My Dad always liked to sneek this phrase in when it rained at this time of year – and it didnt half come down yesterday – drier to day but with gusts to 38. It is not ideal harvest weather, but the fishing has been quite good! Visibility hasn’t been brilliant for a while and the washout from yesterday hasnt improved matters. Clarity is 2.1m on the Secchi disk and water temperature at 6ft is 17C.
Bill Ramage and Alan Bernard had a good day yesterday despite the rain – catching over 30 to the net. Bill was on his renowned cat – not sure what line. Best sport recently has been at the Malling Shore, Gateside, The Islands and the Gap and the Butts. Dries, washing line wth crunchers and diawls and lures on a di 3 have all had their moments.
Top bag was Ally Kennedy with 13 fish. Ally was on Diawls and snatchers with floating line in the International Bay Area and wins the SELECTION BOX OF FARIO FLYS. 2nd was Harry Green and I think he was mainly fishing dries..with 12 fish in various places. Harry wins a Boat League Night Voucher from the Lake. The last night of the League is the 12th of August. The 13 anglers caught 99 fish. Slight delay in new Lake booking portal. Will be next week hopefully. 6ft. Water Temp 17C but need to make sure it is calibrated ok.
Our thermometer is broken and the new one arrives tomorrow but the water temperature should be around 15C as further cooling is ongoing. Clarity is 2m. Catching has been pretty good in the last few days (top boat > 30)and 400 nicely conditioned bows were stocked today (top boat catch today so far 26). The dry flies are still working out of the wind and the top areas have been Malling Shore, Butts and Gateside. Tom McBride returned this cracker at the end of last week. This is the trout picture to beat for next years brochure and a free boat IMHO.
The change over to the new booking portal is scheduled for this week…maybe Thursday. It will be a one stop book and pay operation with special dispensation for clubs to pay with different methods on the day if required.
The PIKE FLY FISHING ASSOCIATION were out on Saturday with 12 boats and some fine specimens were landed 7 double figure fish (biggest 19lbs) and 14 fish of less than 10lbs. This from Dougie. It was a tough old day with many anglers struggling to find fish and many of you reporting lots of frustrating “followers” not in a taking mood. The big fish points were dominated by the English invaders who made the journey over the border to plunder our waters :). Massive congrats to Richard Grave who landed a cracking 18.04lb fish winning himself the VISION Big Mama reel, Big Mama line, backing, Vee cap and engraved tankard. Second place went to his boat partner Paul Varcoe with a fish of 15.08lb, winning a Grand Daddy line and Gillie cap.Third place went to Andy Cheetham with a 14lb fish, winning the Big Mama fly box and Natives 4.0 Cap. Fourth place to Marc Light with a lovely fish of 13.08lb winning the Mega Tungsten forceps. Congrats to all the winners and thanks again to VISION UK and David Bilbrough for their prizes and support and to the PFFA for prize donations.
HERIOTS AC Got a great report from Colin Riach who was out on the 15th with Heriots AC ….and as he has a way with words and a camera. Thanks for sharing.
This from Colin….. We would have had between 25 and 30 for the boat. We are still on dry mayfly patterns – shucks, emergers, duns, and spinners. Jimmy had quite a few on a Found Link, and I am still getting mine on the paraloop spinner.
The fish had had their Weetabix! Unbelievable strength in them at the moment! I had 30 yards of backing out on one that then circled the boat… twice! There was spray riding up the line as it cut the water like a cheese wire! Fastest moving rainbow I have ever caught… and it wasn’t even one of the bigger fish. Weighed the best one in the net and it went 5 lb. Here is the clubs full report:
The day gave us a fresh-feeling westerly breeze with a mix of ceiling – cloud, sunshine and showers. I was still in ‘mayfly mode’, though the hatch is definitely petering-out. I was hoping the residents were still recognising one when they saw it! Bob Whyte and i set out to have a day on mayfly if we could. We managed it, reasonably well. The fresh breeze dictated the areas we might find rising fish – as per the GPS below. We focused on fishing the creases between the sheltered and the open water – the lines where food is blown and then idles for the fish to find it. We were both mostly catching on the paraloop spinner, though I got a couple on John Wastles Deer mayfly emerger.
The resident rainbows and blues are fit as butchers’ dogs just now. I was on the backing several times, with the best of the day – around 4 lb – getting upwind of me and having about 60 yards out at one point. The takes were a bit different from what I’ve been experiencing recently. They’ve been head-and-shoulders out the water, or exploding onto the fly aggressively. Yesterday a lot of the takes were almost imperceptible… just sipping the fly down while barely making a mark. Blink and you missed it. We finished with 17 to the boat.
With social-distancing precautions including the avoidance of scorecards, Bob asked the members to send in a mini-report to give catch and method details. So, without further ado…
Keith Logan and Peter Fionda – 16 fish
Peter got of to a flier with 6ft mini tip and washing line. His best flies were booby and Kate snatcher fished slowly. I started on dries, picked up a solitary fish on sedge pattern. Switched to nymphs, picked up another couple on floater. They seem to be partial to a quicker retrieve. My best line ended up as slow intermediate and best fly was red holographic diawl, best areas were Malling, towards Dog Isle and Rookery. KL
Stewart Barnes and Steve Kilpatrick – 6 fish
Well Steve and I were clearly the poor relations, but I will give the details. I don’t know if our lack of success was due to a poor choice of patterns or our choice of locations. Steve had 1 on a small dry. I had 2 on a small organza-bodied booby and 2 on an F-fly dry and 1 on a bibio dry. We found fish at Arnmach peninsula. I also moved fish at the plantation on my dries earlier. SB
Dougie Skedd and Alan Duncan – 14 fish
We both started off with dries without success and lost the first hour accordingly. Changed over to the washing line with diawl bachs and a small booby and started catching. Found that the fish at times liked a faster retrieve and Dougie had success with the roly-poly often producing a decent bow wave as the fish chased the fly. Of my 5 fish all but one fell to a pink booby, whilst Dougie’s 9 fish were 50/50 booby and diawl bach, the most successful diawl bach having a holographic gold rib. Best sport was found in the Rookery and off the Malling Shore. AD
Adrian Coats and Trevor Gibson – 15 fish
We started at Stable Point and had a double hook-up almost straight away on washing line. That kept us in the west side of Gateside Bay for the rest of the day, apart from one drift across to the burnmouth and one almost to Inchmahome. Trevor had ten all on washing line (the first two or three were on a floater but he then changed to a ghost or midge tip). I had three on midge tip and two on dries. Very few took the booby and most were on diawl bachs of various colours. Figure of eight retrieve. Trevor must be commended for spending at least five minutes freeing my line from both outboards after I was snagged by a lively fish. I had offered to pull for a break on several occasions but he persisted. And the fish was still on at the end of it! AC
On the fourth night of the shortened 2020 Menteith boat league sponsored by Fario flies, 22 anglers went out and caught a combined total of 159 fish. The winner was Keir Hardie with 24 fish catching his first at 6:23, he was fishing using a midge tip with Diawlbachs. 2nd was Bill Ramage with 16 fish, he caught them using a cat booby. Craig Inglis came in 3rd place. He caught 13 fish with his being at 6:12. Thomas McMillan came in 4thplace, he wins a free nights boat league voucher. Notable methods on the night were Dries, Diawlbachs, Candy Booby and Nymphs. There were several productive areas which were Malling Shore, Sams Point and the Cages.
The temperature has been a cool 15.5 to 16C at 6ft this week and clarity is a pleasant 2.7m on the secchi disk. Catches were confined to the Malling shore on dries at the weekend with some folk in the 20s on dries (Donnie MacBeth and Douglas Fairbairn) but it was overall slightly harder this week with bright and breezy conditions prevailing. Catches at the time of writing are on the up though with reports of good fishing and that the fish are moving into the shallower areas of Sandy Bay, Reedy Point and Bay , Roadshore and the Butts but the best baskets still are coming from the Malling end, often close in and on dries. Things should further improve as of today (my wedding anniversary and Bastille Day) as 667 fish were stocked all round the lake. this week marks the return to usual stocking pattern at the Lake. We put in a very large stocking in early April which has been the mainstay until now (with some smaller additional weekly stockings). Grant Gibson from the Borders caught this large Brownie yesterday and him and Jake Harvey had great sport on dries.
The Callander approach is closed 24/7 for the next three weeks as they are making a new entrance to the housing estate just past the the School. You will need to go via Doune. On the way home there have been reports of hold ups on the bridge at Dobbies which has traffic lights.
We plan to have a new one stop booking and payment portal up and running next week. We will be moving your vouchers on to a new system and you will receive notification. Tight lines and enjoy the lack of heat.
The 3rd Night of the boat league looked like a good night for the dries and that was again the method. Top rod on the night was Brian MacKenzie with 10 fish on dries. He started at the gap but after a while moved to the Malling shore as there were too many boats. Keir and Harry were in 2nd place. Harry on Dries, Keir on a Di3 with lures then dries. Harry Green gets the heat prize of the FARIO FLYS and Craig Ingles gets the Menteith 1/2 boat voucher. We still have the charity money for last year FYI – plan to add it to this years….
Cold nights and cooler days has kept the fish high in the water and dry fly remains the best tactic – accounting for some high number catches (Gus and Andy with 40+ on dries….). Best areas have been in the shelter..Butts, Malling Shore, Tod Hole, Arnmach…. Traditionally this is our quiet week as everyone buzzes off abroad but with the current situations we weren’t sure what to expect. We are still relatively quiet. We have got new Fario Fly stock in and we are open for fly sales again!! Mr.Fario is supplying the boat league Heat Prizes (as pictured below).
A few stories from the anglers to set the scene.
My son David Cruikshank (Scottish Youth Team Captain) and I were out on Sat on the Lake. We landed 25 to the boat. I was given a good thumping as I lost 18-7! All fish came to dries. We had 4 to the boat in first 20 mins in the middle of the East Basin. Then went off. Tried Rookery and cages and landed 1. Then headed to The Butts where the rest were landed. Not many coming up blind. You mainly had to cast to a rising fish and they were out in the more open water. Rises were quite small as fish seemed to be “supping” in the surface gently.
On the second evening of the 2020 Menteith boat league sponsored by Fario Flies 20 anglers caught 129 fish, which works at an average of 6.5 fish per angler. The winner was Brian Mackenzie with 19 fish with his first fish being caught at 6:01 (the boats went out at 5:55pm), Second place was Keir Hardie with 15 fish his first was caught at 6:17, in 3rd place was Bill Ramage with 13 fish his first was caught at 6:15. The fish were caught on a variety of different methods throughout the night with dries being the top performer, especially in between inchmahome and Inchtalla. Other successful methods were boobies and emergers in the Cages and Butts down to Lochend.
The water temperature at the Lake of Menteith has fallen quickly (15C at 6ft and Clarity 2.3m on the Secchi disk) and surface fishing is now easily producing the best bags. Apart from the popular Grunter (see pic) which was working at the Malling shore for one boat which had a catch in the mid 20s, the Paraloop spinner and the grey wolf were working for another boat with a similar catch but who were fishing around Arnmach point and the Islands.
Water Temperature at 6ft 17.5C; Secchi disk Clarity 2.2m
Latterly in the week the Lake warmed up to 20C and the memorable rises in many parts of the lake became confined to a few areas of the Butts, Arnmach Point and Tod Hole. It became a choice of Sink8 lines in the North Inchmahome Deeps/Gateside Bay/Rookery or stick to dries in the afore mentioned areas. Best bags were on dries probably for those that located the surface feeders but the bigger stamp of fish were definitely down deep in the deeps. We put in a stocking yesterday so there are plenty of fish about and todays reports are that they are continuing to rise up in the water column and some very good bags starting to come in.
MENTEITH BOAT LEAGUE CASTS OFF TOMORROW 24th June 6pm start. If you are interested let us know you are planning to take part (before arrival). Boat partners randomly allocated on the night. £20 registration fee (100% for prizes) plus we have sponsorship from the FARIO FLY Company. The winner of each heat receives a box of 20 flies valued at £30 and the winner of the league receives a Big Box of Fario Flies. The league will run every Wednesday for 8 weeks (23rd June and ending on 12th August) finishing at 11pm but reducing to 10pm as the nights draw in. The final placings are made according to the participants top 5 nights out of a possible 8. There will be no nightly award gathering under current restrictions – the winner being announced online and collecting his flies the next time. The rules are Menteith rules..i.e. it’s a friendly with no fly size restriction and all hooks must be debarbed. Entrants need to PAYONLINE but boat booking isn’t required. Catch and release Boat costs are £17.50 per night for the 6 long evenings and £15 per night for the two shorter shifts….and £20 registration. For example…If you plan to attend all 8 evenings the total cost (inc registration) is £155. Monies can always be refunded or transferred to other Lake fishing if the fishing is not used.
Thanks to Mayfly Matey for the pictures of the blue with the hue and the tail fin. Him and his boat partner had 24 on dries. Matey also reported seeing the biggest pike he has ever seen – and estimatd it to be a 40 pounder. Its swirl literally rocked his boat. Dan Brown with a bow and Gus Kennedy with a 4lb 8oz brown. QG