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Fishery Report: 6th May to 12th May 2003
Current water temperature at 6ft is 11.5C and clarity 1.7m. Another very breezy week has made fishing conditions difficult. Visibility was slightly down and water temperatures are slow to pick up. The good news is that stocks in the Lake are building up so that when the wind abates there will be some big catches. There is also now a fantastic hatches of an array of non-biting midge types(black – green) and dark olives. Fish have been coming from all the drifts depending on the weather and successful lines have varied from the high D and cat - to dapplers on the top with a floating line.

Ron Orr (3/5/03 -photo D.Greirson). The prizes for the best photos supplied include free boats at the Lake. A panel of judges will decide the winners at the end of the season and photos received will be posted shortly in an anglers gallery. It is likely that there will be a fish photo prize and an other prize. Please send them in.

Club Results and other Notable Catches
6th May: Moran/Colligan 15 fish for 29lbs. In the evening Thomson of Alder FF caught 9 for 22lbs. 7th May: Aberfoyle AC (5 boats) 23 fish for 47lbs, Lothian and Borders Police (14 boats) 83 fish for 170lbs, Roche (6 boats) 52 fish for 107lbs. 8th May: SANA National Qualifyer. 28 boats landed 119 fish for 234lbs. Cut off weight was 3lbs 5½oz. Best bag was Ross Graham with a black cat and orange blob on an intermediate line at Tod Hole. 10th May: Sichi/Donald 15 fish for 25lbs, Morgan/Leech 15 fish 32lbs, LiveLine AC (13 boats) 19 fish for 32lbs.
In the evening the weather calmed and the 57 anglers taking part in the Scottish Interclub Championships caught 95 fish weighing 189lbs. The winning team was Canmore (Forfar) with 11 fish for 24lbs 14oz, 2nd were Tap Shop (A) with 9 fish for 18lbs 8oz and 3rd were Johnstone Fly Fishers with 10 fish for 17lbs 12oz. These clubs go forward to the semi-final on the 12th September. The heaviest fish (4lb 5oz) was caught by A.Johnstone of Newton Stewart. The Champion of Champions results will be available in the competitions sponsor – the Daily Record on Friday, and also on these web pages (see Daily Record Champion of Champions). The winning club, best individual and heaviest fish all received Bowmore Whisky. Teams competing on Saturday 17th May: ABCD, Blackbull Dalkeith, Civil Service Sport, Denny and Dist B, East Kilbride, Edin Civil Service, Edin Trout Anglers, Farmers and Assoc., Greenlaw, Heriots A, Largs and Dist B, Laurencekirk B, Leslie and Glenrothes, Leslie Llanllar B, Lochinch, Pinkertons, Pirates Fly Fish, Port Glasgow A, Shell Mossmorran.

Glenkinchie League kicks off on Tuesday 20th (thereafter on Wednesday nights).
11th May: The 25th Disabled National Fly Fishing Competition was held at the Lake and the 36 anglers caught 53 fish for 82lbs. Top rod was John Brice (pictured right) of Fairlie with 6 fish, 2nd Rab Mitchel (4 fish). Other anglers qualifying for the international team were Keith Duncan, H.Jeffrey, Ossie Smith, Jim Crawford and John Hood. Best Boatman was A.Whitehead of Gartmore with 7 fish.
The anglers presented the fishery with a plaque to mark the 25th anniversary.

Best regards from Menteith