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Lake of Menteith 8th October

6ft Water Temperature  10C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.2m .

Some big fish about at the Lake these days so don’t go out with anything less than 8lbs, preferably 10lb breaking strain nylon. It looks set fine for the next two or three days as well – so a good time to be floating about for October. Best areas last week are reported to have been Gateside, Sam Points and the Shallow Markers, Lcohend, Kates Brae and the Heronry. Flies mentioned in dispatches over the weekend were: dries, tequila fab, kate mclaren and the red head damsel. Lines deployed were floating through to Di3.














Above: Abigail Montgomery from Inverness boated this cracking resident of 6 ½ lbs in the Heronry (Photo courtesy of Nikki Ross). I was introduced to Mike McKinnel (above right), who is also pictured 41 years earlier at the 1971 International held at the Lake. I quote from Mike This was the first match fished at the Lake and coincidentally was the first year of Loch Fitty! The Scottish Team were L to R :- William Wallace (Father of Adam), Eric Campbell, Ronald Andrews,   ?   , George Dagger (Captain), William Clews,    ?   , Harry Banks, David Bell, Jim White, Mike McKinnell, Adam Wallace. The two  ? marks were Alex Norrie and James Peters but I am not certain if that is the correct order. A total of 235 fish 143lb 10oz were landed. England 64 -  38lb 7oz  Wales 64 - 38lb 1oz  Scotland 53 - 34lb 15 1/2oz  Ireland 54 - 32lb 2 1/2oz. Eric Campbell had the best fish 1lb 12 1/2oz.I fished in further matches in 1973 and 1974. Scotland were 2nd in 73 with 13 - 12lb 6oz and won in 74 with 9 - 8lb 7oz. Changed days!” Interesting to note the size and number of fish and how much harder the comp was in later years. From all accounts, Mike, who is three times National Champion and netted 9 fish on Friday, has not lost the touch.

Notable Recent Catches: Ladies National Team 7 boats 46 fish rtd (thanks Ladies), Reid of Stewarton 4 fish for 14lbs and 12rtd, Falkirk Municipal 8 boats 41 fish 110lbs, Heriots 7 boats 14 fish for 43lbs and 20 rtd, Edin Civil Service 4 boats 29 fish for 86lbs and 19 rtd, Pentland FF 3 boats 21 fish for 60lbs plus ? rtd, CIBA 5 boats 31 fish 91lbs, Pitlochry 6 boats 35 fish for 115lbs and 6rtd, Lothian Buses ?, West of Scot 6 boats 11 fish for 25lbs, Strathclyde police 11 boats 33 fish for 115lbs and 24 rtd, CSP 6 boats 22 fish for 78lbs and 38rtd, D.Paterson of Stenhousemuir 1 for 3lbs and 11 rtd, Jim Law of Motherwell 10 fish for 37lbs 8oz, G.Brown of Saltcoats 10 fish 33lbs 4oz, Morgan and Glen Vale of Leven 10 fish for 25lbs and 2 rtd, John and June Milne of Paisley 8 fish 20lbs plus 2 rtd.

Almost forgot to mention Kirk and School Day on the 4th Nov. Lots of boats still available and usual procedure. £45 for a boat 12 till dusk and all you can eat (and drink?) at the BBQ afterwards plus songs from the kids. All proceeds to the above. Call or email Elma to book.