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Lake of Menteith 18th Sept 2017
Water Temp at 6ft 13.5C, Secci Disk Clarity Gateside 2.3m
English Win at the Lake!
The English had what might be ambiguously termed a rare win at the Lake on Friday 15th Sept. They outfished all the other countries; Wales, Ireland and Scotland. The Scots have been at the top of the game for many a season and this didn’t help their embarassment when they picked up the wooden spoon on their home water………however, it was technically a one in 4 chance. There has been a few theories put forward for the Englsih win, but Englands greater experience of algae is definitely one of my favourites. It wasn’t just the two top English rods of Martin Burgess and Captain Iain Barr that created the win, although they were head and shoulders in front of the rest of the pack. More or less all the English rods did a little better than everyone else. They appeared to stay in the (on the day) more algae free areas of Malling and Gateside, and their tatics of sinking line with boobies or sink tip with blob and no booby; and a very slow retreive, may have got below the algae into better visability water than the other teams.
Photos: English Captain Iain Barr with his record resident bow and picking up the Grafam trophy from IFFA President Wynnora Thomas. Pike Fly angler Stuart Sutherland with a high twenties fish from Saturday 16th.
A further sample of algae has recently been tested and found not to contain toxins. However it continues to be catch and release only at the Lake, as a precautionary measure from Stirling Council.