6ft Water Temperature 16C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 3m.
Clarity remains good and hot spots are still in the western drifts with The Gap, Heronry, Malling Shore, Stable Point and Gateside Bay all being favoured by the anglers. In the wind or at any time a slow glass or sink tip and lures has been popular but a couple of big dries has worked equally well if that is more your style!
Bill Ramage of Tillicoultry caught this 9lb 9oz bow in the cages on a size 10 black snatcher. He has also been doing well with the Ramage Cat (he won the Boat League last week with 15). Paul Garner was the best bag at the Scottish Clubs on Saturday night with 12 fish from Gateside with a blob and nymphs on a sink tip. In the last of the two National Semis last week at the Lake on 1/7/16 Alan MacLachlan from Bridge of Allan was top rod with 16 trout from Gateside on a booby and a slow glass (28 anglers caught 205 trout). In the Heat on 28th June Davie Moore (Dumfermline Artisans) was top rod with 20 trout all taken from the Heronry area on two yellow owls (48 anglers caught 306 fish).
Photos right and below by Colin Riach of Heriots Angling Club.
Thankfully the Lake has cooled from its 20 deg C high and is now 16 deg C at 6ft. Clarity remains good at 2.5m. The hot weather dented rod averages a little last week but they soon recovered and were back up to a more usual 3.1 on Saturday night after a low of 1.35 for the previous Thursday.Stocking has continued as normal this week with 500 going in on Monday and a further 500 scheduled for Friday. We have increased our stocking versus last year (up 15%) and so far this season we have stocked 12413 trout compared to last year’s 10796 (up to 13th June). The 2015 total includes 400 trout stocked in early November of 2014. Boat hires have been roughly similar over the same periods. The warm water temperatures have resulted in a nicer than usual display of water lillies. Hot spot remains the east basin.
Belated Congratulations to Change Fly Fishers A, Thalassa AC and Leven Fly Casters for progression in the Anglian Water Airflo International and also to Menteith Ospreys, Perth RASC and Change B for progessing from the evening heat. Kevin McCabe of Change A had this beezer the day before the comp.
Heat 6 - 11th June 2016 Scottish Club Championship
Sponsored by Keir Hardie Joinery and the Lake of Menteith
Twelve clubs turned out for the 6th heat and although it had cooled quite a bit from earlier in the week the fishing was not easy. There was an easterly breeze and light rain throughout the session and by 11pm it was chilly. At the start of the evening almost all of the boats headed for the Lochend/Butts area and as to be expected the good bags of fish came from that area. A total of 112 trout for 228lbs 7ozs were caught by the 12 clubs.
Lintrathen FF "A" represented by Kevin Neri, Neil Anderson and Chris McAllister were the clear winners with 27 fish for 53lbs 15.625ozs. All three team members between them fished the area from the chalets through Loch End to Tods Hole and concentrated on a mix of suspender buzzers, crunchers and dries on floating lines. Kevin had 10 fish for 20lbs 4.5ozs; Neil had 11 fish for 22lbs 8.125ozs and Chris had 6 fish for 11lbs 3ozs. Crown FF "A" represented by Dougie Hek and his sons James and Colin were second with 15 fish for 31lbs 9.75ozs. Colin was the top individual rod on the night with 11 fish for 22lbs 9.75ozs.
Colin stuck with dries throughout the session and took his fish at Kates Brae. The third placed team were Port Glasgow AC "A" represented by Archie Blair, Stuart McCabe and Andy Elkin who between them had 15 fish for 30lbs 8.625ozs. These three team go through to the semi-final on 19th August.The top five individuals to go through to the final of the Champions of Champions were:- 1. Colin Hek of Crown FF with 11 trout for 22lbs 9.75ozs, 2. Neil Anderson of Lintrathen FF with 11 trout for 22lbs 8.125ozs, 3. Kevin Neri of Lintrathen FF with 10 trout for 20lbs 4.5ozs, 4. Stuart McCabe of Port Glasgow AC with 7 trout for 14lbs 2.75ozs, 5. Davy Moore of Dunfermline Railway with 6 trout for 12lbs 0.5ozs, The heaviest fish weighed 3lbs 2.375ozs and was caught by James Turner of Bank of Scotland, Glasgow District. Crown FF were presented with a presentation bottle of malt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Lake of Menteith Fishery. The top two teams, heaviest bag and heaviest fish were presented with commemorative bottles of beer.
A much better week for us at Thornton, although the weather forecast wasn’t great at times the fishing was good returning a rod average of 4.0 for the week
Large hatches of buzzer, overcast conditions resulted in the fish feeding on or near the surface most of the week with a floating line, midge tip or intermediate all that was required with buzzer, cruncher, diawl bach, hares ears, muddlers & dries
Typically for us at this time of year boats are out fishing the bank with the main basin, stones and Markfield Arm producing best with anglers staying on to fish the last hour enjoying terrific evening sport.
Monday Clive Holt fished the evening rise and caught 6, on Tuesday Steve Windram & Phil Cross shared a boat catching 15 on damsel, Wednesday T Pegg found fish moving all day along the stones catching 19 on a black diawl bach, Thursday Keith Cowen caught his limit on damsels with Clive Holt returning to fish the evening rise being rewarded with 6 trout, by Friday and the weekend although windy on Saturday the algae had cleared and the fishing was superb with Danny Lovegrove And Rob Middleton fishing small buzzers and small daddies to record 25 fish for their boat, Jamie Scott came to fish the evening rise with dries boating 8 trout, on Saturday Martin Clay and Colin Meads shared a boat for the morning session catching 20 trout on size 14 grey buzzer, Mark Hunt fished top of the water to record 24 trout on Sunday Andy Hubbard called in for the morning session recording 5 trout.
However top angler of the week was the Osprey who visited us on Tuesday taking a trout for his supper from amongst the boats fishing the main basin.
Our Loyalty card valid at Thornton, Draycote and Foremark is proving popular with some anglers already claiming their first Free visit having purchased 10 trips, ten Loyalty stamps, speak to the lodge for further information and to pick up your card.
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 9.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 3.00pm / 3.00pm – 9.30pm
Last 4 Hour 5.30pm – 9.30pm
All anglers off site by 9.45pm
Yet again, Draycote anglers enjoyed an epic start to the new season. Despite enduring wintery squalls, ninety six anglers braved a chilling & very windy opening day last Friday to find sport fast & furious throughout the venue. A total of 223 trout were killed with a further 1,051 caught & released. Bank &boat anglers alike caught consistently with too many fine bags recorded to mention any individual rods by name.
Another tremendous start to the season at Foremark with over 2,000 fish being caught.
Both bank and boat anglers have found plenty of sport in most of the normal early season areas. Most line types have worked well with floating lines just edging it. The usual black and green lures along with damsels, cats whiskers fished from the bank have done well however intermediate lines and sinking lines have been best from the boats. Verdons point, sailing club bay and the area just in front of the lodge have been popular. Bramble and sun blessed bay have been very good at times. The boats have found good sport around number 8buoy around the cascade and gorse bay.
Best fish so far was a stunning 8Lbs 4oz brown caught by Mr J Thubrn on a pink fritz (this fish was returned) Mr M Smith has also netted a 8Lbs rainbow from the bank. Over the last six days there has been numerous catches of 20 plus fish again to both the banks and the boats. We have received numerous positive comments over the last few days about the quality and size of the fish. With the average size around the 2lbs mark
The winner of this week’s prize draw of a free all day boat voucher went to Mr David Coe from Long Eaton.
Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote
Number Rods: 181 Number Trout Taken: 459 Number Trout Released: 1734
Total Catch: 21932 Weekly Rod Average: 12.1
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30am till 17.30.
Boat All Day: 08:30 to 17.30
Boat Part Day: 08:30 to 12.30
Last 4 Hours bank from: 13.30 to 17.30
Last 4 Hours Boat from 13.30 to 17.30
ALL LAST 4 HOUR PERMITS AVAILABLE FROM 15 MINUTES BEFORE START TIME.
All anglers to be off site by: 17.45
Dates for your diary: We are holding a tuition day for beginners and improvers on March 26th only a few places remain, call the lodge for more details.
For more up to date information call the lodge on 01283 703 202
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the windowsill by the entrance door.
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Thornton Weekly Report week ending 06/03/16
Despite the weather trying to give us a final cold blast of winter overall we enjoyed another good weeks fishing.
With the colder conditions the trout moved away from the bank during to colder morning conditions moving back in during the warmer afternoons. Boat anglers during the morning found the fish in slightly deeper water 50 – 60yds off the bank before moving closer to the bank as conditions warmed.
Intermediate and sinking lines fished best with a wide variety of patterns taking fish with the top patterns being, Cats Whisker, Blue Flash Damsel, Green & Black tadpole, booby on the warmer days buzzer have also taken fish.
During the early part of the week the area opposite the lodge to the corner of the wood fished best, by the time the weekend arrived with its colder conditions the lonesome pine down the Markfield arm was producing best.
Average size of the trout caught are 1lb14oz – 2lb2oz with trout up to 4lb8oz recorded.
Rod average for the week was 3.3
Main gate, lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pn
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm
All anglers offsite by 6.00pm
Call the lodge 01530 230807