Angling Reports/News


Online Vouchers Now available at the Fishery website ( See the website for more information.

Individual bookings can go live from Tea time on 2nd December (if you have applied for 15 boats or more).

SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMITTEE are looking for new members to “officiate” on Saturday nights during the summer. Duties involve checking flies, weighing in and generally looking after the heat (and copious amount of free fishing and banter). Please contact the team from contact details on the SANACC website.

The lake is still fishing really well. Book on line at winter fishing.

End of Season Stockies at the Lake are bigger than Nessie


With the end of the busy season approaching and the quiet season just around the corner we have been emptying out our ponds and finding more fish than we bargained for. So far this week we have put in 775 hopefully cormorant proof biggies. These have been swimming around in our biggest pond with plenty of space since mid summer and probably average a shade under 4lbs but contain quite a few bigger – of 5lbs and upwards, including some stunning brownies which are always last to be netted out of a pond.

Still boats left to book on line for the end of busy season bonanaza BBQ KIRK AND SCHOOL FUNDRAISER.


Below Connor Shearer and Cormorant Busters, Keith Collet with a nice Gateside Fish. Elaine from Angling Active with a double Hook Up.


Gateside Ropes Off and the Future


The pens were pushed ashore and the ropes came off at Gateside Bay today at 12noon and there was immediate action (watch out on facebook tonight perhaps). 537 fish were stocked today with a further load of large fish 3 to 5lb due to be stocked later in the week.  

Boats Available: There are more fish than we thought – we estimate that there are around 1500 fish still left to be stocked this year. Many averaging 3lb plus. Plenty of boats available on-line midweek and for Sunday 27th and for the end of season fundraiser on Sunday 3rd November.

In the bright and calm conditions at the weekend it was a little tough but bung and buzzer tactics were successful in Gateside. In overcast conditions fish were happy to come up.


In the Youth fishing scene Jake Gilchrist won the Cormorants Shield fished for in bright challenging conditions (pictured below on left) and Angus Robertson won the Cormorants Chase Cup for best rod over the summer evenings. Trophy’s presented by Cameron Smith. Holder of 5 past national youth caps. Cormorant Youth Coach Alisdair  Mair thanked Dale Robertson owner of My Fishing Flies for his kind donations of fly fishing ancillaries  for all competitors. Also thanked were Boatmen/coaches Kenny Whitehead and Scot Limond for giving of their weekend time. The Cormorants Youth fishing club Resumes first Tuesday evening in. May 2020 and every Tuesday till mid August A. Mair if you intend attending. Concession price at the Lake for the boats and fishing is £7 per evening. Coaching is conducted by qualified UKCC licensed coaches and some Qualified Instructors and is provided on a voluntary rota basis. The coaching offers various  programs and also a more elite approach for those who would like to aspire to fishing at junior National and International level who in the course of events receive a Scottish cap if successful. The success rate in that field of Past Cormorants is quite impressive, looks great on a CV and indeed many lads have followed on at University  in either environmental or sciences based positions or indeed working in the fishing industry throughout Scotland .


End of Season Stocking/ Booking

Water Temp at 6ft 11C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.2m

With only a few weeks remaining of the main season, we have a better idea of number of fish left to be stocked – although it always remains guess work until they are counted out of the holding pens and ponds.  For the last three weeks of October we will stock around 800 to 900 fish per week and in this number is included an estimated 500 fish (plus) of average weight 3-5lbs.  The end of season and overwintering should be good when the weather is mild.

SUNDAY HOURS TILL THE END OF THE SEASON ARE 11am till 6 (OR Dusk). Prices are reduced pro rata according to hours available.

There are still boats available for the Kirk and School Fundraiser  on Sunday 3rd of November. Fishing will be 11am till 3 or 4 with grub and refreshments for 2 – all for £50. Book your boat on line.


The Lake is opening a week later than last year in 2020 – on 21st March. We are pencilling in all the club bookings for a week later where feasible. Hope this works for you. When we get your booking request we will attempt to make everyone happy. See last weeks blog for more advice.

Plenty of fish in the catches this week. Gateside, Malling, Todhole, Butts and Shearpoint have been producing good catches. Buzzers and Bung have been working well!! These pictures from Colin Riach on October 5th.

Champ Keith Renton and 2020 Booking

Lake of Menteith 8th October 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 13C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.5m


Keith Renton of Newton St.Boswells AC is the twenty third and 2019 Scottish Club Champion of Champions. Joiner and Builder Keith was fishing against all the other best placed anglers in the Scottish Club Championship Heats, and  netted over 20 fish, mostly from the Heronry. Keith was fishing a midge tip with cormorants and a fab type.  One factor which helped him and boat partner Archie McGilp catch so many fish – they were easily the best boat (catching 32 in total), was the fact that they had the whole bay to themselves for the most part. In second place was Scott Aitken of Tartan Tyers with 13 and in third place was Neil Barrett of Gateside AC with 11.

Reminders October Fishing

The two last Sundays of October 20th and 27th and 3rd Nov, start at 11am and finish at 6pm or dusk with pro rate cost depending on the hours available. Remember the Kirk and School Fundraiser on Sunday 3rd Nov (book online). The Kirk and School day is a charity day and all the proceeds are currently split between Kirk and School. The cost of the ticket is £50 for catch and release. This includes a free quality post-fish BBQ with soup etc, and some singing and music from the kids and a raffle – as well as ad lib refreshments.

Winter Fishing

We will as usual keep boats available midweek all winter. We need some time off, so weekends are not open to the general public. We do intend to make some weekend fishing available to a few known and competent anglers who wish to have regular weekend access on the Lake during the winter. The fishing will be more or less self-service with no staff in attendance or break down cover. If you are interested please email the fishery at for further details or to apply.


Fishing at the Lake in the year 2020 sounds kind of like science fiction but it needn’t be – if you follow our plans below.

Clubs (2 boats or more on an outing). Drop us an email ( as soon as possible and we will confirm hopefully by the end of November. If you are a club but don’t choose your dates till later,  we will allocate a similar day and number of boats as you had this year, and these boats will be reserved until we hear from you and confirm or until around mid Feb when we will release these boats (unless we hear from you) .

Individuals. All individual day booking will be done on-line. If you are an individual wishing to book fifteen boats or more for next season , email us ( and when the majority of clubs and competitions are confirmed – we will issue you with a pin number which will allow advanced private access to the website from mid December. For individuals wishing to book single boats (less than 15), this can be done online from early January when the website will be accessible  to all. Let us know your thoughts…

As usual any problems will be dealt with by telephoning the fishery 01877 385664. 

Neilston FF (B) Scottish Club Champions 2019


Neilston FF ‘B’

L to R: Engineer Brian MacKenzie, Phlebotomist James Litster and Angling Shop Retailer Tam Burnett.

Neilston B landed 46 fish, 4 more fish than their nearest rivals Rothes Oak (Gary Ormiston, Paul Cushnie and Willie Simpson) in 2nd place. In third place with 36 fish was Alba Orvis A (Gregor Fleming, Calum Crosbie and Steven Welsh). Top rod in the competition was James Litster (21 fish) and 2nd top rod was Willie Simpson of Rothes Oak with 19. James felt the fish were high in the water so persevered with the floating line (two diawls and a booby on the tail or suspender buzzer). He got most of the fish on the diawl bachs. James is Youth director of SANACC and is currently temporary Youth Team manager whilst the position lies vacant. This was his third win with Neilston B (he had a 4th win with Grizzlecats). Each time Neilston B have won the Championship James has been top rod in his evening heat and in the semifinal…….The 60 anglers weighed in 117 fish for 283lbs and returned a further 406 fish giving a total catch weight of 523 fish for 1256lbs. Rod average 8.7 fish for 21lbs.

Prior to the match Championship Secretary Dennis Splaine announced his attention to step down after 4 years in charge due to work commitments. Dennis has been a steady hand at the helm. We now have another position vacant and the potential for some changes.

Next up is the Champion of Champions final on 4th October where the top rods from the heats will commence battle for the coveted title.

October Fishing

We are in our last month of the main season and we have plenty of fish available and there are some belters – to make the end of season another good one. We will be announcing a date for opening up Gateside Bay shortly. The two last Sundays of October 20th and 27th start at 11am and finish at dusk with prorate cost depending on the hours available. Remember the Kirk and School Fundraiser on Sunday 3rd Nov (book online). More details on this shortly.

Winter Fishing

We will as usual keep boats available midweek all winter. We need some time off, so weekends are not open to the general public. We do intend to make some weekend fishing available to two or three competent anglers who wish to have regular weekends on the Lake during the winter. The fishing will be more or less self-service with no staff in attendance or break down cover. If you are interested please email the fishery at for further details or to apply.

Lake Of Menteith 24th September 2019

Water temp at 6ft 15c Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m

The weekend began with another very bright and warm day, the tactics were very similar to those of the day before. The weather on Sunday was completely different, it was overcast and wet. There were good bags of fish caught throughout the day particularly from Sam’s point, the Rookery and Lochend. 800 fish were stocked yesterday.

This last week has been busy at the lake, we had the pleasure of hosting the Senior 2019 Autumn International. The 4 teams spent 4 days practicing on the water with large numbers of fish being caught on a variety of methods, including dries.

The fog shortly before it lifted.

As is often the case, the weather changed for match day with early mist soon clearing to clear skies with warm sunshine. The day was mostly flat calm as well with only brief spells of light wind.
The 4 teams set out full of confidence and there was an even spread of boats all over the water.

And their off!

As the day progressed it was clear that the weather was generally making the conditions more tricky, certainly for fishing dries. The best success seemed to come from fishing midge tip lines with a Booby or Fab on the point and Diawl Bachs or Cormorants on the droppers.
When the boats came in at 6pm the rumours were that Team Ireland had done very well.

This was borne out at the weigh-in with the Irish team landing a total of 109 fish for a total weight of 251lbs 2.8ozs. (Three fish weighed and returned fish awarded 2lbs). This was great performance for the team and their first win away from Ireland for 22 years.

The Irish National team and 2019 International champions.

2nd place went to Team Wales who landed 104 fish for 242lbs 14.1ozs.
3rd place went to Team Scotland who had 94 fish for 229lbs 1.1ozs.
4th place and the dreaded wooden spoon went to Team England with 92 fish for a total of 221lbs 9.5ozs.

The Brown Bowl for best bag went to Arden Pollock from Team Ireland. He produced an excellent performance to land 15 fish for a total of 32lbs 7ozs. Arden caught all of his fish on a midge tip line with a cut-throat cat booby, cormorants and diawl bachs, mainly at Malling and Gateside.

Derek Hessett was top Scottish rod with 14 fish for a total of 31lbs 11.5ozs.
Mike Williams of Team Wales also had 14 fish for a total of 28lbs 7.3ozs.
Best English rod was Tony Baldwin with 10 fish for 21lbs 15.4 ozs.
Heaviest fish was a rainbow of 4lbs 9.4ozs and was landed by Neill Barrett of Scotland.

Allan Mclachlan playing a fish.

399 fish were landed for a total weight of 944lbs 11.5 ozs, giving a rod average of 7.1.

The presentation dinner was held after the match at The Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen. It was good to see our old friend Brian Peterson at the dinner.

Thanks to all of the organisers, boatmen and most of all the competitors for making this a great event. With the friendships that were made, everyone came away a winner.

Lake of Menteith 16th September 2019 Water Temp at 6ft 13.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m

The 127th Scottish National Flyfishing Championships were held on the lake on Saturday the 14th of September.

The weather forecast didn’t look too good but thankfully the worst of the wind and rain did not come until the anglers were off the water.

66 anglers set out at 9.30am with a good spread of boats over the water. A westerly wind prevailed throughout the match with occasional rain.

Once the boats came in at 5.30pm it was clear that there were a number of good catches.

The 2019 National Champion is Allan McLachlan representing Costa Ecosse. Allan landed 23 fish for a total weight of 49lbs 10.4ozs, (3 fish weighed and additional returned fish awarded 2lbs).

2019 Scottish National Champion Allan Mclachlan.

In second place was the defending champion, Derek Pozzi of Thalassa AC. Derek landed 22 fish for a total of 48lbs 10.9ozs.

3rd place went to Martin McCafferty of Future FF. He had 20 fish for 42lbs 12.1ozs.

Craig Inglis of Grimm Anglers into a fish.

The other qualifiers for the 2020 loch style teams were:

Scott Aitken – Tartan Tyers

Calum Crosbie – Alba Orvis

Ben Robertson – Phoenix AC

Peter Batchelor – Harrow AC

Sean McCaffrey – Shetland AA

Gregor Fleming – Bridge of Weir Loch AC

Ronnie Gilbert – Menteith Ospreys

Peter Auchterlonie – Menteith Ospreys

Davy Ezzi – Black Loch AC

Toby Bracey – Dounreay FFA

Ally Middlemass – Blairadam AC

Brian McKenzie – Neilston FF

Gil Farid – Central Belters

Greig Davie – Thalassa AC

Jock Kettles – SANACC

Best of luck in the 2020 competitions guys.

Richard McHattie of Ormiston AC and Brian Mackenzie of Neilston Fly Fishers.

The heaviest fish was a rainbow of 4lbs 11.7ozs landed by Richard McHattie of Ormiston AC.

The prize winners were awarded clothing from sponsors Ridgeline UK.

The 66 anglers landed a total of 704 fish for an actual total weight of 2020lbs . The rod average was 10.66.

This coming week at the lake is fully booked due to anglers practising for the International which takes on Friday.

Pre National Final

Lake of Menteith 10th September 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 15C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2m by Connor Shearer

The weather this last week has been rather variable, we have had high winds and heavy rain to very low wind and bright sunshine (typical Scottish weather). There have still been good reports of catches particularly on the dry fly around Gateside bay, Malling shore and Todd Hole. The water level is now beginning to drop back to a normal height after a few dry days over the weekend.

We had the pleasure of hosting the Ladies National championship on Friday the 6th. The ladies fished well throughout the day, but the overall winner was Jean Ferguson with 11 fish, she won both heats making her the National and Overall Ladies Champion for 2019.

All the fish for this week were stocked on Monday 9th (800). Anglers and Boatmen in this year’s National Final at the Lake be aware of the risk of congestion at the Trossach’s motorway turnoff as the park and ride for the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles is also located just off this turnoff.

The resident ospreys now seem to have left the lake to head to their wintering grounds somewhere in Africa in the search of warmer weather. So, if you see one it is most likely just a passing also on its way to wintering grounds.

The northern winds at the weekend blew down quite a few heather/Bibio flies. Fisherman Fraser Renwick took this photo of this odd flat rainbow when he was out last week.

Fishes Up, Fishes Down?

Lake of Menteith 27th August 2019
Water Temp at 6ft 15.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m

The temperature of the Lake climbed to around 19C at 6ft by the end of the day on Sunday which made fishing over the weekend and on Monday hard. This was in stark contrast to before the mini heat wave arrived on Friday 23rd when we had another new record catch at the Lake. 641 fish were caught by the 60 anglers taking part in the second semi final of the Scottish Club Championships (41 more than the previous semi). With an average weight of over 2lbs 12 oz, the total catch weighed 1733lbs. Top rod was James Litster of Glasgow Angling Centre with 31 fish on dries mainly in the Gap. His Neilston FF B team mates Brian MacKenzie and Tam Burnett did very well also netting 22 and 19 apiece, which created a new record team catch in the Scottish Club Championships; Neilston B with 72 trout. Owen cook of Townhill was second placed indivisual with 23 trout.


As of today Tuesday 27th, and after a chillier night, the fishing is definitely on the up again with the downturn in water temperature and a return to overcast conditions. Well known dry fly angler Jimmy Millar was well into double figures when he called it a day mid afternoon and gave me the benefit of the flies he was using. Pictured below, to quote Jimmy, on the left is a “bit of a bits” and on the right is a “crippled midge – one of Stan headley’s flies (both size 12s). The next boat to come in also had done well, again on dries – this time with size 10 grunters in the gap.