Lake of Menteith
29th Sept 2014
6ft Water Temperature 13.5, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.5m
The wind last Thursday thoroughly dispersed the algae and water clarity is back to usual levels. With the first decent low pressure system for a long time set to arrive towards the weekend, it doesn’t look likely that the algae will manage to re-establish.
122nd National Fly Fishing Championships Final
Sponsored by Ridgeline and Glen Garioch Malt Whisky
60 anglers competed in this keenly contested championship final, catching 476 fish (rod av. 7.9 fish)with an average weight of 2.5lbs, of which 301 were returned (assumed weight 2lbs). The 122nd Champion was Ayrshireman and Menteith Osprey Club Member Ronald Gilbert. Ronald (below left) stayed away from the main fleet in Gateside Bay and netted 16 fish for 34lbs 15oz. Ronald was “twiddling a fast tip with a blob, cormorant and booby on the point, in International Bay. Paul Garner finished a very close 2nd with a similar number of fish but weighing in at 32lbs 12oz. Ronald is a previous champion from 2008. In 3rd place was Campbell Morgan and 4th Alan Smith. This pair stayed in Hotel Bay all day. The heaviest fish was 7lbs 8oz caught by Good Companion angler Tom McBride (below right). More information at http://www.sanacc.org.uk/index.html.
The top 21 anglers qualified to fish for the National Team in 2015. The cut off point for qualification was 19lbs. Thanks to the match organisers, the 30 boatmen, Ridgeline clothing, Morrison Bowmore and Stewart Marshall the Piper.
Stuart McLean who finished with 9 fish was out again on Sunday and managed 23 from the same but less crowded drift in Gateside Bay.
Not qualifying but well qualified was Prof. Sir Graham Teasdale who was out fishing last week with angling journalist and guide John Milne.