Angling Reports/News

BIG DRIES AND OPEN DAYS 18/5/19

On Sunday Colin Riach was out with the Heriots AA and he was the best bag I spoke to on Sunday with 12 fish and he also took some great shots (see below). Colin was fishing Mayfly Patterns all day and had most success in the Butts. Below is Colin’s Boat track and a close up of his Mayfly Pattern. Thanks Colin.

Loop Tackle had an OPEN DAY at the fishery on Sunday and had 4 boats with 4 instructors on standby to take newbie pike fly fishers out and give them some tips. There was also pike fly demos, talks, videos and land based casting lessons. The day was a great success and thanks to all involved including PAAS and FishX’s Stuart Sutherland. It was an excellent way to new people into the sport and a formula which could be easily copied by other organisations who wish to use the Lake’s Howff, boats and beach.

Road closures are still affecting access to the Lake between Thornhill and Rusky. There is no problem with access before 9am and after 5.30pm and also an open phase between noon and 1pm.

Check the Stirling Council website road closures or phone the fishery for advice. https://www.stirling.gov.uk/roads-tr…/planned-road-closures/.

road works

The A81 Between the Port and the Rob Roy will be closed all day Friday 14th June between 9 and 12noon and 1 and 5pm. I have spoken to the road guys and there are no plans to work at the weekend anywhere. The A873 (west of Thornhill) will be closed from the 18th June (9 till 12noon and 1pm till 5pm) until the job is done.

Clarity on the up/Daphnia

Lake of Menteith 11th June 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 16C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 3.1m

Big change in the water in progress with a daphnia (see scoop) explosion and a large increase in clarity. Top bags were on dries at the Malling shore on dries, lures and nymphs but there are signs that the buzzers might be coming on with the improved clarity. Peter Batchelor and Gary Hamilton lost count down at Lochend yesterday- whilst other boats at Malling etc found it more difficult. They were fishing these two buzzers tied by Peter (Annie’s buzzer variants) with a coral or red fab on a floating line.  

Congratulations to Greg McLaren for being top rod in the Anglian Water Airflow International Heat at the Lake and also to the best team on the day – Scottish Club Champions Lintrathen. Also qualifying for the International final at Rutlands were Alba Orvis AC, Change FF, Menteith Ospreys and Neilston Fly Fishers.  Greg is Pictured being congratulated by Jon Marshall of Anglian Water.

Scottish Club Championship Qualifyers this week were Saltire, Newton St.Boswells and Neilston FF all went through to the semi-finals.

In the Fario Boat League Top Rod was Bill Ramage was top rod with 20 fishing the plantation all night with cormorants and a cat booby. George Whyte leads the pack, one point ahead of Brian MacKenzie.

In the Fin-ancial scene Clydesdale Bank out fished the Danske Banke by 32 fish to 21.

Road closures are still affecting access to the Lake. Check the Stirling Council website road closures or phone the fishery for advice. https://www.stirling.gov.uk/roads-transport-streets/planned-road-closures/. Unusually it has been suggested that work might be ongoing over the weekends but this is not clear on the websites. We will find out and let you know.  

4th June: Lintrathen Dries and Pike on the Fly and Lure

Lake of Menteith 4th June 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 14C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.30m

Kevin, Chris and Neil of Lintrathen AC

A gradual improvement in water clarity and the best sport at the weekend was on dries. In the Scottish clubs, last year’s winners Lintrathen (Kevin Neri, Chris McAllister and Neil Anderson) won the heat comfortably fishing dries at the Malling shore and the Plantation. The 33 anglers netted 133 fish. On the previous Wednesday the same area provided the best bags in the FARIO FLY boat league (top rod Bill Ramage) but this time with cormorants and a cat booby (21 anglers netted 134 fish).

The pike anglers have been out in force on the Lake. Dougie Loughridge had this beauty whilst pike fly fishing.

The Pike Anglers Alliance Scotland had the first of their lure outings (next one is Monday 24th June) and netted in 121 jacks and 9 double figure fish up to 17lbs. Duncan Glen had 3 good fish on a magnum toby whilst others were catching well on pig shads. Fishery member of staff Connor did well on his lure night with a good brownie (there was also an 8lb brownie caught and returned) and a good pike.

Watch out for the Road Closures next week as the A81 is scheduled for closure 10th to 21st  June between the Port and the Rob Roy. When this is completed, work will start on the A873 between Thornhill and the hill road to Callander (roads will be open before 9 and after 6pm apparently and 12noon to 1pm) .

First recorded Fly Caught Tench 20/5/19

FIRST RECORDED LAKE TENCH CAUGHT ON A FLY by Josh Brush from Shetland/Belfast. We knew there was a population of Tench as we have had visual reports many years back and also a dead tench on the Lake exit grid about 10 years ago. So, it was no surprise when big Josh told us he had caught one – and proved the population is still present. These fish are very strong and this one was fooled by a size 12 pheasant tail nymph.

Some good fishing at the Lake in the last few days in the duller conditions despite lower than usual clarity. There is a lot of practicing for the last heat of the SANACC on Friday, but dries were apparently the top method on Saturday Night in the Scottish Clubs. Top 3 man team Alba Orvis (Calum Crosbie, Stevie Welsh and Gregor Fleming) caught 35 between them. Sandy Bay was also productive today with one angler netting between 35 on grunters and buzzers. Other anglers reported good sport with buzzers and big dries on the washing line on Sunday. Also qualifying were Future FF with 27 fish and Butcher Boy with 22 fish. In total the 30 anglers landed 159 fish. Increasing numbers of May fly are on the water.

Matt Roberts travelled all the way from London to fly fish for pike with guide Stuart Sutherland of FishX. His journey wasn’t wasted. He landed 8 double figure pike fishing a Dyckers and a Di3 line. His biggest (pictured below weighed 18lbs). Good fishing Matt.

Awfie Bright 14/05/19

Lake of Menteith 14th May 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 13C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 1.5m

Things have got more difficult this week which might be linked to the high pressure, sunshine and drop in clarity ?? Recent stockings of over 1000 fish should boost catches (this Monday and Tuesday). The week before it was the washing line, then last week it was the vertical buzzer. This week it is back to the washing line.

Over the weekend; Rookery, Sandy bay, butts and Katies Brae did best with the washing line on a midge tip again the best method – with the minister buzzer (we are sold out) and a tequila fab or cat boobie on the tail. The past couple of nights when the sun has started to go down the fish have been enticed by grunters and yellow owls

Photos. Douglas Scott with a nice fish estimated at between 6 and 7lb safely returned. Also Dione Roberts with a 6.5lb blue.

Campbell Cree was top rod in the SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS with 6 fish using a fab and buzzers then changing to dries. Top Team was Munnoch AC (Brian Shepherd, Tom Harvie and Darren Hughes) with 11 fish.

In the FARIO MENTEITH  Boat League Davie Chalmers was top with 12 fish on a glass line pulling lures. 2nd top was Craig Inglis (pictured left) with 11 on similar tactics. The two Newbies Davie Chalmers and Neil Barratt are first equals after two heats.

Competition Scene Flicks Off but the big fly caught pike is the double take.


The Lake is fishing its socks off just now – for tout …and pike. You might need one of these. Reports of trout rising in the lake “as not seen before”. Sandy Bay Tod hole and Reedy point have all been reported as bubbling. Today the road shore is also fishing well with size 14 buzzers. Gus Armour (pictured with cup with the rest of the team) is the new 2019 Disabled Angling Champion. He landed 33 fish, straight lining buzzer in the Rookery/Reedy point Drifts. Also qualifying were G.Armour, W.Brash, A.Hunter,S.Caven,G.Steele, J.Prentice, R.Haining, D.Bradshaw and Andy smith.25 anglers caught 151 trout.

Cormorants youth fishing starts tonight. New members welcome. Telephone coach Alisdair Mair 07860368472 or the fishery 01877 385664

Report by PB. In the first heat of the 2019 Scottish Club Championship (sponsored by The Lake of Menteith, Keir Hardie Joinery, Fly Tying Scotland, Glencairn Crystal & Hope Embroidery), 12 teams embarked on an evening with a light, if somewhat cool breeze from the north/north east. The fish were still feeding just under the surface with most anglers opting for slowly fished patterns such as buzzers and diawl bachs. 1st placed team on the night was Tartan Tyers A pictured below), comprising Allan Mclachlan, Andrew Mcadam and Scott Aitken. They landed a total of 26 fish for a total weight of 52lbs 13.4ozs. 2nd placed team, East Kilbride AC ‘A’ had the same amount of fish as the winning team but their weight was 51lbs 15.8ozs. Their team was made up of Steven Stephen Japp, Jim Mckinlay and William Winning. 3rd place went to Black Loch AC ‘A’ with 20 fish for 39lbs 8ozs. Their team comprised David Ezzi, Jim Jack and Tam Ramsay. The top three teams qualify for the semi-finals. Top rod on the night was Allan Mclachlan with 14 fish for a total of 27lbs, 8.6ozs. Allan fished at Tod Hole with a floater and diawl bachs. The winning team, top rod and captor of the heaviest fish were all presented with a bottle of Famous Angler whisky. The 36 anglers landed 167 fish for a total of 340lbs 2.4ozs giving a rod average of 4.6.

29/4 Evening fishing …..?

Water Temp at 6ft 13.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m

EVENING FISHING COMMENCES WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY. Boats out at 6pm but there are usually boats on the shore earlier so if you manage to get along earlier we can usually let you out earlier. The other good thing about the evening fishing is that it is the only way to get a boat – due to us being fully booked during the day form now until Sunday. Stop Press one now available for tomoz.

MENTEITH BOAT LEAGUE COMMENCES WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY.  If you fancy taking part in the boat league why not have a trial night on the Evening of May 1st. Turn up, pay your fishing fees (£14) choose a ball and get a boat partner allocated at random. The rules are simply the Lake rules, all fish are returned unless you have mouths to feed (in which case pay a little more). You must record the time of the first fish caught (to separate anglers that catch the same number of fishcaught). If you have a nice evening’s fishing, come along next week and pay the £20 entry fee. More info at https://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk/menteith-boat-league-2019/

The washing line remains the most popular method at the moment at the Lake. Hot spots are Hotel Bay, International Bay, Reedy Point, the Plantation and Tod hole. Some big olives visible and if we get some warmth and overcast skies the dry fly should also work. Above Jane Wright who will be fishing in the Menteith Scottish Select Team against England in July with a nice 5lb fish caught on her outing with Kelvinside AC on Saturday 27th April. They had 3 boats and weighed in 20 fish for 43lbs with another 20 returned. St. Peters took 35 fish for 73lbs and retuned another 13 with 6 boats. Wellington AC netted 23 with 4 boats, East Kilbride killed 33 for 71lbs and returned another 88 with 10 boats.

Good weather for the washing Line.

Lake of Menteith 24th April 2019

National Championships

The second heat of the Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship 2019, Sponsored by Ridgeline UK, 7plus7 Construction & R & E Hygiene was held on the lake on 23/4/19 in cooler overcast conditions and a south easterly. The top area appeared to be International bay and Hotel Bay to Reedy Point, with good catches also occurring in Sandy Bay. The 59 anglers caught 390 fish giving a rod average of 6.6. Top bag on the day was George Gall of Roscobie Loch DA with 13 fish and his first 3 weighing 7lbs 15.9oz. George (pictured on right) was fishing in International Bay and Hotel Bay with a washing line with buzzers held up by a fab – most of his fish took the fab. In 2nd place was Kinross AC’s Connor Campbell (in middle) also with 13 fish fishing in similar areas with similar tactics but his first 3 weighed 5lbs 7oz. Third placed was William Davidson of Black Bull FFC who was also fishing with similar tactics, but his fish all took the buzzers! The cut off weight for qualification was 13lbs.

Traffic Disruption

A lot of road disruption with the A873 closed between Blairdrummond and Thornhill this week between 8am and 6pm. On Sunday the Stirling Marathon is closing a lot of local roads and probably best to consult their closure map at https://www.greatrun.org/great-stirling-run/event-info to get a route to suit.

Menteith Boat League

Evening Fishing Commences on 1st May as does our Friendly Boat League. If you are interested in joining the boat league this season let the fishery know (07752 128489 or 07710 433464) and turn up and see if it is for you. Kick off is at 6pm next Wednesday 1st May with randomised boat partners. More info at https://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk/menteith-boat-league-2019/