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Lake of Menteith 20th August 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 16C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.3m

The temperature at 6ft has dropped considerably in the last couple of weeks and the fish are spreading back out from the Inchmahome/Gateside Deeps. Best areas recently noted have been Gateside Bay, Malling shore and Lochend. The optimal tactic that I know of is a sink tip washing line type set up.

Douglas Fraser snapped this eager angler on Sunday. We keep a careful record of cormorant numbers during the year. We were blessedly absent of cormorants from April till August. In the first week of August, 2 were counted. We now have 3 in residence this week.

On the competition scene; congratulationsw to Fly Box A, Tartan Tyers A, Lintrathen B, Neilston FF A, Lintrathen A, RAF Fish Hawks, Balfron Piscatorials, Grimm Anglers, Alba Orvis A and Soldier Plamers in Qualifying for the Scottish Club Championship Final on the 27th September and good luck to the second semi contenders this Friday. The catch last Friday of 600 fish by the 60 anglers was a bit of an eye opener – especially with the mean weight being 2lbs 12.3oz and an individual catch of 25 trout from Scott Aitken.

For information we have reserved Thursday 26th September as a practice day and qualifying clubs can phone/text the fishery and reserve 1 ½ boats on this day and also apply to be put on the waiting list for any free boats. Any unbooked club final boats will be come available for public booking on the 9th September.

With regards to the National Championship, there are 5 days left to book a practice space and put your name down for any left over boats on the two days prior (12th and 13th Sept) to the National Final at the Lake. After the 25th August we will make any unused boats generally available.

2019 Menteith boat league Facts and Figures and Sponsorship.

Bill Ramage was winner of the 18th Boat League. There were 28 anglers fishing this year’s boat league and they caught a total of 1546 fish over the 14 weeks; averaging 5.27 fish per rod per night – up on last year’s 4.1 fish per rod. There was £700 of prize money allocated and £142 for charity on the final night.


The Lake sponsored the Competition to the tune of £652. The anglers donated £520 in registration fees. Successful competition Angler Michael Low sponsored the competition with 720 flies of his flies worth £1080. We look forward to next years event and we ask anglers who competed to contact the fishery by email with ideas for improvements for next year. We will then put the best ideas to a secret ballot.

Big Splash at Lake from Irish

Lake of Menteith 6th August 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 20C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.6m

Congratulations to the Irish Youth Fishing Team on their International Win at the Lake Last Wednesday

The Irish (pictured cooling off above) caught 77 fish, 13 more than second placed Scotland. Wales were 3rd and England picked up the wooden spoon – although they were unlucky as they caught more fish than the Welsh and were an angler down for much of the match. Best tactics were a hi D line in Gateside Bay and the whole Inchmahome Deeps – with buzzers or diawls and a booby on the point. Other areas fishing this week have been the gap and a few on the roadshore. High Temperatures and thundery conditions have kept the fish deep. Colin Riach was out after the match and did manage 5 on the dry and sent me this photograph below.


Youthfull Visitors at the Lake

Lake of Menteith 30th July 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 19.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.4m

We are hosting the YOUTH INTERNATIONAL TOMORROW Wed 31st July, between Scotland, England Ireland and Wales. The youngsters have been here practicing over the last few days and everyone is ready for the match tomorrow. There will be more on tactics after the match but suffice to say it helps if you have a high density fast sinking line and can count to 30…..Good Luck everyone and hope the weather gods move the furniture about somewhere else. Above: Welsh anglers exploring the Lake.

5 boats available Saturday 3rd August due to recent cancellations.

Above: The Scottish Youth Team.

Below right. Colin Cunningham Graham owner of Inch Talla and direct descent of the radical politician, writer and revolutionary Don Roberto Cunningham Graham (who is buried on the Island of Inchmahome). Colin called in at the fishery today to visit his islands and to try and protect some of the ruins on Inch Talla.  Colin’s grandfather was Robert Cunningham Graham’s brother and he was wearing as always Don Robertos’s golden seal chain.

Lake was slopping about in that wind 23/7/19

Lake of Menteith 23rd July 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 18.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 3m

Fishing Well despite warm 6ft water temperatures (18C plus). Surface tactics (typically a midge tip or sink tip) have been working in Gateside and off the Malling shore……better, similar or worse than the classic hot weather Di7 tactics of chuck out in Gateside and count to 30.  The strong south westerly yesterday brought cooler water to the top at Malling and good clarity means the fish can come up from below. Next Wednesday is the youth international.

Stephen McCusker first (?) visit was most enjoyable and he took home these two fine bows of 4lbs and 2lbs. A lot of people are getting snapped by the stamp of fish which are around 2.5 to 3lb average weight. Anything less than 10lb is asking to be broken. Lures and nymphs and diawl bachs as well as the snake fished deep have all been responsible for top bags.  Lots of pinhead fry about. Congratulations to team Costa (Davie Mateer, Murray Hunter and John Buchanan) for winning the SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT AND ALSO TO Neil Barrett and Robert Gibson for winning the SIERRA PAIRS Menteith Heat.

Way on down at the Lake 16/07/19

Lake of Menteith 16th July 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 21C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.6m

The warm weather (see water temp) has sent the fish (not necessarily the pike) deep so pack your fast sinkers. Best areas of recent have been the Malling shore, The Gap and Gateside Bay. Gary Johnson and John Slaven sent in these fine photos. At these temperatures we have an advisory note to limit catch and release in the interests of fish welfare. The Scottish versus English Select match tomorrow will be fished to 10 fish catch and release and record the time of your last fish caught. Temperatures are thankfully forecast to drop over the next few days…..

2/7/19 Damsels and Jelly Fry

Lake of Menteith 2nd July 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 18C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 3.0m

The Lake changed from dry fly optimal, to long sink tip or immediate line optimal, between Tuesday and Friday of last week. In these bright glittery conditions the fish are best found on a fast tip with blobs and boobies. Most recent good bags have been from the Malling Shore. A lot of damsel flies are on the move and in some areas the place is teeming with newly hatched coarse fry. Too late to be pike fry – more likely roach fry? If so, spawning time for roach must be around mid-June? The sequence according to some studies is perch first then pike then roach. The change in depth/tactics may not all be about an aversion to warmer water in the surface layers – although the heat last week was blistering.  It may have a link with the availability of a new menu. The pike have been very active this week and seem unphased by the mini heat wave – unlike the trout.


On the 25th Peter Auchterlonie won the SANACC semi final with 19 trout on dries in Gateside and at Malling. In second place was Gregor Fleming with 18 and 3rd Gary Ormiston with 17. Both on dries at Sams Point  and International Bay. By Friday the top method was boobies fished by Ronnie Gilbert (23 fish) with a fast tip at Kates Brae/Lochend. 2nd and 3rd were Alan MacLachlan (21 fish) and James Gardiner 16 fish – all fishing similar methods in the same area.


The Championships were interrupted by a large amount of thunder and lightening but only a little rain – and the boats all came in until deemed safe to head back out. The fish were in a fickle mood though and top rod was Gil Farid with 6 fish – helping East Kilbride into 2nd Place. 2nd top rod was Andy MacKay also with 6 fish – securing a semi final place for Port Glasgow B. Top Club was Brechin B with 7 fish.


A poor night for dry fly. Bill Ramage was top rod with 10 and Stuart Inglis was second with 9 fish. Bill Ramage was on his usual set up and Stuart on buzzers. The pressure is now on Bill Ramage and his team of diawl bach blob and cat. The League is his to loose? Stuart won the box of FARIO flys and Neil Barrett picked up the voucher.

Photo of blue, damsel, and rising trout to Dougie. Courtesy of Colin Riach


15lb pike captured on a damsel by Jim Twaddle

 Jelly Fry

Dougie and the Gentle Art

Menteith Solstice Photos (25/6/19)

Lake of Menteith 25th June 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 16.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.8m

Summer has arrived at the Lake and we managed to avoid the deluges that hit Stirling on Monday which was good. With SANACC semi-finals dominating the week information has been a little a scarce but the dry is still doing well and most of the boats in today’s semi appear to be fishing around the islands, sandy bay and the top end – as well as Gateside Bay. Stocking this week will be on Wednesday.

Nice reverse sequence of a sunset on Saturday night and a sunrise on Saturday morning. Showing how little the sun went down on our shortest night. Thanks to Paul Garner and Frank Gillespie respectively.

In the Scottish Clubs Championship the 13 clubs (39 anglers) netted 116 fish and weighed in 55 for 120lbs. Heat 8 was fished on a balmy June evening and was won by the Alba Orvis FF  “B”   team of James Gardiner (3), David Bonnington (9) and Paul Garner (8) with a total of 20 fish.  The The Caley Liners “B” team of Stephen Francis (12), Billy Muir (4) and Kenny McClymont (2) were second with 18 fish and the Ardrossan Eglinton  AC “B” team of Darren Rourke (8), Joseph Wood (7) and Tony Goggans were third with 15 fish. Top individual rod was Stephen Francis with 12 fish for 24lbs 12.3ozs.  Stephen took his fish in the area around Chicken Leg Bay where he was fishing a dry olive. Thanks to the sponsors (Lake of Menteith, Keir Hardie Joinery, Famous Grouse, Fly Tying Scotland and Glencairn Crystal).

Photo of winners – Alba Orvis FF “B” – James, David and Paul

FARIO Menteith Boat League. Heat 8 of the Menteith boat league sponsored by Fario Flies  took place on a calm and dry evening. 22 Anglers took part and caught 109 fish. Top rod was Brian Mackenzie with 12 fish. 2nd place was Ronnie Mckean with 11 fish who won the box of Fario flies. 3rd place was Ken Oliver who won a voucher for a free nights fishing. The majority of the fish on the night were caught on dry flies around Malling shore and in the cages. Brian MacKenzie is now top of the leader board with Bill Ramage in second place.

Next week we have the Angler’s World Individual Heat on Sunday and there are still places left.

Road closures are still affecting access to the Lake but now only from Callander. There are no access problems from Thornhill or any other direction. Callander road is open till 9am (12noon till 1pm) and after 5.30pm.

Check the Stirling Council website road closures or phone the fishery for advice.


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.…/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. 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.