Lake of Menteith 27th September 2011
6ft Water Temp – 12C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.m
Another week of wild and mild saw the main focus of fishing activity around Sam’s or Reedy Point, Shear Point and Lochend. Dry fly continues to be reported as top method – over the weekend. Well done to the Scots fishing at the International at Grafam Reservoir in England. They got silver but were a good way (29 fish) behind winners England (congratulations to them). As the Scottish Internatonal Secretary Tom Mactaggart says “ 3 golds and two silvers out of the last 5 matches is a good run”. The main tactics in use were apparently tweaking buzzers etc on the hang and the English were able to find other holding areas once the main hot spot at the dam wall switched off.
Lexus Champs: Alba Orvis back row l to r; Callum Crosbie, David Bonnington, Paul Garner, Front Row: Gregor Fleming, Jock Royan, James Gardiner. Some cup.
Other Catches: Sandy Boag and Andy Kemp from Bridge of Earn had these three fish (6 ½ , 5 ½ , 4lbs) in a bag of 7 fish for 22lbs 5oz. They were all caught on claret bits or daddies – in the cages. Bank of Scot 5? Boats 21 fish 62lbs, Townhill AC 9 boats 40 trout 114lbs, Kinglassie 6 boats 13 fish 36lbs, Jim Law 5 fish 15lbs 2oz, Cove and Kilcreggan – no return left, Pentland 7 boats 56 fish 151lbs plus 14rtd, Edin Breadalbane 3 boats 14 fish 31lbs, Trout Angling Club 6 boats 34 fish 102lbs, Steve Docherty 5 fish 16lbs plus 13 rtd, Northern Constabulary 4 boats 22 fish 54lbs, Ed. Waltons 8 boats 40 fish 111lbs plus 7rtd.
More Photies and a Warning
For the bird enthusiasts, this is a close up of our local bird AKA the weather vane at the top of the kirk. Isn't she/he beautiful!
To contrast - here is a photograph of Douglas's first salmon - taken on the garden fly. It was reminiscent of a scene from One flue over the Cuckoos Nest. We (Douglas, Myself and son Duncan) had a wonderful day at Barskimming on the River Ayr. A huge thanks to the generosity of Lord Strathclyde who donated the fishing for the Port Kirk and School Day auction last November. Also thanks to Alan Hill who donated his time and money to ensure the day went well. He was desperate to get 11yr old Duncan his first Salmon and coached him for 4 hrs during which Dunc lost two on the worm, had two nibbles and caught two fantastic (worm fed?) brownies. Your patience is a virtue Alan (Dunc confessed to perhaps asking you a few to many questions)! Finally thank you Kevin who outbid me at the auction for the day then gave us the fishing.
Alan holds one of Dunc's finely spotted browns. Below - nice colours in the beautiful Barskimming canyon pool.
What a fishy weekend. I had a bit more success on Sunday.
Freshwater Lice Threat: We dont want these at the Lake. Please ensure you are suitably free of freshwater lice or eggs by disinfecting footwear and drogues etc (bath at hut), particularly if you have been fishing in an affected water. I have had new reports of outbreaks on Scottish stillwaters.Photo supplied by Scottish Govt.