Eight members of Arbroath Angling Club made their way up Glen Isla to fish the Backwater Dam.
Weather conditions on the day were not the best for fly fishing as a very strong to gale force south westerly wind blew hard for most of the day making it very hard to cast the flies.
However some shelter was to be found on the south side where the wind was mostly on your back.The fishing as usual was first class with plenty hard fighting wild trout willing to take the fly.
A bag limit of 12 fish per rod is the clubs rule with no fish under 10 inches to be taken. Senior winner on the day was George [Sye] Gall with 12 trout for 5lbs 8oz. Second was Scotty McGregor with 12 for 4lbs 4oz and third was Les Shepherd with eight for 3lbs 6oz.
In fourth was John Heenan with seven for 3lbs 4oz, fifth was Scott Reith, four for 1lb 6oz and sixth was Jim Mosley with four for 1lb 4oz.
The junior winner was Keir Mudie with two trout at 1lb.
The Backwater Dam is a great venue to fish for hard fighting wild brown trout that average just under the half pound in weight but every season some larger specimens are landed with one at two pound plus being landed last year.
Season tickets for the Backwater are priced at a very reasonable £30 with a day ticket £10.
Lintrathen Angling Club run the fishing and anyone interested in acquiring a ticket they can get details at Lintrathen reservoir.
The next competition for club anglers was to take them up to Glen Esk to fish the North Esk river on the Milldens beat of the river. The river was running at a very low level for the time of year and with a very bright sun shining, anglers had to approach the water with stealth to avoid spooking any wary trout.
A hatch of large dark olives started to come of the water at 2 p.m. but not many trout were to be seen rising to them due to the conditions. Senior winner on the day was George [Sye] Gall with one trout at 1lb 12oz.
Second was Jim Mosley with two trout at 1lb 9oz, third was Scott McGregor one for 11oz and fourth was John Heenan with one at 8oz.
This river like most others fish a lot better with a good height of water flowing through but it was good to be up the glen on a glorious sunny day with fantastic views that made the day out worthwhile.
The next competition for the club’s anglers is to the River Tay on Sunday.
Lintrathen Loch has continued giving great sport since it opened and the catches over the past week have been more than satisfying to the anglers who have been out.
The breezy winds have kept the rainbows down about two to three feet below the surface, resulting in the best catches going to anglers fishing slow glass or intermediate lines.
The best catching flies have been Cormorants, Black Snatchers, Yellow Dancers and White Fritz, fished very slow to almost static.
Some anglers have been taking decent brownies late on in the afternoon up on the surface but have returned the majority.
Results: Newtyle, Meigle & District - three boats, 12 fish for 42lbs 8ozs. Individual boats - E. Stewart four for 9lbs. C.Kirk and partner eight for 20lbs 2oz, Cairns and Munro eight for 19lbs, M and G Thomson eight for 16lbs 9oz, Tom Melville and Jim Galloway seven for 20lbs (incl one at 3lbs 9oz), John Browning and Duncan Campbell, seven for 17lbs, Jim and Dave Moncur, seven for 17lbs, Lennon and Jeffery eight for 18lbs 6oz.
Arbroath and District Ladies
Champion of champions to be played in Burns Bar on Thursday, May 1. Sign-in for 8 p.m. start. Play down to last four.
Latest positions in the Monday Night Six-a-side League are:
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Inter YM 15 11 2 2 60 27 24
Athletico Tesco 15 11 1 3 69 32 23
Blood S & B 15 9 1 5 47 23 19
Fiorentina Turner 15 8 2 5 63 34 18
The Auld Firm 15 6 2 7 49 61 14
Shacktar Kara 15 4 0 11 36 59 8
Dishy Warriors 15 4 0 11 38 68 8
Pathetic Athletic 15 2 2 11 20 78 6