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Lake of Menteith 9th Aug 2011
6ft Water Temperature – 16C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.5m.

Temperature has continued to fall from the highs of the end of July and fish are more likely to be found higher in the water column. Best areas of recent are still the west end (Malling shore, heronry, dog Isle, open water) and Gateside Bay and Rookery. Medium sink lines with boobies and diawl bachs are ever popular but with a bit of cloud cover and reasonable clarity – dries will be worth a try. I got reports of significant numbers of heather fly (thanks Willie) on the water yesterday, and saw quite a few today – and the fish were feeding on them. The recent north and westerly winds have helped to drop these terrestrials on to the water. I also have had some great reports about the qualities of the Lake fish these days. Positive feedback is very much appreciated, but the thanks are also due to the anglers who are increasingly returning a greater percentage of the catch. Plans to provide a pricing incentive next year for increased catch and release options are firming up after recent in house discussions and with the assistance of some encouraging emails from anglers – following mention of this plan a few weeks back.   
The Fish Hawks held their Inter League Comp north of the border this week. Jock Woods of the Northern League is seen (above right) accepting the winning League shield from SANA President David Ogg. The leagues have an annual match versus the Greylags (retired) and this was the first time in many years that the match has not been fished at Rutland. The comp was fished to a 3 fish limit followed by catch and release and the 19 boats netted 141 fish and returned 65. Ian May of the Greylags was top rod with 12 fish for 25lbs 12oz. (Correction)The RAF won the RAF vs Greylags match 120lb to 102lb.
Angling Centre Stirling Boat League  3rd August: Ken Oliver got his fish on Dries on a brown floating line up in cage bay. With their best nine nights counting and only two nights to go Brian MacKenzie has increased his lead over James Fairly to 4 points. The nineteen anglers caught 38 fish – and all were returned.
Scottish Club ChampionshipsThe final heat of these championships took place on the 6th August – in heavy rain. 13 teams caught 47 trout for 119lbs 5oz.  Top club was Stanley & District with 7 fish for 17lb. Second was Kelso AA "B" with 5 fish for 14lb 7oz and third were Monifieth Trout with 6 fish for 13lb 8oz. These three teams go through to the semi final on 23rd September.
The top five individuals going through to the final of the Champion of Champions on Friday 14th October are;
Andrew Peoples (Kelso AA), Malcolm Selvey (Monifieth Trout) , Phil Hunter (Airdrie & District), Roddy McIntyre (Lothian & Borders Police AC) and Stewart Fraser (Mayfield Inn AC). Full results at SANACC.org.uk.  The Scottish club Championships are sponsored by Grouse Whisky and Angling Centre stirling.

Other Catches: Bill Ramage had 5 fish for 16lbs 3oz and 10 returned, John Web from the cook school had four pike on the pike fly, St.Mungo 6 boats 29 fish 78lbs, Farmers 7 boats 22 fish 60lbs, Pencaitland 18 fish for 49lbs, Ellem AC 9.5 boats 33 fish 86lbs. Lothian and Borders Police 15 boats 74 trout for 242lbs, TAC 5 boats 19 fish 48lbs. Last Evening session is the 19th August and evenings are currently finishing at 10pm.


The A873 between Thornhill and Port of Menteith will be closed till the 12th August. Go to www.stirling.gov.uk/roadclosures for alternative routes.


A wee holiday snap looking south west from Sgorr Gaoith in the Gairngorms - distant high hills are Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis. Maybe the Northern League can confirm this....... I like the writing like shapes of the scree patches as well, or is it time I put the head on the pillow.....