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Menteith Fishery



 Opening Day Report 23rd March 2009

Water temperature at 6ft 6C Clarity on Secchi disc 1.7m
 The Lake was opened for fishing for the 2009 trout season by Eleanor Fleming from the Port of Menteith’s  Lake hotel with Stewart Marshall of Cambusbarron playing a reel or two for the fish (left - photo David Mitchell). As a gesture of thanks to those involved in organising the sport and to some lucky lake regulars, individuals were invited for a days fishing and the annual Chairman’s meal afterwards. The anglers were greeted with a perfect spring day and Donald Forbes (below right - Photo Paul Barr) from Glasgow was delighted with his first “wee bar of silver” from the Lake this year.
The 35 boats weighed in 165 fish for 350lbs and 82 were returned (including 6 recorded as brown trout) a figure that bears little relation to our preseason stocking of 600 brown trout and 1200 rainbows. Many of the fish were described as over-wintered and there were some fine specimens in evidence. The biggest of the day, a 6 pounder was landed by Jim Davie of Cumnock. The top area’s appeared to be the Road Shore, Tod Hole and Reedy Bay. Intemediate lines were much in evidence – perhaps because of the brightness and flies mentioned in dispatches were the white cat, gold head damsel, blob and yellow dancer. On Sunday Dalzell AC caught 37 fish for 77lbs with 6 boats. On Thursday 26th March, prior to the TroutandFly.co.uk outing at the Lake on Friday, famed fly tyer Davie McPhail will be giving a tying demonstration in the Dalgair Hotel Callander (6.30pm approx – admission £5).

Left: Company Chairman John Ingleby on left, with fellow Port directors (l to r) Allan Simpson, David Maitland-Magill Crichton and Jimmy Nairn