Stenhouse Loch, 01 September 2018

Nearly perfect fishing conditions for this outing: a pleasant, warm, autumnal day, with a gentle south-west breeze and total cloud cover!  However, we fishermen will always find something to moan about.  The water clarity was OK, but not great, and where have all the insects gone this year?  Stenhouse is surrounded by all sorts of…

Coldingham Loch, 12 August 2108

After a short sabbatical I was looking forward to our outing to Coldingham.  The prolonged hot summer weather seemed like a very distant memory on a bleak Sunday morning.  Temperatures were still fairly mild, sitting at around 14 degrees, but what we had not expected was the persistent rain and easterly wind, accompanied by thick…

Lake of Menteith, 14 July, 2018

Not much of interest to report from this outing.  However, my observation is that in general if it’s still too hot to enjoy a BBQ and a couple of cool beers in the back garden it’s definitely too hot to fish.  However, our conditions were almost perfect on our arrival, with a gentle south-westerly breeze…

Frandy, 07 July 2108

On Saturday, Glendevon looked more like the Pyrenees in high summer: nice for an alpine hike, but not much good for fishing.  The skies were clear and bright and the temperature at 8.00am was already touching 20 degrees.  There was little evidence of rising fish and the only insects on show were those pesky horse…

Linlithgow Loch, 01 July 2018

I was finding it hard to build any sort of enthusiasm for our outing to Linthgow Loch last weekend.  High summer was still in full swing and having failed miserably to find a successful method to catch fish (other than Powan) at Carron Valley earlier in the week, the prospect of another day afloat in…

Black Loch, 09 June 2108

The day had dawned bright again over the Central Belt, but yellow warnings were in place for potential heavy rain.  Eagle-eyed Derek Kilgour had already spotted a number of fish moving about 100 yards in front of the pier and insects were already active around the car park, while there were shoals of fry close…

Coldingham Loch 02 June 2018

Saturday morning in the Borders was more reminiscent of a scene from a Hammer House of Horrors film set.  There would have been no surprise if ‘Vlad the Impaler’ made a guest appearance from the depths of the haar.  Weather was improving and temperature was still around 16 degrees as we arrived, and the sun…

Frandy 26 May 2018

I had enjoyed a tough outing with Charlie Wilkinson from Cupar AC on the Lake the previous day.  Charlie is an experienced and good angler and what struck me was just how similar our approach and tactics appeared and how familiar his well-crafted buzzers and nymphs looked.  There seems to be very few secrets left…

Carron Valley Reservoir, 19 May 2018

Big shout out to our esteemed Club Secretary for arranging this Carron outing on Saturday, 19th May.  Surely the perfect antidote for all that Windsor nonsense and thankfully not a Union Jack or Pearly King or Queen in sight.  It was good to see the fishery car park busy – hopefully a sign that Carron…

Black Loch, 04 May 2018

On the opening outing on Linlithgow, Matt Wolstenholme and myself spent the day clearing ice from the rings of our rods.  Today was very different.  The main priority was to ensure you had packed plenty sun factor 50, it was going to be a belter.  However, the loch looked in great shape.  There were a…