Time for Mayfly Patterns

Due to a late club cancellation we have plenty of boats available this Sunday 12th June

Water temperature reached 18C on Monday with a secchi disk reading of 2.5m – but this cooler weather should keep the action on top of the water and bring the temperature down.

Some good fun was had with large mayfly imitations and resident fish earlier in the week.  Colin Riach and Jimmy Millar were well into the 20s with their paraloop spinner (see pics below) and Irene and Paul Clarke had similar action on dry fly patterns or buzzers and fabs. Hotel Bay, Roadshore, Lochend and the Butts are the places to be – apparently……

 

Scottish Club Championship Results
In heat 4 on 4th June the competitors had a warm sunny evening for the first time this year.  The 12 teams caught a total of 131 fish.  The top four teams from each heat go through to the semi-finals and the top six individuals go through to the the Champion of Champions.  The top team on Saturday night was Neilston FF “A” represented by Peter Cameron (16 fsh), Mark Stephen (6 fish) and Paul O’Neill (3 fish) to give them 25 fish for 50lb 3.7oz.  Peter, Mark and Paul each received a  box of flies provided by My Fishing Flies and as a team they received a £30 voucher for the Lake provided by Life Technologies.  The Scottish Club Championship committee wish to thank the Lake of Menteith, Snowbee, Hope Embroidery, Glencairn Crystal, Life Technologies, Angus Angling and My Fishing Flies for their sponsorship of the championship.
Tweed Valley Tanglers “A” were second with 13 fish, Glasgow PO “A” were third with 13 fish and Glencoe FF “A” were fourth with 14 fish and these three teams along with Neilston go through to the semi finals.
Top rod on the night with 16 fish was Peter Cameron of Neilston FF “A” and he goes through to the Champion of Champions along with David Deans (2nd), Robert Wilson (3rd), Bill Brown (4th), Brian Kennedy (5th) and Derek Barclay (6th).  Peter is unable to attend the Champion of Champions and his place will be taken by Andy Smith (7th).
The heaviest fish on the night went to the scales at 4lb 15.4oz and was caught by John Simpson of Glasgow PO FFC “A”.

Gutted

Clarity Secchi 2.5m; Temperature 6ft 15C

Quite pleased with our new bespoke gutting sink. We hope that it will encourage folks to keep more of their locally sourced rod caught free range trout. Possibly promoting locally caught trout to be put on the table (without the mess), might tempt more newbies into trout angling?  We provide the sink, tap hoses, cutting board, chain mail glove, knife sharpeners and fillet bag but you need to bring your own knife and place the guts in the bucket. Simples. No mess – no fuss – and dinner is sorted.

We had a very pleasant change from our routine last week with Ladies arriving from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to take part in the Ladies International. Congratulations to the winning English Team and well done all the organisers for making it such a brilliant event. When something only happens every four years it takes a lot of time and thought for the home country to make sure everything runs smoothly. The weather on the day of the final was a bit of a challenge with winds forecast to be gusting into the mid 30mph but all the boats were safely (more or less) brought back to the beach. Boatman were advised of the importance of keeping a balanced boat (i.e. keeping the nose up) and of the need to keep spray water baled. In retrospect this might be too big an ask of the boatmen and in future if a decent wave is forecast I would ask the countries to supply angler weight information so that position in the boat is decided before hand. I have not got any pictures yet and will post as soon as they are received but we would like to offer a huge thanks to everyone involved.

In the past couple of days there has been a significant mayfly hatch and dry fly tactics have been the best method in recent days; yesterday Bill Rammage and Alan Bernard netting 14 and Colin Riach and Jimmy Millar had 12. Today Tom McBride and Alec Rennie had 16 on dries mainly off International Bay. There are reports of fish on dries or trickier fish feeding on abundant shucks and daphnia.

Picture of the Scottish Police National also on there way….congratulations Roddy.

 

Boiling point reached in International Bay

Water Temperature 13C clarity 2.5m on the Secchi disk at Gateside.

The finest fishing has returned today with a lovely mild overcast day and gentle breeze setting the stage for great buzzer and dry fly fishing in the Eastern Basin.  Ronnie Glass told me that the buzzers weren’t working for their boat and  they 18 on dries with by far the greatest congregation of fish in International Bay. Other anglers did  well on fabs and boobies. One other regular stated that it was the best rise he had ever seen. I have not been asking too many questions of the masters this week as we have the Scottish Polis National Championship on Thursday immediately followed by a Scottish National Fly fishing Championship Heat on the Friday (we will try and keep them further apart next year).

A good excuse to show this picture of Stewart Inglis (again) is to announce that he has agreed to be Captain of the 16 strong Scotland team which has annual matches with the English Fly Fishing Association Select Team alternating between the Lake and Rutland Water in July . He is now the man to speak to with organisational queries I will circulate his details to the team…..

The flow of Ladies to the Lake in readiness for the international next week has started. Great to see an international here again and look forward to seeing new and old faces again – after the covid interuption.

Bright and breezy’s never easy

Bright and Breezy is never easy.
Clarity at Gateside 1.9m Temperature at 6ft 14C
Buzzer fishing at the weekend was still exceptional but this week has turned a bit seasonal with a lot of rain and wind – not ideal for buzzers or dries. The video was taken this afternoon – there is still plenty of sheltered spots away from the north eastern shores.
We had a booking mix up at the weekend. Our fault – and hopefully not to be repeated. All anglers should make sure they have an email booking reservation from bookingonline@menteith-fisheries.co.uk.
The Fario 2022 Boat League starts tomorrow 11th May at 6 pm with new rules limiting fly size and standing (similar to the Scottish Clubs). All last years members are being emailed a reminder as I write this. It is expected that the new rules will tempt some seasoned individual to return. We are always looking new members and this is an ideal friendly comp for stillwater novices to learn new skills.
REMEMBER OUR EVENINGS NOW START FROM 5.30PM (INCLUDING THE SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS).
On Saturday 14th we are holding the first heat of the Scottish Club Championships and the following trios reperesenting their clubs are making an appearance: Ardrossan Eglinton AC “A”,

Black Bull FFC “B”, Dalry Garnock AC “A”, East Kilbride AC “B”, Gartmore AC “B”, Grimm Anglers “A”, SPRA FFS East AC “A”,SPRA FFS West AC “A” and Tartan Tyers FF. SPRA FFS stands for Scottish Police Recreational Association; Fly Fishing Section – if anyone is wondering.

Double Strike Blooper

We have plenty of boats available tomorrow Wednesday 4th due to a double strike on the keyboard at the fishery end. 

Evening Fishing Commenced this week and the water temperature is 13C and clarity 2.5m at Gateside.

Buzzertastic at the Lake at the moment. The water is fishing at its best so far this season – if not for a couple of seasons. Some tremendous catches at the moment with boat catches in the 30s fairly common. All on buzzers in the eastern basin. Did have one boat in this afternoon who couldnt get buzzers to work but had 18 on dries (Scott Caven) – then the next boat in (Alec Rennie and co) had 49 plus a roach, couple of perch and a pike – all on buzzers (straight lining them).

Stewart Inglis was out on Saturday and netted 37 with his rod and his nephew had 16. To quote Stewart “It was the best buzzer fishing I have ever had”. Here he is below with one of his fish.

THE BOAT LEAGUE KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK (6pm Wed 11th May) WITH NEW RULES AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS. You dont have to be an expert! It is a nice sociable occasion and a great way to improve your skills. This year it is being fished to Scottish Club Rules. The main impact of this is a maximum fly and hook size but it will also mean no standing unless you are playing a fish. Measures will be issued curtesy of Angus Angling. (see below).

The structure of the league is that boat partners are allocated randomly on the night and the winner is the individual with the best 9 placings out of a potential 15. There are prizes for each heat (Selection of Fario Flies and a Menteith Boat Voucher) – you cannot win the the heat prizes more than once,  and monetary prizes for the top 3 league positions at the end.  We are honoured that the competition is once again being sponsored by Fario Flies.

There is talk of splitting the league into two, half way through, to keep interest in the lower ranks……

 

Scierra Pairs Results, Time Bonus thoughts and Photos from Colin Riach

Thanks to Phil Dixon for organising the Menteith heat of the Scierra Pairs,  all those involved in running it  – and the competitors for taking part. These two below from up in Sutherland were the worthy winners with their 8 fish in the boat after one and a half hours. If they had kept that catch rate up they’d have had over 37.3 fish for the boat in the 7 alloted hours. The same with Robert Gibson and James Gilchrist who also had their comp limit by 10.30. I like Phil’s adherence to the time bonus to decide competitions as it is  maybe easier on the fish than catch and release. The competitors can go out again for a cast but in a more relaxed way. After last year’s sustained water temperature of 22 to 24C in July, the fishery is thinking of imposing limits on catch and release in very hot water conditions – from next year. Something for competition organisers to ponder over and give me their thoughts. Personally I would increase the time bonus to more closely match the catch rate and reduce the influence of fish size in the outcome of the competition. The two top rods on the day from up South were James Bews and Kevin Porteous. Their tactic was a fab on the point with a floater or a sinktip and diawls further up the cast. Thanks to Colin Riach for more eye catching photographs below.

National Heats kick off at the Lake

Temperature at 6ft 11.5 Clarity 2.6m

We had the first of our national heats at the Lake today – they are still out at the time of writing…so you will see the results posted at https://www.sanacc.org.uk/.

The main fleet headed for the buzzer beds at Lochend/Tod Hole and the Butts with bungs selling well in the shop. It being a bright day the best method might be the vertical buzzer but we will find out shortly.

We are getting quite a lot of interest in the NEW BOAT LEAGUE set up – which will be fished to scottish club rules (also available on the SANACC website). Fly measures have been provided by TACKLE DEALER Neil at ANGUS ANGLING.

THE FARIO BOAT LEAGUE is an evening competition and we are always LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS. It kicks of at 6pm on Wednesday 11th May. Boat partners are randomly allocated and it is a great way to meet folk and learn more. If you are interested in joining – get in touch with the fishery.

The fishing has been very good over the last week (with the exception of yesterday which was bright and breezy) with some great catches in terms of numbers and fish quality. Buzzers on a sink tip washing line have produced the biggest catches; in the Butts, Lochend and roadshore areas – also out in the middle in areas of the eastern basin and east of the gap. Some examples; Glasgow Post office netted 44 trout with 5 anglers, Colin Smith and Craig Cowan  had 40 plus to the boat, Davie Downie was out guiding and the boat had 24, Neil duff netted 31, A McLachlan 20, Gus Armour and Willie Brash recorded 36.

Please remember to mark in your catches including released fish at the end of your session.

Neil Ward from Adrishaig/Lochgilphead recently left us and he will be very much missed by his friends. His Pal Dugald MacGilp wrote this poem about him a few years back. Says it all.

Buzzer the bizz again

Water Temperature at 6ft 10C; Clarity 2.2m

Just back from holiday to be told that lures had been working and that was the case yesterday but all change for today as the best catches were clearly on buzzers again….One boat had 30 and another had 24 using this method today on the road shore and all over. Roger Drapper had a good fish on a blob on the Western AC  outing but Stuart Marklow (with the BT) ended up as photographer again for his Dad Derek who had this nice brace in his catch – on a cruncher….

Plenty of  Ospreys about and it looks like we may get some mild weather…

Still chasing up Boat League voters but will have a result of the ballot by the end of the week.

 

Warming up at the Lake

Clarity 1.9m on sechi disk;  Temperature 11C at 6ft.

We had one of the finest spells of weather we can remember on opening day and the sunshine input over the last 11 days has increased the water temperature from 5.5C on opening day to 11C at a depth of 6ft today 29/3/22.

The increase in temperature as seen some spectacular buzzer hatches -usually around midday and catches have increased dramatically since opening days rather meagre reports. Best areas have been the roadshore (Kates Brae) and Todhole and the Butts – with one angler saying “where did we no get fish?”  and another saying at times we couldn’t breath for buzzers. Not surprisingly buzzers have been the best method – fished on the hang. Interestingly, Keith Logan did well (21 fish) fishing them on a washing line type set up with a Di3.

Catches for quite a few individuals have been well into double figures. Dries and lures have also been working.

We took delivery of another two brand new Coulam boats today -these two will shortly be christened “11” and “12”.

 

 

A flavour of the catches at the weekend… Costa Ecosse netted 44 and Dalzell AC had 157 with their 10 boats. Heriots caught 59 with their 6 boats, Kelvinside didnt mark in with their 4 boats.  Kevin McCabe was out last week and netted this stunning silver finned resident.

Note to all. our day session times are 9am (or as soon as you are ready – gates open 8am) till 5pm. Voting emails on the rule change proposal for the boat league will be going out this week.

Pleanty of boats available (unusually) on the following weekend days due to competitions moving or heat cancellations (15th May, 29th May, 12th June and 29th Oct)

Menteith Opening Day Best Angler Pic and Jimmy Nairn Memorial Bowl Winner

Photo A

The best fishy pic taken by an angler on our opening day was a photo taken by Stuart Marklow of his Dad Derek – Photo C – holding a cracker of a trout. The trout’s weight is unknown but was truly a fin perfect specimen and an easy first choice.  In second place was Campbell Morgans jaggy finned trout (Photo B) but no smiley coupon.  Calum Fraser captured this trout on his first cast using a variable retrieve (he was rumaging in his tackle at the time). Photo A was placed 3rd. Alisdair Mair had a cracking big trout (10lbs – photo D) but size isnt everything and he was placed 4th. The memorial trophy will be updated with Derek Marklow’s name and the bowl which was carved from the big Lochend Beach by Chris Carroll of Lochend, will be inscribed with Photographer and captor’s names.

Photo B
Photo C
Photo D

Lots of more news but thats enough for today. Remember the day session stops at 5pm now. All the best.