AFTER a very cold start to the season on Lintrathen loch where the fish were lying very deep, the anglers going out in the past two week have been having some good catches with a fair number of limit bags being recorded.
The fish are now up just under the surface and have been taking various black and green flies, yellow dancers and small black flies fished with a booby on the point. Sink tip floaters and slow intermediates lines are the best just now.
Club results: Leslie Llanilar AC - five boats, 34 fish for 59lbs, Kilmaurs AC - four boats, 21 for 43lbs, Pitcarmick AC - four boats, 28 for 58lbs 4ozs, Leslie and Glenrothes - five boats, 24 for 50lbs 2ozs, Bank of Scotland (Glasgow) - six boats, 15 for 33lbs 2ozs.
Individual boats: Jim Galloway - five for 11lbs 8ozs, Tom Melville - five for 10lbs, Stuart and Moira Ferrier - nine for 20lbs, Harry Furey - three for 5lbs 12ozs, G.Milne - five for 12lbs, John Browning - four for 8lbs 8ozs, Messrs Lennon, Robertson and Jeffrey - 10 for 22lbs, Jim Stanger - four for 9lbs 8ozs, Jim and Dave Moncur - seven for 15lbs, Gav Ferguson and Eck Ewart - five for 10lbs 4ozs, P. Hastie and R. Smith - nine for 19lbs 2ozs.
The recent slight increase in temperature appears to have had an invigorating effect on the fish at Rescobie Loch, especially the browns.
In recent days the fish have been nearer the surface as some decent hatches have been seen.
Lures, such as dancers and vivas have been doing well as have traditional wets and buzzers. Fish have been coming off from all over the loch but a lot of anglers have been favouring the Condor End and the north bank but that may just be an attempt to stay out of the bitter winds.
Some really nice brown trout have been caught with R. Buick (Arbroath) having one at 6lb 12oz in his four for 14lb 12oz, I. Goodlet (Forfar) one at 9lb 4 oz in his four for 18lb 8oz, A. Wood (Forfar) two for 7lb 8oz in his four for 12lb 12oz and M. Heenan (Forfar) had one at 8lb 8oz in his four for 15lb 8oz. D. Nicoll (Arbroath) 1 x 6lbs, P. Greig (Dundee) x 16lb 8oz, A. Beattie (Forfar) 1 x 6lbs, G. Hawkins (Arbroath) 1 x 6lb 8oz, J. Moseley (Arbroath) 1 x 7lb 8oz, M. Smith (Dundee) 1x 7lbs, W. Johnston (Blair) 1 x 9lbs, B. Gray (Birkhill) 1 x 9lb 8oz, L. Anderson (I’gowrie) 1 x 6lb 8oz and J. Smith (Forfar) 1 x 8lb 8oz.
Some boat successes were, K. Shepherd (Forfar) four for 8lb 4oz, S. Thomson (Arbroath) four for 10lbs, D. M. Smith (Arbroath) four for 9lb 4oz, J. Henderson (Montrose) four for 10lbs, G. Kydd (Montrose) four for 10lb 8oz, T. Greig (Dundee) four for 13lb 8oz, J. Malloch (Letham) four for 10lb 12oz, B. Paterson (Aberdour) four for 8lb 8oz, R. Smith (Arbroath) four for 11lbs, J. Yule (Kirrie) four for 9lbs and Mr Joe (Dundee) four for 10lbs 8oz.
From the bank, R. Clark (Arbroath) three for 7lb 8oz, J. McFarlane (Kirrie) four for 9lb 8oz, D. Simpson (Arbroath) four for 8lb 12oz, I. Thomson (Forfar) four for 9lb 12oz and G. Gall (Arbroath) three for 9lbs.
March Fish of the Month was taken by J. Moncur (I’gowrie) with a 10lb rainbow, April was Mr Joe (Dundee) with a 9lb 15oz brown trout and on the leader board at the moment is I. Goodlet (Forfar) with a 9lb 4oz brown.