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Menteith Fishery



Lake of Menteith Report 9th June

Gateside Bay:Temperature at 6ft -  19C, Water Clarity 2m on the secchi disk.

The weather has cooled down a little but bright sun and easterlies are prevailing. The Lake is in the grip of  heats of the World fly fishing Championships. I’m not privy to all the results but after day 1 the French are said to be doing well. They won the heat on Day 2 at the Lake with 8 fish so they appear to be maintaining their momentum. Areas producing fish in the last few days have been Kate’s Brae and the Malling shore. Ripping blobs on a fast sinker has worked – if you can avoid the weed but the fish have been taken also with nymphing tactics. Pictured below; David Chalmers of Scotland (left) and Neil Ashman of Wales pose for World Championship sponsors Glengoyne Malt Whisky. In the opening morning heat on the 8th June at Menteith, the 24 anglers all from different countries netted 40 fish. The top three rods were England 6 fish, Scotland 6 fish (D. Chalmers) and Italy 5 fish. In the afternoon more cloud cover improved catches and a different 24 anglers netted 87 fish – the top three rods were Italy and France with 10 fish and Norway with 9 fish.

In the 5th Heat of the Scottish Club Championships Sponsored by the Daily Record, Angling Centre Stirling and Famous Grouse Whisky, the 51 anglers bagged 109 fish for 222lbs – there was no catch and release. First placed were Aberfoyle AC (D.Adams, D.MacDougall and J.Jackson) with 11 fish for 21lbs 4oz.  In 2nd place were Strathgryffe with 11 fish and 3rd were IBM Freshwater also with 11 fish.  There were 8 bag limits. The top four bags who are guaranteed Champion of Champion’s Finalists  are Jim Jackson (Aberfoyle), S.Hayhurst Dunfermiline Artisans, M.Nicol -West Lothian and R.Thomson Denny and District. The top tactic on the night was cormorant and sunburst cat on a wet cell 2 at Lochend. The winners, top rod and heaviest fish (Jim Hay) received bottles of Famous Angler (Grouse) Whisky.

On the fourth night of the Angling Centre Stirling Menteith Boat League the 39 anglers landed 66 fish for 140lbs with 6 limit bags. First was Ian Skilling who is the current league leader, 2nd was Peter Edge in 17th Place and 3rd was D.Paterson – also in 17th position. Robbie Mather was 4th on the night which moved him into the 2nd top spot and Ken Oliver who managed a 5th position on the night moved into 3rd equal position with A.Dunn who came in 10th on the night. Thanks to Angling Centre Stirling for their heat prizes of lines or vouchers for best bag and heaviest fish.  For heat results and league placings see the boat league results on the website.


Bird Problem Solved
Lake Bailiff Douglas Fraser got a surprise on the 15th of May when he was checking the stock ponds. A young male osprey (tagged 4 years ago) was tangled in the nets which cover the growing ponds to exclude herons and cormorants. The bird appeared to have problems (it couldn’t stand or fly) and a wing was drooping. Although we could detect no broken bones we suspected shock, or tissue/nerve damage. Local bird man Keith Graham was alerted and collected the bird before delivering it to the Hessilhead Wildlife Trust in Beith, to be cared for by Andy and Gaye Christie. This has never happened before at the Lake and we crossed our fingers and waited to see what the future held for this finely coiffeured specimen.



The Good News is pictured below:


















The bird was released on 9th June having fully recovered. Thanks to all involved in the successful recuperation of this fantastic bird – particularly the Hessilhead Trust, Keith Graham, Park Ranger Calum MacNeil-Ritchie and David Anderson and Katy Freeman of the Forestry Commision – Conservation and Habitats.

We were informed that the bird’s x-ray showed two shotgun pellets imbedded in chest and rump which were not recent. Proof that there are idiots somewhere - it has a long migration. It is a lucky bird.

We have 4 boats available for each of the next two Saturday Evening Sessions.

Quint Glen (Mgr).