Report 20/03/18 Clarity 3m Water Temp 6ft 2C
The fishery was opened successfully by Dugie McGilp from Lochgilphead who read his poem Blankety Blank. This season marks manager Quintin Glen’s 20th year - and was probably the coldest start of the 20. It was also pointed out by Chairman Alan Simpson to be the 100th season of stocking the Lake – stocking started in 1918 in an effort to increase food production after the slaughter of WW1. No change in the water temperature or visibility but we are due a slightly milder spell in the next week and it is warmer outside than in, as I write this in my office in glorious sunshine. Some good catches in Hotel Bay, the Road Shore and Lochend, with Sandy Bay also providing some good catches and the best shelter in the Easterly. Paul Barr took some great photos which can all be viewed on the facebook page. Stockies were apparently on the brighter stuff and resident fish were on the nymphs and buzzers, intermediate line seemed to work the best. Angling Active’s film of the opening, captures the atmosphere and can be viewed at:
Above left to right Bailiff Douglas Fraser, Manager Quint Glen and Chairman Alan Simpson (Photo Paul Barr), Ben Lomond (Photo PB) and Rab Wright from Balfron with a decent bow.
A significant “wreck” (large scale seabird mortalities) may have taken place as is evidenced by the large numbers of starving Guillemots (left Photo PB) and Shags blown into the district. The easterly gales make feeding difficult.
Top tip: If you suffer from cold extremities in a boat carry foot warming packs and shove them down your wellies and get a pair of fingerless gloves – with fold over mit!
Thanks to Piper Stewart Marshall for his stirring airs, marches, reels, strathspeys and jigs.