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Byline: Silver Wilkie

AFEW years ago, my pal Bob handed me a few of his favourite patterns.

One of them turned out to be an indispensable item in my fly box. It's called a tadpole, although it bears no resemblance to a young frog but is more like a small caddis.

Bob's tadpole has an olive-green body ribbed with fine gold tinsel, an olive marabou tail and a lime-green head. It's a pretty average-looking creation but, my goodness, it doesn't half catch fish all season round.

This week, on the little loch I fish every Monday, it accounted for six rainbows and was attacked and followed by numerous others over a 60-minute period.

The tadpole was on the point of my cast, and fish took it pulled fast, slow and even static. I felt it necessary for conservation reasons to stop fishing, having taken two for the pot.

. ? Conditions on the Lake of Menteith on Saturday evening for the fifth heat of the Scottish Club Championships didn't look very good.

After a heatwave on Friday, anglers out on Saturday faced almost winter-like conditions.

But despite that, Menteith's rainbows were on the take and the evening produced 131 trout for 289lb 14oz for the 42 competing anglers.

The top three teams were St Fillans and Lochearn AA with 15 trout for 29lb 14oz, Balfron Piscatorials with 13 trout for 28lb 8oz and Grizzlecats "A" with 13 trout for 28lb 4oz.

These three clubs now go through to the semi-final.

The five rods with the best individual catches - each had a limit bag of five - qualified for the Champion of Champions.

Top rod was Derek Keenan, of the IBM Freshwater club, who took his 12lb 10oz bag on Diawl Bachs with a midge tip line.

In second place was James Fairlie, who took his fish on yellow owls. Third was Alan Daisley fishing Blobs and nymphs on a midge tip line.

David Ogg was fourth and Drew Lamb fifth.

SCOTT Gibson won his boat both days to notch up his second successive victory in the EFSA Cod Festival, fished out of Arbroath.

Second place in the event, in which almost 850 fish were caught and returned, went to Billy Murray with 177.2 per cent, with Peter Redshaw third on 168 per cent.

In the Peever Open, Keith Bathgate won the main pegged event on the River Cree with 412cms. In the rover the following day, it was Chris Horn who took the honours with 28lbs.

REDGILL A SHARP drop in temperature failed to hit weights in the second match of the Orchill Summer Series.

James Woodrow scaled 84lbs 5ozs from the hot-spot Peg 19, but a 51lb 10oz net for second place means that Colin Skeel tops the table.

The Mercenaries clocked up a perfect score of 60 points in the third match of Magiscroft's Barras series to open up a 25-point gap at the top of the table.

Chris Hughes, Paul Vernel, Dave Minard and Barry Lindsay all won from unfancied pegs.

MATCHMAN CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Michael Shearer, 12, who is also partially blind, was encouraged by his dad to go fishing.

He hoped this would help his son to improve his coordination and boost his confidence, which is pretty low.

After five weeks of being coached how to cast a fly rod, Michael, from Plean, Stirling, connected with this lovely brownie at Glenbervie Trout Fishery near Torwood, Larbert.

It took him 15 minutes to land and tipped the sales at 5lb 2oz.

Congratulations, Michael. Let's hope your catch is the first of many.

You will shortly be receiving details of your fantastic rod and reel prize courtesy of top UK tackle makers, Daiwa, our Fish of the Week sponsor.

WEEKEND HIGH TIDES SATURDAY SUNDAY ABERDEEN 03.20:16.01 04.04:16.44 Fraserburgh, -1h.5m. Wick, -2h.8m. Inverness -1h.18m. Lossiemouth, -1h.40. Stonehaven, +10m. Peterhead, -40m. DUNDEE 04.56:17.27 05.35:18.09 Arbroath, -44m. Perth,+51m. Montrose, -41m GREENOCK 02.27:15.03 03.04:15.45 Ayr, -20m. Troon, -19m. Stranraer. -20m. Campbeltown, -22m. LEITH 04.53:17.18 05.31:17.59 Eyemouth, -20m. Bo'ness, +13m. Grangemouth, +31m. Methil, -9m.

OBAN 08.-7:20.13 08.43:20.52 Ullapool, +1hr. 27m. Stornoway, +1hr. 17m. Mallaig, +29m. Loch Beag, - 58m.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 10, 2011
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