Menteith/Fario Fly Boat League 2023







On the 15th and final night of the 2023 Menteith Boat League sponsored by Fario Flies, the anglers went out and found it challenging with only 19 fish getting caught by the 14 anglers. The top 3 all caught 3 fish with Jack Evamy catching his first fish at 6.22, Brian McKenzie catching his at 6.40 and Robbie Gibson catching his first fish at 8.51. Cameron Duncan won the Fly box with 20 flies and Jack won the Voucher.


This year was the tightest finish we have had at the boat league with 1 point separating the top three. Bill Ramage was 3rd with 23 points, Robbie Gibson and Brian McKenzie were tied with 22 points after the best 9 nights were totted up. So in this event it goes to the winner over their best ten nights and Robbie came out winner by 1 point. CONGRATULATIONS ROBBIE GIBSON. Robbie  collected £247 and three airflo flylines of  his choice (woth up to £200). Robbie after sleeping on it decided to donate the charity  money to ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND –  which was a bit of chokey moment for some of us.  Robbie is from Dundee and has just got a law degree from the University there.  His favourite method during the league was two buzzers and a fab on a 3ft midge tip (or two cormorants instead of the buzzers). His favourite spot – the Malling Burn/ Malling  Shore. His tactics were to look for fresh fish/stay away from other boats. The blue highlighted boxes indicate the scores for Brian and Robbie’s next best night. The Alan Ronald Memorial trophy is decided by the Fishery and was given to Alastair McGilvery for being the only competitor who attended all 15 nights….and he finished in 4th place.

We had 29 competitors doing the league this year and the rod average over the 15 nights was 5 fish per rod up 1.5 on last year. Quite a marked improvement.

Before the prize giving we had Burgers and bacon rolls cooked perfectly by Connor along with some refreshments.

Financial Report

£580 received in angler subs, £245 received from donation of the last nights takings. Total income £825. This was split 50:50 between prize money and the charitable donation. The prize money ratio is 6:3:1 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd (£247, £123, £41). 

Chief sponsor Fario Flies who provided Flies and boxes worth £500 and £200 worth of Airflo fly lines. The Lake sponsorship was 15 prizes of free entry and the takings from the last evening (£535) and the catering for the last night £65.  £600 in total.

The burnmouth in Gateside is holding a lot of fish and the two top rods last night; Bill Ramage (14 fish) and Stan Moore (12 fish) were both fishing there with lures. Bill was on a midge tip with a candy booby on the top dropper and tail and a diawl bach in the middle. The table below is arranged to show the top ten rods in the league so far based on their top 9 results. The consistant Alastair MacGilvery leads the pack at this stage but for how long? Alistair wins the flies and Robbie wins the fishing voucher.













The first night of the Menteith FARIO FLY Boat League happened last night on what turned out to be a beautiful evening. Bill Ramage was fishing off Sam’s Point with a fab or similar on a floating line with buzzers further up and a fairly fast retrieve. Bill wins the Fario fly box and Alisdair MacGilivery gets the voucher for a free heat in the boat league.



The 2023 FARIO FLY MENTEITH BOAT LEAGUE commences on Wednesday 10th May and runs every wed (commencing 6pm) until 18th August. 

The Menteith Fario Boat League is a friendly competition and the main aim for most is to get some fishing in the beautiful environment of the Lake of Menteith (FK8 3RA). WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS AT ALL LEVELS. The fishing is all by boat (which limits angling pressure) and your partner is randomly allocated each night of the League (you can bring a friend for one night). The details of the rules are below but the main aim is to enjoy your sport, the long summer evenings and the fun of the organised fishing. Fishing commences at 6pm and is till 10 or 11pm -every Wednesday until the 18th Aug which is the final night.
Rules for 2023 are as per the Scottish Club Rules ( The main rules to be aware of are the maximum fly size of 1  and 1/8th inches and hook size of 3/4 inch), no weighted flies and no standing unless playing a fish. We ask all members to read and abide by the rules as published on the SANACC website. We have our own system of catch recording. At the beginning of the night you take your boat partners score card and mark in THEIR catch including time of first fish as you go. At the end you BOTH NEED TO SIGN IT. 
The competition is catch and release and all flies must be debarbed – shouldnt snag a garment. Fish may be taken for the pot with an additional payment. The final positions are based on the anglers top 9 heats out of 15, commencing 10th May. The final heat and presentation is on Wednesday 18th Aug.

Entry to the League is £20.  50% of this subscription money will go towards monetary prizes for first, second and third places, split 6:3:1 respectively, the other 50% will go to the winners choice of charity (we still have last years charity money to present to Strathcarron Hospice).

There will be two prizes awarded at each heat – a box of 20 Fario flies and a free heat voucher (£17.50 – £20). Competitors can only receive each price once, prizes then being awarded to the next best angler who hasn’t reached a prize limit. All members require to be proposed by an existing boat leaguer (i.e. who fished in the league in the last two years or by a member of the committee/or lake staff). 

In the event of a tie in the number of fish released the winner is decided on the basis of the time of the first fish caught (also recorded by your boat partner). Boat pairings are randomly selected on the night and guests can take part but should be entered in the boat selection draw. The command of the boat changes half way through the shift and competitors can change ends or as may be mutually agreed. Any complaint arising during the course of the heats must be notified to the person in charge within 20 minutes of the end of the heat. Proposals for changes can be made to the committee if the proposer gets support from two other boat league members. These proposals along with letters of support should be in writing to This proposal must then be circulated by email to all members for their vote in favour or against. The decision being made in favour of the proposal with the majority of votes received. If less than 50% of boat league members reply within the stated time period the ballot is invalidated. The committee reserve the right to disqualify any angler from the competition.
The Menteith Boat League has been running since 2002, and was created with an emphasis centred on friendship and skill sharing.  The Boat League Committee members are Quint Glen, Douglas Fraser, Connor Shearer and Stuart Inglis.