I wonder if anyone can remember a year that has started with such cold and wet weather, if so, he must be even older than I am. We had eleven brave souls at Linlithgow last Sunday night and these intrepid anglers caught eight fish – a rod average of 0.73. What we should be proud of is that no one stopped until late evening. Surprisingly the water temperature was 12°C, the air was 9°C but in the wind if felt much colder, especially when the rain was on.
I was fishing with Trevor Gibson, and glumly watched as he patiently extracted two fish from the turbid loch. I tried and tried but only managed to get one pull and another pluck, and getting it, I said something that sounded just like pluck. And as we sat in the cold blustery WNW wind, I listened with pleasure when the church clock finally chimed nine times. Then Trevor had a fish follow and tweak his fly and I watched his growing excitement with mounting indifference as it failed to latch on. I had been given a master class in tenacity but for me it was time to stop for the day.
Tam Forest, John Levy, Adrian Coats and Alasdair McKechnie all had a fish each. John Miller and Trevor had two each. John had his in Town Bay using a floater and a black and green tadpole. Trevor had his fish in the main basin using a floater and buzzers.
Glencorse is next Monday morning on the 20th, we have eighteen anglers fishing, and with luck, we will get weather that is more favourable. I can tell you that Bill has stocked the loch on 15th May. So if we are as successful as our Linlithgow outing we cannot use the excuse that the water hold no fish.
Tight lines: Ed.