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FISHERY BLAWG 31st May
Water Temperature Mon 30th - 12C, Clarity (Secchi disc)2m.

Stirling Council Road Closure Warning. The A873 will be closed for resurfacing 6-10th (Mon-Fri) June. The closed section is marked as from the Blairdrummond turnoff to Thornhill - so come to the Lake via Callander (A84) or Arnprior (A811) if you are approaching from Stirling.

The 4th heat of the Scottish Club Championships on Saturday 28th was victim to a last gasp squall of what turned out to be a dying wind. As the anglers waited to get going, the boats were battered by fairly fierce winds and the organisers called off the heat. Unfortunately no sooner had the anglers (and some were far travelled) got back in their cars and started to make their way homewards – then the wind abated, the water calmed and an unusually peaceful Saturday night descended on the Lake. Angler safety is paramount, and this was the first time that many could remember the event being cancelled at such late notice and will no doubt be the subject of scrutiny at committee level.  The heat is being rescheduled to take place on the 6th August.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been the windiest week in my 13 years at the fishery with fishing cancelled on 4 of the 7 days. The upside has been that after the wind the fishing has been great, with increasing clarity as the sediments resettle. There has been a good hatch of mayfly in the past few days and on Monday the Caenis were out in force.
Thursday 26th saw Heat 11 of SANACCs National Fly Fishing Championships. The 54 anglers caught 143 fish for 287lbs and returned another 121. The keep limit was 3 fish with catch cards employed thereafter. Half the anglers progressed to the Semi finals of this event and top rod on the day was young Scott Millar of Stanley and District AC (above right) with an outstanding 15 fish for 30lbs 4oz. Scott was fishing a slow sink line with a FAB on the top dropper, 2 diawl bachs and a scotti cat on the tail. Most of his fish were taking on a drift off Shear Point into International Bay. Ian Campbell (above left) of Inverclyde was second and Keith Logan of North Berwick 3rd.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evening of 30th May gave us some very welcome and pleasant fishing weather and the Lake was dappled with one of the best rises of the year so far. This time it was the turn of anglers to compete in the SANA Open and Pairs Championships. The first evening heat of this competition was won by Jim Watson of Kilmaurs (pictured above left with boat partner Jim Tomlinson) with 9 fish. Jim was fishing in the rookery with a midge tip, orange blob and cormorants. Top pair was Andy Boylan and Arthur Wilkie. The 22 anglers caught 80 fish. No fish were killed for the competition but a catch card used to record returned fish. The time of the first fish caught would split competitors in the event of a tie. Competitors were free to kill up to 5 fish for their own purposes, although only 5 fish in total were taken. In the ACS boat league 19 anglers kept 33 fish and released 36. The winner on the night was Mark Steven with 7 fish, fishing dries out in the middle.
Great strides have been made by all these organisations in reducing the taking of unwanted fish during competitions. This move is helping hugely to keep our sport both affordable and sustainable.