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FISHERY BLOG 20th JUNE
Water Temperature – 14C, Clarity (Secchi disc)2m.
‘ SANA Open heat Monday 4th July evening session’
There are still some places left for this ‘catch and release’ competition on evening of Monday 4th July. NB competitors can keep up to 5 fish for the “pot” but only the number of fish caught is assessed for the competition (there is no weigh in), with the time of the first fish caught used to separate equal scores. The competition is a pairs and singles event. Applications are available from the Lake 01877385664 or you can contact Fraser Renwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07719 603064. This is the second heat and the final is a day session on Monday August 1st. If you have any queries please contact Fraser.
The low temperatures have slowed the usual pattern of thermal stratification at the Lake. This time last year the water temperature was 20C and clarity 3.7m. My neighbour is worried about the lack of grass growth and silage for the winter - a reminder that the days will shortly be getting shorter. Farmers might be moaning about the lack of grass but the cool temperatures have kept the surface layers well oxygenated and have been ideal for the fish. Colin Riach snapped this good looking fish on dries last week.
Anglian Water Scottish Heats
On the third and last day of the Anglian Water/Airflow Heats at the Lake, Craig Cowan (above) was top bag (again) with 10 fish, and this was a significant help to Leven Flycasters qualifying in first place for the finals at Rutland Water. In 2nd place in the day heats were Orkney Trout Fishing Association and 3rd were Neilston AC. In the Evening heats; Team Sunburst and Saltire Fly Fishers Qualified. The winners of the last two Anglian Water Finals, Change A, failed to qualify.
Scottish Club Championships
The lake fished well again on Saturday night with 45 anglers landing 98 fish for 231lbs. Top team were Clan chiefs (above, l to r; Robbie Mather, Barry Robertson and Marcus Smith). 2nd were Leslie LLannilar, 3rd were Dunfermline Artisans and 4th Forth Area FF. Qualifying for the champion of champions were
Jim Hay (fishing dries at the silage pit), D.Dunn, L.Gourlay and I. Dobbie. There were ten limit bags on the night. The competition is sponsored by Famous Grouse Whisky and the Glasgow Angling Centre.
The first of the two Menteith early morning sessions took place on Saturday 18th. Above dawn breaks with the moon still high in the sky. Early bird Frank Gillespie was pleased with this 4lb plus resident (below).
In the Menteith ACS Boat League on Wednesday, Anglers opted to fish to total catch and release rules with tied places being decided on the time of the first fish caught. Anglers were free to fish to the bag limit for their own needs. 16 anglers caught 52 fish. Young James Fairlie caught 10 to his rod to finish top on the night. James was fishing dries and hoppers around the islands???. In 2nd place was Ian Stuart with 8 fish and 3rd was John MacLean with 6.
I have heard today of the passing away of John Brice. John was Chairman of the Federation of Disabled Scottish Anglers and will be sadly missed by us all in the fishing fraternity.
If you would like to help the WaterAid Fundraisers, their annual comp takes place at the Lake on Friday 24th June. Organiser Robin Lambert is looking for two more ghillies to help novice anglers on the day. If you would like to help please contact Robin on 07969 208507 or the fishery. There is a meal and best ghillie’s prize afterwards.