Results of Scottish Youth Qualifyer and Pens ashore and Rope off Gateside first thing on 20/10/21

Please could all clubs supply us with provisional or firm dates for 2022 as soon as possible as we will be confirming dates from November.

Scottish Youth Qualifyer for International at Loch Lene Ireland 2022

In total 20 youths took part to fill the vacant places available within the Scottish Youth Team heading to Loch Lene in Ireland 2022. Conditions on the day were flat calm with light drizzle all day which proved tough for even the experienced anglers. Although most of the youths taking part had little or no boat experience and had rarely fished a water as big as the Lake, a total of 37 fish for 88lbs was caught, the biggest fish being 4lb 11oz caught by Cammy Craik (holding the cup). There were 6 places available on the day to join the current team – see below. Top rod on the day was Ryan Taylor (on RHS below) from Aberdeen who fished mostly at the cages with sinking line and a booby on the tail of his cast. Ryan was awarded with the best new comer trophy and the David Bell memorial trophy. Other qualifiers were Jake Hummes, Sam Harrison, Cammy Craik, Kian Riley and Cameron Kelly. The Youth committee would like to thank all the boatman for giving up their time and their continued support for the Youth Team.

Huge thanks to James Litster for his managerial input in the day and to Alisdair Mair for his efforts every Tuesday night during the season and for many years – with the Lakes Young Persons Fishing Club aka the Cormorants (results posted tomorrow).

Tomorrow morning first thing the rope gets taken off Gateside Bay giving access to all 750 acres of the Lake and the big fish that lurk around the pens in that Bay.


Champion of Champions 2021 – Tues 12th Oct

6ft Water Temp 13.5 C ; Secchi Disk Clarity 2.5m

Due to a double booking we have 10 boats available for this Sunday 17th Oct …. and we have some cracking big fish to go in this week….


Keith (pictured below) who hails from Gifford in East Lothian and is a member of Heriots AC caught 13 fish, 1 ahead of 2nd placed Nigel Burns and 3rd placed Allan McLachlan. Nigel told me he would have won, if his 3 fish of around 7lbs had been one of his first two which were weighed in. Justice was done on the day IMHO as I think the highest number caught deserves the top award. Keeth received the cup and the winners medal, £100, £75 snowbee voucher, a flybox with£200 worth of flies and a winners fleece. To get his fish in the overcast conditions Keith switched from a sink tip to a floating line and his set up included; lightweight buzzers, cruncher, black muskin and a candy booby on the tail. He was fishing in the Butts, Todhole and Rookery – static or with a very slow retrieve. He said there were a lot of quality fish further out but they were more difficult…..On the day £540 pounds was raised for the Mental Health Charity “Men and Boys Don’t Talk”.












Last week we were entertained by the visit from Ireland of Mike Linehan and Co. They left us with a few good jokes and £100 for the Port Kirk Repair Fund.  Phil Dewey, one of their crew, caught this lovely conditioned fish at “Loughend”. They reported bigger fish being caught….

“My Friend”




5th Oct 2021: Army Championships

Water Temperature 14C , Sechi disk 1.9m.


Cooling quickly at the Lake. Watch this space for when we get the pens reasonably empty, push them ashore, and remove the exclusion rope from Gateside Bay – looking like sometime in week commencing the 18th October.


The Army held its Championships at the Lake over the weekend and are planning to repeat the event next year. The best tactics according to organiser Dean Rudd were UV nymphs and diawls on a midgetip with small eyed straggle cat boobies. It was the boobies that did the damage on a slow figure of eight. The top areas were Lochend and Hotel Bay with other areas in the eastern basin also holding fish. They fished total catch and release with the time of the first two fish recorded to seperate any draws.  The Army Champion for 2021 was Sean Hanlon (pictured below. He caught 6 fish on Day 1 and 10 fish on day 2, Associate Champion was Jock Kettles (pictured with fish) who had 10 fish on each day. Corps Champs were the Royal Signals. The Celtic Cup which was run throughout the year was won by Jock Kettles. On day 1 the rod average was 4.4 and on day 2 it was 3.6.


Below – a wee trout recipe from Jim Crawford

Late Lake Blog 29th Sept 2021…Cooling

The Scottish Club Championships were held on Friday 24th September. Congratulations to Lintrathen FF “A”; Tyler HayBarry Robertson and Kevin Neri, for their win. Full Report at


I would like to pay tribute to the hard working SANAC committees that run the National and the Scottish Club Championships. In Particular, Mick Moran and Tom MacTaggart, for the massive amount of hard work and devotion they give to these two events but a big thanks is also due to the committees that supervise each match.


The Lake is starting to cool down rapidly with a succession of cold nights and fishing would apear to be getting easier. Yesterday the 6ft temperature was 16C and 2m clarity as measured by a secchi disk.


We have been stocking some fantastic looking slim big fish this week (4 -10lbs) now that the big competitions are over (with the exception of our champion of champions competition on 8th Oct). Hope they give you some fun. I had to leave the beach early but messaged a pair of anglers, Gus Armour from Fife and Billy Brash from Midlothian,to see how they got on. They had 47 to the boat 17 fish of 4lb plus. There was a fab involved – perhaps on a sink tip. Photos below.


The quarterly meeting of the Lake’s Board which currently comprises most of the Landowners around the Lake- and me (the manager) for an hour took place last night. It was agreed to approve and strengthen our proposal to further discount young people fishing the Lake. We now offer a free fishing to all those AGED 25 YEARS AND UNDER if they are out with a senior (older than 26 years). If there are two young persons (25 and under) in a boat they pay single angler prices.

COULAM WHEELIE BOAT USERS please be aware that there will be no electric start available on this boat for a reasonable period as the pinion drive has worn out again. They only seem to last two years and it is an expensive job as the fly wheel and starter pinion need replaced.



128th National Fly Fishing Championship final results 21/9/21

6ft Water Temp 17C; Clarity 2.6m

440 fish in today and the final stocking for the week of a similar amount in tomorrow. Getting windy in the Atlantic when the guillemots arrive.
The 128th Scottish National Championship Final was held on the lake on Saturday 18th Sept.
The start of the competition saw cloudy flat calm conditions with plenty of fish rising on the surface. As the day went on the cloud burned away and the conditions got trickier, albeit the fish kept rising.
Most boats opted to head to Gateside and Malling with some other anglers trying their luck at Lochend and the Road Shore.
The top rod on the day and 2021 National Champion, Derek Pozzi, representing Thalassa AC made the bold move to stay away from the crowd at International Bay and Road Shore. This paid off with him landing 17 fish for a total weight of 35lbs 3.10ozs. Derek previously was National Champion in 2018 and was runner up in 2019 when the event was last held. This shows amazing consistency and angling skill. Derek was fishing a 3 foot midge tip with the killing fly being a Cormorant Booby.
2nd place went to Robert Maxwell of Clatto & Stratheden AC. He landed 16 fish for a total of 33lbs 4.60ozs.
3rd place went to Gregor Fleming of Bridge of Weir Loch AC. Gregor landed 13 fish for 26lbs 1.50ozs.
The 52 anglers landed a total of 278 fish giving a rod average of 5.34.
Well done to Derek and thanks to all of the anglers who competed throughout the year and to the officials whose hard work made it possible.

7/9/21 Septemberitis; Lake secchi disk clarity has hit 3m for the first time this year.

Temperature at 6ft 18C   Secchi Disk 3m

In the Ladies National the 12 anglers caught 76 fish. Top rod and 2021 Ladies Champ is Jean Ferguson with 12 fish. Jean was nymphing with a 6ft sink tip and did well at Lochend/Tod Hole, 2nd place was Dione Roberts with the same number of fish (but smaller length) who was fishing a 6ft sink tip in Hotel Bay and 3rd was Jane Wright with 11 trout (slow glass Hotel Bay). Below Jean Ferguson is presented the trophy by Quint Glen and Dione and Jane play fish in Hotel Bay.





Fishing has been in the excellent to hard range this week. With a ripple and some cloud some folks have had their best fishing for a long while, while others have not faired as well as they expected – especially in the flat calm and bright. Temperatures are set to rise again though. It was 17C at 6ft on Sunday……Clarity has hit 3m for the first time this year (today). Tactics have varied: Willie Hutchison from greenock was into double figures with his damsel on the road shore and Colin Clerk’s boat  had a fine catch (20 plus) in Gateside Bay with nymphs on sink tip. Alan Stewarts boat was into double figures on buzzers. On Saturday 4th the Grizzlecats had 89 fish with their 6 boats.

We have stocked 402 fish today with 500 planned to go in on Friday after the Police National on Thursday.

We have had a few cancellations this week. We now have one boat spare for Wednesday and four spare for friday – please book online or phone 01877385664.

On a less positive note the spread of ash die back is becoming plain for all to see and it is hard to watch these magnificent trees at Menteith slowly die. The younger ash seem to be hit first with the bigger trees being more gradually affected. The fungus aparently is expected to kill 90% of ash trees. Hard to beleive that I have witnessed the eradication of Elm and Ash being wiped out in my lifetime so far.

31/8/21 Drowned foam daddy at 30ft?

Temperature at 6ft   19 C  Secchi Disk 2.2m

From the 13th to 17th September, between the hours of 8am and 6pm,  the A873 will be closed between Thornhill and the Junction with the A81 at Rednock.

Can all helms men and women please be vigilent for swimmers in the Lake, particularly around the road shore.

It has been a week of advising folks that the fish are deep only to find that the best bags were on dries or vica versa. On Friday morning Keith Renton had 18 fish in Hotel Bay on fast glass and nymphs and virtually nil in the afternoon. On the same Day  with 7 boats the Pentland Civil Service caught 34 fish, of this total 23 were caught by “Stuart and Bob” who were fishing a Di5 with booby and diawls/buzzers deep and slow off the point of the Rookery.  Donnie McBeth from Fort William had 18 on Sunday on a di 8 at 30ft fishing cat bugs and diawls in Gateside Bay – almost the same as the combined catch of the other 5 anglers fishing the Scottish Pulp and Papermill outing.  Fraser Renwick and Jim Twaddle were the best boat that I spoke to on Monday with 16 trout, ……… fishing drys (foam daddies) between the point of the rookery and the Portend Burnmouth. I have also heard of good fishing at Lochend and the Malling Shore and  also of nothing doing there…..

This week we are stocking around 900 trout including some crackers that we have grown on for a while. This spotty individual shows you the calibre of the fish that are going in- although I have to say that there were  bigger and more beautiful blues in last weeks batch.

The following boats have been reserved prior to making the remainder available to all online.

17th Aug 2021: Water temperature at 6ft is 17.5C and Dries for Trooters and Flyfishing for Pike back on the menu

Water temperature at 6ft is 17.5C and Dries for Trooters and Fly Fishing for Pike are back on the menu

Clarity is 2.1m on the secchi disk.

The cooler weather has quickly normalised water temperatures at the Lake and some of the best catches I spoke to on Monday 16th were taking the fish on dries in Gateside Bay and at the Malling shore. One boat had 28 fish but as they were practising for a competition today (The Famous Glasgow Interclubs) – we didnt ask them what on. Jimmy Millar had 11 on small dries and Colin Clarks boat had was in double figures on daddies – both thee boats were in Gateside Bay.

The Lake received 413 fish yesterday with another stocking due tomorrow. Historically as the fish come up in the water column, catches have tended to go off the scale – for a while. Here’s hoping. It has not been a good year so far due to the pandemic and the extreme heat in July led to a big drop in angler numbers at the Lake during that month.

The Ospreys are still here but I can see no swallows or martins from my window. Apparently we now have 1 cormorant in residence. Evening fishing is now finished for the year (apart from the night of the boat leaggue final – see below). The covids  situation is easing but masks are still required at the permit office (unless you are also drinking or dancing).

There are Tench in the Lake and there presence has been known for many decades (apparently) but it is not known when they were introduced. IWe only became aware of their presence about 15 years ago when one was found washed against the grid. Quite unusual to catch them on the fly though, and Alan Gilbert became a member of the Menteith Tench Club on Friday when he netted this fine individual – which took a cormorant.

The Scottish Club Championship moved to the semi final stage on Friday 13th August and the anglers were faced with a strong sw wind and rain for most of the day. 21 of the scheduled 22 teams took part with the top 11 going through to the final.  Top team was Alba Cats  “B” represented by  Greig Davie (8 fish), Mark Fleming (5 fish) and James Kerr (12 fish) (pictured L to R below).  Each member of the team received a box of flies provided by sponsors My Fishing Flies. Photo and information curtesy of  the SANACC  . The 63 anglers caught 298 fish giving a catch average of 4.7 fish.  The second Semi is this Friday (20th Aug).

The Final of the Menteith Fario Boat League is tomorrow night (Wednesday 18th and we will be providing an after match buffet to keep you happy while Douglas works out the scoring and for during the prize giving.

The end of night fishing draws near…..

Water Temperature at 6ft 21C and Secchi disk clarity 2.2m

Most of the catches this week have again been in the Gateside Deeps and dry fly expert Brian MacKenzie demonstrated that he can also plumb the depths with a di7 when he won the Youth Fundraising Final with an amazing 26 fish and collected £600 for first prize.  He caught more than twice the number of his nearest challenger Brian Kennedy who had 12 fish and took home £300. Well done to Brian Quinn for organising it all! Below MacKenzie on left and Quinn on right.

Winner of the free boat would have been someone with initials C.S. but despite being a very good customer he didnt put in his catch returns in on the 10th July so we tossed a coin to go up or down and the next person with a completed catch return was Alan MacLachlan.

Still too hot for fly pike fishing but lots of reports of midge tips and sinks tips taking fish today. We were down to 8C last night…..We are now on 10 oclock finishes with evening fishing ceasing for the year on 15th August.