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Lake of Menteith 3rd October 2011
6ft Water Temp – 12C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.m
DUE TO THE RECENT OUTBREAK OF FRESHWATER LOUSE IN A CENTRAL SCOTLAND STILLWATER, ANGLERS WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO BRING DROGUES AND BASS BAGS TO THE LAKE.
We will supply a drogue if you require one and will make plastic bags available for your fish. We would urge all to exercise caution and good disinfection procedures with regards to boots and any other piece of equipment likely to be able to transfer lice or shrimp eggs. We have 13 drogues available at the Lake currently and are looking to install a similar set up to that used at Grafam. Until we have secured extra supplies it may be wise to bring your dried or disinfected drogue and it can be used if our drogues are in short supply – once it has been dipped by a member of staff. Keep the lake lice free!
A811 closed at Arnprior from 10th till 14th October according to stirling council's road closures page.
SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONS 2011
This massive Scottish trout angling competition, involving over 200 clubs and sponsored by Grouse (Famous Angler) Whisky and the Angling Centre Stirling (soon to be rebranded Angling Active when they move to junction 10 of the M9) came to a head on Friday 30th September.
It was a record catch as far as anyone could remember. The 18 clubs, 54 anglers, netted 400 fish, of which 155 were weighed in for 412lbs and 245 were returned. Giving a rod average of 7.4 fish per angler with a mean fish weight of 2lbs 10 ½ oz. Balfron Piscatorials, pictured above, a.k.a. James Fairlie, Bob Robertson and Gordon Hayward (not pictured) grabbed victory on the day with 36 fish. Top rod for the team, 16 year old James Fairlie, is currently one of the countries best loch style fly anglers and this form combined with Bob and Gordon’s renowned experience (aquired over a few more years) was an unstoppable blend. In Second Place were 2008 winners Change B (Wullie Leach, Jim Crawford and Jimmy McBride) with 35 fish, and 3rd , and still looking to get their hands on the platter, were St.Fillans and Lochearn (Peter Auchterlonie, Ronald Gilbert and George Whyte) with 34. Full results at www.sanacc.org.uk. Top rods on the day with 15 trout were Paul Garner of Alba Orvis B, James Fairlie and Peter Auchterlonie.
OVERALL WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION WERE THE CARDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF YORKHILL HOSPITAL – SCOTLAND’S CENTRE FOR SICK KIDS. Physiologist Colin Keane (pictured on left with Scottish Club Secretary Kenny Miller) from the department, came to thank the anglers for their generosity and to accept the cheque for £6521.
Top areas this week – in the shelter! When the wind died down good catches were had at Malling, Lochend and the Road Shore. Hot spots during the final were from Sam's Point round to Shear Point and the Road Shore plus Lochend. Top tactics have been midge tips or floating lines with buzzers, blobs and boobies. Dry flies have also been used to good effect.
Matt Walker of Gartmore AC got this 7lb 12oz fish on the washing line.
Barry Robertson with another fine resident.