Weekly Report 22nd June 2010
Clarity 3.7m Water Temperature at 6ft 20C.
Food Van times at the Fishery this week; Every Morning (except Sunday) and also Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Nights.
The hot weather and the three days of Anglian Water Heats combined to make things difficult more difficult than usual. However, since the end of the Anglian Water Comp we have stocked with over 2000 fish so any difficulties (for some not many) are now down to the weather alone. The water is now quite warm and the clarity is exceptional with the bottom visible in many areas not seen before. On Monday the hot spot was the Malling shore with anglers having success on midge tip, buzzers and blobs, close in or at the edge of the shelf. Other areas have been difficult to indentify but beyond the shallows of Shear Point/International Bay fished well on Saturday night. Considering the warmth there will be fish which are lying deeper and a faster sinking line will be worth a try, although given the clarity, with a bit of dullness the fish are willingly coming to the dry fly. Evening fishing is the best advice – until things cool down. The Canada geese are moulting (flightless) just now and this is evident by the increased population (moulting migrants) floating in rafts in the relative safety of the Lake. Angler Mike Connet reported a fox taking a young goose in broad daylight at the weekend.
In the Anglian Water Air Flow Scottish Team Day Finals Change A were 1st with 14 fish for 32lbs 10oz (incl. time bonus), 2nd were Thalasa and 3rd were Aberdour and Associates (these teams qualify for the UK final). On a hot day the 54 anglers landed 98 fish for 184lbs incl. time bonus. Top rod was Jock Kettles who had his limit before noon. In the evening heat – the rod average went up marginally (although there was 2 hours less fishing time) and the 36 anglers landed 67 fish for 121lbs (incl. bonus). Menteith Ospreys were 1st with 20 fish for 39lbs and Alba Orvis were 2nd with 11 fish for 21lbs (these teams qualify for the UK final). Top evening rod was Michael Low of Menteith Ospreys. Evening qualifiers and comp organisers Jon Marshall (left) and John Mees (right) pictured below.
Change anglers congratulated by Gordon Michie.
In the 7th heat of the 2010 Scottish Club Championships Sponsored by the Daily Record, Angling Centre Stirling and Famous Grouse Whisky 48 anglers landed 80 trout weighing 131lbs. Winning teams were: 1. Bridge of Allan FF 12 fish for 21lb 3oz, 2nd Crown FF 8 fish 14lbs 6oz 3. Barrhead 9 fish 14lbs. Daily Record Champion of Champions: 1st Mike Willis, 2nd R.Thompson, 3rd F.Johnson, 4th R.Chesney. Heaviest fish Stuart Raybould 2lb 6oz.. Full story in the Daily Record this Friday.
In the 6th heat of the Menteith Boat League (sponsored by the Angling Centre Stirling): 21 anglers weighed in 30 fish for 54lbs. Winning fly lines were: Neil Anderson who was in first place on dries and Graeme Steel who landed the heaviest fish. Alan Brock is sitting on top of the league with Gordon Hayward lying second and Ian Skilling 3rd.
While some celebrated midsummer with a 4am start on the Lake (photos anyone) - son and I took to the hills to escape the midges.
Below: Sliver of Lochend Bay and Butts (top left corner of photo) seen from the summit of Beinn Narnain, Arrochar Alps. Ben Lomond slopes up on right.
Paps of Jura from same summit.
Looking North West at 11pm, Ben Nevis is whale back third of way along horizon from left, tent below in foreground.