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Lake of Menteith 23rd July

Clarity 3.2m 6ft Water temperature 21C
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but our café is currently closed due to Carole’s resignation. Coffee and tea will be available for anglers. We obviously now have a vacancy for someone to run the café at the Lake. Please contact the manger for further information in relation to this oppurtunity (07710433464).

 

The only way to catch fish at the lake in the past week – apart from pike and the occasional daft bow was to stick on a sink line (med to fast) and take the flies down deep. The fish appear to be coming up for the occasional fry or fly then quickly heading back down. Buoyant flies appear to have an irresistible action as they follow the line down during a retrieve then rise up when the retrieve is halted. For those anglers that crack this technique the rewards have been plenty. The fish will be congregated in the deeper holes and the proven place to date is the North Inchmahome deeps. Anglers are reporting 30-40ft as optimal depth. This is deeper than usual for these hot conditions and may be a good sign that de-oxygenated layer is getting less – or possibly the good clarity…..?  In theory – a white fly will show up well to the fish if it is below them and a black fly will be highly visible if it is above the fish.

 

 

 

Jamie Lees from Edinburgh caught this 33lb pike (being held by mate Rob Fusco) on the pike fly. These two have been having a wee purple patch on the pike fly, one night they caught six fish over 20lbs. Current average weight of trout is 2 ½ lbs but there are a fair few bigger on-grown specimens also. Tam Ward from Cumnock (below left) caught this 7lb 12 fish on a candy fab(?) and a DI5 in Gateside.  Iain MacKenzie (below right) from Alexandria captured this 8lb 4oz beaut also in Gateside on a DI5 and cat booby. Iain was out with mate and angling coach David Bell and the pair of them weighed in 10 fish for 32lbs 40z.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the Scottish Club Championships on the night of Saturday the 20th in very warm water conditions, 14 teams and 1 angler competed and in all 81 trout were caught, with 39 being released. Club’s Secretary Kenny Miller reports that fish were in the deeper water and sink lines were normal.  Gateside Bay (Cages ) and off Inchmahome were the favourite places with DI3, DI5, DI5, DI7 (sweep) the favoured lines. Best flies were Candy, white cat and all black boobies. Diawl Bachs, buzzers and cormorants were also effective. By far top team on the night were Newton Mearns (pictured below left Billy Dewar, Kenny Hunter and John Buchanan), with a catch of 24 trout for 50lb 5oz. 2nd place with 7 trout for 15lb 4 oz went to Dows F.F.C. and Third spot to Menteith Ospreys "B" team with 6 trout for 15lb 1 oz. These teams go to the semi final on 30th August.  Top 6 rods qualifying for Champion of Champions. John Buchanan Newton Mearns 13 trout, Chris Laird   Lochgilphead & Dist  5 trout, Billy Dewar  Newton Mearns  6 trout, Kenny Hunter Newton Mearns 5 trout, Abigail Montgomery  Dows FFC 5 trout, Keith Renton  Coldstream & Dist. 5 trout, Heaviest trout on the night was a rainbow of 6lb 9.2 caught by Chris Laird of Lochgilphead & Dist.

In the Baynes of Callander Boat League Alan M acLachlan was top bag but James Fairlie and Ken Oliver are currently tying for 1st place