Busy competition time for local Angling Club

ARBROATH Angling Club has held two competitions recently.

The first one being fished on the Dunkeld beat of the River Tay.

Weather wise it could have better with only a slight wind to contend with and plenty of sunshine it looked good for for taking a trout or two.

Water level on the Tay saw it running about two foot above summer level.

Most anglers on the day chose to fish wet flies, but were ever watchful of a hatch of flies which would bring trout to the surface where dry fly comes into its own.

Hatching fly was very sporadic during the day and only an odd fish was seen to be rising.

However, the wet flies being fished were good enough for four anglers to weigh in at 5pm.

Winner on the day was Les Shepherd who incredibly hooked two trout at once, one taking to the top dropper and the other the middle dropper.

It got even better for Mr Shepherd when after 10 minutes he managed to land both fish.

To his delight one weighed 2lb 4oz and the other was 1lb 10oz.

Now a good trout on any river at 1lb in weight is a good trout but to hook, play and land two trout of this size at the same time will I’m sure never be repeated.

Second place on the day was Malc Gall with one for 1lb 1oz.

Third place went to George Gall with two for 1lb and Scott McGregor came in fourth with one for 12oz.

The next competition was to the Backwater Dam where ten anglers competed for the silverware on offer.

The brown trout on this water are small but plentiful and average just under half pound.

Winner on the day was John Heenan with 12 for 5lb 1oz, second was George Gall with 13 for 4lb 12oz.

Third was Les Shepherd with 11 for 4lb 2oz and Scott McGregor finished fourth with 11 for 3lb 14oz.

Alec Low finished fifth with 9 for 2lb 12oz, Scott Reith finished sixth with four for 1lb 7oz.

John Woodison finished seventh with one for 12oz and Steven Lawrence finished in eighth with 1 for 6 oz.

The Lunan is fishing quite well just now with the resident stock rising to fly quite freely.

The new stock fish are now in and may take a while to settle in before moving to fly fishing methods.

The worm or maggot fished under float or ledgered will take fish but anglers fishing this method are reminded that after taking two fish they must fish fly only thereafter on catch and release as deep hooked trout caught are dead trout.

Tickets for the Lunan can be bought at Angus County Sports.

Seniors £30 with consessions for O.A.Ps and juniors.

The next competition for club anglers is on Monikie on Sunday.