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15/05/00. Very small flies and floating lines have been the secret for success at Glen of Rothes this week, with size 16 and 18's doing the trick. Black Buzzers have been working well, along with Black Damsels with a piece of Lime Green Floss tied to the end of the hook. L Tyson took 13 during his four hours, all on a floating line and small Damsels, while Bill Taylor caught 11, keeping two for 6lb 11oz with the best at 4lb 12oz. They were landed using a size 16 KateMcLaren Muddler. Colin Reid took 12, keeping 2 for 5lb, with the best at 3lb, all caught on small Nymphs. Most of the fish being caught are around the 2lb to 3lb mark, with fish of double figures coming to the bank on catch-and-release tickets.
08/05/00. Richard Watson and Marc Moss lifted the winners trophy for the Pairs competition at Glen of Rothes last Sunday. Their winning bag of 20lb 1oz was helped by a nice 9lb 8oz fish that Marc Moss landed, also winning him a trophy for the heaviest fish landed during the competition. Second were James Rhind and David Rhind with 19lb 3oz, third were David Barrowman and David Coats with 19lb, and Roger Simpson and Bill McLennan were fourth with a bag of 15lb 8oz. Average weight of fish caught during the competition was 2lb 4oz. During the week Neil Anderson caught 26 fish for his day, using small dry flies, David Muir landed 22 on various Damsels and Buzzers, A Watson took 14 on various Buzzers and Dries, while Eck Brown caught 12 and kept 3 for 7lb 15 with the best at 3lb. Best lures have been various Damsel Nymphs, White Cats Whiskers Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Black and Green Dragin Bumbles, as well as various Dries and Buzzers.
01/05/00. Cullen man John Wilson took the heaviest fish at Glen of Rothes last week. The ten pounder was landed during a semi-final of the Troutmasters competition, helping him to win, and so earning him a place in the National Finals later in the year. Lossie youngster Marc Moss landed 40 fish for his day, while Jim Brown (Orton) took 18 during his half-day session. Bill Taylor landed 13, keeping 2 for 9lb 50z, of which the best was 6lb 15oz. Angela Williams had another good day, catching 12 fish and keeping 2 for 8lb, with the best at 5lb 11oz. An unidentifiable signature also took one of 7lb 1oz on an Olive Damsel. Two tagged fish came out on Sunday, earning Roger Simpson and M Yeomans a half-bottle of 10 year old Macallan each. The average is still running at well over 2lb, with the best lures being Olive Damsel, Black Fritz, Lime Green Fritz, Cats Whiskers, and various Buzzers.
24/04/00. Excellent sport was to be had last week, with a lot of 2lb plus fish coming out. Kyle Taylor had 21, all on Buzzers, while Kevin Moss landed 23 on various Okey Dokeys. David Muir kept 2 out of the 11 that he caught, weighing them in at 9lb with the heaviest at 7lb. All were caught on Orange and Silver Lures. Jim Brown took 18 using a home-tied lure, while Peter Collins landed 11 on various Damsels, keeping 2 for 6lb 3oz, with the best at 4lb 3oz. Best Lures this week have been Olive Damsel, Orange Fritz, Black Fritz, Dries such as Claret Hopper, Greenwells Glory, March Brown and Black Spider, and various Buzzers,
18/04/00. Buzzers seem to have been doing the trick last week, with Paul Sharp landing 25 fish - the best at 10lb + , all of which were released. Elgin man Bill McLennan had 23 for his session, while Jim Brown, from Orton, took 16 on various lures. Jim Findlay had 12, while Elgin pair Peter Collins and David Muir landed 11 each. Best fish of the week went to J Savage, at 9lb 6oz, taken on a green Fritz. Dave Keeling also had a nice one of 7lb. The average size of fish kept at the moment is around the 2 1/2 lb mark, with floating and intermediate lines working best. Okey Dokeys and Buzzers, along with Vivas, Budgies, Green Fritz and Orange Fritz Damsels are all taking the main share of Fish.
12/04/00. Despite the continuing winter weather, fishing at Glen of Rothes has held up this week. Gavin Addison had an excellent session, landing 23 fish using Okey Dokeys and Hare's Ears on a floating line. Jimmy Rhind took 17 with a similar setup, while George McIntosh had 10 on Buzzers and Damsels. Father ands son team Kevin and Marc Moss took 23 fish using various Buzzers, while Elgin pair Peter Collins and David Muir had 11 and 14 respectively, using Dawsons Olives and Olive Damsels. Lossie man Sandy Taylor had some good sport on various Buzzers, catching 12 fish. I Taylor landed a nice rainbow of 5lb 9oz, on an Olive Damsel, and Scott Burgess took one of 5lb on an Orange Fritz.
03/04/00. Top rod last week was Elgin man Paul Sharp, who landed 53 fish during his session, using various Okey Dokey Buzzers. A Watson took a nice tagged fish, which earned him a half-bottle of Macallan malt whisky. The first heat of the NOSSFA 2000 Championships was fished last Sunday, with 21 hardy anglers taking part in a blizzard. 117 fish were caught, with an average weight of 2lb 2oz for the fish kept. Heaviest fish went to Roger Simpson, at 14lb 3oz, with Allan Stephenson taking one of 6lb 9oz, while John Mackay caught a tagged fish, earning him a much-needed half bottle of Macallan malt whisky. The list of winners, weights and prizes were as follows - (1) Peter Collins, 19lb 13oz - Clobba Hunt Waistcoat (2) Roger Simpson, 18lb 11oz - Lureflash Fishing Vest (3) Marc Moss, 17lb 14oz - Highlander Landing net (4) John Mackay, 11lb 15oz - Multi Pocket Tackle Bag (5) Allan Stephenson, 11lb 14oz - Viper Fly Reel (6) Jack Lawton, 10lb 14oz - Mamba International Clear Line (7) Bill Milne, 9lb - Double Small Fly Box (8) David Muir, 8lb 13oz - Small Pocket Box. The first five anglers qualified for the final of the Championships later in the summer at Loch Insch Fishery.
27/03/00. The final of the Neil Miller (Fogwatt Garage) Winter Pairs Competition was fished last Sunday, and after six months the final placings for the first ten pairs were as follows - (1) James Rhind and David Muir - 133.893lb, (2) Jim Duncan and Peter Morrison - 131.702lb, (3) Frank Clark and Graham Niewiadomski - 131.546lb, (4) Jimmy Munro and Bill taylor - 120.802lb, (5) Kevin Moss and Marc Moss - 115.576lb, (6) Mark Morrison and Ian Morrison - 114.312, (7) Angus McLennan and Jim Donaldson - 113.226lb, (8) Sandy Taylor and John Mackenzie - 105.022lb, (9) Bill McLennan and Roger Simpson - 101.786lb, (10) David Barrowman and David Coats - 93.861lb. The best fish on the day was shared by Jim Duncan and David Coats, who each caught one of 7lb 12 oz. The trophy for heaviest fish caught during the competition was awarded to Sandy Taylor, at 13lb14oz. Four anglers caught tagged fish, winning themselves a half-bottle of 10-year old Macallan - they were Jack lawton, Kevin Moss, Bill Milne and Ian Morrison. David Muir caught the most fish at the Glen last week, landing 27 for his session, while Bill McLennan took 24. Bill Mackie took 16, and George Sandison had success with the Wee Black Flee, taking 11.
23/03/00. Elgin youngster Andrew Payne took 22 fish for his session last week, landing most of them on Buzzers. David Muir took 18 on a Red Fritz, while Philip Bieszke landed 16 on various Zippers Killers. J Smith caught 15, all on Dawson's Olives, and Paul Sharp caught 12 in 2 hours using various Buzzers. Sandy Taylor took 12 on a Taylor's Trotter, with most of the fish caught this week weighing 2lb or more. Phil Harker took away a half bottle of The Macallan Malt Whisky, having landed a tagged fish. Best lures have been Consett Budgie, Red Fritz, Dawson's Olive, and Mosses and Dragin Bumbles.
13/03/00. Orton man Jim Brown had a cracking session at Glen of Rothes last week, keeping 2 fish for 12lb 11oz, with the heaviest at 10lb 11oz. Both were landed on various lures. Best numbers for the week went to David Mackie, with 27, while Skye man Donald McRae landed his best rainbow ever, which at 10lb 2oz was one of 9 that he took on a Red Fritz. Ian Morrison (Dufftown) took 16 fish on catch-and-release, while Bill Mackie and Bill McLennan each landed 14, using buzzers or lures. Most of the fish taken this week have been 2lb or more, and have been taken on Orange Fritz, Black and Olive Damsel, Red Fritz, Black and Green Mosses Bumble, and Consett Budgie.
06/03/00. Elgin man Bill McLennan was top rod last week, taking 25 fish on a catch-and-release ticket, using mostly lures. He was closely followed by Ian MacDonald, who took 18 using buzzers. Angus McLennan and Jim McDonald had a good day, taking 30 fish between them and keeping 8 for 21lb 13oz, with one at 6lb and one at 4lb, while Jimmy Rhind took 17, keeping 4 for 17lb 10oz, with the best at 10lb 12oz. Gavin Addison and Graham Murray caught 13 fish, keeping 7 for 13lb 15oz.
28/02/00. Lossiemouth father and son team Kevin and Marc Moss had a cracking day last week, taking a total of 41 fish, and keeping 8 for 25lb 5oz. The best two fish were 7lb 14oz and 5lb 3oz, and the 7lb 14oz fish was also tagged, so Kevin won a half bottle of Macallan 10 year old whisky. Orton man Jim Brown also landed a tagged fish, so took away a bottle as well. Another father and son also had a good day - Dufftown pair Ian and Mark Morrison landed an 8lb 5oz and a 7lb 10oz fish respectively, which were part of a total 30 fish caught.of which they kept 8 for 29lb 11oz. B McIntosh took a brace for 9lb 4oz, with the heaviest at 6lb 12oz, while Elgin man Bill McLennan caught 10 on a catch-and-release ticket, using various buzzers. Best lures this week have been Consett Budgie, Viva, AOS, Orange Fritz, Black Fritz, various Mosses Dragin Bumbles, White Viva, and White Fritz.
21/02/00. The sudden cold snap last week made fishing very hard, but there were still some good bag weights caught. Frank Clark and Graham Niewiadomski took 14 fish, keeping 8 for 29lb 9oz, while Sandy Taylor and John Mackenzie kept 8 for 25lb 8oz, with the best a t 10lb 6oz. Aberdeen man C Barbour landed himself a nice one of 5lb 6oz, while John Wilson landed a tagged fish, winning himself a half bottle of 10 year old Macallan whisky, and the Simpson husband-and-wife team kept 5 fish for 10lb 5oz. The Moray Fly Fishers had an outing to the Glen on Sunday for one of their league matches, but the hard frost overnight meant that parts of the lochs were frozen. Nonetheless, they kept 20 fish for 38lb 5oz. Best lures this week have been Black Fritz, Consett Budgie, Mosses Dragin Bumble, Olive Fritz, Cats Whiskers, and Lime Green Fritz.
14/02/00. Bill Milne and Jack Lawton took 35 fish, keeping 8 for 23lb 5oz, while Jimmy Munro and Bill Taylor caught 31, keeping 8 for 23lb 5oz, with the best at 5lb 13oz. David Barrowman and David Coats caught 12, keeping 8 for 18lb 13oz, while Bill McLennan and Roger Simpson caught 22 fish, and kept 8 for 18lb. Best number of fish caught on Catch-and-Release was 31, by Portsoy man Jimmy Rhind. Next was Bill Mackie, with 30 fish for his day, while Mark Morrison had 26. Best lures have been Consett Budgie, White IPN, Dragin Bumbles, Black and Green Fritz, Orange Fritz and Cats Whiskers.
07/02/00. Angela Williams used one of her own home-tied flies to land a nice 6lb 1oz rainbow at Glen of Rothes last week, showing the men how these things should be done! Meanwhile David Muir landed one of 11lb 14 oz, which was one of 21 that he and James Rhind caught, keeping 8 for 31lb 5oz, while George MacIntosh kept one of 11lb 5oz, taken on a Mosses Dragin Bumble. George Sandison also took one of 9lb, and Ali Farquharson landed a nice one of 8lb 5oz using a Black IPN. Best lures have been Consett Budgie, Dawson's Olive with an Orange Tail, Olive Damsel, Viva, Mosses Dragin Bumble and various IPN's.
31/01/00. Elgin man Bill McLennan caught the most fish last week, landing 14 on various Buzzers. David Muir and James Rhind caught 25 between them, keeping 8 for 16lb 13oz, while Gavin Addison and Graham Murray caught 15, keeping 8 for 18lb 6oz, with the best at 4lb 9oz. David Barrowman and David Coats took 15, keeping 8 for 17lb 3oz; Jack Lawton and Bill Milne took 20, keeping 8 for 17lb 12oz; Angus McLennan and Kevin McLennan caught 16, keeping 8 for 14lb 13oz, and John Thomson and Alan Liddle kept 7 for 13lb 4oz. Best lures have been White and Orange Tail Fritz, Black Fritz, Consett Budgie, Orange Fritz and various Mosses Bumbles fished on a floating line.
25/01/00. Elgin man Bill McLennnan lifted the trophy for heaviest bag at last Sunday's bait competition. His 38lb bag took him just clear of Willie Fraser, who had a total of 36lb. Other placings were (3) Ian Hutton - 31lb, (4) Peter O'Brien - 29lb (5) Michael Rennie - 28lb, (6) Ross Muir - 27lb, (7) Benton McArthur 26lb, (8) Richard Watson - 26lb. 43 anglers took part, keeping a total of 484 fish for 700lb. John Anderson and Gordon Grant each caught a tagged fish, winning them a half bottle of 10 year old Macallan. Through the week Sandy Taylor and John Mackenzie caught 21 fish for their day, keeping 7 for 20lb 6oz, with the best at 8lb 9oz, while Kevin and Marc Moss caught 20, keeping 8 for 16lb 6oz. Frank Clark and Graham Niewiadomski kept 8 for 18lb 12oz, and Mark Murray caught 12 on a catch and release ticket. Jim Walker (Elgin) took a nice fish of 7lb 1oz. Best lures at the moment are Orange and Silver Zippers Killers, Consett Budgie, Viva, AOS, Orange Tadpole, Green and Black Fritz, and various Buzzers.
18/01/00. Dufftown youngster Mark Morrison had a good haul last week, taking home 4 fish for a total weight of 17lb 10oz, of which the best was 7lb 14oz.The Moray Fly Fishers had one of their Winter League matches at the Glen on Sunday, where 19 anglers caught 125 fish, keeping 51 for a total weight of 134lb, or an average weight of 2lb 9oz per fish. Fishing has been good, with most fish being caught on various buzzers and lures, of which the best have been Consett Budgie, Black Fritz, Red Fritz, Lime Green and Black Fritz, and Dawson's Olive with a Hot Orange Tail.
20/12/99. Buzzers and floating lines are still the best way to catch fish at the moment. Paul Sharp took 35 fish using this method, while Bill McLennan took 28 and Ian MacDonald took 20. Jim Duncan and Peter Morrison caught 20 fish, keeping 8 for 18lb 9oz, while Frank Clark and Graham Niewiadomski kept 8 for 17lb 12oz.
13/12/99. Best fish of the week went to John Thomson, who landed a nice one of 9lb 4oz. Next was G Biggs, with a 7 pounder, while Alan Liddle and John Thomson took 27, keeping 8 for 23lb 1oz. Bill Taylor and Jimmy Munro took 18 and kept 8 for 20lb 6oz, and Bill Milne and Jack Lawton kept 7 for 13lb 3oz, while Bill McLennan and Roger Simpson caught 24 fish, keeping 8 for 19lb 1oz. Derek Seeton caught 10 fish, and kept 2 for 7lb 10oz, of which the best was 5lb 13oz, while Marc and Kevin Moss took 15 fish and kept 8 for 14lb 9oz.. Best lures have been Cats Whiskers, Consett Budgie, Olive Damsel, Black IPN, Ace of Spades, and various Mosses Bumbles, all fished on slow sinking lines, Surprisingly for this time of year, floating lines and various buzzers such as Red Bloodworm, Black and Green, Olive and Green, and Black and Pearl will also catch fish at the moment.
06/12/99. French visitor Laurent Usson caught the heaviest fish this week, at 14lb 12oz, and landed it using a Black IPN with a 3lb leader. Lossie youngster Marc Moss took one of 9lb 3oz, while Andy Simpson took 15 minutes to land his best rainbow ever, at 8b 11oz. Ian Brown also had a nice one of 6lb 2oz. December's monthly competition, kindly sponsored by the Mansfield House hotel, Elgin, was a pairs and was fished on Sunday. The list of winners was - (1) Kevin Barron & Robbie Henderson 28lb 10oz, (2) Sandy taylor & Graham Young 24lb 14oz, (3) Kevin Moss & Marc Moss 24lb 4oz. The average weight of each fish kept was 3lb 4oz. Best lures for the week have been Black IPN, Consett Budgie, Silver Jack Lawton, and Black and Red Bumble, all fished on very slow sinking lures.
29/11/99. Dr David Snedden, from Forres, landed the heaviest fish. At 12 lb, it was one of a bag of four that weighed in at 21 lb 5 oz, and they were all caught on a Consett Budgie. Peter Morrison and Jim Duncan kept 8 fish for 19lb 7oz, while Alan Liddle and John Thomson kept 8 for 17lb 12 oz. G Biggs kept a nice one of 5lb 13oz, using an olive Fritz, while Bill Mackie took 8, keeping one of 4lb 13oz. C Philip landed a nice steelhead of 3lb 10oz. Best lures this week have been Gold Budgie, Black Fritz, Olive Damsel, and Black and Red Crafty, all fished very slow on Slow Sinking and Intermediate lines.
22/11/99. Angela Willimas had another good week, landing a nice 6lb 10oz rainbow using a Consett Budgie. Graham Murray and Gavin Addison took 12 fish, keeping 8 for 15lb 110z, while Sandy Taylor and John MacKenzie kept 8 for 16lb 7oz, with Frank Clark and Graham Niewiadomski kept 8 for 14lb 10 oz. Kevin MacLennan managed to land a tagged fish, which earned him a half bottle of Macallan Malt whisky. Best lures for the week have been Black Fritz with a Lumi Bead head, Olive and Orange Fritz, Ace of Spades with Lime Green tag, and various Winter Bumbles.
15/11/99. Angus McLennan (Snr) landed a nice 10lb 12oz rainbow , and along with his fishing partner Jeff Costen landed 24 fish, keeping 8 for 28lb 5oz. David Muir and James Rhind took 34 fish, keeping 8 for 20lb 9oz, while father and son team Ian and Mark Morrison kept 7 for 14lb 14oz, with Bill Milne and Jack Lawton keeping 7 for 14lb 1oz. G McKenzie landed a nice fish of 8lb on a Black Fritz, while Jim Walker took one of 7lb 9oz on a Budgie. Jim Brown kept one of 7lb 3oz using a home-tied Sparkler, while out of the 10 fish that Phil Harker caught, he kept 2 for 6lb 10oz. Average weight of fish caught for the week has been well over 2lb, and best lures have been Dawson's Olive, Ace of Spades, Consett Budgie, Black Fritz, and Dawson's Olive with Hot Orange Tail.
08/11/99. Anglers at the monthly competition had a good day last Sunday, catching an average of 10 fish each, with an average weight for fish kept of 2lb 6oz. The list of winners, weights and prizes was as follows - (1) Richard Watson - 13lb 5oz, 10ft Viper carbon fly rod. (2) David Muir - 11lb 14oz, Multi-pocket tackle bag. (3) Roger Simpson - 10lb 6oz, Mamba clear intermediate fly line. (4) Philip Bieszke - 10lb 2oz, Viper fly reel. (5) James Rhind - 9lb 9oz, 4-hr fly fishing permit. (6) Bill Bain - 9lb 4oz, Weigh scales & tape measure. (7) Ian Brown - 8lb 4oz, Trout fox box. (8) Bill Milne - 8lb, Delux Priest. Heaviest fish for the day was 7lb 3oz, caught by Richard Watson. For the rest of the week, Bill Taylor and Jimmy Munro caught 25 fish for their day, keeping 8 for 22lb14oz (heaviest fish 6lb 2oz). Best lures have been Olive & Lime Green Fritz, Red Fritz, Olive Fritz, Black & Pearly Fritz, and Mosses Winter Bumbles.
31/10/99. Skye man Donald MacRae showed the locals the way, landing a nice 10lb 2oz rainbow. Next was David Barrowman (Elgin) who landed one of 8lb 3oz, as did Jum Duncan (Mosstodloch), while Bill Taylor took one of 5lb 1oz. Michael Rennie took 18 on various buzzers, while Bill Taylor took 14 on various small lures. Jimmmy Rhind (Portsoy) took 11, keeping 4 for 10lb 14, while Eck Brown and Ron Christie caught 29 for their day, on various lures. Best lures for the week have been Red Fritz, Black Fritz, Consett Budgie, Black and Green Zonkers, Olive & Yellow Damsel, and Orange Fritz.
24/10/99. Lossiemouth was awash with big fish caught at Glen of Rothes this week. The three Lossie men were Kevin Moss, who caught the heaviest at 14lb 1oz, using a Mosses Winter Bumble, George Stewart, who caught one of 10lb 8oz, using a Black and Red Boobie, while Sandy Taylor landed on of 7lb 12oz on a Lime Green and White Fritz. From elsewhere, John Gardner landed one of 7lb 15oz, using a Black and Lime Green Fritz, and Ian Hamilton took one of 6lb 7oz using a Consett Budgie. Best lures for the week have been Consett Budgie, Black Fritz, Lime Green and White Fritz, AOS, Red Fritz and Lime Green and White Fritz, all fished on a sinking line.
11/10/99. Best fish went to Sandy Taylor, with a nice one of 13lb 14oz., Graham Niewadonski took a brace for 20lb 2oz, with the heaviest weighing in at 11lb 6oz, while I Callin landed one of 7b 10oz and Peter O'Brien one of 6lb 7oz. Graham and Frank Clark started off their first month of the Neil Miller (Fogwatt Garage) Winter Pairs with a bang, catching 12 fish and keeping 8 for 31lb 1oz. Pete Collins caught 12 fish, one of which was 5lb 5oz, and Philip Bieszke caught 12, Kevin Moss 16, and Sandy Taylor 14. Best Lures at the moment are Consett Budgie, AOS, Orange IPN, Black and Lime Green Zonkers, Dawson's Olive, and Brown IPN.
04/10/99. The monthly competition was fished in strong winds and heavy rain, but the anglers actually had a very successful day.The list of winners, weights and prizes was as follows - (1) G Rattray, 12lb 4oz - Highlander landing net. (2) P Collins 11lb 6oz - Large multi-pocket tackle bag. (3) A Brown, 9lb 8oz - Mamba clear intermediate WF8 line. (4) K Moss, 8lb 15oz - Regent vice. (5) I Brown, 7lb 8oz - Wooden triple pocket fly box. (6) B Robertson, 7lb 8oz - 4" Viper fly reel. (7) D Muir, 7lb 7oz - Net bass bag. (8) R Christie, 7lb 5oz - large Derwent box. 15oz. Ian Brown caught a nice Blue rainbow of 4lb 2 oz, which was tagged, so he also got a half bottelof 10 year-old Macallan. Best lures this week have been Consett Budgie, Black IPN, Green and Black Fritz, Brown Fritz, Viva, Ace of Spades and various zonkers. The next competition will be fished on the 7th of November, and will be a singles. Anglers wishing to take part should ring the fishery on 01340 831888. The Neil Miller (Fogwatt Garage) Winter Pairs comeptiton runs from this October for six months. There are 18 pairs entered so far, and room for more, so if you want more information, ring the fishery.
20/09/99. Jim Brown was top rod, catching 17 fish during his 4-hour session, with one of them weighing in at 15lb14oz. What's more it was tagged, so he won himself a half-bottle of Macallan as well. The annual Elgin Rothes match took place last weekend, and was a very close run thing, with the Elgin team winning by just 3lb. The best bag weight was 12lb11oz, caught by Ian Harris, whose heaviest fish was 8lb 1oz. Next heaviest bag was 10lb 3oz, caught by Ian Hutton. All the anglers would like to thank Roy Dhillon, of the Rothes Spar shop, for sponsoring the competition, and David Brown the Aberlour butcher for providing the food for the barbecue. Also to Gary Tubbs for doing the cooking, and Kenny Steele for keeping everyone under control.
13/09/99. The Macallan-winning tagged fish are at last starting to come out, with three lucky angllers claiming their half-bottles. They were Mrs W Partridge, Bill Mackie, and Jim Walker. Perth man Jamie Ballantyne also had a cracking day last week, landing two fish for 15lb 1oz. The heaviest was 8lb 1oz, while the second weighed in at 7lb. Both were caught on a Consett Budgie. However the heaviest fish for the week was 8lb 9oz, caught by Jim Brown. Ross Campbell landed a good fish of 6lb using a salmon fly, and Mr Dyson of Elgin caught a nice one of 5lb. Dufftown youngster Marc Morrison caught and released 26 fish for his day, again using a Consett Budgie, while Gary Stewart had 12 for his session.
06/09/99. The Rainbow record was smashed again last Sunday. Lhanbryde man Roger Simpson landed the 16lb 7oz giant using an Olive Damsel, and the fish helped him and Bill McLennan (Elgin) to lift the winners trophy for the monthly pairs competition which was kindly sponsored by The Angling Centre, Moss Street, Elgin. 38 anglers took part, and the prize winners, weights and prizes were as follows - (1) Roger Simpson and Bill McLennan - 26lb, 2 fly-fishing waistcoats. (2) Frank Clark and Donny Clark - 17lb 13oz, 2 Mamba clear intermediate fly lines. (3) Robbie Henderson and Kevin Barron - 15lb, 2 double pocket-size flyboxes. (4) Marc Moss and Kevin Moss - 13lb 8oz, 2 Marrow Spoons/Priests. Second placed Frank Clark also landed a nice fish of 10lb 6oz. Best lures during the week have been Damsels, Consett Budgie, Orange Fritz and AOS. Small wets (size 16 and 18) are also working well, as well as some small dries. The next monthly competition will be a singles, held on Sunday, 3rd October, and anglers should ring the Fishery on 01340 831 888 to book a place. The Neil Miller (Fogwatt Garage) Winter Pairs competition also runs again this year, from the first of October for 6 months, and is a fun, flexible way of fishing through the winter - with a good chance of a reward at the end! To find out more, ring the Fishery.
30/08/99. Aberdeen Rail Angling Club member John Rench caught a nice fish of 11lb 11oz. John caught 10 fish for his day, with a total bag weight of 19lb 11oz. William Morvan caught one of 5lb, and David Reid caught 18 for his day, alll on small CDC's. Paul Sharp caught 14 on very small dries, and Sandy Miller caught 10 on various Buzzers. Best flies this week have been very small black dries such as Daddy Longlegs, Silver Sedge and Bibio, while the best lures have been Olive Fritz, AOS, and Consett Budgie. The Brown Trout record has been broken again, this time by Lossie angler Kevin Moss. The 9lb 5oz fish was tagged and returned, so a half bottle of Macallan Whisky awaits whoever catches it next!
23/08/99. Best fish caught weighed in at 8lb 13oz, and was landed by John Taylor. Terry Binks caught a 5lb 6 ouncer, while G O'Donnell landed 2 fish for 8lb 5oz, with the heaviest at 5lb. Jim Brown caught 14 fish, keeping 2 for 6lb 3oz with the best at 4lb 11oz. R Henderson also kept two for 6lb 15oz, with the best at 4lb oz. Best lures for the week have been Consett Budgie, Olive Fritz, Ace of Spades with a Lime-green tail, Brown Fritz and Black Fritz. Buzzers and Dries like Black Gnat, Black Spider, Daddy Longlegs and Bibbio dry.
16/08/99. Best fish caught was a nice 10lb 5 ouncer, caught by Terry Win. Ron Philp landed himself a good one of 7lb 10oz, and Elgin lady Mary Ann Johnston caught her best ever at 6lb 15oz, using a Consett Budgie. Ian Morrison (Dufftown) landed a good fish of 6lb 11oz using a Daddy Longlegs. Jimmy Rhind (Portsoy) caught a brace at 8lb 2oz, with the best one weighing in at 4lb 3oz. Plum (Elgin) also caught a brace for 8lb, with the best at 4lb 2oz. David Rhind caught 19 fish on Saturday, using various small black lures. Plenty of 3lb plus fish are being caught, now that the cooler water has returned. Best lures are Consett Budgie, Damsel, and Black Fritz. Very small dries (14's and 16's) are doing well at the moment, particularly on very still days. Also Mosses Lime, Green and Black Bumbles fished on a floating line.
09/08/99. Dougal Phimister landed the heaviest fish of the week, weighing in at 7lb 14oz. With the water temparature rapidly returning to normal, most of the fish being caught are over 2 lb, and are being caught on Buzzers, Dries and Fritzes.Tom Brown caught 14 fish, keeping 3 for 7lb 2oz, Eck Brown kept 4 for 10lb, and Mark Sigston kept 3 for 8lb 12oz. best Dries have been Daddy Longlegs and Midge. Best Wet has been a Black Zulu, and the main Lure has been the Consett Budgie.
02/08/99. Rab Henderson lifted the winner's trophy at the monthly competition last Sunday, with a bag weight of 10lb 8oz. Conditions were very hard, with bright sunshine and the water temparature up to 22 degrees by lunchtime, but nonetheless the 26 anglers caught 87 fish. The heaviest was 6lb 13 oz, also caught by Rab Henderson. The list of winners, weights and prizes were as follows- (1) Rab Henderson, 10lb 8oz - 10 ft Viper fly rod (2) Jack Lawton, 9lb 12 oz - Fly tyers cabinet (3) Ian Chalmers, 8lb 10oz - Mamba clear intermediate No 10 line (4) Peter Collins, 8lb 1oz - 4" Viper fly reel (5) Michael Rennie, 7lb 4oz - Double large fly box (6) David Henderson, 6lb 5oz - Bobbin Holder (7) David Muir, 6lb 2oz - Sunglasses (8) Julian Guard, 5lb 13oz - Priest.During the week Jimmy rhind (Portsoy), caught 22 fish on various buzzers, and Elgin man Bill McLennan caught 19.
26/07/99. Best fish caught was a nice 8lb 15 ouncer, landed by J Brown, from Aberdeen. Sandy Taylor had three fish for 10lb 140z, with the best at 5lb 15oz, and Sean Barron caught a good one of 5lb 9oz. A lot of 2lb plus fish are being caught on various flies such as Black Pennels, Silver Invicta, and Bumbles as well as on dries. Lures such as Consett Budgies, Black IPN, Brown IPN and Orange IPN are also working well.
19/07/99. Lossie youngster Marc Moss lifted the winners trophy at July's monthly competition, with a bag weight of 10lb 3oz. David Muir and Bill Milne also caught a tagged fish, winning them each a half bottle of 10-year old Macallan malt whisky. The competitors had an excellent day, with all but one catching his limit, and the average weight was 2lb 1oz. Seven blue rainbows were also caught, with the best at 4lb 5oz (caught by Marc Moss). The list of winners, weights and prizes were as follows - (1) Marc Moss - 11lb 5oz - Trophy and 9ft Viper fly rod, (2) David Muir - 10lb 3oz - Fishing waistcoat, (3) Robbie Henderson - 9lb 15oz - Fly tyer's cabinet, (4) Bill Milne - 9lb 15oz - Regent fly tying vice, (5) Kevin Moss - 7lb 12oz - Medium double fly box, (6) Jack Lawton - 7lb 10oz - Polaroid sunglasses, (7) Kevin Barron - 7lb 9oz - Weigh scales and measuring tape, (8) Andrew Payne, 7lb 3oz - Preist. The sponsor for the competition was Walkers Shortbread, Aberlour. The highest number of fish caught for the first week in July was 32, landed by Andrew Payne (Elgin), and best flies have been Buzzers, Mosses Bumble variants, Brown IPN, Cat's Whiskers, Consett Budgie, Suspender Buzzers, Daddy Longlegs, Loch Ordie and Black Gnat. This week there have been plenty of fish caught in the 2lb to 6lb range, with 20 fish over 6lbs being returned on Sporting Tickets. Almost all are being caught on floating lines and various lures such as Yellow Fritz, Orange Fritz, Consett Budgie, and Silver and Gold lures, as well as Mosses Bumble variants.
05/07/99. Lossie youngster Marc Moss lifted the winners trophy at last Sunday's monthly competition, with a bag weight of 10lb 3oz. David Muir and Bill Milne also caught a tagged fish, winning them each a half bottle of 10-year old Macallan malt whisky. The competitors had an excellent day, with all but one catching his limit, and the average weight was 2lb 1oz. Seven blue rainbows were also caught, with the best at 4lb 5oz (caught by Marc Moss). The list of winners, weights and prizes were as follows - (1) Marc Moss - 11lb 5oz - Trophy and 9ft Viper fly rod, (2) David Muir - 10lb 3oz - Fishing waistcoat, (3) Robbie Henderson - 9lb 15oz - Fly tyer's cabinet, (4) Bill Milne - 9lb 15oz - Regent fly tying vice, (5) Kevin Moss - 7lb 12oz - Medium double fly box, (6) Jack Lawton - 7lb 10oz - Polaroid sunglasses, (7) Kevin Barron - 7lb 9oz - Weigh scales and measuring tape, (8) Andrew Payne, 7lb 3oz - Preist. The sponsor for the competition was Walkers Shortbread, Aberlour. The highest number of fish caught for the week was 32, landed by Andrew Payne (Elgin), and best flies have been Buzzers, Mosses Bumble variants, Brown IPN, Cat's Whiskers, Consett Budgie, Suspender Buzzers, Daddy Longlegs, Loch Ordie and Black Gnat.
28/06/99. Changeable weather made for variable conditions. Nontheless, A Griffiths landed a nice 7lb 2oz rainbow using a damsel on a floating line. Gavin Addison caught 14 fish, A Fraser caught 12, Kevin Moss 11 on Mosses Bumbles, and C Yates also caught 11. Best flies for the week were various Buzzers, and Mosses Bumbles.
21/06/99. Best number of fish caught was 17 from Bill Mackie (Elgin), with David Reid (also Elgin) catching 16. George Sandison caught 13. Best flies last week were Moss's Bumble variants, Suspender Buzzers, and small wets. Lures have been Consett Budgie, Dawson's Olive, Olive Damsel, White Fritz and Olive Fritz.
15/06/99. The youngsters were showing the way last week, with the heaviest fish falling to Andrew Payne (Elgin) at 11lb 15oz, caught on a floating line with buzzers, while Mark Morrison ( Dufftown) caught 32 fish, also on small buzzers. Angus Kelman (Elgin) and Jim Wise both caught fish of 4lb 8oz, and Lesley Davidson, a lady angler from Hopeman, caught 8 fish and kept 2 for 10lb 3oz. The heaviset of the two was 8lb 3oz. Best lures are Dawson's Olive with an Orange tail, Olive Fritz, Consett Budgie. Best dries have been Daddy Longlegs, Black Gnat, Black Spider and various Hoppers. Most of the fish are being caught on floating lines with small wet flies.
08/06/99. At the monthly competition (sponsored by R & R Urquhart, solicitors), James Rhind lifted the trophy for first place with a total bag weight of 9lb. The weather was atrocious, with torrential rain and strong winds, but there were still plenty of fish caught. The rest of the prizewinners were- 2) Marc Moss - 7lb 2oz, 3) Kevin Moss - 6llb 12oz, 4) Andrew Payne - 6lb 8oz, 5) Jack Lawton - 6lb 2oz, 6) Paul Ainslie - 5lb 8oz, 7) Richard Watson - 5lb 1oz, 8) David Muir - 5lb. The trophy for the heaviest fish went to James Rhind (6lb 4oz). During the week, George McIntosh (Elgin) landed a good fish of 6lb 13oz, using a floating line and a Mosses Bumbles. Also on floating lines, but this time using Kevin's Bumbles variants, father and son Kevin and Marc Moss caught 23 between them, while young Mark Morrison (Dufftown) caught 19. Best flies for the week were Mosses Bumble variants, Lime Green Fritz, Cats, Lime and White Fritz, and Consett Budgie.
31/05/99. The Brown trout record has been broken again, this time going to Orkney man Ian Watt who landed the 8lb 3oz fish using a small black midge. Alan Mackenzie also caught a tagged fish, which won him a bottle of 10-year old Macallan whisky. During the Keith Grammar school outing on May 28th, Stewart Mackenzie landed a fine 7lb 6oz rainbow, and Mark Roger took one of 6lb 12oz. During the rest of the week Paul White caught 17 fish on Green and White dries, while Ian Macdonald had 16 fish on CDC's and Buzzers, and Gordon Grant had 16 on Claret Hoppers. Lossiemouth youngster Marc Moss caught 15 fish on various Bumbles that his father had tied, keeping 3 for 9lb 6oz, with the best one weighing in at 3lb 7oz. Mark Morrison, from Dufftown, took 10 on a floating line and a White IPN.
24/05/99. John Taylor and Gary Taylor (both from Buckie), had their best evening's fishing for a long time. Gary caught 4 fish, keeping one of 7lb 7oz, while John caught 6, keeping one of 13lb 4oz. Colin Chalmers also landed the best fish of his life - 12lb 2oz - on an Orange IPN, while Jim Brown landed a nice fish of 7lb 3oz. Best lures this week have been Olive IPN, Orange IPN, White Fritz, Cats Whiskers, and Lime Green Fritz.
17/05/99. The rainbow record was smashed again, with young Mark Moss from Lossiemouth landing the 15lb 11 oz monster. The fish was caught during the annual "Rothes versus Elgin" derby, in which 29 anglers competed, and Rothes won by 5lb, with a total weight of 86lb 7oz. 167 fish were caught, with 85 kept for an average weight of 2lb. Kevin Barron caught a nice fish of 7lb 10oz, and Hughie Cameron landed one of 6lb 8oz. For the rest of the week, the best lures were orange IPN's fished on floating lines. Bill McLennan caught 19 fish, Mark Morrison 17, and Doug Clark 18.
10/05/99. Fishing was excellent, with a lot of 2lb plus fish being taken, with the best at 6lb 12oz, caught by Michael Mitchell. Most of the fish were caught on very small orange nymphs and small buzzers, fished on floating lines. D campbell landed a nice fish of 5lb 10oz on a home made fly, and Gordon Grant caught over 20 fish on size 14 and 16 buzzers, while Jim Duncan caught 14 on various home made flies. Ian Macdonald caught 11 on small buzzers also, with David Muir catching 15 and Brian Catto and Glen Macfarlane each catching 12 on various small suspender buzzers and mini lures. The semi final of the "Troutmasters" competition was held on Sunday 9th May, in which Lossie man Michael Mitchell qualified to go through to the final.
03/05/99. Alan Thomson, from Buckie landed a record-breaking Brown trout. The 7lb 4oz monster was caught during the monthly competition, and helped Alan to a place in the final of the NOSSFA championships on Sunday, June 27th at Loch of Logie. The rest of the results for the monthly competiton were (1) Sandy Taylor - 15lb 11oz, (2) Alan Thomson - 14lb, (3) James Kerr, 12lb 4oz, (4) Marc Moss - 11lb 13oz, (5) Kevin Moss - 11lb 10oz, (6) Graham Niewiadonski - 8lb 3oz, (7) Bill Milne - 7lb 13oz, (8) Gavin Addision - 7lb 10oz. The trophy for the heaviest fish went to Sandy Taylor (10lb 2oz), with some other nice fish being caught by Alan Thomson (7lb 4oz), Marc Moss (6lb 13oz), James Kerr (6lb 5oz), and Kevin Moss (5lb 13oz). Sandy Taylor rounded off his day by catching a tagged fish, which won him a half bottle of Macallan whisky. 30 anglers caught 165 fish, keeping 70 for an average of just over two pounds. The two other qualifiers for the NOSSFA final were James Kerr and Marc Moss. During the week Ian Macdonald caught 18 fish on buzzers, Kevin Moss caught 16, also on buzzers, D Philps caught 13 on a Dunkeld, and S Dawes and Ian Morrison 11each on buzzers. Best colours of buzzers at the moment are olive, lime-green, black and pearl, and red, all in sizes 10 to 14. Best wet flies are Black Pennell, Dunkled, Peter Ross, Greenwells, Bibio, Olive Bumble, Grouse and Claret, Whickams Gold, and Greenwells Spider. Small drys are also working well.
20/04/99. A return to winter weather meant that only the hardiest anglers ventured out to the Glen last week. Nonetheless, Kevin Moss managed to catch 19 fish on various buzzers and home-made flies, and Michael Rennie also caught 14 on various buzzers. J Simpson landed a nice fish of 6lb 5oz using a Consett Budgie.
12/04/99. Lossie youngster Marc Moss caught the heaviest fish. The 10lb 8oz beauty was one of 25 that he landed for his day, while his father, Kevin, caught 26 on home tied flies. Pete Lay caught a nice fish of 6lb 6oz on a Soldier Palmer, while the Bristows Angling Club caught 34 fish, keeping 26 for 41lb, with A Malcolm catching 12 on an Olive Damsel. Best lures have been Black and Green Fritz Tadpole, Black Zonker, Olive Damsel, Consett Budgie, White IPN, Lime Green and White IPN, plus various Buzzers fished on floating lines.
05/04/99. Buzzers were definitely on the menu at Glen of Rothes last week, with Elgin man Robbie Campbell taking 41 fish, all on various buzzers. Father and son team Kevin and Marc Moss took 53 between them, with Kevin taking 37 himself. Jim Duncan took 33, and Hopeman man Bill Murray took 20. Best fish of the week went to Elgin man David Muir, at 6lb 13oz, with Jimmy Munro, from Rothes taking one at 4lb 9oz, and Angus McLennan (Jnr) a 3lb 14 ouncer. At the monthly competition, sponsored by Allen and Matthews (Veterinary Surgeons), Elgin, David Muir won with a bag weight of 9lb 12oz. The other prize winners were - (2) Jimmy Munro - 8lb 14 (3)Tom Brown - 7lb 12oz (4) Angus McLennan (Jnr) - 7lb 4oz (5) Gavin Addison - 7lb (6) John Bruce - 6lb 15oz (7) Marc Moss - 6lb 8oz (8) Kevin Moss - 6lb 6oz.
29/03/99. The Final of the Arthur McKerron and Son Winter Pairs competition was fished at Glen of Rothes on Sunday 28th March, with the championship shield being lifted by Elgin duo Lenny Roberts and Robbie Campbell. Their winning bag weight, accumulated over six months, was 116lb 14oz. The rest of the top ten prize winners were as follows - (2) Jim Duncan and Peter Morrison - 113lb 13oz (3) Kevin and Marc Moss - 111lb 13oz (4) Scot Napier and Seb Rowe - 103lb 6oz (5) Mark and Ian Morrison - 102lb 5oz (6) Bill Milne and Jack Lawton - 93lb 9oz (7) Sandy Taylor and Jock Campbell - 89lb 5oz (8) James Rhind and Gavin Addison - 84lb 2oz (9) Angus McLennan and Geoff Costan - 82lb 15oz (10) George Stewart and John Macknezie - 82lb 6oz. The Rothes Glen Hotel also kindly presented a prize of meal vouchers which was drawn between the remaining competitors, and was won by Bill McLennan and Roger Simpson. The trophy for the heaviest fish caught during the six months of the competition went to Jim Duncan, at 14lb1oz.The best number of fish caught for the week went to the father and son team of Mark and Ian Morrison, with 40 caught. Next, at 33, was another father and son team, this time Marc and Kevin Moss. R Brown caught 19 and kept 4 on various Buzzers and Hare's Ears. Gary Shanks caught 13 on various Golden Olive Nymphs, and G Holloway also caught 13 on variuos Buzzers. Best fish of the week went to Jack Lawton, at 10lb 8oz. Best lures this week have been various IPN's, Viva, T2000, Golden Olive Damsel, and Consett Budgie.
22/03/99. Lossiemouth man Kevin Moss caught the most fish at Glen of Rothes last week, and the 20 were caught on home tied flies. Next was Brian Catto, with 19 caught on various Damsels, and Ian Morrison also caught 19 on various Buzzers. RAF man Nigel Burgess, who is newly posted to the area but is a Rutland veteran, caught 15 fish on Vivas, Damsels, and a Goldhead Consett Budgie. I McDonald also caught 15 fish on a Consett Budgie. Best fish this week was 4lb 14oz, caught by Hopeman man Sandy Millar using a Consett Budgie on a floating line. Best lures this week have been Consett Budgie, Viva, AOS, T2000 Orange, T2000 Black and Green, as well as various original IPN's. Best Nymphs are Black and Green Goldhead Montana size 12, Goldhead Olive Nymphs, Goldhead PTN and various Buzzers.
15/03/99. Elgin man Robbie Campbell caught the heaviest fish of the week last week. The 13lb 12oz fish was caught on size 14 buzzers fished on a floating line. Next heaviest was 12lb 4 oz, caught by Kevin Moss (Lossiemouth) on a home tied fly. Alan Liddle caught 19 fish on various small buzzers, David Muir (Elgin) caught 12 on a Silver Budgie, and Phil Harker caught 12 fish on a Consett Budgie. Best lures at the moment are Consett Budgie, Black and Lime Green Fritz, Montana Nymphs, AOS, Damsel Goldhead Nymph, but the best combination at the moment seems to be floating lines and various buzzers, with a Hare's Ear Nymph at the point to get them down.
08/03/99. There were a lot of fish in the 2lb bracket caught last week, mostly on Consett Budgie's, AOS's, Black and Green Fritz, Green and Black Montana, Dawson's Olives, and also Buzzers fished very slowly on a floating line with a long leader. The monthly competition, sponsored by A & I Supplies, Elgin, was fished at the weekend, with 19 anglers taking part. The weather was very cold and windy, but they caught 187 fish and kept 54 for an average weight of 2lb 2oz. The results were - (1) Colin Moffat, 13lb 11oz (2) Jack Lawton, 12lb 12oz (3) Bill Mackie, 7lb 15oz (4) Kevin Moss, 7lb 12oz (5) David Muir, 7lb 2oz (6) Alex Brown, 6lb 15oz (7) James Rhind, 6lb14oz (8) John McKenzie, 6lb 13oz. The trophy for Heaviest fish went to Colin Moffat, at 8lb 10 oz, with Jack Lawton also catching a nice one at 7lb 1oz. John Ralph of Elgin caught a tagged fish, winning himself a half bottle of 10 year old Macallan whisky
01/03/99. Despite the variable weather last week, Hopeman man Scott Napier caught a nice rainbow of 12lb 2oz, and he and Seb Rowe caught 18 fish, keeping 8 for 23lb 12oz. Stewart Shiels and Colin McGrath kept 8 for 17lb 4oz, with Stewart landing one at 7lb 2oz. Geoff Costan and Angus McLennan caught 29, keeping 8 for 14lb 9oz, Mark and Ian Morrison caught 12, keeping 8 for 17lb 2oz, and Gary and Rod Stewart kept 8 for 13lb 13oz. Alan Liddle caught 15 on various buzzers, fished on a floating line. Best lures at the moment are AOS, Consett Budgie, Goldhead Viva, Dawson's Olive, and Black IPN. Best lines are intermediate with a fast sinking braided leader, and slow sinking lines, but don't forget to try a floating line with buzzers. The Arthur McKerron and Son Winter League final will be fished on Sunday, 28th of March, at which all prizes and shields will be presented. There will also be two £25 meal vouchers to be won on the day, kindly donated by the Rothes Glen Hotel. Positions for the top 10 with only the final to go are as follows - (1) Lenny Roberts and Robbie Campbell - 102.273lb, (2) Jim Duncan and Peter Morrison - 99.546, (3) Kevin Moss and Gary Shanks - 95.874, (4) Mark Morrison and Ian Morrisom - 89.299, (5) Scot Napier and Seb Rowe - 89.127, (6) Gary Stewart and Rod Stewart - 81.397, (7) George Stewart and John Mackenzie - 79.109, (8) Sandy Taylor and Jock Campbell - 78.14, (9) Gary Taylor and John Taylor - 74.324 (10) Jimmy Munro and dave MacIntosh - 72.2.
22/02/99.The greatest number of fish caught last week went to Bill McLennan (Elgin), who had 23 for his day on a sporting ticket. Brian Catto caught a nice fish of 6lb 2oz on a Cat'sWhiskers, and A Taylor also caught a good one of 5lb 110z. Gavin Addison and James Rhind caught 18 fish for their day, keeping 7 for 12lb 3oz.The Moray fly fishers held one of their Winter League matches at the Glen at the weekend, with 18 anglers catching 162 fish and keeping 68 for 136lb - all the competitors except one caught their limit. (1) Phil Harker with 20lb 11oz, (2) Geoff Costen with 19lb 4oz, (3) Gordon Grant with 19lb 1oz, (4) Roger Simpson with 18lb. Geoff Costen also caught the heaviest fish of the day at 8lb 7oz. Next was Bill McLennan (6lb 15oz), followed by Phil Harker (5lb 3oz). Best lures on that day were Black Fritz, Ace of Spades, and Consett Budgie, as well as some good sport on Buzzers. For the rest of the week White Fritz, AOS, green and Black Montana, and Black and Red Cat's Whiskers have also been working well, fished on slow sinking or intermediate lines.
14/02/99. Despite the frosty weather last week the aerators kept plenty of water open, with some excellent fishing to be had. Bill McLennan (Elgin) caught 22 fish on a catch and release ticket, mostly on a Black Yuppy and a Consett Budgie. Marc Moss and Kevin Moss kept 8 fish for 18lb 11oz for their day, and the heaviest was 3lb 10oz. George Stewart and John Mackenzie caught 21 and kept 8 for 14lb 5oz, Sandy Taylor and Jock Campbell caught 16 and kept 8 for 15lb. Most of the fish that day were caught on Black and Green Goldhead Montana nymphs, and Black and Green Cat's Whiskers. Bill Milne and Jack Lawton caught 23 and kept 8 for 15lb7oz, Jimmy Munro and Davey Mackintosh caught 16 and kept 8 for 14lb 20z, while Bill McLennan and Roger Simpson caught 27 and kept 8 for 15lb 10oz, also catching the most fish for that day. On Sunday 14th Feb there were 127 fish caught for the day by those who were up fishing. Average weight of the fish that were kept was 2lb.Best Lures for the week have been - Black and Green Gold-head Montana, Black and Green Cat's Whiskers, Consett Budgie, Green Lumi-bead, Black Fritz, Ace of Spades, Tecno Cats, Olive IPN. Most of these were fished on slow sinking lines, very slow and deep.
08/02/99. The Fishery record was been broken again this week, with James Rhind (Portsoy) landing a fine rainbow of 15lb 5oz among the 31 fish that he caught for his day. He also lost two more double figured fish at the net. The monthly competition was fished in yet another blizzard, but 14 anglers fished on, catching 87 fish, and keeping 42 for an average weight of 2lb 4oz. Winners - (1)David Muir 12lb 13oz; (2) Bill Bain 12lb, (3) Gavin Addison 8lb, (4) Robbie Campbell 7lb 15, (5) Colin Moffat 7lb 11 5/8oz, (6) Willie Ford 7lb 11 3/8oz, (7)Peter Wilson 7lb 9oz, (8) Mark Sigstone 6lb 6oz. Heaviest fish was caught by David Muir - 11lb 1oz, with Bill Bain also catching a nice one of 6lb 7oz.Best lures at the moment are Black Yuppy, Ace of Spades, Consett Budgie, White Yuppy, and Mini Black and Green Cats, all fished very slow on a fast sinking line.
01/02/99. Best fish last week was 8lb 15oz, caught on a Montana Nymph, and landed by Jack Wilson. Lenny Roberts and Robbie Campbell caught 34 fish, keeping 8 for 18lb 3oz, Bill Taylor and Ali Farquharson caught 22 and kept 8 for 15lb 5oz. George Stewart and John McKenzie caught 20 fish, keeping 8 for 13lb 11oz. Marc Moss and Kevin Moss caught 10 fish, and kept 8 for 14lb 6oz, with Colin McGrath and Stewart Shields keeping 8 for 15lb 2oz. Best lures this week are Consett Budgie, Black and Green tadpole, Ace-of-Spades, Whisky fly, Viva, and Orange IPN. Nymphs are also working well, and the best seem to be Hare's Ear, Green and Black Montana and Pheasant Tail Nymph.
24/01/99. Jock Campbell and Sandy Taylor caught the greatest number of fish last week - 38, from which they kept 8 for 16lb 15oz. James Rhind and Gavin Addison caught 15 fish, keeping 7 for 13lb 5oz. Michael Rennie caught his best fish ever, at 7lb 6oz, landed on a Cat's Whiskers. Bill Mackie caught and released 14 fish, all on a Cat's Whiskers and an Olive Viva. Bill McLennan and Roger Simpson caught 14 and kept 8 for 13lb 3oz, with Bill MIlne and Jack Lawton keeping 8 for 13lb 13oz. Father and son team Ian and Mark Morrison caught 13 and kept 8 for 15lb 12oz. Jeff Costen and Angus McLennan caught 21, keeping 8 for 15lb 3oz, and Seb Rowe and Scott Napier caught 19 fish, ending up with 8 for 14lb 4oz. Best lures at the moment are Green and Black Fritz, Dawson's Olive, Ace of Spades, Consett Budgie, Orange and Gold Fritz, Viva and Jack Frost.
17/01/99. Last week the weather was very seasonal, making the fishing very hard, but Jim Duncan and Peter Morrison persevered throughout a blizzard to fish their pairs, finishing with a bag of 17lb 5oz. Bill Murray (Hopeman) caught a nice fish of 5lb, on a Consett Budgie, and Bill MacLennan (Elgin) caught 14 fish on a catch and release ticket. The Moray Fly Fishers fished their second winter league match on Sunday 17th. 19 anglers took part, catching 123 fish and keeping 53 for a total bag weight of 97.62lb. Best fish of the day went to Angus McLennan (Jnr), from Elgin, at 8lb 11oz, with Douglas Taylor landing a nice one of 6lb 13oz. Robbie Campbell caught19 fish, Angus McLennan 18, Bill Mackie 16, and Bill MacLennan 15. !st place went to Angus McLennan (Snr) - 21lb 6oz, (2nd) Robbie Campbell - 21lb, (3rd) Bill Mackie - 18lb 6oz, (4th) Bill MacLennan - 18lb 3oz. Best Lures at the moment are Consett Budgie, Viva, Dawson's Olive, Mini Cats, Black and Green Tadpole, A.O.S., and Mosaic Viva, all fished on fast sinking lines very slow along the bottom.
03/01/99. Best fish of the New Year went to Gary Shanks, with a fish of 12lb 11oz, caught on a Consett Budgie. The next heaviest was 12lb 1oz, landed by Dave Muir, and the third heaviest was 8lb 14oz (Marc Moss). Andy Smith also landed one of 7lb 6oz. In the Arthur McKerron and Son Winter Pairs, Jimmy Munro and Dave McIntosh caught 10 fish and kept 8 for 14lb 14oz, while Bill Milne and Jack Lawton caught 13 fish and kept 8 for 13lb. Best lures at the moment are Consett Budgie, Ace of Spades, Cat's Whiskers, and Black and Greeen Tadpole. The monthly competition was fished on Sunday, with 28 anglers taking part. Placings were on bag weight, and were as follows - 1) Dave Muir (17lb 5oz), 2) Marc Moss (12lb 8oz), 3) Graham Niewiadonski (7lb 2oz), 4) Bill MacLennan (6lb 9oz), 5) John Ralph (6lb 2oz), 6) Alan Stephen (5lb 5oz), 7) Kevin Moss (5lb), 8) Colin Moffat (5lb). The Trophy for heaviest fish went to Dave Muir (12lb 10z). Alastair Clark (Portsoy) and Robbie Milne (Banff) both caught tagged fish, and won themselves a half-bottle of 10 year-old Macallan each.
28/12/98. Best Fish of the week went to Kevin Moss, at 12lb 9oz. Kevin was fishing his pairs, with his son Marc, and they kept 7 fish for 21lb 2oz. Rod Stewart and Gary Stewart kept 8 fish for 13lb 6oz, and George McInnes caught the best Blue Rainbow of the week at 2lb 9oz. Best lines are clear intermediates and slow sinking lines. Best lures are very small ones like A.O.S., mini budgie, white T2000, mini dawson's olive, mini black and green tadpoles and mini orange fritz.
20/12/98. Two records for the heaviest fish were broken last week. The first was the rainbow record, with Gavin Addison (Cullen) landing one of 15lb 4oz, caught on a Zipper's Gold Budgie fished deep and slow - well done, Gavin. The second was for the heaviest "Blue", which was caught by Philip Bieszke (Elgin) at 3lb 8oz. Peter Morrison and Jim Duncan (Rothes) had a good day last week - the pair kept 8 fish (4 each) for 27lb 10oz. Best fish of the day went to Jim Duncan at 14lb 1oz, and is the heaviest fish that he has ever caught. Robbie Campbell and Lenny Roberts (Elgin) caught 26 fish on Saturday, keeping 8 fish for 21lb 12oz. Robbie's best fish was 7lb 10oz. Philip Bieszke and George Sandison (Elgin) caught 14 fish, keeping 8 for 16lb 13oz, including the 3lb 8oz "Blue". George Stewart and John Mackenzie caught 16 fish and kept 8 for 15lb 9oz. Ian Morrison and Mark Morrison (Dufftown) caught 10 fish and kept 8 for 14lb 14oz. Bill MacLennan also caught a nice fish of 6lb 9 1/4oz on a black boobie.
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