Lake of Menteith 20.3.19.

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 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.

The Jimmy Nairn Memorial for the most beautiful fish caught on opening day was won 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 Fisheries Facebook Page.

The anglers were treated to refreshments and some of the award-winning Taste of the Trossachs pies.

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Lake of Menteith 12.3.19

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.

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 Stewarts World Championship Pies (beans if you want them) and some refreshments.

In honour of our long serving Board Member 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 J.

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Toft Newton 14.9.18

56 Rods caught 120 trout for a rod average of 2.14

Some great fishing over the last 3 weeks mainly to those in boats, it certainly seems that there are lots of fish holding at around 80-100 yards out, fish are being caught from the banks too though it has to be said less consistently, a cast and move approach is certainly beneficial and it’s possible to catch one or two pretty quick when you just happen to drop on them, the boats are accessing more fish over a greater area.

Cloudier days have as always been best and thankfully there’s been no shortage of cloud of late. The best methods have been slow- medium intermediates teamed with small boobies or fabs with nymphs in the middle for those who like a team of flies – many of the fish taken on the nymphs are coming on the hang at the end of the retrieve, it’s also worth casting to any fish that you may have seen move, they’re quite ready takers and can add several to your bag throughout the day.

With some fish also prepared to come up for dries a full floater is another strong option, patterns such as claret bits, big red and black hopper are all great searching flies for rising fish, keep fan casting a short line from the boats and don’t leave the flies down for too long before re casting.

Now something different, we did promise we had big news……have you ever dreamed of fishing for England? Would you like to test your skills against some of the best anglers in the country? At Toft we have been asked by Lee Cartmail on behalf of the Angling Trust trust to host one of the heats for the Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing stillwater bank fishing qualifiers, it’s a pegged match fish to Fips Mouche rules, it’s limited to 20 entries and the top 6 will qualify for the regional final, those successful in this will then progress to a national final and the chance to fish for England if successful again. The date for this is Sunday the 2nd of December and anglers can pay their entry fee online, as soon as I’ve got a link I’ll post it for all to see, fishing fees are payable on the day.

FOR THOSE WHO FANCY A BASH AT WINNING A SHARE OF £500

We’re also in the process of planning a November Toft special competition with an estimated prize fund of at least £500, once again please give us a call if you’d like to take part. Simply put the more that enter the bigger the prize pot will be, the provisional date that we have blanked out is Sunday 4th November, it’s important that you book early as we’re anticipating a sell out attendance, entry fee including fishing fees will be £35.00, at £10 non refundable deposit can be paid over the telephone to secure your place, we’ll be fishing to an 8 fish limit on the day with a similar kind of pegged format as usual.

For any further information, boat bookings or general advice please call the fishery office on 01673 878453.

We look forward to seeing you soon

The Toft Team

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Elinor 5.9.18

138 anglers caught 294 fish of which 188 were returned

Best Fish
7lb 4oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, boat
7lb 0oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, black hopper
6lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black snake, boat
6lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, grey duster
5lb 8oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, black snake, boat
5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, black snake, boat

Best Areas
Bank – Dam(in a north wind), boat bay, east arm
Boat – Down middle

Best Patterns
black snake, cormorant, hares ear, wet hopper, black buzzer, black shipmans

Elinor is ready to explode anytime now with a cooler forecast. On cloudy days there is plenty of surface activity with dries, washing line or lures pulled near the surface taking fish.
Many more bigger fish are being seen and caught.
Water clarity continues to improve.

Next Stocking
September 4th & 7th

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Lake of Menteith 5.9.18.

Plenty of fish in the stocking pens but we don’t want to make it too easy for the two big finals that are looming – The National Final and the National Club Championships……a good problem.

I have not been asking too many folk what is doing as many are busy researching for these events, however there are always a few loose tongues. It would appear that Gateside Bay still has the biggest congregation of fish and if it is not too busy and overcast a dry or two in here is a good option, otherwise subsurface tactics (eg washing line with diawls, buzzers or cormorants) using a sink tip or floater are the best bet. Lots of other areas are fishing well and good or best bags have often been had by those exploring further afield.

Youth Coach Alisdair Mair returned a nice bow and Colin Clark from Inverary took a fine brown for the pot from the cages on the dependable damsel. Holiday maker Chris Tatner released a brown also in Gateside. Chris had 9 fish on Daddies and Cormorants.

SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE BOATS (THURS 20TH SEPT) WILL BE FINALISED TOMORROW. OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT THE FOLLOWING CLUBS: SALTIRE, LINTRATHEN, NEILSTON, CHANGE AND DUNFERMLINE RUSTY NAIL HAVE NOT BOOKED ANY PRACTICE BOATS. LAST CHANCE GUYS…

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Toft Newton 3.9.18

With cooler weather finally here things are starting to pick up, perhaps a little slower than we’d like although it’s all heading in the right direction. Water clarity is improving daily thanks to the cooler nights and it’s been encouraging to see a few of our fresher stockies appearing in catches as they get settled in nicely. It’s fair to say that the best of the sport has been from boats around 100 yards out and as such boats have been pretty busy so it’s advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

There seem to have been 2 standout methods this week, either a floating line and dries such as bobs bits, shipmans and unsinkable or a midge tip or slow glass line with washing line tactics, quite a few anglers have reported getting quite a lot of offers as well as the fish they’ve caught.

Now something different, we did promise we had big news……have you ever dreamed of fishing for England? Would you like to test your skills against some of the best anglers in the country? At Toft we have been asked by Lee Cartmail on behalf of the Angling Trust trust to host one of the heats for the Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing stillwater bank fishing qualifiers, it’s a pegged match fish to Fips Mouche rules, it’s limited to 20 entries and the top 6 will qualify for the regional final, those successful in this will then progress to a national final and the chance to fish for England if successful again. The date for this is Sunday the 2nd of December and anglers can pay their entry fee online, as soon as I’ve got a link I’ll post it for all to see, fishing fees are payable on the day.

FOR THOSE WHO FANCY A BASH AT WINNING A SHARE OF £500

We’re also in the process of planning a November Toft special competition with an estimated prize fund of at least £500, once again please give us a call if you’d like to take part. Simply put the more that enter the bigger the prize pot will be, the provisional date that we have blanked out is Sunday 4th November, it’s important that you book early as we’re anticipating a sell out attendance, entry fee including fishing fees will be £35.00, at £10 non refundable deposit can be paid over the telephone to secure your place, we’ll be fishing to an 8 fish limit on the day with a similar kind of pegged format as usual.

For any further information, boat bookings or general advice please call the fishery office on 01673 878453.

We look forward to seeing you soon

The Toft Team

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Carsington Water 3.9.18

Another great week of fishing. Lots of fish caught and many from the surface on dries. A number of 6lb + over wintered fish have also been caught. The most popular area seems the have around the mouth of Fishtail Creek, drifting from the middle of the reservoir into the creek, depending on wind direction.

Please note
WE ARE CLOSED THIS WEEK ON
WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPT 2018
We open again at 8am on Thursday and currently we have a few boats left, give us a call today to book.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 4.87 with 477 fish caught by 98 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 6lb 4oz caught by Martin Griffiths.
The heaviest Brown was approx 4lb caught by Mick Cartledge.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Fishtail Creek, Buoys 5 and 6 and the Main Basin.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were blobs, lures, hoppers, boobies, snakes and dry flies.

Both intermediate and sinking lines have been used successfully.

Safety Information
Please can we remind our anglers:
- Always wear your killcord whilst the engine is running
- Do not stand up whilst the boat is moving either as driver or passenger
- Wear your lifejacket on top of all other clothing
- Carry a mobile phone
Pictures
It’s good to be able to feature those great catches on our weekly reports. We have already received some great shots, thanks to those who have emailed in.
Please don’t hesitate to email photos of your catch to flyfishing@carsingtonwater.com. Remember to note your name, weight of fish, fly used and area caught.
We always have a camera in the fishery lodge so let us know if your catch is worth a snap!

Booking Online
It is now possible to book your days fishing online 24/7. It’s a great way of making a booking out of hours and checking the availability of boats.

Fishing Reports
Our weekly fishing reports will be emailed out to those on our mailing list.
If you would like to subscribe or view the reports on our website click link below.

http://www.carsingtonwater.com/Fishing-Reports.html

You can also help us with our reports by filling in the fishing catch return forms and putting them in the returns box by the warden’s office, plus any pictures are always useful.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the 2018 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are back to the jetty by 7.30pm no later
Please respect this finish time as our wardens have several duties after the boats have returned.
Please allow sufficient time to return from your fishing spot
Please note that Carsington is a boat fishing water only. It is advisable that boat bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment. Discounts are available for bookings of 5 or more boats.

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Lake of Menteith 28.8.18

Water Temperature – 12C, Clarity (Secchi disc)3.1m.

In the SPRA east outing 13 boats averaged 13 fish a boat (total catch was 71 fish for 147lbs with 95 returned. Jimmy McBride was top rod. I ask him what his tactics were….“ I wandered about trying to avoid the crowds and found fish everywhere I went. I fished a floater all day, with washing line set up. Diawls, cormorants and the ever faithful candy booby on the tail. When the sport slowed up I went on the dries and picked up some nice fish. My boat partner was on dries all day and had sport all day too!”

Most popular area yesterday was Gateside Bay but those with the best bags fished elsewhere in the quieter areas. Plenty of fish and swallows moving above the buzzers beds from the Pike Buoys over to Kates Brae last night. Clubs also fishing yesterday were St.Mungo (6 boats) 14 fish and 5 returned and BP 5 boats 25 fish and 7 returned.

Billy Gillan was out with Jim Christie and netted a good brown.

We are now releasing spare boats for the National practice days (13th and 14th September). Many of the finalists have paired up and others have just booked a seat at this stage. Unpaired individuals will be paired up with other similar unpaired finalists unless they book a whole boat – which will be on a first come first served basis. One week left to get your boat (and a half) booked for your team in the Scottish Club Championship Practice Day on 20/9/18.

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Elinor 26.8.18.

102 anglers caught 238 fish of which 176 were returned

Best Fish
5lb 8oz Peter Ertle, Blunham, damsel
5lb 6oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, black hopper
5lb 0oz Lester Bishop, Bishops Stortford, black hopper

Best Areas
Bank – east arm, creek, boat bay, dam
Boat – east arm, pylon point, down middle

Best Patterns
black hopper, hares ear, cormorant, red diawl bach, white/green tadpole, black snake.

Water temperature is down to 17.5C, weed is dying back and the algal bloom receding.
Although the fishing is not easy there has been a big improvement over the last 10 days. Good numbers of fish rising, especially early morning and the fish are well spread over most areas of the lake.
More of the resident big fish are starting to show now.
Most fish are being caught in the top two foot.
There should be even better sport over the coming week with the favourable weather forecast.

Sunday November 11th is the date of the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.
£25.00 entry fee includes fishing fees (£5.00 for season ticket holders).
9am-3pm, 6 fish limit, 2lb/hour time bonus.
Proceeds from the raffle will be split between the Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.

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Carsington water 27.8.18

The catch rate has improved all week with many fish now being caught nearer the surface with some good returns using dry flies & buzzers. Black seems to be the prominent colour.
The cooler weather & rain has helped raise the fish higher in the water with many fish being caught in the 3lb – 4lb range.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 5.1 with 226 fish caught by 44 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb 13oz caught by Mr P Harding
The heaviest Brown was 2lbs caught by mr D Allen

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around the Buoys 4, 5, 6 and 10, Drifting in Main Basin, Fishtail Creek

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were white, black & olive snakes, Blobs, Boobies, Minkies, crunchers & nymphs.

A Di 7 has proved the most succesful

Safety Information
Please can we remind our anglers:
- Always wear your killcord whilst the engine is running
- Do not stand up whilst the boat is moving either as driver or passenger
- Wear your lifejacket on top of all other clothing
- Carry a mobile phone
Pictures
It’s good to be able to feature those great catches on our weekly reports. We have already received some great shots, thanks to those who have emailed in.
Please don’t hesitate to email photos of your catch to flyfishing@carsingtonwater.com. Remember to note your name, weight of fish, fly used and area caught.
We always have a camera in the fishery lodge so let us know if your catch is worth a snap!

Booking Online
It is now possible to book your days fishing online 24/7. It’s a great way of making a booking out of hours and checking the availability of boats.

Fishing Reports
Our weekly fishing reports will be emailed out to those on our mailing list.
If you would like to subscribe or view the reports on our website click link below.

http://www.carsingtonwater.com/Fishing-Reports.html

You can also help us with our reports by filling in the fishing catch return forms and putting them in the returns box by the warden’s office, plus any pictures are always useful.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the 2018 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are back to the jetty by 8.00pm no later
Please respect this finish time as our wardens have several duties after the boats have returned.
Please allow sufficient time to return from your fishing spot
Please note that Carsington is a boat fishing water only. It is advisable that boat bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment. Discounts are available for bookings of 5 or more boats.

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