Black Loch, 12 September 2020

Not a great day, either weather-wise or fishing-wise.  I arrived to pouring rain and the sight of white horses on the loch.  I would have been happy to turn round and drive home!  However, by the time Stewart Barnes and I got out on the water, it had settled down, and conditions were not too…

Frandy Reservoir, 06 September 2020

A nice, benign day, weather-wise, with light and variable winds and sunny intervals, with broken cloud.  Frandy isn’t the best water for light and variable, as it is often coming from different directions at different parts and is often messing-up intended drifts. Steve Kilpatrick and I quickly got the vibe that there was little doing,…

Lake of Menteith, 30 August 2020

  Superb conditions for a day on dries – mild, light breeze and good overhead cover.  The main problem was the lack of meat on the water and the dearth of rising fish, almost everywhere we tried.  Turns out others fishing in different parts had better luck!  I was fishing with Allan Everington.  Allan started…

Lake of Menteith, 22 August 2020

Much better weather than expected.  Moderate wind from the south west, with cloud cover, some sun and a few showers.  Quint warned that the fishing had been extremely difficult, but stocking levels were good.  I was with Dougie Skedd and we both agreed to start with dries; no surprise there.  Dougie started with a half-hog and a…

Coldingham Loch, 09 August, 2020

  An unseasonably cool day on the east coast… with an easterly breeze!  The air was 17C, but it felt a lot cooler.  The odd blink of sun was very welcoming!  The water was a degree warmer, at 18C, and it was gin-clear. Gareth reported the fish were on top and dries were working, but…

Glencorse Reservoir, 02 August 2020

I was fishing with prospective new member Mel Mitchell.  The wind, as normal, was swirling but mainly from the north west, moderate but strong at times and our drogue was used throughout the day.  We started at the end of the bay just below the farm, adjusting constantly to drift into the corner at Kirk bridge.…

Lake of Menteith, 18 July 2020

The day gave us a fresh-feeling westerly breeze with a mix of ceiling – cloud, sunshine and showers.  I was still in ‘mayfly mode’, though the hatch is definitely petering-out.  I was hoping the residents were still recognising one when they saw it!  Bob Whyte and i set out to have a day on mayfly…

Frandy Reservoir, 04 July 2020

Lockdown easing… and we were finally allowed to travel far enough to restart club outings.  Our first of the ‘new normal’ took us to Frandy. The weather forecast looked decidedly iffy, but we got away with it.  However, it was distinctly cool for July.  The water was 16C, but the air was only 12C in…

Coldingham Loch, 22 March 2020

Our first outing of the season – and possibly our last.  Who knows what lies ahead in the coming months? In the lead-up, we had put all possible precautions in place… Gareth kept the hut locked and disinfected the boats after use the previous day.  We practiced our best social distancing.  We pre-paid by bank…