Lake of Menteith, 19 August 2019

For those of us who enjoy a good day’s fishing in a rolling wave, we were unlikely to be disappointed on this particular outing. There was a decent wind blowing straight down the Lake, as Douglas mentioned ‘maybe a better day for flying a kite’. It had been another busy competition week in the lead-up…

Black Loch, evening, 20 July 2019

On my journey from the east, ominous clouds appeared, driven by a surprisingly strong westerly that had the warm touch of summer about it.  On the water, things looked no better.  On squally days such as this there’s often not much of a hatch.  We were assured the fish were near the surface but a…

Lake of Menteith, 15 July 2019

The day was brightening up very nicely as we arrived at the Lake – drier and warmer than the east coast.  The conditions were near perfect, with patches of cloud cover and a gentle westerly breeze.  Reports were the Lake had been fishing well in the run-up and there was talk that dries and buzzers…

Frandy Reservoir, 06 July 2019

Conditions were similar to those at Linlithgow the previous week, with plenty cloud cover in between some bright blue skies.  The wind, thankfully, was much more benign, which is generally a bonus when you’re fishing upland waters such as Frandy.  However, Kenny, the fishery manger, mentioned the fishing had been slow in the past week,…

Linlithgow Loch, 30 June 2019

This is going to be a short outing report, since there is very little to say. This outing always coincides with Linlithgow’s annual spectacular jousting event – our day at times felt a bit medieval and a day in the stocks may have offered just as much fun. The fishery team did little to lift…

Carron Valley Reservoir, 18 May 2019

A dreich Saturday morning greeted our arrival at Carron Valley.  We were surprised by how quiet the car park was, given that the Scierra pairs competition was scheduled for the same day.  Unfortunately for the fishery, the event was cancelled with only 48 hours’ notice.  This meant that our three boats had Carron to ourselves,…

Linlithgow Loch, 16 March 2019

Mid-March in Scotland, so it was no surprise to be welcomed by the sight of snow ploughs clearing the roads for our first outing of the season.  However, the tail end of storm Gareth was almost tropical compared to the ‘Beast from the East’ we endured in this corresponding outing in 2018.  Blizzards and brisk…

Stenhouse Loch, 01 September 2018

Nearly perfect fishing conditions for this outing: a pleasant, warm, autumnal day, with a gentle south-west breeze and total cloud cover!  However, we fishermen will always find something to moan about.  The water clarity was OK, but not great, and where have all the insects gone this year?  Stenhouse is surrounded by all sorts of…

Coldingham Loch, 12 August 2108

After a short sabbatical I was looking forward to our outing to Coldingham.  The prolonged hot summer weather seemed like a very distant memory on a bleak Sunday morning.  Temperatures were still fairly mild, sitting at around 14 degrees, but what we had not expected was the persistent rain and easterly wind, accompanied by thick…

Lake of Menteith, 14 July, 2018

Not much of interest to report from this outing.  However, my observation is that in general if it’s still too hot to enjoy a BBQ and a couple of cool beers in the back garden it’s definitely too hot to fish.  However, our conditions were almost perfect on our arrival, with a gentle south-westerly breeze…