This was a very poorly supported outing from the word go and, with further call–offs in the week beforehand, we ended up with only 4 rods. It just proves how difficult it is to get things right in booking. Having booked 6 boats for both Carron outings we were looking for an extra 3 boats for the first one and then had to cancel 4 boats for the second one – who would want to be a secretary?!
Anyway, the four rods that did turn up had a respectable day, considering the conditions. We started in bright sunshine, in a strongish south westerly wind with a bit of an edge to it. Happily, we did get some cloud cover later in the morning, but the wind direction meant that if you were fishing the south shore you were faced with swirly conditions, making a steady drift difficult.
Both boats headed up to the west end of the reservoir. Tommy Steven and Adrian Coats were on Di5 and Di3 respectively and having tried the various bays, ended up at the dam. Tommy fished Viva and Black Tadpole to finish with 3 browns and 1 rainbow. Adrian took 3 browns on traditionals.
Bob and Stewart followed a similar route up the south shore, both starting on intermediates with a mixture of traditionals and mini lures. They did have a go at the north shore for a brief time but this wasn’t productive and they went back into Carron Bay. Bob ended up with 1 rainbow and 1 brown. Stewart had a lovely 1 lb 8 oz brownie within his first couple of casts on a Dunkeld, but within a short time changed to a Di3, which proved the better bet as he finished up with 3 rainbows and 2 browns. The Dunkeld was responsible for 3 fish while a Yellow Dancer took the other two. Dougie Skedd’s much vaunted Clan Chief was his only blank fly!
The four rods totalled 5 rainbows and 9 takeable brownies, plus a few small ones.