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Lake of Menteith 19th September 2011
6ft Water Temp – 13C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.1m

andy dunnSome cold nights have started to undo the summer stratification of the water column, and clarity has reduced a little as a result of the mixing but still remains a healthy 2.1m. Catches have spread from west and north western shores to the eastern drifts, with good catches also being taken from Reedy Point, Hotel Bay, Shear Point and Lochend. A variety of flies have as usual been doing the business. Dries have been mentioned a lot in the last few days, and the booby is as usual as deadly as ever. Left: Top rod in the first of the Scottish Club Semi-Finals was Andy Dunn from Glasgow. Andy caught 17 fish (returned 14) by slow figure of eighting a booby (point fly), cruncher, diawl bach and cruncher. Most of his fish were taken at Lochend and nearly all on the booby. Andy’s efforts secured Change FF ‘A’ top placing on the day - their 3 anglers netted 35 fish.  Also through to the Final are St.Fillans and Lochearnhead (31 fish), Balfron Piscatorials (28), Grizzlecats A (23), Clan Chiefs A (23), Kinross AC (20), Port Glasgow AC (19), Roscobie Loch B (19) and  Caley Liners B (18). The 30 boats weighed in 169 fish for 466lbs (av.weight 2lbs 12oz) and returned 192.
New Monthly Boat Catch Record for the Lake
August Analysis: Mean weight of the fish in August was a gut busting 2lbs 10oz. and 30.2 % of all fish caught were returned. The average 8hr, two man boat catch was 6.2 fish for 16.1lbs. The numbers caught per boat are the best since April this year, but it is the weight of fish combined with the good numbers (i.e. the average boat weight catch of 16.1lbs –includes 30% of fish that were released) which is eye catching and a Menteith record. Difficult to quantify and more important than weight, was the condition of the fish. I would say they were the best looking in my time at the Lake. There was a good proportion of resident type fish – thanks in a large part to increased levels of catch and release. Not only were the catches good but the red legs were on and the dry fly fishing was excellent during August. These two fine photos below were sent in by Colin Riach after an outing in the middle of August. They show the stomach contents of a Lake trout and a nice blue with a “jaws effect” caused by the water distortion.

Douglas and I went up the steeple last Thursday. Douglas is sporting expression no 7. Perhaps to do with the helmet removal.

A bird's eye view of George Whyte.