler and had a couple of pulls Best lines were Cortland  Blue and Midge Tip and flies that were successful varied from Cat Boobies to Muddlers The winner was Dave Leiper ( that’s 2 in a row and spoiled the sequence), with 5 fish for 15lbs 2ozs and yours truly was 2nd with 3 for 10lbs 6ozs Total catch was 23 for 60 lbs 1ozs Next outing is The Lake on Wednesday 20th August.

Andrew Robertson

11th outing The Lake Wednesday 20th August

Conditions good albeit there was a bit of green algae on the water – a bit more than last week (and the following week it was like pea soup ) thankfully it didn’t affect the fishing. As ever at the Lake you had to find the fish and some managed that, especially Dave Leiper who is having a purple patch just now Successful lines appeared to be intermediates or midge tips and flies varied from buzzers and snatchers to boobies and nomads The winner was Dave Leiper with 5 fish for 13lbs 14ozs (that’s 3 in a row) and Alan Stewart was 2nd with 5 fish for 13lbs 6ozs David Tweedie had a superb 6lbs 9ozs bow The club had 38 fish for 101lbs 5 ozs Next outing is at Monikie on Wednesday 10th September


Andrew Robertson

12th outing Monikie Wednesday 10th September

Given that the last stocking of the season was put in the previous Saturday a good day was anticipated and so it proved. A gentle southeast breeze and good cloud cover. Fish were being caught from the off, mainly from the harbour to Elsie’s Corner but also to the south of the two islands but not close in as is usually the case with newly stocked fish.Lines of choice seemed to be inter or midge tip and best flies were nomads and cormorants The winner was Dave Leiper with 5 fish for 9lbs 11ozs that’s now 4 in a row and 2nd was Gordon McKay Total catch was 64 fish for 117lbs 1oz Last outing of the season will be at Beecraigs ,a new venue for the club, on wed 24th sept (how time flies the older you get)

Andrew Robertson

13th outing Beecraigs Wednesday 24th September

I had been to Beecraigs a few times and thought it might be good to try but the talk in the car park was not encouraging and so it proved Conditions were ok a bit too calm which is always a risk as it is so sheltered, but a good mix of cloud and sunny spells Not many fish showing tho’  but midge tip or inters  were the norm Jim B and I found some fish on the north end of the dam wall and managed to get 3 for the boat  two on a booby and one( I think) on a partridge & orange, I know, who can fathom out what fish really want; the others managed 6 between them so its a fair bet we won,t be returning there unless earlier in the season The winner was Vic with 2 fish for 5lbs 6ozs and I was 2nd with 2 fish for 3lbs 12 ozs; total catch 9 fish for 20lbs 2ozs for 13 anglers

All in all a successful season Thanks to Ed for arranging the outings

Congratulations to Alan Stewart club champion once more, and to the runner up John McDougall

Looking forward to seeing everyone again at the D A C dinner on the 14th November

Andrew Robertson



Here are the outings and dates for the coming season—-Tight lines to all

Day outings except where noted

Monikie                  1st April

Rescobie                15th April

Linlithgow               29th April

Lintrathen               13th May

Lake of Menteith    20th May

Monikie                    10th June Evening

Glensherup             24th June Evening

Monikie                    1st July Evening

Rescobie                  22nd July Evening

Frandy                      5th August

Lake of Menteith    26th August

Stenhouse               9th September

Monikie                    23rd September

Interclub Rescobie 15th June Evening




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