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Week Ending 31st May 2011
The weather made for challenging conditions last week but 73 boats braved the wind and rain managing 300 fish between them. The first 2 man competition took place and the top 2 boats were Butterstone old timers Jack and Vic in first place with a bag of 11 fish weighing 21lbs 4oz with 6 returned with a default 2lb each per fish making a bag total of 33lbs 4oz and Steven Gill & Steve Gamill came in second with 12 fish weighing 29lb and 1 return giving them a total of 31lb. The next monthly competition is on the 30th of June giving you the opportunity to pit you skills against our dream team Jack & Vic
The next competition is on the 16th of June for the J. Crocket Trophy when 2 man teams will compete for the honour of showing off the trophy for a year and a purse of £300 - so good hunting. It costs £80 for the team with breakfast and lunch included.
Week Ending 15th May 2011
For 9 years there has been a battle raging... and finally the ladies of the St Serfs from Kinross have triumphed against the men from Kinross’s angling club. Not only did they land the biggest catch by Helen Philp at 3lb 3oz but she had the biggest bag at 15lb 14oz. The teams of 10 fought it out to the last second with the men taking 27 fish at 59lb 1oz and the ladies 31for 68lb 4oz.
J McTurk managed to fill his bag 2 1/2hrs at the 3 trees on the north shore with a total bag of 18lb 5oz including a 7lb 10z specimen on a Kate McLaren and Hugh Stewart and his boating partner Mr Martin managed to land 23 fish using just a Dry Olive size 14 – the biggest, a brownie, tipped the scales at 3lb 12oz. Alan Stewart following in Mr McTurk’s footsteps decided to fish the trees on the north shore the next morning and managed to best him with a 9lb 10oz using a small size 12 Cruncher.
Week Ending 8th May 2011
The bright weather made everyone think the fishing would be hard but at the end of the week an astonishing 736 fish were caught with the best day seeing 19 boats landing 321 fish. The most popular flies are the Diawl Bach and Buzzers but some are doing extremely well using good old fashioned lures. The best drifts were the south shore from the top cove down to the west of the loch. The IBM Club visited last Saturday landing 123 fish for 14 anglers but the Rainbow Warriors AC did better by taking 157 fish for 13 anglers. Some big fish were landed including those from Mr Thompson at 7lb 14oz, Kevin Lynch - 6lb 6oz and Johnny Wright - 8lb 2oz.
Week Ending 1st May 2011
It was a terrific week at the fishery with a total of 860 fish caught of which 285 returned and 575 kept. The weather has been very hot and sunny, some thinking too bright for fishing but looking at the numbers it looks like it wasn`t holding anything back. The south shore to the shallows was the best spot; from pikes point round to the shallows was also a top drift and the north shore is also producing some good fishing. Small Black Buzzers were the most popular fly whilst the best set was a Blob on the bob, a Diawl Bach in the middle a Buzzer on the tail. Some fishermen sticking to the basic lures for example Black & Green Fritz and the Yellow Dancer. At the present time there are 3 boats available on Saturday the 7th and 3 on Sunday the 8th of May as well as availability throughout the week as well.
Week Ending Sunday 24th April 2011
The fishing has been excellent over the past couple of weeks with 674 fish caught and 274 returned for week ending April 17th and for week to 24th April 712 were caught and a further 176 returned. Mr James Nairn had a successful day catching a brown trout weighing 14lb on a Black Cormorant with a blue rib body and this fine specimen won James a free day at the fishery. Last but not least Gordon Findley landed a 9lb 15oz winner using a black and green fritz. The best drifts are pike point round to the north shore and the south shore to the shallows middle ridge and from the south shore to the north shore. At the present time the Diawl Bach and Buzzers are the top taking fly patterns.
Week Ending Sunday 10th April, 2011
Congratulations to Ernie Baglow on busting his personal best and earning bragging rights on catching his 15lb 6oz browne has been fishing for 52 years and never caught a brown trout over 10lbs before and for this momentous feat he earns himself a free days fishing at the loch. Norrie McGilvray also has a cracking brown trout at 13lb 10oz and was smiling on the bus all the way home with his trout taking up an extra seat! He too has earned himself a free days fishing. There will be a club competition on the 27th of April comprising teams of 6 men or ladies of course and if you are interested please give George Donaldson a call on 07834521787.
Week Ending Sunday 27 March, 2011
It was a fantastic week at the fishery with a total of 1032 fish caught between 69 boats resulting in an average per boat of 15 fish – pretty impressive stuff! Young James Murnin had a tremendous brace with the biggest tipping the scales at 6lb 6oz followed by one at 5lb 9oz – both were caught on a Black & Green Fritz. Regulars Jack and Vic both tried to come out on top but Jack landed a 7lb 5oz fish leaving Vic trailing behind with a 7lb 1oz. Better luck next time Vic! Colin Adams used a White Booby to bag a cracker of 6lbs 2oz, the Vale Angling Club were pleased with their results managing 172 for 10 boats and Steve Goodlad proved that home-made lures are just as good with a satisfying 7lb 2oz fish. Gordon Miller using a blood worm near the shallows had a best of 7lb 2oz. Contrary to current rumours the management are not planning on banning anchors and remember any fish caught over 12lb wins you a free session of fishing.
Week Ending Sunday, 20 March, 2011
67 boats made a gallant attempt to empty Butterstone Loch last week landing a grand total of 976 fish of which 489 of which had a lucky escape due the fishermen switching to catch and release after taking their limits. Edinburgh Civil Service AC had one boat that caught a staggering 60 fish but they missed out on the biggest one landed at 7lbs 8oz. Following closely behind were Mr McLean and his brother with a bag busting 52 fish. Over the week 16 fish weighing over 5lbs were recorded
The loch is being restocked twice weekly with fighting fit fish to make sure there are plenty to catch. Any big ones caught will also be replaced so don’t worry you’ll have the opportunity to land some bragging rights
No Closed for the 2010 Season
Week Ending 2nd October 2010
The week started off really well and just got better and it can be safely said that the loch is fishing its socks off at the moment. The total catch last week 587 fish caught for a total weight of 971.8 lbs which is not quite a true reflection as Bonnybridge A.C were so successful, they had to return 21 of their fish but they have still been recorded as caught for club purposes.
The big fish that have been so elusive up until now are starting to show in numbers there has been a steady stream of fish between 5 and 9 lb almost every day and every other day there has been one or two double figure fish making an appearance. Long time friend of Butterstone Loch, William Cartwright, not only broke his own personal best but now holds the trout record for the fishery with a 16lb 9oz brown trout and it was all done with a size 10 Invicta on 6lb fluorocarbon. William had three very small takes before all hell broke out as he was taken in earnest, and as he played the fish he knew it was big but only when he seen the tail did he realise that not only was it a monster but a brown one at that. William received a free days fishing and a very nice bottle of malt courtesy of new owner Mr David Hendry.
To mark the occasion David is having a cast made of the fish which will be on show in the new Butterstone Café next season.
Others worth a mention were Duncan Sinclair of Bonnybridge A.C with an 11lb Rainbow and Alfie Davie of the ABC&D A.C with a lovely 9lb Rainbow.
Weather for the week is mainly dry and over cast except for Tuesday and Friday when rain is expected for most of the day. It is very hard to single out any one method that's working as most people are catching fish and this can only really be put down to the massive amount of fresh water in the loch stirring things up and making the fish very active.
Week Ending 26th September 2010
This week saw 2 anglers coming very close to receiving a prize but saw many more having a great time trying. Fishing during last week has not been for the complete novice or the unlucky as the fish have been slightly less willing to jump into the boats but having said that with a week's catch return of 509 fish for a total of 1033lbs 9oz giving an average weight of 2.03lbs its not been brain science either!
Flies that have been doing well included the fishery owner's nightmare – the dreaded Booby however Cormorants have dropped off in favour of Buzzers (most of Saturday's catch came to them) and the good old Kate McLaren has still been bagging her share of fish. Best club this week went to Dundee west end with a total of 55 fish for 115lb 7oz. Biggest fish went to Gary Jones of the Outlaw AC at 11lb 10oz (just short of the magic 12lb mark) followed by Sandy Robertson Jnr. with a cracking 10lb 9oz rainbow that fell to a White Cat Booby.
There are 2 boats available for this coming Saturday and plenty space through the week so get booked up and set a new record.Thanks to all who fished last week hope to see you all for one last cast before the season finishes.
Week Ending 19th September 2010
Last week saw great conditions on the loch with most days being overcast with a few showers resulting in a total bag of 520 fish for the week for a total weight of 1062lbs 13oz's giving an average of 2.04lbs as a breakdown :- Monday=19 fish for 42lbs, Tuesday =16 fish for 33lb 11oz, Wednesday = 19 fish for 40lb 12oz, Thursday = 30 fish for 76lb 10oz, Friday PRI scanner charity day 143 fish for 267lb 1oz, Saturday = 152 fish for 311lb 4oz and Sunday = 141 fish for 291lb 7oz.
Flies varied again this week with small Kate McLarens and Cormorants featuring prominently but the Blob and Diawl Bachs also made an appearance in the popularity list.
Fish worthy of a mention in dispatches fell to Eck Ewart of Kirriemuir who had a nice 10lb 10oz rainbow and Jamie Herd of Cardenden took one at 10lb 13oz both just short of the 12lb target.
Week Ending 12th September 2010
September so far has seen weather patterns change on a daily basis with bright sunshine all the way through to very heavy showers and although the fishing has been slow at times on the whole most anglers have been showing very healthy returns. So far in September 872 fish have been landed for a total weight of 1,761lbs 5oz giving an average weight of just over 2lbs.
Line choice has been floating to midge tip and slightly deeper on the very sunny days and flies have varied from Crunchers, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, very small Kate McLarens and fish are still being taken on Daddies fished on and just below the surface.
Boats available most days next week with the exception of Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the promise of whisky and free fishing for the first trout landed over 12lb still stands so get booked up and remember a day on Butterstone beats a day at work hands down.
Week Ending 29th August 2010
It has been very much a week of Ups and Downs weather wise last week finishing on Sunday with very windy but still fish-able conditions. The anglers doing battle on Sunday proved that all in all for the week there was a total of 489 fish caught with a total weight of 1075lb 5oz- sixteen of thosewere brown trout one at 4lb 4oz to Dave McGinnis. The rest of the fish this week have been predominately the hard fighting blue trout.
John Cree had a lovely rainbow at 9lb 2oz. As far as lines are concerned last week it has been mainly floating to intermediate as most of the fish have been in the upper reaches of the water and flies have ranged between Daddies on the surface to small black lures like the Cormorant and Black Pennell with the Diawl Bachs taking its fair share of fish as usual.
New owner David Hendry has set the challenge this week for the first person to catch a fish over 12lbs - the lucky angler will receive a day's fishing for 2 with motor includedso get booked up and claim your prize!
Week Ending 22nd August 2010
At the end of another very busy and productive week at Butterstone the catch rates continue to be good in total there was 419 fish landed for a total weight of 1036lbs giving an average of 2.47lbs. Notable catches were D Pozzi with a mixed bag of 4 rainbows and 2 brownies one of which weighed in at 3lb 6oz, Mr. Dimeck had a cracking 5lb 9oz rainbow and Mr. Thustain took a hard fighting rainbow at 9lb 8oz. The fly of the week was a choice between a Black Pennell and the Pearly Cormorant. Ian Guthrie of Leslie and Glenrothes rose to the challenge last week and claimed a bottle of malt for his magnificent 10lb 9oz rainbow - there will be similar prizes and challenges in the coming week so keep checking the web site to find out the news and what can be won.
The weather for next week is looking perfect for fishing with most days being over cast with showers predicted for most of the week look forward to seeing you all.
Week Ending 16th August 2010
Line choice has reverted back to midge/ ghost tip line or a slow glass intermediate at the end of the week with the brilliant bright sunshine - fly choice remains small flies the likes of wee traditional patterns like Bibio, Connemara black, black Pennell, Bumbles, Diawl Bach's and Buzzers with others resorting to Cormorants and other small lures. Last Sunday with the really sunny weather conditions were very difficult those putting a Blob on the tail as an appetiser teamed up with a small Diawl Bach proved bomb proof. Water temp is now at 19'C and clarity is down to 1M.
The fish in the past week have been moving around with some days proving to be good on the south side and others North/ North West i.e.Lunan Burn to Reed end or Cottage bay, the Lilies have proved a good place to start and the deep water at the mouth of top bay was great on Sunday.
The blues and brown are still featuring well in anglers returns and there have been a couple off at around the 10lb 8oz mark but still no one has had a sighting of Eddy's monster nicknamed Moby Dick. Those that did well over the week were Mr Lindsay who weighed in 4 fish for 9lb 4oz, while Mr Reid safely returned 7; Mr Turnbull and boat partner managed 10 fish for 21lbs and regulars Ian and Alec weighed in 8 for 15lb 14. On the club front Edinburgh Walton 9boats 46 fish 97lb 4oz + 2 returned, Milngavie AC 3boats 12 fish for 23lb 9oz, while Longannet 3boats managed 18 fish for 38lb 10oz. Lochinch AC 5boats 20 fish for 43ln 2oz, Perth RASC 4boats 36 fish for 74lb 12oz Bridge of Allan 76 4boats 30 fish for 64lb 6oz, Pitlochry 3 ½boats 18 fish for 27lb, Kingfisher 20 7 boats 23 fish for 52lbs and finally Leslie & Glenrothes 6boats 24 fish for 61lbs including a lovely rainbow topping the scales at 10lb 9oz it was caught by Ian Guthrie.
Again the weeks 5 day forecast is showing predominantly light rain showers apart from Tuesday when it is supposed to be heavy, temperatures are on average around 18'C with light with moderate fluctuation in pressure dropping to 1002mb in the middle of the week and then rising again to around 1011mb.
Week Ending 8th August 2010
The past couple of weeks have produced some of the best fishing so far this year with anglers finding it hard to fail. Line choice is a floating line with a mixture of small traditionals Diawl Bach's and Buzzers, The Buzzers should be fished almost static on a washing line while the small traditionals like the Kate McLaren, Bibio, Connemara Black, to name a few, should be fished in a slow figure of eight. Lures are also taking fish with the Yellow Dancer, Damsels, and Cormorants featuring in the angler's returns.
The fish are now feeding in almost all areas of the loch with the shelf holding out as one of the best areas; the cottage and Lunan Bay are also producing good returns while the bones and three trees are alsogood starting points.
The blues and browns are still featuring well in anglers returns and the larger fish around the 8lb mark are again starting to feature in angler's returns. Those who did well over the week were Mr. Duncan who weighed in 5 fish for 10 lb including 3 blues and 1 brown, Mr. Morris and boat partner had 12 for 24lbs, while A Whyte had 7 fish for 14lbs. On the club front the annual Perth interclub competition was held on Monday 2nd and the 11 boats took 88 fish for 173lb, Falkirk Municipal 9 boats, 38 fish including 1of 8lb 2oz and 1 of 6lb 4oz total weight was 87lb 12oz with a further 6 returned, Strathclyde Police 7 boats 63 fish for 132lb 9oz including 6 browns and 3 blues, Bank of Scotland 6 boats 39 fish for 80lb 8oz, Scottish Lame Ducks 6 boats 18 fish for 45lb 10oz and Grangemouth Railway 4boats 29 fish 67lb 8oz.
The weather forecast is predominantly wet for the next few days with sunny spells mixed in, temperatures are on average around 18'C with light to moderate winds around the middle of the week.
Week Ending 12th July 2010
The fishing last week was prolific but once the forecasted winds got up the fish did their usual trick and went deep. Line choice on those days was definitely fast sinking, but on the less windy days floating / midge tip lines were the order of the day. The fish seem to be lying in and around 3 to 5 feet of water depending unless the wind gets up. Fly choice was also fairly mixed with some anglers did very well on Buzzers, Snatchers, Diawl Bach's and small traditionals fished on the washing line while others were fishing with a medium to fast figure of eight with Damsels.
The fish seem to have come out of the margins a little and are feeding out in the deeper water. Areas to try first would be the usual haunts from cottage bay to Lochend bay down through the gap, three trees north shore or alternatively you could start of at burn mouth, Lunan Bay and fish down to the old picnic site.
There have been some good returns of brownies this week with the average weight being around 1¾lbs. Those that did well over the week were: Ian & Alex who managed 6 each for 23lb 8oz, while Peter Grubb and boat partner called it quits early due to Peter foul hooking himself but before that they had caught 15 they weighed in 6 for 13lb 8oz, Mr Fairly and son weighed in 5 for 11lbs and Ewan Alcorn of Dunkeld weighed in 5 for 9lb 2oz.
On the Club Front the Veterans AC 4 boats 28 fish for 58lbs, Perthshire FC 5boats 13 fish for 32lb 7oz, Hydro AC 3½ boats 22 fish for 43lb 11oz including a 6lb 4oz rainbow and Bothwell & Blantyre AC 9 boats 74 fish for 146lb 15oz. Balbeggie AC 7½ boats 71 fish for 147lbs in desperately hard and windy conditions, Coupar AC 5 boats 31 fish for 50lb 1oz and ABC&D AC 5 boats 34 fish for 72lb 4oz.
The forthcoming weeks forecast is due to be wet with light rain forecast for Monday and Tuesday and then heavy showers to heavy rain from Wednesday onwards winds this week are due to be light apart from Wednesday were they are forecasting 18mph from the East North East, Barometric Pressure is to Fall throughout the week, with temperatures to remain in and around 16'C.
Week Ending 4th July 2010
The fishing last week started off very difficult with the hot sunny weather and oppressive atmosphere but once the rain came on Wednesday and freshened things up a little the sport changed dramatically as the fish picked themselves off the bottom and started to feed again. Line choice was again mixed with some anglers using floaters / midge tip lines and others resorting to a fast sink in the windier conditions. The fish seem to be lying in and around 3 to 5 feet of water depending on the wind conditions. Fly choice was also fairly mixed with some anglers faring very well on Buzzers and the Diawl Bach fished on the washing line and others with a medium to fast figure of eight with Damsel Nymphs.
There didn't seem to be a best area last week as fish were being taken all over the loch. Areas to try first would be the usual haunts from cottage bay to Lochend bay down through the gap, three trees north shore, alternatively you could start of at burn mouth / Lunan bay and fish down to the old picnic site.
There have been some good returns of brownies with the average weight being around 1lb 12oz Those that did well over the week were: Messrs. Smeaton & Gibson of Coupar Angus who managed, in very difficult conditions to bag 12 fish for 24lb 2oz, Jim Pearson and boat partner had a good evening and weighed in 7 fish for 13lb 9oz, Tom Clark's boat also had a good day and weighed in 9 fish for 19lb 14 and Messrs. Mateer and Dick 12 fish 25lb 7oz and returned a further 17 predominantly to the Diawl Bach.
On the Club Front Fife Constabulary 4 boats 25 fish for 54lb 9oz, Stanley FD 2 boats 14 fish for 28lbs, Thack AC 6 boats 38 fish for 73lbs with a further 22 fish returned and Scottish Lame Ducks 4 boats 13 fish for 33lbs. Inchinnan AC 9 boats 8s fishfor 177lbs including 16 brown and 10 blues they also returned a further 63 fish, Auchterarder AC 5 boats 23 fish for 46lb 10oz and finally TOTGA AC 4 boats 10 fish for 21lb 14oz.
The forthcoming weeks forecast is not the best with high winds predominantly from in and around the west forecast for most of the week and showers mixed in with some heavy rain. Barometric pressure is to fluctuate somewhat over the course of the week but temperatures will remain fairly constant in and around 19'C.
28th June 2010
Fishing over the past week has been mixed with anglers bringing in good catch returns at the start of the week from a mixture of tactics from floating lines with a team of buzzers through to an intermediate with damsels and other small lures. Then in the middle of the week the action went quiet and the fish went down. Come Friday they were back and feeding heartily again. Line choice over the week was predominantly floating line or midge tip but over the couple of days that it went quiet those anglers who went deep picked the odd fish up here and there. Fly choice throughout the week was also very mixed but to name a few of the flies that were being bantered about in the car park at the end of the day were Damsels (hothead) Cormorants, Snatchers, Crunchers and small traditionals were also taking fish.
At the start of the week the best area was from Burn Mouth down to the old Picnic area, then most fish were caught out in the deeper water - Friday and Saturday saw most of the
fish being taken from Cottage bay down to Lochend bay, through the Gap, North Shore and Three Trees.
It took almost a whole week for the large fish that have been stocked by the new management to come on the feed but over the weekend there were 5 cracking fish caught weighing between 8 and 10lbs and the lucky anglers who managed to bag one of these lovely fish have won themselves a free outing on Butterstone. Those that did well over the week were: George Dudek and his boat partner Tosh who managed 10 for 22lb 4oz, Mr Clark's boat weighed in 8 fish for a weight of 14lb 8oz, P Grubb weighed in 3 fish for 6lbs 8oz and returned a further 6 fish while Messrs Nicol and Lees weighed in 10 fish for 19lb 8oz. On the Club Front: Edinburgh Civil Service AC 3 boats 33 fish for 70lbs 2oz, Perth City Sports 2 boats 18 fish for 41lbs, Stanley AC 3boats 30 fish for 59lb 10oz plus 6 returned, West Lothian FD 36 fish for 82lb 5ozincluding a fish of 9lb 8oz they also returned a further 21fish and Monifeith AC 6boats 22 fish for 45lbs. ABC&D AC 6 boats 38 fish for 67lbs, Dunfermline AC 7 boats 55 fish for 122lb 5oz, Invicta Ladies 6 boats 7 fish for 18lbs including an 8lb Rainbow caught by Mrs Webster.
The forthcoming week's forecast is looking less good than the past couple of weeks with a forecast of sunny spells, a moderate to high wind coming from all directions, barometric pressure is also falling throughout the week and heavy rain is forecast for Friday. But the way the loch was fishing over the weekend I'd still be out thrashing the water into a frenzy!
Week Ending 20th June 2001
Conditions over the past week were very bright with little or no wind creating what should be extremely difficult conditions. However the loch fished amazingly well with good numbers of rainbows and blues being weighed in. Intermediate and midge tip lines were the way to go with a mixture of flies ranging from small dark traditions the likes of Kate McLaren's Bibio, Connemara Black, dark Buzzers and the Diawl Bach, Cormorants but the red hot head damsel was the real killer.
There wasn't really a best area this week as fish were being taken all over the loch, but a few areas did crop up like Three Trees Lunan bay and the Shelf. Doing well last week were Mr Nesmith weighing in his 6 for 12lbs and also having a good day were Messrs. Fraser and Fyall who weighed in 12 fish for 28lb 6oz. Brian Scougal was on form and managed his 6 for 11lb 8oz, Messrs. Sime, Cartwright and Mick Glover all had their 6 for 10lb8oz, 12lb4oz and 12lbs respectively. On the club front: NCR AC 7boats 35 fish for 70lbs 13oz, CSSA Rosyth 7boats 79 fish for 155lb 9oz, Kingfisher20AC 5boats 30 fish for 65lbs and Kinross Ex servicemen's 4 boats 40 fish for 79lb 9oz.
The forthcoming week's forecast again looks like it is to be bright hot and humid, the average temperature looks to be around 20'C with a high of 24. Barometric pressure is to remain pretty constant with a high of 1022mb being on Monday wind is due predominantly from the south west and be in the low teens.
Week Ending 13th June 2010
Conditions over the past week have almost been perfect and the returns themselves show this. Both day and evening session are producing large numbers of good 2lb plus sized fish. Floating / Midge tip lines are both working with a large selection of flies including the Kate McLaren, Bibio, Connemara Black, Buzzers, Snatchers, Crunchers and Cormorants. The occasional fish are also coming up for CDC Dries and water clarity remains a phenomenal 2.75M. The best areas this week were Lunan Bay, Pike Point to the lilies, Three Trees, the Shelf and Reed End.
Those doing best over the weekend included Messrs. Scott & McLean 10 fish weighed in for a total 24lbs plus a further 5 returned, Mr Grey up from Northumberland on his annual trip managed 6 for 12lb 14oz and returned a further four to a Peacock Spider and a GRHE and Messrs. Carstairs and Saunders had six for 13lb 8oz. Peter Grubb and his boat partner weighed in 10 for 22lbs and Mr McLarens 2 boats had 18 for 38lbs to red body Cormorants. On the Club Front: Auchterarder AC 5 boats weighed in 26 fish for 57lb 6oz, Tayside police west 3 ½ boats had 32 fish for 71lb 8oz, Stanley AC 6 boats 33 fish for 69lb7oz Dundee Westend 9 boats 56 fish for 114lb 5oz and the Dunfermline Railway 6 boats 42 for 85lbs. Bannockburn AC 7 boats 35 fish for 71lbs, Dollar 5 boats 12 fish for 24lb 12oz, Blairgowrie 4 ½ boats 26 fish for 53lb 2oz and finally Dunfermline Rusty nail 5 boats 26 fish for 53lb 2oz.
The forthcoming weeks forecast again looks very promising with sunny intervals forecast for the week with temperatures averaging in the high teens, Barometric pressure is to remain pretty constant with a with a slight fall throughout the week the high of 1030mb being on Tuesday and a low of 1023 by Friday the only slight issue is light winds which are forecasted to change direction daily.
Week Ending 23rd May 2010
During the past week conditions were great if not a little on the bright and hot side this however this didn't make any difference to the way the loch fished but things did get a little harder on the weekend with the heat wave though. Line choice now is predominantly midge tip with some anglers still using a slow glass intermediate and fly choice is mainly Nymphs, Buzzers and the Diawl Bach.
The best areas over the past week were cottage bay, three trees, north shore and Lunan bay.
Messrs. Milne who in 9 fish for 19lb 10, regular J McTurk also landed his 6 for 14lb 10, Mr Nesmith had 5 fish for 12lb12oz while his boat partner Mr McCluskie took 2 for 4lb 4oz. Messrs. Cathgart and Gellatly managed 9 for 18lb 8oz. On the club front: Edinburgh civil Service 2 boats 15 fish for 33lb 14, Butterstone Summer League 4 boats 24 fish for 47lb 4oz, Perth civil service 5 boats 22 fish for 44lb 7oz, Stanley fly dressers 3 boats 24 fish for 45lb 10oz, Balbeggie Ac 8 boats 56 fish for 104lb 15oz, Pencaitland Ac 9 boats 25 fish for 52 lbs, Catch 22 5 boats 12 fish for 26lb 4oz and Keithick Ac 4 boats 23 fish for 43lb 9oz.
The forthcoming week's forecast looks like its set to remain as last week with sunny intervals forecast for the week with temperatures remaining around the same with a high of 17'C and a low of 14'C, with light winds predominantly from the North. Barometric pressure is due to drop on Thursday/Friday; the wind is predicted to rise and rain showers are predicted.
Week Ending 16th May2010
The forecasted conditions for the past week were pretty good as the BBC got it right for a change! Fishing conditions were cold and at times pretty wet, but the fishing was good. The fish had risen slightly in the water table in the past few weeks and were to be found in and around 3 feet. Line choice was still a slow glass/ midge tip with fly choice beginning to expand a little. Predominantly it is still early season tactics of black and green lures and cormorants but some anglers were beginning to fare better with Buzzers and Diawl Bach's. With the warm weekend water temperature is up from 11'C last week to 12.6'C which brings the fishery in line with the water temperature of last year, clarity is also up again to 1.25M and oxygen saturation is down fractionally from 11.3mg/l to 11mg/l.
The best areas this week were Lunan Bay, Pike Point to the lilies, three trees, the shelf and reed end. A few anglers who did well over the weekend were: Jack & Ian who returned 11 fish, also having a great day was Messrs. Irvine and How who weighed in 12 fish for 27lb 8oz, Mr Murdoch managed 6 for 12 lb 8oz, as did Mr Weetman weighing his in at 11lb 4oz, Messrs. Menzies & Culross had 12 fish for 22lbs and regulars Bert Gibson & Ali Smeaton weighed in 10 for 22 lbs and returned a further 4. On the Club Front: Dundee AC 5 ½boats 33fish for 69lb 1oz, Ciba AC 6 boats 41 fish for 86lb 15oz, ABC&D AC 6 boats 44 fish for 92lb 4oz, CSSA Rosyth 7 boats 58 fish for 124lb 5oz, and Finally St Serfs Ladies 6boats 19 fish for 41lbs 10oz.
The forthcoming week's forecast looks great with sunny intervals forecast for the week with temperatures rising substantially on previous weeks with highs of 18'C, with light winds predominantly from a westerly direction, a slight rise in pressure throughout the week.
Week Ending 11th April 2010
At the start of the week the weather was still pretty horrendous but those anglers that braved it were well rewarded with some hard fighting Butterstone rainbows. As the week progressed as forecasted the weather turned for the better and the winds and rain abated allowing the sun to shine through. Line choice is now varying from an Intermediate with dark lures in the morning, but as the day warms up anglers are changing tactics to midge and ghost tip lines with small dark nymphs. Water temp is now at 9.2'C at the surface dropping to 7.3 3M down Dissolved oxygen is 13.5 mg/l and clarity is a nominal 1M.
The best areas still remain from Pike Point down to Lochend Bay, the shelf is still delivering numbers of fish and again Lunan bay down to Reed end is another good area. Again over the weekend some good specimens were weighed in the overall average is still around 2.3lbs Mr Joe on Tuesday weighed in 6 fish for 16lbs, W. Townsley managed 6 for 14lbs J, McTurk also managed 6 for a weight of 14lbs 10oz, Messrs. Eadie and Campbell returned 8 whilst Dave Clark and Ian Sutherland managed 15 to the boat. On the Club Front: Perth anglers weighed in 33 fish for 77lb 13oz for 4 boats, Scotsman AC had 16 fish for 36lbs for 3 boats, While Dundee West End totalled 38 fish for 83lbs 9oz for 9 boats,
IBM Freshwater AC Weighed in 87 fish for 180lbs for 10 boats, Ferry Fly Fishers had 41 fish for 77lbs for 5 boats, and finally Leslie & Glenrothes weighed in 47 fish for 104 lb 14oz and returned a further 14 for 5 boats.
The forthcoming week's forecast is looking pretty really rather nice with sunny spells and good cloud cover; Winds are due to be light and predominantly from the North East, Barometric pressure remains constant at around 1027mb – 1031mb and temperatures averaging around 11'C.
Week Ending 4th April 2010
Due to the appalling weather and the high winds there is not much to report as very few anglers braved the terrible conditions. Slow glass intermediate with early season lures such as the Black & Green Fritz, Black Tadpole, Yellow Dancer and the White Cat are still the best taking patterns.
The best areas now are from Pike Point down to Lochend Bay, the shelf is still delivering numbers of fish and another good area is from Lunan Bay down to Reed End.
Again over the weekend some good specimens were weighed in and the overall average was 2.3lbs with two very large fish being weighed in at 10lb 8oz and 11lbs respectively?
The Wilson Brothers from Kinross weighed in 11 fish for 24lb 4oz, J Russell landed 6 for 14lb 2oz, A Young of Luncarty also managed 6 for 15lb 2oz, and Messrs. Bothwell & Smith weighed in 12 fish for 27lbs 8oz returning a further 3. On the Club Front: Broughty AC 17 fish for 43lb 3oz for 3 boats, Perth RASC 23 fish for 57 lb 7oz for 4 boats, Cowdenbeath AC 69 fish for 168lbs including 1 at 10lb 8oz for 9 boats, Balbeggie Ac 59 fish for 141lb 2oz for 8 boats including an 11lb rainbow weighed in by J Watson and finally St Mungo's AC managed 24 fish for 51lb 11oz for 9 boats.
The forthcoming weeks forecast is looking pretty wet and windy for the start of the week with conditions improving towards the tail end again the winds are being forecasted for gusting to 21mph but as I write this there isn't a breath of wind. Barometric pressure is to rise slowly as the week progresses from 1003mb – 1030mb, temperatures are averaging around 13'C.
Week Ending 28th March 2010
Butterstone continues to fish well with intermediate lines and a range of different patterns of lure from black and green, Yellow Dancer, White Cat, Black Tadpole and the Green & Black Fritz all doing well. Conditions over the week were o.k. with barometric pressure fluctuating quite a lot and the wind blowing up the mud from the bottom creating a few problems for some. The water temperature is now at 5.8'C a good 2'C down on last year with clarity at 1M which is half a meter better than last year.
The fish remain predominantly in the same areas as last week. With pockets of fish being found down the North shore, Lochend Bay and along the shelf just outside the harbour right round to the south shore and reed end. They have moved round a little from Cottage Bay through pike point and up towards the lilies. The average size of fish this year is just above the 1kg mark and some lovely overwintered fish were included in the angler's returns. There were also a few bigger fish weighed in this week ranging from 4lb up to 11lbs.
Featuring amongst the best catches were Ian & Alec who netted 12 for 28lb 2oz, Monsieur Pequegnot weighed in 5 fish for 11lb 8oz returning a further 4, the Welsh family also had a great day and finished the day off with 12 for 26lb 8oz, K Panton weighed in 6 fish for 16lbs including a 4lb 2oz rainbow and John Maxwell of Windygates fishing on Saturday with Colin Adams weighed in an 11lb 2oz Rainbow. On the club front Edinburgh Civil Service AC who, due to the Ice of the previous week, had had to delay their opening outing weighed in 31 fish for 75 lbs 9oz for 3 boats, Stanley AC 60 fish for 112 lbs 11oz including an 8lbs rainbow for 9 boats, Catch 22 AC managed 22 fish for 56lb 2oz for 5 boats, Kingfisher 20 weighed in 24 fish for 59lb 1oz for 6 boats and Aberdour AC had 50 fish for 114lb 11oz for 10 boats.
The forthcoming weeks forecast is looks pretty changeable as it was forecasting snow for Monday and as I write this there are lovely blue skies, snow is now forecast for Tuesday with moderate to high winds for Tuesday and Friday. Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday with pressure remaining low all week ranging between 986 mb to 998mb, but it could all change tomorrow.
Week Ending Sunday 21st march 2010
Butterstone's opening weekend was a great success with all boats landing fish on both days. After the false start of the previous weekend due to ice preventing the opening all anglers had a grand days fishing, as the weather stayed warm and fair.A total of 200 fish were weighed in on Saturday with a further 310 returned, the returns for Sunday were a little less but still 177 fish weighed in and a further 63 retuned. Tactics were the usual early season intermediate lines with a selection of lures, i.e. Cormorants, Black Tadpole, Black and Green, White Cat and the good old Yellow Dancer.
The fish have spread out fast this year especially as our initial stocking was delayed dramatically by the cold weather. There were pockets of fish found down the North shore, Lochend bay and along the shelf just outside the harbour right round to the south shore and reed end. They were even picking fish off up in and around the top bay.
The average size of fish this year is just above the 2lb mark and some lovely overwintered fish were included in the angler's returns. The ice played a fantastic part preventing the pesky 'black death' – i.e. Cormorants from decimating last years remaining stock.
Father and son Peter and Nicky Greig weighing in10 fish for 24lbs and returned 4 before departing to watch the rugby and Messrs. Harper and Pozzi had 12 fish for 26lb 10oz and returned between them an astonishing further 39. On the club front Stanley AC caught 90 fish for 205 lbs for 8 boats and returned a further 169 fish, Perth ex service weighed in 24 fish for 49lb 4oz for 3 ½ boats, Leslie and Glenrothes managed 69 fish for 145lb 13 with a further 32 returned for 7 boats and finally Cupar AC weighed in 41 fish for a total weight of 103lb 12oz and returned 25 for 4 ½ boats.
The forthcoming forecast for the week is looking to be pretty wet but with light winds around 2 – 10mph and barometric pressure remaining stable at between 995 – 1009, temperatures on the cool side with a maximum of10 'C.
Week Ending 4th October 2009
Again this week there has been large fluctuations in pressure ranging from 1030mb to around 950mb and it is rising again. This has again made fishing harder than past weeks but anglers hitting on the right tactics were still managing to land some good quality fish. Other than Saturday when almost every line thinkable was used due to the high winds (averaging 20mph and gusting to 50mph) predominately a midge tip line to a slow glass is the ultimate choice with anglers resorting to different tactics on flies, some are still using traditional wets, snatchers and crunchers to great success while others are now resorting to end of season mini lures.Water temperature has dropped down to around10'C The fish have now very definitely moved to their end of season feeding area in the shallows on the east shore, from the old picnic area to outside the harbour.
Those doing well last week included Mr Cartwright who weighed in 6 for 13lb 4oz, Messrs. Tredgill and Murray weighed in 8 for 16 lb 4oz and also returned a further 3 and A Smeaton had 6 fish for 15lb 8 and returned a further 4. On the Club Front: ABC&D AC weighed in 24 fish for 52lb 6oz for 5 boats, while Perth RASC Managed 13 fish for 27lb 14oz for 3 ½ boats and Earlston AC weighed in 20 fish for 48lb 3oz for 5 boats, Catch 22 weighed in 15 for 35lb 8oz and Stormontfield Ac had 29 fish for 67lb 5 finally St Serfs ladies managed 28 fish for 59lb 1oz.
The weeks BBC predictions for the week are Tuesday and Friday are due to poor with rain, Wednesday and Thursday are due to be fine with moderate windsfrom the West throughout the week increasing and changing to the South towards the end of the week.
Week Ending 27th September 2009
During the past couple of weeks conditions have been very changeable with the barometric pressure fluctuating quite a lot making fishing slightly less predictable. Floating lines/ midge tip remain the optimum line choice with fish remaining in the top few layers of water.
The fish have now moved to the end of season areas from reed end down to the picnic area and along through the shallows to the shelf just outside of the harbour.
Anglers who did well last week included Mr Fairgrieve's boat that weighed in 9 for 20 lbs, Messrs. Anderson and Swan managed 10 fish for 20lbs, Messrs. Brown and Taylor weighed in 4 fish each totalling 16 lb 12oz, Ian Bowdler's boat weighed in 4 fish for 10lb 4oz and Messrs. Veitch and Morris managed 12 fish for a total of 26lbs. A Smeaton and B Gibson weighed in 8 fish for 15lb 8oz.
On the club front: Dundee West End managed 33 fish for 67lb 1 for 10 boats, Grangemouth Railway had 15 fish for 32lb 8oz for 4 boats, IBM Freshwater AC managed 48 fish for 98lb 6oz for 9 boats, Stanley AC weighed in 20 fish for 40 lb 7oz for 6 boats, Blairgowrie AC 49 fish for 94lb 3oz for 7 boats, Leslie and Glenrothes weighed in 40 fish for 85lb 8oz for 7 ½ boats and finally Cupar Ac 15 fish for 28 lb 10 oz for 4 boats.
Week Ending 7th September 2009
Again the loch has fished well even with the torrential rain. Predominant line choice was floating line or midge tip with a mixture of traditional wets, snatchers, crunchers, dries as in hoppers and Klinkhammers. Other patterns would include the Bibio, or predominantly anything with a little black and red in it. Water temp is down to 14'C clarity is now around 1.25M.
Fish over the past week have been taken all over the loch with different days producing different areas. A couple of predominant areas would be the top bay in and around the bones, Lunan bay down to reed end and the shelf just outside of the harbour towards three trees and cottage bay. The shallows have also in the last couple of days come into their own.
Mr Davis managed 12 for 24lb 3oz, Mr McTurk weighed in 6 for 11lb 8oz, Mr Cartwright also had 6 for 13lb 1oz, Dave Carr and boat partner weighed in 6 for 12lb 8 and returned a further 6 and Messrs. McArdle and Bonnsall both weighed in 6 fish for 11lb 4 oz and 12lbs.
On the Club front: Ciba AC weighed in 35 fish for a total of 75lbs for 5 boats, Tayside Police managed 18 fish for 39lbs for 3boats, Tillicoultry AC weighed in 12 fish for 25lbs for 1 ½ boats, while Rowbank AC managed 67 fish for 170lbs plus 7 returned for 8boats. Leslie & Glenrothes weighed in 33 fish for 66lb 6oz and returned a further 14 for 3 ½ boats and the Farmers AC managed 47 fish for 96lb 15 for 8 boats.
Week Ending 31st August 2009
Butterstone remains to fish really well even with the large amount of rain that has fallen over the past couple of weeks with the fish remaining on the surface or just under. Tactics are very changeable due to the weather but predominantly small traditional wets, Snatchers and Crunchers are a good starting point with dries also being very successful when the rain and the wind abate. Water temperature is ranging from 17.3'C on the surface – 17'C 3 meters down clarity is now around 2M.
Fish over the past couple of weeks have been taken all over the loch with different days producing different areas but a couple of predominant areas would be the top bay in and around the bones, Lunan Bay down to reed end and the shelf just outside of the harbour towards three trees and cottage bay.
Messrs. Eadie and Campbell returned 9 for the boat, Mr Nicol also managed 6 for 12lb 12oz, Mr McTurk weighed in 6 fish for 12lb 10 and also having a good day was Mr Cartwright who weighed in 6 for 12lb 4oz. Messrs. Smeaton and Gibsonlanded 12 but returned 2 lovely browns and weighed in 10 rainbows for 20lb 12oz. On the Club front: Northern Constabulary weighed in 40 fish for 80lb 12 and returned a further 28 for 4 boats, Stanley AC had 43 fish for 91lb 15 for 6boats and Falkirk FFD weighed in 47 fish for 88lb 12 for 5boats Cowdenbeath AC had 45 for 80lbs for 10 boats while Balbeggie managed an enormous total of 71 fish for 150lbs 7oz for 8 boats.
Week Ending 16th August 2009
Butterstone has had a week long dry fly bonanza! The hatch of heather fly or Bibio Pomonae in its proper name has been amazing and the fish have been going nuts for them. Floating lines have most definitely been the order of the day with fly patterns being Bibio Hoppers, Bibio, Black Hoppers, actually anything that can be ginked up with a bit of black and red in it. A very slow retrieve almost static was the way they wanted it with most anglers targeting fish leaving the fly static and bang they were coming at them like a steam train. Water temp is ranging from 17.3'C on the surface – 17'C 3 meters down clarity is now at 1.25M and oxygen levels are 8.5mg/l.
The fish this week have been taken all over the loch with different days producing different areas. I would suggest that a couple of predominant areas would be the top bay in and around the bones, Lunan bay down to reed end and the deeps drifting from the mouth of the bay towards the harbour.
Doing well last week were Monsieur Pequegnot who weighed in 4 for 8lb 8oz , Mr Young managed 5 for 11lb 7oz,Messrs. Heuchan and Curry weighed in 10 fish for 21lb 12oz, Alec White also weighed in 5 for 11lbs, and Robin Eadie returned 11 fish to a mixture ofdifferent Crunchers. Brian Scougal's boat weighed in 10 fish for 19lb 8oz all to Daddies, Mr Clark weighed in 6 fish for 13lb 8oz and retuned a further 6 to CDC's,
David Tredgill weighed in 4 for 9lbs returning a further 4 all to the Heather fly, and finally J Foster had 6 fish for 11lb 8oz. On the Club front: Dundee AC weighed in 33 fish for 70lb 6oz for 5 boats, while Lochinch managed 62 fish for 128lb 10oz for 6boats, and Rannoch AC weighed in 22 fish for 45lb 8oz for 4 boats. Loanhead and District Ac weighed in 89 fish for 152lb 10 oz for 14 ½boats, Priory AC had 24 fish for 55lb 9oz for 4 boats, Perth RASC weighed in 45 fish for 81lbs, finally Leslie & Glenrothesmanaged 54 fish for 113lb 1oz for 9 boats.
Yet again this week's weather predictions look generally pretty wet with the odd sunny spell mixed in with winds being moderate at around 12-14mph with direction changing every day and finally temperatures 17- 18'C.
9th August 2009
Again the fishing at Butterstone has been good with most fish caught on floating/midge tip lines, with others using slow glass intermediates to good success also. Fly choice has been varied with some anglers catching good numbers using small lightly tied lures and others also doing well on small traditionals like the Diawl Bach and Snatchers. Water temperature is now at 18.3'C from surface to 3m with clarity being back up to2m and oxygen is 9.7mg/l.
The two main areas for taking fish of late remain to be the shelf just outside of the harbour, and from the bones to reed end. Fish are also being taken from lily bay down to pike point but they're not so abundant.
Those doing well last week included Monsieur Pequegnot managed his 6 for 13 lbs between the old picnic area and three trees, Messrs. Manion & McLean weighed in 4 fish for 9lb 4oz and returned a further 4, Mr Young & Mr Drybourgh weighed in 7 fish for 14lb 10oz and returned a further 6 fish, Mr Reid's boat weighed in 8 fish for 19lb 8oz including a brown all to dry flies and Mr. Auchterlonie weighed in 5 fish for 12lb 6oz returning a further 2.
On the Club front the Perthshire interclub competition was held on Monday evening with Perth RASC first Stormontfield runner up and Perth Ex-Servicemen's third they had a total of 73 fish for 169lb 10 oz for 14 ½ boats, Tayside Police 15 fish for 33lb 8oz for4 boats, Perthshire fishing club 19 fish for 41lb 6oz for 5 boats, Strathclyde Police 33 fish for70lb 10oz for 7 boats with a further 14 returned and Falkirk Municipal AC weighed in 38 fish for 79lb 8oz for 9 boats with a further 17 returned.
This week's weather predictions are looking generally pretty wet with the odd sunny spell mixed in, with winds being moderate at around 12-14mph with direction changing every day and finally temperatures 17- 18'C.
Week Ending 2nd August 2009
Fishing over the past week has been good with most fish being caught on the midge tip or slow glass intermediate, fly choice is varied with some anglers using lures to great success, with the weekend anglers catching fish predominantly on Orange Blobs. Others chose to use more traditional methods such as Snatchers, Diawl Bach, Buzzers and manage some good returns with some tempting the occasional fish to Dries. There have been some good rises in the evenings within the hour leading up to dusk. Water temp is now 18'C at and Clarity is 1.25M.
The main area for taking fish of late has been on the shelf just outside of the harbour and from the bones to reed end.
Mr Gibb weighed in 5 fish for 11lb 8oz, with Steve Gamlin returning 7 fish, regulars Ian and Alex managed to scrap 6 for the boat weighing in at 14lb 7oz and Messrs. Gibson and Smeaton weighed in 11 fish for 27lb 12oz. Ian Gibson and Jock McKenzie 5 fish for 12lb 8oz. On the club front the Scottish Fire Service weighed in 62 fish for a combined weight of 145lb 3oz including a rainbow of 4lb 10oz and a cracking brownie of 2lb 8zo, the annual Perth Anglers V Perthshire FC was held on Friday evening a total of 28 fish were caught for 60lb 15 for 4 boats Perthshire stopped Perth Anglers taking the trophy home for the second successive year with a total of 15 fish for 32lb 1oz. Dunfermline Artisans managed 38 fish for 81lb 6oz
for 5 boats, Kinglassie AC weighed in 21 fish for 46lbs for 4 boats and Newtyle & Meigle managed 39 fish for 85lb 13 for 8 boats.
This week's weather predictions are looking generally better than previous weeks with the likely hood of a few scattered showers here and there and winds are predicted to be low with maximum of 17mph on Wednesday with direction being predominantly SSW, and temperatures being around 19'C.
Week ending 19th July 2009
After the amazing weekend of fishing Butterstone started the week off fairly quietly but slowly picked up as the week progressed until it was yet again fishing its head off over the weekend with another great total of 389 fish taken over the three days. Predominant lines were midge tip /slow intermediate but also some anglers put the full floater to great use. Fly choice is still very varied with some anglers using lures to good effect but most are hitting fish with small traditionals like the Kate McLaren, Bibio and the likes. Others are using Snatchers to great effect; predominant colours being mainly olives, dark greens and blacks, but some are managing still to catch on the gold holographic snatcher. Buzzers and Diawl Bach's are also taking good numbers of fish. On occasion full dries have also done well such as hoppers and detached Daddies up in the top bay. Water temperature is now at 17.6'C right down to 3 meters and clarity is down at 1.25 meters.
The main areas for taking fish of late has been on the shelf just outside of the harbour, up towards cottage bay past three trees and the gap. Fish have also been caught over at reed end down towards the old picnic site. Unlike past weeks they are back in shallower water.
Mr Mackenzie's boat managed 8 for 17lb 6oz, regular John McTurk 5 for 10 lb 2oz, Steve Gamlin 7 fish all safely returned, Mr Fyle's boat weighed in 7 fish for 16lb 4oz and Messrs. Keenan weighed in 5 fish for 11lb 4oz and returned a further 4. Regulars, Bert Gibson & Allie Smeaton weighed in their usual 12 fish for 28lb 8oz to their trusty snatchers. On the club front the Cockburn and Breadalbane angling clubs mid season grudge match was held on Thursday and for 6 boats they weighed in 27 fish for a total of 59 lb 10 oz, Stanley AC weighed in 24 fish for 52lb 8oz for 3boats, Mayfield Inn Ac weighed in 50 fish for 120lb for 6boats and Brax AC 22 fish for 46lb 15 for 3boats. St Mungos AC 62 fish for 128lb 11oz for 9boats. Bridge of Allan 76 22 fish for 46lb for 5 boats, Kingfisher 20 31 fish for 74lb 6oz for 6boats and finally CSSA Rosyth 45 fish for 103lb 9oz for 8 boats.
The next 5 day BBC Weather predictions are predominantly wet and moderately windy. With winds coming from the South – South West averaging around 13mph. Temperatures are due to be in the mid teens and maxing at around 19'C.
To 12th July 2009
Butterstone started off fairly quiet at the start of the week with few anglers braving the down pour and thunder and lightning - half an inch of rain fell in 10 minutes. From Wednesday onwards fishing started to pick up from previous weeks as the fish stated to rise back to the surface and a total of 470 fish were caught over the weekend alone. Line choice is now anything from an intermediate to a full floater with fly choice being a large variety from lures to full dries. A selection being the Yellow Dancer, Damsel Nymph, Buzzers and the Diawl Bach. Small traditionals such as the Kate McLaren, Bibio, wee Spiders of different colours and also dries such as Hoppers and Klinkhammers. Water temperature is now at 18.6'C on the surface ranging down to 17.8'C at 3 meters down and clarity is down at 1.25 meters.
The past weeks best areas are now out in the deeper water 20 yards or sobeyond the shelf moving up through three trees and the gap still remaining in about 10 - 15 feet of water. The fish are also to be found closer in to the margins as well.
Those doing well last week included Mr Melville 5 fish for 10lbs, Mr Scougal 4 fish for 9lbs, Mr & Mrs Swan 4 for 10lb 4oz, Mr Cartwright 6 for 15lbs, Robin Eadie 7 fish all safely returned. Messrs. Smeaton and Gibson 12 fish for 26lb 8oz, Steve Gamlin 8 fish all returned, Dave Barwick 6 fish for 13lb 12oz with a further 4 returned. On the club front Birkhill AC 22 fish for 45lb 3oz for 4 boats, Perth city sports 32 fish for 62lb 8oz for 3 boats, Bothwell and Blantyre 33 fish for 69lb 2oz for 7 boats, Balbeggie AC 51 fish for 111lb 12oz for 6 boats, Cupar Ac 49 fish for 113lb12oz 14 returned for 4 ½ boats ABC&D AC 50 fish for 121lb 10oz 10 returned for 6 boats, and finally Aberdeen AA 60 fish for 128lb7oz with 28 returned for 7 boats.
The next 5 day BBC Weather predictions if they are correct as they have only managed to get Monday and Sunday of last week correct in the last couple of weeks Predominantly wet with a few sunny spells, wind is going to be 2- 7 mph from a different direction every day, and temperatures will be averaging in the high teens.
To 5th July 2009
As the rain that was predicted by the BBC never materialised the loch is getting on the low side so anglers will soon have to carry their boats in and out of the harbour!!! Fishing is now a little harder than previous weeks what with the bright sunshine and the excellent clarity. Most anglers now have to resort to fast intermediate lines with lures of different shades and sizes. The best method seems to be a very slow retrieve as the fish seem to be taking the fly on the drop. A few flies that are taking fish are the Yellow Dancer, Red Head Damsel Nymph, Black and Green and the Black Tadpole. There are fish rising but sporadically so they are very shy and if you try to cover them they soon go down. Temperature is now at 20.8'C from the surface to 3M with clarity being 2.5M and dissolved oxygen at 9.4mg/L.
The past week's best areas are now out in the deeper water 20 yards or sobeyond the shelf moving up through three trees and the gap still remaining in about 10 - 15 feet of water. The fish are to be found at around 6 feet onwards.
Mr McTurk of Edinburgh landed 6 for 15lbs, D Cabena & Sooty weighed in 10 fish for 22lbs, Mr Swan 4 fish for 10lbs, Mr Pirie 5 for 11lbs, Mr Cartwright 4 fish for 9lb 8oz, Messrs. Denholm 5 fish for 11lb 2oz and Messrs. Gibson & Smeaton 12 fish for 29lb 4oz. On the club front: Perth Anglers 31 fish for 60lb 8oz for 7½ boats, Blairgowrie AC 25 fish for 57lb 2oz for 8½ boats, Fife Constabulary 24 fish for 53 8oz for 4boats and the British Legion Area competition produced 44 fish for 102lbs for 10 boats.
The next 5 day BBC Weather predictions, if they are correct, as for the past two weeks they have got it wrong are as follows: To be very wet in the early part of the week with it being over cast Wednesday and Thursday then light rain again on Friday. Light winds a maximum of 10mph predominately N – NW, with temperatures being a muggy 16 – 17C.
Week Ending 28th June 2009
At the start of the week in the boiling hot sunshine the loch was fishing great, but slowly as the week progressed and it became more overcast and oppressive finding the right tactics became harder. With the depth of fish being unpredictable some days they would be just sub surface feeding in the surface film and other days for no apparent reason they would be down around 6- 8 feet. The Sunday day session was very frustrating as fish rose all day but would hardly take anything thrown at them, then around 6 o'clock there was a really good rain shower and up they came rising steady into the late evening. Water temperature is still at a reasonable 19'C with clarity now at a phenomenal 2.75M.
The Butterstone Summer league has now come to a close with an exciting final round. Four anglers had an outside chance of taking the crown with Keith Doig winning the event from Iain Law by 1 ounce. A Total of £222:00 was raised for a charity to be nominated by Keith at the Prize giving. The final results board can be found on the Summer League page of the Butterstone website. Finally a really big thank you goes out to all that fished the event and made the league the fun and friendly event that it has become and I hope that for next year we can raise the numbers back to what it used to be. Thanks guys!!
The past week's best areas remain to be from reed end to the picnic area but the fish are getting wary and choosier as to what they will take and across the shelf and just beyond in the deeper water to three trees and the gap. There were also pods of fish to be found down the reeds from lily bay to pike point and into cottage bay.
Regular angler Ian Yuill minus his boat partner Alec this week managed 6 for 15lb 12oz and returned a further 5, Messrs. Smeaton and Perrie weighed in 12 for 28lbs, Messrs. Scougal and Wilson returning from a poor fishing holiday up in Sutherland weighed in 9 fish for 23lbs, Messrs. Smeaton and Gibson 10 fish for 26lb 14oz and finally Mr Macgregor senior and Junior weighed in 8 fish for 18lb 14oz.
On the club front Stormontfield AC had 19 fish for 43lb 8oz for 5 boats, Perthshire FC 16 fish for 37lb 15 for 5 boats, Perth Anglers 18 fish for 42lb 5oz for 7½ boats, Stanley AC 26 fish for 62 lb 12oz for 6boats and finally Dunfermline Artisans 35 fish for 80lb 11 oz for 6 boats.
The next 5 day BBC Weather predictions are again mixed with rain due from Wednesday onwards, just in time for the Scone Game fair. Average temperatures are again due to be a muggy high teens to mid twenties. With winds mainly from the E – ESE ranging from 2 – 7 mph.
Week Ending 16 June 2009
Butterstone is back to normal and fishing its socks off, with evening sessions in the early part of the week producing prolific rises which haven't been seen for a year or two. Line choice is definitely back to floating or midge tip lines. With fly choice being small traditionals, Diawl Bach, Buzzers, and even the dry fly. The likes of Kate McLarens, Black Pennell, Gold Snatchers, Red Holographic Diawl Bach and Mayfly sizes 12-18 have all done well. Sunday was the exception with the drop in barometric pressure and the thundery conditions making fishing somewhat harder.Water temperature on the surface is now back down to 17'C with oxygen levels at 10mg/L and clarity is down once more to 1.75M.
The past week's best areas would be from reed end to the picnic area and across the shelf to three trees and the gap. There were also pods of fish to be found down the reeds from Lily Bay to Pick Point.
Messrs. Forrester took 12 fish for 26lb 4oz; regulars Ian Yuill and Alex his boat partner managed 12 fish for 29lbs and returned a further 12 all to gold Snatchers. Mr McTurk again landed his 6 fish to a mixture of Kate McLaren's and Dawson's Olive and Mr Cartwright weighed in 6 fish for 13lb 8oz mostly to tiny dries. On the Club Front, Butterstone League 30 fish for 68lb 8 for 5 boats, Veterans AC 11 fish for 25lb 11 oz for 4 boats, Dundee AC 33 fish for 74 lb 13 for 7 boats, Pencaitland AC 34 fish for 78lb 6oz for 10 boats, and finally Dunfermline Railway AC 32 fish for 75lb 10 oz for 4 boats.
The week's 5 day predicted forecast is predominantly light rain other than Wednesday where it is reckoned to chuck it down, with average temperatures to be in the mid teens, with winds from the W - WSW maxing out on Thursday at 22mp.
Week Ending 24th May 2009
The forecasted miserable conditions for the week never materialised, there was the odd down poor but nothing too dramatic. The loch went back to previous weeks fishing top of the water in the surface film. Recommended line is again back to floaters and midge tips with a mixture of small traditionals like the Kate McLaren, Green/Red Holographic Diawl Bach's, Olive and black Buzzers, small Snatchers, Bibio and the Olive Snatcher. The evenings have been somewhat cooler putting the fish slightly lower in the water causing anglers to go down that little bit more and having to resort to mini lures, Boobies and Blobs. Water temperature is 14'C on the surface with oxygen levels at 11mg/L to 13.5'C and 11.6mg/L at 3M down and clarity is still pretty good at 1.75 M.
The past week's best area remains from the bones/ top bay down to the old picnic area and into the south east shore just beyond the buoys. Burn Mouth and Lunan bay are good especially if you fish your flies almost into the reeds and tempting the fish out. On Saturday morning first thing before the boats went saw the most incredible rise out in the deeps but when the boats got out there was not a fish to be seen.
A few anglers that did well over the week were B Simmons bag 5 for 11lb1oz, Tuesday Messrs. Preston and Whyte 10 fish for 19lb 8oz, Mr McTurk of Edinburgh 6 fish for 13lb 4oz and Messrs. Eadie and Campbell 15 fish returned. On Wednesday Mr Taylor and Maurice took 9 fish for 19lb 13oz and S Malcolm of Bankfoot 6 fish for 17 lbs. On the club front Butterstone League 30 fish for 69lb 11oz for 4 boats, Perth Civil Service AC 43 fish for 96lbs for 6 boats, Balbeggie AC 67 fish for 148lb 5oz for 8 boats, IBM Freshwater AC 53 fish for 116lb2oz for 8 boats, CSSA Rosyth 45 fish for 102 lb 15oz, East Kilbride 33 fish for 74lb 13oz and finally Catch 22 AC 19 fish for 45lb 1oz.
The weeks 5 day predicted forecast (not always spot on) is predominately light rain with sunny intervals moderate winds with an average of around 14mph generally from the South West area with average temperatures being around 14'C
Week Ending 18th May 2009
This past week of bright sunshine and an East- North Easterly wind made fishing conditions at Butterstone a tad harder than previous weeks by putting the fish deeper than they have been. The loch still produced fish but not to the same extent as previous weeks. Recommended line was an intermediate with mini lures, Blobs and the likes, or a midge tip with extremely small dark flies size 14-16's such as the Diawl Bach, Buzzers, small Nymphs and traditionals. After the sun and cold wind winds of the past week water temp is now at 12.4'C and clarity is down to 1.25m.
The past week's best areas would be from the bones down to reed end, past Burn mouth and Lunan bay fishing your flies almost into the reeds and tempting the fish out. A lot of fish were lost due to them running straight for the reeds and breaking anglers - alternatively fish were tempted to the fly especially on Friday at the shelf and up to the Gap, past the North shore and three trees.
It has been another good week for larger fish and the brownies stocked earlier in the month are now coming on strong and featuring in anglers returns they are averaging around 1lb 8oz to 1lb 12oz.
On Monday Messrs. Christie & Gill weighed in 6 fish for a total weight 24lbs including 2 large fish weighing in at 8lbs 8oz and 6lb 8oz, Messrs. Campbell and Clark managed 17 to the boat all successfully returned, Mr McTurk also managed 4 fish for 9lb 2oz, Messrs. Smeaton and Gibson 5 fish for 13lbs and Mr Keith had two boats out on Friday and weighed in 19 fish for 45lbs.
The weeks 5 day forecast is back to the wet weather of a couple of weeks ago, wind is low to moderate ranging between 7 to 12mph predominately from the South West with average temperatures being around 13'C
Week Ending 10th May 2009
With yet another wet and windy week causing extremely difficult fishing conditions Butterstone remains to produce fantastic numbers of fish for the anglers' pleasure. Predominant line choice remains a midge tip or floating line, with anglers only resorting to a slow glass or slime line in total exasperation due to the wind. Fly choice also remains pretty constant with fish coming to small dark traditionals, black nymphs and Diawl Bach's and Buzzers. Also taking fish are the Yellow Dancer, Damsel Nymph and an assortment of Blobs. Water temperature is now at 13.1'C on the surface and 11.9'C at 3m down and the clarity is at an amazing 2M even after the windy conditions. Oxygen saturation is at 11.8mg/l.
Last week's top area on the loch would be from burn mouth/Lunan bay down to the old picnic area. But the whole loch is fishing well and most areas are producing good numbers of hard fighting fish.
It has been another good week for larger fish with weights ranging from 3lb 8oz through to a cracking 8lb 8oz. Also featuring in this week's returns are some lovely brownies averaging around 1lb 8oz – 1lb 12oz. A Few anglers that did well over the week were: Mr Smith who weighed in 5 fish for 10lb 12oz Messrs. Borthwick managed 8 fish for 20 lbs 4oz, Mr Szulc had 5 fish for 12lbs. Regulars Alex and Ian weighed in 12 fish for a cracking 29lbs and also doing well were Messrs. Gibson and McKenzie who over the week whilst on a fishing holiday managed 32 fish for a whopping 77lb 14oz and in addition they returned a further 7 fish. On the Club front Dunfermline Artisans 37 fish for 87lb 10 for 5 boats, Fife Constabulary 36 fish for 87lb 13 for 4 boats, Perth Anglers 32 fish for 78lb 11oz for 5 boats, ABC&D managed 59 for 103lb 14 for 6 boats, Rainbow Warriors 55 fish for 110lb 11oz including a cracking 8lb 8oz rainbow for 7 boats.
This week's 5 day forecast looks set to be a lovely sunny week with moderate to high easterly winds and pressure is to fall slightly from 1031mb to 1014mb as the week progresses. Not the best for fishing but after the past couple of weeks of wind and rain it will be a blessing.
Week Ending 6th April 2009
Apologies must have got the reports out of sync, here you have the up to date reports, all are relevant though, fish are getting caught, smiles are on faces:
Yet again with the changeable conditions fishing over the past week has been harder than last. Line choice has been changeable with anglers earlier in the week using intermediates and as the weather warmed up towards the Sunday out came the floating lines. Again fly choice has been changeable with the early part of the week being mini lures and small nymphs i.e. Yellow Dancer, White Cat, Black & Green, Cormorants then on Sunday out came the buzzers and Diawl Bach. Water temperature is now at 8.5'C and clarity is still around 1.5m
The fish are still well spread out with fish being caught from the dead tree at Osprey point, down past the lilies and along the reeds to Pike point and cottage bay. Other good areas are the gap, the shelf round to reed end. There are a lot of new named areas on Butterstone so if you don't know the areas there is a new map on the Butterstone website.
There have been a good selection of different sized fish off over the past week with fish ranging from 2lbs 4oz through to 6lbs but sadly the cracking over wintered fish are now becoming fewer and far between in anglers catches. Monday saw Mr Lees, in pretty awkward conditions, weigh in 4 fish for 8lb 6oz, as usual Tuesday regulars Messrs. Eadie and Campbell successfully returned 15 to their trusty Diawl Bach derivatives, Wednesday saw Mr Naysmith weigh in 5 fish for 10 lbs and on Friday Messrs. Gibson and Smeaton took 8 fish for 21lbs including a cracking 3lbs fish. On the club front - on Wednesday Perth Anglers weighed in 18 fish for 40lbs for 6 boats, Bank of Scotland East AC had 24 fish for 54lb 2oz for 5 boats, Carronbridge AC 25 fish for 67lbs for 7 boats, Leslie & Glenrothes AC 59 fish for 158lb 3oz and returned a further 29 fish.
The forthcoming BBC's 5 day forecast is yet again showing less favourable conditions with most days being predicted as cold and overcast. Temperatures are due to be around 8-9'C and the wind is due to increase as the week progresses to around 20mph on Friday. Barometric pressure looks to be stable at around 1015mb.
Week Ending 9th April 2009
As predicted the weather was warm with sunny spells and really rather nice for the start of April with average temperatures from 8-15'C. This created some fantastic fishing conditions which was proven by angler's returns. Line choice has dramatically changed with most anglers resorting to floating or midge tip lines and moved away from mini lures to a mixture of small Nymphs, Buzzers and the Diawl Bach rather than the slime line / fast glass lines they were using. Water temperature is now at 8.5'C and clarity has risen a little from the .5m to 1.5m as on Sunday it was quite blustery again
The fish are still well spread out with fish being caught from the dead tree at Osprey point, down past the lilies and along the reeds to Pike point and cottage bay. Other good areas are the gap, the shelf and reed end. There are a lot of new named areas on Butterstone so if you don't know the area there is a new map on the Butterstone website.
There have been a good selection of different sized fish off over the past week with fish ranging from 2lbs through to 6lbs and also due to the cold winter and the length of time the loch was frozen there have also been far more overwintered fish being weighed in due to the cormorants being unable to clobber them!
Doing well last week were Messrs. Eadie and Campbell who successfully returned 20 to their Diawl Bach derivatives, D Clark of Kinross also had a cracking day on Wednesday returning 10, Mr McTurk returning after a long winter had his usual 6 fish weighing in at 12lb 12oz mostly caught up between osprey point and the lilies and Mr. Ross also had a great day on Friday weighing in 12 for 27lb 8oz. Messrs. Gibson and Smeaton of Cupar Angus weighed in 12 fish for 26lb 8oz.On the club front - on Wednesday Dundee Westend AC weighed in 69 fish for 139lbs 1oz for 9 boats, Perth RASC AC had 48 fish for 112lbs 10oz and returned a further 25 fish for 5 boats, Balbeggie AC 63 fish for 136lb 14oz for 8 boats Tulliebole AC 31 fish for 64lbs 13oz, for 6 boats, Leslie & Llanilar AC 31 fish for 63lb 11oz for 5 boats and finally St Mungo's AC 34 fish for 78lb 11oz for 9 boats including an 4lb 11oz rainbow.
The forthcoming BBC's 5 day forecast is not looking quite as good as the past week with wet and windy conditions forecast for most of the week. It is predicted that Tuesday will see the worse of the winds. Temperatures are due to be as low as 8'C and only just creeping into double figures at 11'C
Week Ending 30th March 2009
After the previous week of warm weather this last week has been really very cold and windy. Few anglers were out braving the weather but those that did all weighed in fish. A fast glass intermediate with either a cast of boobies and nymphs or mini lures retrieved at a steady figure of eight was the way to go. The forecasted rain never materialised but the winds were averaging 17 – 22 mph and air temperature was an average of 9'C. Water temp is still only 7'C and clarity is still a low 0.5M.
The fish are now being caught all over the loch with the bulk being caught from the dead tree at Osprey point, down past the lilies and along the reeds to Pike point and cottage bay. This was due to anglers being able to anchor up and get out of the wind. There were also fish caught along the shelf and in the shallows just outside and to the left of the harbour. There are a lot of new named areas on Butterstone so if you don't know the area there is a new map on the Butterstone website.
The average size of fish this year is around the 2lb mark with some lovely mid -sized fish ranging from 3 lbs – 10lbs and throughout the week the loch has been producing a small number of these fish just to keep anglers appetites wetted. There have also been more overwintered fish coming to the fly this week as Alan Young of Stanley AC found out when he hooked and successfully returned a fish he estimated to be 3- 4 lbs.
Featuring amongst those who did well was Mr. Huggins who weighed in 3 fish for 6lbs also having a cracking day were regular anglers Mr Eadie and Mr Campbell who successfully returned 14 fish for the boat to their trusty Buzzer – Diawl Bach derivatives. On Wednesday Mr Veitch practising for his club outing on Sunday weighed in six for 13lbs and most of these were caught at the Gap, also doing well was Mr Johnson's boat.
On the club front Stanley AC 66 fish for 142lbs 9oz and a further 20 returned for 6 boats, Kingfisher 20 AC 37 fish for 98lbs 8oz including a 6lb 4oz rainbow for 6 boats, Catch22 AC 18 fish for 41lb for 5 boats and finally Aberdour AC 47 fish for 106lbs 15oz including an 8lb 4oz rainbow for 9 boats.
The forthcoming BBC's 5 day forecast is looking better than last week. With most days showing cloud with sunny spells temperatures in the low teens and light to moderate SW- SSW winds. The barometric pressure is likely to remain pretty stable at around 1020 mb.
Week Ending 23rd March 2009
Butterstone's opening week has been fantastic with anglers having great sport with intermediate and floating lines both working. The intermediateteamed up with a mixture of mini lures and nymphs like the Black & Green, White Cat, Black Tadpole, Yellow Dancer and the Cormorant are catching fish in the cooler mornings whilst the likes of Nymphs, Diawl Bach's and Buzzers are doing the trick in the warmer afternoons. The predicted forecast for a change was spot on. As predicted the winds were light around 5- 6 mph and days were warm, averaging around 15'C or for my older anglers 60'F. Water Temp at the moment is still averaging 7.4'C in the morning and a slightly warmer 8'C by the end of the afternoon. Clarity is still poor at .5M after Sundays change in weather as the winds increased to gusting 44mph.
The fish are well spread out this year and are not all congregated around the road shore and cottage bay as per previous years. There were pockets of fish found from the dead tree at Osprey point down past the lilies down the road shore along the North shore and on the shelf just outside the harbour right round to the south shore. There are a lot of new names areas on Butterstone so if you don't know the areas there is a new map on the Butterstone website.
The average size of fish this year is around the 2lb mark with some lovely mid- sized fish ranging from 3lbs – 10lbs as Messrs. Dunlop and Mitchell found out when they hooked into a 5lb Rainbow. Throughout the week the loch has been producing a small number of larger fish just to keep anglers appetites wetted. Also included in the catch returns have been a few of last year's stock that have managed to over winter and escape the clutches of the cormorants due to the large extended time the loch was frozen over the winter. Included amongst those who did well last week were Messrs. Dunlop and Mitchell who landed 11 fish for 28lb 4oz including a the 5lb 1oz Rainbow, Mr. Hutchison's boat weighed in 8 for 17lb 4oz and returned a further 5, R Eddie & Mr Campbell returned an estimated 30+ fish and Mr Martins boat returned 10. D Pozzi and S Page weighed in 12 for 27lbs and returned a further 37 fish.
On the club front Stanley AC 97 fish for 216lbs 12 oz and a further 42 returned for 10 boats, Heriot FP AC 35 fish for 77lbs 6oz for 6 boats, Edinburgh Civil Service AC 35 fish for 84lb 8oz including 2 Rainbows 1 at 5lb 12oz for Stuart Lees and 1 at 6lb 4 for Bob Perrett for 3 boats and finally Leslie & Glenrothes AC 44 fish for 107lbs 5oz for 8 boats.
The forthcoming weeks forecast is looking les good than last week with it being predominantly wet and moderate to high winds 10- 18mph with Thursday topping 25mph with barometric pressure falling as the week progresses to around 990mb temperatures on the cool side around 6 – 11 'C.
Week Ending 15th March 2009
Butterstone's opening weekend was a great success with all boats landing fish on both days. Unfortunately the winds that were forecast for the Saturday did materialise and by lunch they were averaging 33mph and gusting to 60mph. Most anglers called it a day and departed after their BBQ but there were two or three diehard boats that tackled the winds right up to the end of the session. They had managed to get up to the top end of the loch and anchor up by Osprey point and the lilies, but as owner Adrian Haldane says '' watching them drift back down to the harbour even with the anchors set you could almost have water skied out the back of the boats!!!. Water temp at the moment is 7.4 'C on the surface and 6.8'C at 3M and clarity is nominal after the windy conditions.
The fish are well spread out this year and are not all congregated around the road shore and Nether Cardney cottage as per previous years. There were pockets of fish found down the North shore and along the shelf just outside the harbour right round to the south shore. They were even found to be up in the top bay which at this time of year is usually unheard of.
The average size of fish this year is around the 2lb mark with some lovely mid- sized fish ranging from 3 lbs – 10lbs also as Keith Doig was to find again when he landed a lovely 8lb 5oz rainbow. He had taken a private boat again on Saturday and had a great morning before the winds increased they kept 9 fish for 25lb 9oz. Over the two days there were 7 large fish caught all around the 7 – 9lbs mark. Also doing well were P Grubb's boat that weighed in 12 fish for 27lb 8oz, T Black 6 fish for 16lb 3oz and the Winn brothers 12 fish for 32lbs including a 7lb 4oz rainbow and Duncan McLean over the two days weighed in 21 fish for 48lbs 8oz. On the club front Stanley AC 51 fish for 106lbs for 12 boats, the Rainbow AC 31 fish for 72lbs including a 7lb 7oz caught by Scott Pozzi for 5 boats, Balgay AC 36 fish for 84lb 3oz for 3 boats and Perth Ex Service 36 fish for 94lbs 2oz for 6 boats.
The forthcoming weeks forecast is looking good. Sunny intervals with light winds around 2 – 10mph with barometric pressure remaining stable at around 1026mb temperatures on the cool side around 6 – 12 'C
Butterstone remains to fish reasonably well weather dependent with the past week air temperatures dropping into the 0'C bracket in the mornings and three out of seven days having a North - North Westerly wind creating problems. On the other days conditions were great and the fish were playing ball. Line choice is very changeable with anglers having to swap from intermediates to floaters and back as the day warms up and then cools towards the evening. Fly choice is a little more predictable with the Diawl Bach Snatchers and wee traditionals all taking fish. Also now featuring are Cormorants and other mini lures. The water temperature is now down to 9.8'C and falling.
The recommended areas are now the end of season favourites i.e. along the shelf from three trees past the harbour mouth right into the shallows around the buoys to reed end.
Doing well again this week were regulars Ian and Alex who managed a reasonable day netting seven to the boat for a weight of 14lbs 12oz. C Scott managed 5 for 12lbs, S Malcolm of Bankfoot weighed in 4 for 10lb 4oz, J Alexander 6 for 11lb 5oz and finally Messrs. Gibson and McKenzie of Edinburgh weighed in 8 for 16 lbs. On the club front Perth RASC weighed in 51 fish for 104lb 2oz for 6 boats, and on Sunday in very hard conditions Catch 22 took 7 fish for 14lbs for 3 boats, St Serfs Ladies 8 fish for 17lb 2oz for 4 boats, Perth Ex Service 5 fish for 10lb 4oz for 5 boats and finally Stormontfield AC 9 fish for 21lb 14 for 3 boats.
Conditions are predominantly cloud with sunny spells, light to moderate winds picking up towards the tail end of the week, with temperatures in the low teens.