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Lake of Menteith 9th July
Next week 16th-20th July the A873 road is closed between Thornill and Blairdrummond. Also the road shore arnprior road is closed B8034. Best plan is to go via callander or the Rob Roy. For more info http://my.stirling.gov.uk/roadworks
Additional early morning sesh this Saturday 14thbtw (4-9am) electrics only.
6ft Water Temperature 17C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.7m.
Above Paul Garner from Denny with a nice rainbow and a resident lake Brown.
The water temperature has shot up 3C in the last week, and with it clarity has increased significantly. The grey skies, relatively cool water temperatures, and plenty of showers have been conducive for the dry fly (Harry Potter, Yellow Owl, and many secretive dry creations) fished in combination with buzzers. No particular area is predominating but there is a tendency towards northern and western drifts (Gap, Rookery, Gateside, Stable point, Lochend and Malling Shore). As the season progresses and the fish get wiser, I hear that the singly presented dry fly is the answer, although lures have also performed well – especially for recently stocked fish. The tequila blob, white cat or white cat booby are favourites for this task. In June the average two man 8hr boat catch was 5.3 fish for 12.7lbs and 45% of these were retuned. The fish weight at the Lake is large this season (the mild winter) and is currently averaging 2lbs 13oz. Many seasoned regulars are switching to 10lb fluorocarbon and this will help to reduce the relatively high level of breakages currently occurring due to the size of the fish. July is generally a quieter month at the Lake and stocking rates are set to go up in comparison to angler numbers.
Scottish club Championships sponsored by Famous Grouse and with additional prices from Active Angling.
Heat no 10; 14 teams, 42 anglers caught 54 fish for 153.5lbs and returned 20. Top team Creiff FF (Bob Veitch, Jack Hamilton and Ian Bowdler) with 11 fish for 28lbs 8oz. 2nd placed were Caley liners (John Simpson, Brian Kennedy and Martin Hamilton) with 8 fish for 22lbs 1oz and 3rd were Newtonmearns (Kenny Hunter, Jim Pringle and Billy Dewar) with 22lbs. These clubs are through to the Semi-final on 21st September.Through to the Champion of Champions on Friday 12th October are Kenny Hunter of Newton Mearns AC with 5 fish for 13lbs 10oz, 2nd place Craig Masson of Ferrry FF with 5 fish for 12lbs 9oz, 3rd Bob Veitch (Crieff FF), 4th Ian Bowdler (Crieff) and 5th mick Tait of Kelso. Heaviest fish was 4lbs 11 oz and was caught by Kenny Hunter of Newtonmearns. It was a tougher night than of late, with a flat calm of a night but there was still a respectable catch of fish. Roofer Kenny Hunter from Gargunnock netted all five of his fish in Gateside Bay. He was fishing a cat booby and blob with a midge tip line and latterly changed to a fast glass line. Kenny was broken twice and also dropped two. Two SANACC Semi-finals were held at the Lake this week. In the first Semi on the 3rd July 50 anglers weighed in 135 fish for 343lbs and returned a further 113 (rod av. = 5). The cut off weight for progression to the National Fly Fishing Championship Finals was 13lbs 15oz. Brian Mackenzie was top rod, 6 fish ahead of his nearest rival, and was fishing Sam’s Point, Arnmach Pt and Lochend on dries. In the 2nd heat on the 6th July. 22 anglers weighed in 58 fish for 173 and returned a further 63 fish (rod av. 5.5) James Litster was 6 fish ahead of his nearest rival with 18 trout from Sandy Bay and Lochend on dries. Full reports on above at http://www.sanacc.org.uk/2012_semis.html .
In the Baynes Boat League 23 anglers caught and released 98 fish. Bill Ramage from Tillicoultry was top rod with 11 from the cages on a floating line and beautifully tied white cat. In the 2nd SANA Open (2nd July) heat Graham Steele was top rod with 9 fish on a white cat booby – at Gateside.
Crieff FF Left to right Bob Veitvh, Jack Hamilton, Ian Bowdler
First Semi Chris McAllister, Brian MacKenzie, Mick Tait