As I write this report the sun is high, there is hardly a wisp of wind in the air and would could be truly convinced that spring finally has arrived! Although night temperatures remain sub-zero; once the water has warmed up by mid-day trout can be observed rising freely for small hatches and crashing into the margins after stickle backs. In the last week the buzzer has started to come into its own especially during last weeks Harviestoun Competition where some of the top bags came to this method. Despite this the top man on the day (Nigel Barns from Perth) one the competition fishing mini-lure tactics and bagged two large rainbows and two even better Tigers well into double figure bag weights.
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A few of the many decent bags last week or two; Nigel Barns Perth two tigers and two rainbows for 13lb 4oz; Ronnie Fisher Tullibody; 5 rainbows for 13lb 2oz; Don Mackenzie (Alloa) 5 rainbows for 12lb 8oz; Bill Mackenzie Alloa 1 tiger 5lb, Ali Reid Tullibody 3 for 11lb including a 6lb tiger! Tam Kennedy Tullibody 8lb rainbow and then 3 rainbows for 8lb 13oz on a second outing; Stevie Brass Alloa 4 rainbows for 11lb 1oz and Ian Taylor Tullibody 3 rainbows for 8lb 8oz, John Marshall Oakley 4 rainbows for 11lb 1oz; James Green (Slamannan) two blues and two rainbows for 11lb 10oz,
Despite the cold miserable wet weather, many hardy anglers have been braving the elements and continuing to catch decent fish. Tigers, brookies, browns, blues and rainbows have all appeared in the catches this week. Most of which have been tempted to lures although buzzers and bloodworms are doing the damage on certain days. Minnows and stickle backs seem to be the most common source of food for the trout at present as well as our three king fishers which have become a great attraction on the loch.
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Some good catches; Andy Connor (Sauchie) three for 8lb; Stevie McVean (Angling Active Stirling) 3 for 12lb including a 7lb Rainbow; Aiden Ward (Junior Angler) (Coalsnaughton) 8lb Rainbow; Ed Scott (Clackmannan) 3 for 9lb and 5 released after; David Morrison 3 for 8lb 8oz and two large browns released. Jim Donnelly (Tullibody) estimated 9lb rainbow photographed then carefully released.
FEBRUARY 14th 2014
Despite cold water temperatures and poor water clarity due to rain and Ochil snow melt sport has been explosive! Competition is close at the top as we draw near the final of the 2013-2014 Harviestoun Winter League with Andy Connor of Sauchie fighting off the anglers to remain at the top of the fly fishing tournament. Excellent catches are being recorded daily and many of the large rainbows killed or returned are in fact over wintered specimens as well as more recently introduced fish. This week orange has been the colour of choice with the water conditions more murky than the week. On writing this report today the water has cleared and I have just helped our part time fishery keeper Jim Donnelly return a beautifully marked 6lb over-wintered rainbow.
Notable catches from our local anglers; Tam Kennedy (Tam only has the use of one arm!) (Tullibody) 8lb rainbow; Ali Reid (Tullibody) estimated 10lb rainbow caught, photographed and released; Darryl Henderson (Causwayhead) 4lb 2oz Brook Trout; David Morrison (Alloa) 8lb 4oz Tiger Trout and released another large brown trout. A special big 'well done' goes to 13 year old Aiden Ward of Coalsnaughton for the capture of a fin-perfect 8lb 8oz rainbow caught on a blood worm. Please note our next big fishing competition is on Sunday the 2nd of March.
We decided to introduce some really big fish to start the 2014 fishing season off with many large double figure rainbow and blues complemented with many 5-8lb fish as well as a large head of average sized 2.5- 4lb'rs. The winter league has been very exiting this year with local lad Andy Connor of Sauchie soaring to the top of the league with an excellent three fish bag weighing in at over 20lbs. Top tactics have been slow fishing lures and fry imitations although buzzer fishing can be superb in the afternoon. The unseasonably mild winter weather has favoured anglers and many have been doing well on floating lines on the better days.
Top catches from local anglers; Andy Connor (Sauchie) 12lb 4oz Rainbow; David Morrison (Alloa) 10lb rainbow, 7lb tiger, 7lb rainbow and 3lb brownie in ther one 4hour session!; Colin Craig (Alloa) 3 for 12lb including a 7lb Rainbow; Shug Maclaren (Tillicoultry) 8lb blue trout. 7lb rainbow and a 3lb rainbow in the one four hour session; Fabio Calzetta (Tillicoultry) 8lb rainbow, Kevin Fyall (Alloa) 6lb Tiger.