Carsington Water 29.4.19

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 5.38 with 344 fish caught by 64 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb 8oz caught by Lester Booth.
The heaviest Blue was 3lb 12z caught by Ben Bayliss.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Tower Bank, Brown Ale Bay, Half Moon Bay, Fish Tail Creek and Upperfields

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were green and black lures, buzzers, boobies, blobs and black pennel.

Floating lines have proven popular, with a slow retrieve or DI7 method being successful for many anglers.

Save Money With Our Multiple Permit Offers
For those anglers who fish 10 or more times through a season
we offer multiple permit offers.
10 Full Day Permits (4 fish bag limit) £220 – saving £30
10 Full Day Conc Permits (4 fish bag limit) £195 – saving £55
10 Full Day Sport Permits (catch & release only) £120 – saving £30
Permits are only valid for the 2019 season.

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 2019 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are currently back to the jetty by 8pm.
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 24.4.19

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 https://www.greatrun.org/great-stirling-run/event-info 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 https://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk/menteith-boat-league-2019/

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Carsington Water 22.4.19

Firstly we would like to thank all the anglers who completed thier catch returned and have given us lots of helpful information to pass onto others throughout the week. It feels like many of your have experience a great days fishing judging by your comments. Your positive comments about our fishery and the quality of our fish are very rewarding to the team.
We must also welcome a number of junior anglers who have spent a day of their Easter holiday fishing with thier parents for the first time. The catch returns show that most caught fish for the first time and some more than one! We hope to see you all again later in the season.
The water has fished well again this week and hasn’t been affected too much by the brighter, warmer weather. It’s been good to see a few reports of the use of floating lines and lots more buzzer fishing. We are certainly seeing much more natural life on the water hopefully helping to bring those fish closer to the surface.

Please Note – We are fully booked this Saturday for the Spring Open Competition

Report & Photos – Notts Police Fly Fishers & Newthorpe Fly Tyers.
On Tuesday 8 anglers from Notts Police Fly fishing together with some friends from Newthorpe fly tyers had a tremendous day on the water. Everyone caught fish to varying degrees. Best being Tony Smith with 23 fish. The quality of some of the fish was superb with numerous full tailed overwintered fish caught be several anglers. Only two fish were taken one weighed at 5lb 4oz. the other 5lb 9oz it was caught by Tony Smith. there were several others approaching that weight. Caught on several different methods from buzzers and nymphs on floating line to pulled black and green lures in top 3 feet of water. 8 anglers caught almost 70 fish all bar two were safely returned to the water.
What a great day.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 5.97 with 698 fish caught by 117 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 6lb 8oz caught by Gary Freegard.
The heaviest Brown was 2lb 8oz caught by James Carson.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Tower Bank, Brown Ale Bay, North End, Half Moon Bay and Fish Tail Creek.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were green and black lures, buzzers, snakes, orange blobs and orange boobies.

Both intermediate and sinking lines have proven popular, with a slow drift and slow retrieve being successful for many anglers.

Save Money With Our Multiple Permit Offers
For those anglers who fish 10 or more times through a season
we offer multiple permit offers.
10 Full Day Permits (4 fish bag limit) £220 – saving £30
10 Full Day Conc Permits (4 fish bag limit) £195 – saving £55
10 Full Day Sport Permits (catch & release only) £120 – saving £30
Permits are only valid for the 2019 season

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 2019 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are currently back to the jetty by 8pm.
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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Carsington water 15.4.19

Another great weeks fishing with most fish being caught on the east side of the reservoir.
Black and green patterns seem to have been the most successful, however some of our anglers have also had success on black buzzers.
Looking forward to some warmer weather towards the end of the week.
Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 6.62 with 602 fish caught by 91 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 7lb caught by R Tilling.
The heaviest Brown was 3lb caught by Joe Cummins.
The heaviest Blue was 4lb caught by Paul Higgin

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around the Brown Ale Bay, Half Moon Bay, Fish Tail Creek Upperfields Bay and Millfields Bay.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were green and black lures, buzzers, black snakes, cormorants and cats whiskers.

Sinking lines have proven popular, with a slow drift and slow retrieve being successful for many anglers.

Save Money With Our Multiple Permit Offers
For those anglers who fish 10 or more times through a season
we offer multiple permit offers.
10 Full Day Permits (4 fish bag limit) £220 – saving £30
10 Full Day Conc Permits (4 fish bag limit) £195 – saving £55
10 Full Day Sport Permits (catch & release only) £120 – saving £30
Permits are only valid for the 2019 season

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.

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 2019 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are currently back to the jetty by 7.30pm.
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 9.4.19

Water Temperature at 6ft 9C; Secchi disk Clarity 2.4m

We`ve had a cold east wind for the past week so most anglers are hugging the east shore or in Sandy bay and having good sport, a good drift to catch some of the bigger fish is starting at Katies Brea and drifting across to Chicken leg bay. Method vary from straight lining buzzers to pulling blobs.

Notable Catches; Mr Raeburn 10 fish, SPRA West12 boats 100 fish, Mr Lock and Mr Webster 21 fish, David Bradshaw 8 fish, Priory AC 5 boats 170 fish, Clydesdale bank (7 Boats) 99 fish, Rainbow warrior’s (3 boats) 43 fish. Mr Harvey 9 fish including 3 brownies Peter Batchelor and Gary Hamilton 30+ fish.

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Carsington water 8.4.19

Our rod average of 7.37 has increased again this week.
The east side of the water has still been fishing well from Half moon field right down to Upperfields bay & Millfields.
There have been some excellent fish caught many weighing over 5lbs, it looks like our late season stocking followed by a mild winter has produced some excellent over wintered rainbows and browns.
We were please to host the early season DCAC social competiton over the weekend its sounds like most boats had great success.
We hope to see many of you fishing with us throughout the season.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 7.37 with 575 fish caught by 78 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 7lb 6oz caught by Kevin Jackson.
The heaviest Brown was 5lb 8oz caught by Chad Critchley.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around the North End, Half Moon Bay, Fish Tail Creek and Sailing Club Island.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were green and black lures, hot heads, buzzers, boobies, blobs and black snakes.

Sinking and floating lines with a sink tip have proven popular, with a slow drift and slow retrieve being successful for many anglers.

Save Money With Our Multiple Permit Offers
For those anglers who fish 10 or more times through a season
we offer multiple permit offers.
10 Full Day Permits (4 fish bag limit) £220 – saving £30
10 Full Day Conc Permits (4 fish bag limit) £195 – saving £55
10 Full Day Sport Permits (catch & release only) £120 – saving £30
Permits are only valid for the 2019 season.

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Lake of Menteith 2nd April 2019

Water Temperature at 6ft 8C; Secchi disk Clarity 2.4m

Fishing has been good during the 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 housemartins 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 the n moved away from the fish to Lochend and put on dries and continued catching – ending up with over 35 fish.

Top areas have really been all over. Malling shore to Reedy Point, up to the Gap and down to the Butts

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Carsington water 25.3.19

A much calmer week brought lots of anglers out searching for those over wintered fish. Many anglers caught towards the North End and Fish Tail Creek using sinking lines with black and green patterns proving successful. Despite the rod average for the week being around 5 there were lots of anglers completing catch returns of double figures. It was also great to see many fish being caught at 4lbs plus with our largest catch for the week being a 6lb rainbow.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 5.06 with 445 fish caught by 88 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow were 6lb caught by Simon Caddy and W Dungavel.
The heaviest Brown was 4lb caught by A Hall.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Brown Ale Bay, North End, Fish Tail Creek, Upperfields Bay and Millfields.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were orange blobs, zonkas, black and green snakes, black buzzers and orange boobies.

Both sinking and floating lines have proven popular, with the Di3 method being successful for many anglers.

Save Money With Our Multiple Permit Offers
For those anglers who fish 10 or more times through a season
we offer multiple permit offers.
10 Full Day Permits (4 fish bag limit) £220 – saving £30
10 Full Day Conc Permits (4 fish bag limit) £195 – saving £55
10 Full Day Sport Permits (catch & release only) £120 – saving £30
Permits are only valid for the 2019 season.

Spring Open 2019 Competition
Saturday 27th April 2019 is the date for our Spring Open Competition.

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 2019 season.
Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am
All boats are currently back to the jetty by 5.30pm.
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 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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