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Menteith Fishery



 24th June 2008

6ft Water Temp: 16C, Clarity (secchi disk): 1.8m .  Some big buzzer and Caenis hatches - and the pin fry are now in abundance. Best areas appear to be the Malling Shore and Reedy Point but most areas of the Lake (including the shallow areas e.g. Lochend) are reporting good catches and this is due to the comparatively low water temperatures for the time of year. Sink tip or floating lines are currently popular and the flies of the moment are diawl bachs or dries. A blob or booby is often included as an attractor.

THE LONGEST DAY We had our first of the two early morning sessions on the 21st June, the fishing was excellent and the 6 boats out on the Loch weighed in 54 fish for 109lbs and returned a further 58 fish – giving an amazing rod average of over 9 fish. We will need better uptake if we are to carry on with this option so hence the publicity! The final early morning for this year is on Sat 12th July (4am – 9am). Below: Andy Dunn from Ayrshire heads out into the dawn.

SCOTS GIRLS ON FORM The Scottish Ladies had a comfortable win in the recent Ladies Fly Fishing International at the Lake of Menteith. The 14 Scots women caught 65 fish for 147lbs, 35lbs 5oz clear of 2nd placed England. Ireland were 3rd with 86lbs and Wales 4th with 68lbs. In all the 28 boats weighed in 154 fish for 348lbs and returned a further 33. Best Basket was Wendy Miller of England with 9 fish for 20lbs 6oz. Best Scottish Lady was Jean Ferguson with 8 fish.


Sam Andrews of Wales with a fine 7lb blue.








Scottish Captain Ailsa Smith (right)












Scotland Ladies Manager takes a bath






The Welsh Arrive.















Everyone Photo


The English are piped in.

Haven't found a good photo of the Irish. Sorry.










8th Evening Heat; Scottish Club Championships Results – sponsored by the Daily Record with Heat Prizes provided by Grouse Whisky. 
22 boats landed 101 fish for 237lbs. In terms of total number and rod averages – easily the best heat so far this year. Top 3 man team were Strathleven - (C.Morgan, D.Forbes and P.Bachelor) with 15 fish for 35lbs 4oz, 2nd Troon Travellers 12 fish 26lbs 11oz and 3rd were Loanhead AC with 10 fish for 26lbs 2oz. Nine individuals had bag limits. The top four bag weights qualifying for the Champion of Champions were N.Burns, 5 fish; J.Anderson jnr (5) , N.Sinclair (4) and J.Dunbar (5). The biggest fish was a 4lb 2oz bow caught by N.Sinclair of Strathgryffe. Top tactics were diawl bachs and sink tip line behind Inch Cuan. The Angling Centre Stirling has a mobile shop before the start of the Scottish club Competition.
In the 2nd Semi Final of the SANA Open, 19 evening boats landed 88 fish for 196lbs. Top Individual was George Brown with 5 fish, 2nd was John Morton (5 fish) and 3rd Tom Taggart (5 fish). In the pairs, top two were T.Graham and S.Corsar with 9 fish, 2nd were Dougie Inglis and Andy Boylan (10 fish) and 3rd W.Patrick and G.Brown (6 fish).


In the sixth evening of the Menteith Boat League sponsored by Angling Centre Stirling, Dougie Hek was top rod with 5 for 12lbs 6oz, 2nd was G.Whyte with 5 for 12lbs 5oz and 3rd Dougie Ingles with 5 for 11lbs 12oz. There were 7 limit bags and Peter Edge picked up the heaviest fish prize with a bow of 8lbs 4oz. Top of the league is A.Dunn with 44pts, 2nd is I.Campbell on 50 and 3rd K.Oliver with 55pts. The 18 evening boats landed 91 fish.


Club Catches.
Central Scotland Police 31 fish for 73lbs, St.Peters (Paisley) 6 boats 23 fish for 48lbs, Dalzeil Steel 6 boats 47 trout 107lbs 32 rtd, Perth RASC 6 boats 37 fish 86lbs 22rtd, Luggiebank 23 fish 59lbs, Tayside police 60 fish 140lbs?.