Lake of Menteith 24th June
Clarity 3.2m 6ft Water temperature 16C
WATER CLARITY remains very good (it was up at 4 meters last week) and we (like other lochs) are seeing parts of the bottom that we haven’t seen before and there is also evidence of underwater plant life being on the increase as a result of increased levels of light penetration. Reasons for it being so clear? The primary one has to be the long dry spell that we have had at Menteith and the small amounts of rain has meant reduced run off into the watercourses. In addition some loch management measures may be helpful. These include the continued move to short shafted outboards which should result in less agitation of the sediment and release of nutrients.
Above:Loads of Damsels! Photo D.Fraser
TROUT MENU: DAMSEL FLIES, MAYFLIES, PIN HEAD FRY, SEDGES, CAENIS. Best areas in recent times have been Malling Shore, Gateside, Rookery and the Road Shore. The prolific rises at Lochend and the Butts have not been taking place of recent but I am told of tremendous activity west of Inch Talla late on last night. Best tactics have been ripping lures on a sink tip and white cat, boobies, blobs and dancers have all worked well. For the “purist” there is still an opportunity to try the washing line of dries and buzzers and there are some great residents to be had using these tactics.
SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday night again saw 14 teams (42 anglers) competing in Heat 8. With a choppy wind, the temperature dropped and coldness returned putting fish off the surface in several areas. With conditions hard, 113 rainbows were caught, 46 being returned, for a total weight of 247lb 3 oz. Mean weight was 2lbs 5oz, rod av. 2.7. Top club on the night was Port Glasgow A.C. with 17 trout for 38lb 4oz (Pictured left, l to r: Archie Blair, Stuart McCabe and Davie Downie). 2nd place was Kinross A.C. with 12 trout for 24lb 9oz. 3rd place went to Drumbowie F.F. with 11 trout for 23lb 9 oz. These teams go to the 2nd semi final 30th August. Top rod on the night was Connor Campbell of Kinross A.C. (pictured above on far right) one of the up and coming youth anglers with a promising future. He netted all 12 of his teams catch for 24lb 9oz, taking his team through to 2nd place. Other anglers going forward to Champion of Champions. Stuart McCabe Port Glasgow 9 trout 20lb 13oz, David Downie Port Glasgow A.C. 7 trout 15lb 2 oz, Scott Miller Stanley & Dist. 7 trout 14lb 15 oz, Andy Kennedy Butcher Boy 5 trout for 11lb 2 oz. These anglers go forward to the final on 11th October. Heaviest fish on night was lovely rainbow of 5lb 9ozs caught b y St. Mungo angler Jim Ferguson. Captain of Port Glasgow A.C. and Wullie Wilson, Kinross A.C. on behalf of team mate Connor Campbell received bottles of Speyburn Malt Whisky from Inverhouse. Heaviest fish captor received bottle of Famous Angler by Grouse.
Andy Goodearl of Kelvinside Ac with his personal best bow from the Lake.
In the seventh of the Boat League – sponsored by Baynes’ Tackle Callander, the 16 anglers landed 64 trout. Top rod was Keir Hardie with 9 fish. Ken Oliver, James Fairlie and Paul Clarke lead the pack. Most of the action was at Dog Isle and Malling shore.
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LAST MINUTE BOATS: We have 6 boats available Friday due to a cancellation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01877385664. Plenty of Boats also available on our last early morning slot this Saturday.
ROAD CLOSURES: The road at the junction in the Port of Menteith is scheduled to be closed all next week (1 to 5th JULY) from 9am to 6pm daily. Diversions during this time are via Arnprior.