Angling Reports/News

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 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




Twiddlingly good retrieve.

Lake of Menteith 16th April 2019

Water Temperature at 6ft 9C;  Secchi disk Clarity 2.5m

The first heat of the Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship 2019, Sponsored by Ridgeline UK, 7plus7 Construction & R & E Hygiene was held on the lake today. Thankfully the strong easterly wind experienced on Monday abated slightly but the day was still on the cool side with light persistent rain for most of the session. Most of the boats headed for shallow water drifts in the Eastern Basin with some also heading to Sandy Bay and Malling.

Buzzers were hatching through the day and the birds were busy feeding on them above water with the trout doing likewise sub-surface.

The winner of the heat was Kevin McCabe of Change FFC. He managed to land 23 fish for a total weight of 45lbs 3.7ozs. (First three fish killed and weighed with 2lbs awarded for each fish returned thereafter). Kevin was fishing a floating line and buzzers around Shear Point. Kevin also won the corresponding heat last year with 39 fish and will be captaining the Scotland team at the Spring International at Grafham Water next month. Here’s hoping that his form continues!

2nd place went to Neill Barrett of Gilmerton FFC with 14 fish for 30lbs, 5.6ozs. Neill got his fish between the ferry pier and the shallow marker buoys on a floating line with a fab and cormorants.

3rd place went to Wayne Cram of West Lothian Fly Dressers AC. Wayne landed 13 fish for a total of 27lbs, 13.7ozs. Wayne fished Hotel Bay using a Buzzer Tip Boobies and diawl bachs.

The top 23 anglers qualified for the semi-finals with the cut off weight being 14lbs, 7.8 ozs. The 46 anglers landed a total of 352 fish for a total of 734lbs 1.3 ozs, giving a rod average of 7.65. PB

Below Kevin McCabe on right “twiddling to victory”.

On Sunday the Scottish team were out practising and had 128 fish from their 8 boats. On Saturday, Falkirk FD killed 28 for 64lbs and returned a further 21 with 5 boats, IBM netted 50 with their 6 boats.

“Follow the Birds”

Lake of Menteith 2nd April 2019
Water Temperature at 6ft 8C; Secchi disk Clarity 2.4m
Fishing has been very good during theis last week with many boats catching and returning a lot of fish. Fly Tyer Peter Batchelor was out with his mate Gary Hamilton on Monday in dreich conditions (but not two drops as was forecast) and had a brilliant day. I asked them for a few tips and Gary said, “we followed the house martins which were swooping over the Lake in certain areas and they led us to the fish”. They did well up behind Dog Isle on washing line tactics then moved away from the fish to Lochend and put on dries and continued catching – ending up with over 40 fish.Top areas have really been all over. Malling shore to Reedy Point, up to the Gap and down to the Butts. Below Peter Batchelor left and Gary Hamilton (right).
The Defibrillator training morning held recently was well attended and our thanks to Trossachs Search and Rescue for their expert advice on defibs and first aid and also to Scottish Police Recreation for the fundraising and to all who contributed. Fishery employee Connor Shearer demonstrates his technique.

The Lake Report 25th March

Lake of Menteith 25th March 2019

Water Temperature at 6ft 7.5C;  Secchi disk Clarity 2.7m

Some very nice rainbows at the Lake recently including this belter taken from the Gap (Photo Douglas Fraser).

Some good catches on Saturday with Sunday being cancelled due to the high winds.

Heriots were out on Saturday 23rd and landed 63 fish with their 5 boats. The best boat had 20 of these and second placed boat had 16. Colin Riach’s detailed report speaks of a good head of fish out from Kate’s Brae and at Reedy Point. Thanks to Colin for this photo of a netted bow and for the info. It seems the best tactics were sinking lines and weighted flies. Grizzlecats returned 108 fish with 6 boats – also on Saturday.  QG

Lake of Menteith 18th March 2019 Opening Blawg

The Lake was opened by Topher Nairn (left) from Lochend – despite the snow lying thick around the country (but it wasn’t too bad at the port). The opening was assisted with some fine tunes for such a cold day, from Piper Stewart Marshall of Cambusbarron. Being only 50ft above sea level, and sheltered from many directions gives the lake its own microclimate – but the combination of sleet, snow wind and rain had many seeking the pleasures of the howff and wood burning stove within hours of going out. In the afternoon the wind dropped and nothing fell out of the sky, and some pleasant fishing was enjoyed.  

The anglers who braved the weather were rewarded with some good catches with overwintered fish over 5lbs being landed. Successful tactics ranged from snakes and boobies fished on sinking lines right up to dry flies in the more sheltered areas. The wind in the morning came from east/north- east and swung all the way round through north to finish a westerly by the end of the afternoon.

The Jimmy Nairn Memorial for the most beautiful fish caught on Opening day

The most beautiful fish was a “no brainer” for the panel of three judges and was caught by Alan Steven from Bo’ness, pictured with the fish and holding the trophies. Alan gets to keep the bowl, carved by Jimmy’s son in law – Chris Carroll.

All the beautiful fish contenders can be seen at the Lake of Menteith below. The best boats on the day had over 20 fish, with good areas being Tod Hole to Lochend, Malling, Sandy Bay and also over open water from Arnmach toward Lochend.

Opening Day This Saturday – 16th March 2019

Lake of Menteith 12th March 2019

One of the windiest weeks of the winter so far and yet the met office has Saturday as quite fishable. Let’s hope the systems aren’t delayed coming in off the Atlantic.

Water Temperature 5.5C Clarity 2.6m

We have put in 1022 rainbows (1.5 to 3.5lbs) and browns (mainly 3/4lb but a few bigger – like the one below (held by fisheries stalwart Douglas Fraser). As most of you will know the lake has fished well all winter thanks to the big end of season stocking (see fly tyer Peter Batchelor’s Feb fish). With a bit of clement weather, the fishing forecast is for quite a few overwintered fish. The Pike angling has been a bit mixed this pre-season but the strong winds have limited the possibilities. This 23lb pike was caught by Terry Eldridge of the PAC during the most recent outing. Terry also had the 2nd biggest at 18lbs.

New for 2019 are another couple of brand new Coulam Boats, the Online Booking system and a new square sausage supplier. The new battery-operated siphon tube will cut down breakdowns (and petrol consumption) due to water in the fuel.

To kick off the New Season we will have Davie Stewart’s World Championship Pies (beans if you want them) and some refreshments.

In honour of our long serving Director Jimmy Nairn, we have a new trophy for Opening day. Jimmy personally dragged this piece of bog oak out of the Lochend swamps. It is reckoned to be at least 5000 years old. Son in law Chris Carroll has made the trophy below right which will adorn the Angling Howff. Wood worker Chris also plans to donate a bowl every year (like the one below left) to the winner of this Opening day competition.

We are still mulling it over, but we reckon the winner will have caught the best fish that day. Size is not everything and the fish can be weighed in and or photographed or photographed and returned. The judge’s decision on the day is final .

Jimmy Nairn

To all of those who have been asking and are interested. We are having a memorial service for James Nairn at the Port Kirk this Fri 15th at 11:30am. (From Jimmy’s Family)

Jimmy was our Director and Neighbour and devoted much of his time to the fishery as Director and Managing Director. He interviewed both Douglas and myself. We have always been grateful for his considered opinion and enjoyed his generosity, friendship and advice. His hand on the helm will be missed. Quint

Tight Lines and a Happy New Year All

VACANCY FOR A PART TIME ACCOUNTANT at the Lake of Menteith Fisheries, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3RA.

The Fishery company is looking for a part time accountant to look after the finances of the company which is based on the shores of the Lake of Menteith, where the company grows and stocks rainbow trout and rents out their fleet of 35 fishing boats. It is envisaged that two mornings per week will be required. The main duties required will include; recording of financial transactions and banking, preparing of budgets and accounts for planning and tax purposes and staff wages. Please send your application form to The Manager at the above address.