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Lake of Menteith 26th July 2011
6ft Water Temperature – 20C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 3.1m.

Water clarity and temperature continues to build – as does the power and size of the fish. The bigger fish have a higher body weight to gill ratio and are more susceptible to suffering (lack of oxygen) during a pro-longed tussle – fore warned is forearmed! Much of the catches in recent days have been of well established fish, on small flies and dries – at the far end, in Gateside and out from Reedy Point – with 10lb nylon. The fish are now definitely lying deeper below the warm layers. The key will be finding them – which is difficult, as not much will show at these high surface temperatures.
Left; One of the most touching scenes of recent at the fishery. Scottish Youth Fly Fishing Skipper Max MacKinstrie of Kippen pays tribute to Tom Taggart at the unveiling of Tom’s Bench at the Lake. Tom was an inspiration to many of the young (and not so young) Scottish anglers who are taking part in the Youth International at the Lake this Wednesday. Seated on the bench is Tom’s dog, Hoy.
As last weeks monthly summary highlighted, the Lake is benefiting from an increased level of catch and release – and some have been wondering what my thoughts are regarding this issue for next year. At present, although we will need to see the season out, I am of the opinion that one size doesn’t fit all and that there is (rightly) a demand from those that catch and release more, to see this reflected in the prices they pay. It will need further thought, but three varyingly priced ticket options available per boat seems a reasonable option -  total catch and release, a 4 fish limit and the current 10 fish limit. Any opinions on this will be gratefully received. Needless to say it is our intention to maximize value for money to our anglers!

In the Angling Centre Stirling Boat League  Jim Twaddle was top bag with 7 fish on diawl bachs and a floating line in Gateside Bay. According to Douglas, Mr Fairlie is in a very strong position. The 13 anglers captured 46 fish and 40 fish were released. Menteith Boat League Sponsor Martin Grantham of the Angling Centre Stirling has today indicated that he will not be sponsoring the boat league in 2012. Martin has been a great supporter of the boat league and we will miss his presence at this event. A sincere thanks to the Angling Centre Stirling and especially Martin for all his help, and no doubt we will stay in touch!


 

Huggy (above) from Edinburgh took this one for his smoker.

Scottish Club Championships


12 teams, 36 anglers, landed 88 fish for 226lbs. The evening fishing has been a little easier – at the start of the warm spell. Top team were SANACC (pictured left; John Kaye, Ian Earle and Scottish Clubs Secretary Kenny Miller), with 12 fish for 32lbs. 2nd were StrathLeven with 12 fish for 30lbs 5oz and 3rd were ABC&D with 11 for 28lbs 15oz. Of the 9 limits on the night, Ian Earle, Jim Fergusson, John Ross, Denis Splaine and Willie Cowan all qualified for the champion of champions. Ian Earle had the biggest fish of 5lbs 3oz. Ian got his fish on dries in Hotel and Gateside Bays. The Scottish club Championships are sponsored by Grouse Whisky and Angling Centre stirling.

Other Catches: Tam Ward and Jim Davie of Cumnock had 10 fish for 32lbs with 12 returned on Wed 20th. Perth RASC 3 boats 20 trout 55lbs, Loanhead and Dist 12 boats 41 fish 106lbs, CIBA Paisley 6 boats 15 fish 38lbs. Police Interforce 15 boats 75 trout for 218 – a further 25 were returned. CSSA Rosyth 6.5 boats 12 fish 37lbs. On the 23rd July; Largs’ 7 boats weighed in 30 fish for 68lbs and returned  another 7. 24th; Aberdour AA 10 boats 40 trout 113 fish plus 4 rtd, Earlston AA 5 boats 18 fish for 40lb, Scotttish Pulp and Paper Mill Corpach 4 boats 9 trout for 21 lbs plus 9 fish returned. 25th; Central Scotland Police 5 eve boats 7 fish 16lbs.


Due to a continuing small and thankfully vociferous demand (it did fish well) we are planning to have an ADDITIONAL EARLY MORNING shift on Saturday 30th July. Electrics only 4am to 9am. Pay on the way back to bed.

 

THE TASTE OF THE TROSSACHS VAN (AKA DAVIE) IS HAVING A WEE HOLIDAY AND WILL BE BACK IN ACTION FRIDAY MORNING (I.E. 29TH JULY).