Lake of Menteith, 27 August 2017

I can’t help myself but still get a bit over-excited ahead of any outings to the Lake.  Is it just me?  The recent better weather was continuing – warm and overcast with a westerly breeze.  Fishery reports in the run-up sounded familiar, with fishing being challenging.  I met Quint on my arrival and walked down…

Frandy 20 August 2017

It has been a fairly dismal summer so far, besotted with big swings in temperatures and strong winds, with a fair spattering of rain.  In general, most fisheries have reported that conditions have been tough and fish moody and difficult at best so, to be honest, it has been a bit of a slog of…

Coldingham Loch, 13 August 2017

The forecast on Saturday night looked good – calm, possibly even flat calm, with reasonable cloud cover.  However, we arrived on Sunday morning to cold and breezy, and not a cloud in the sky!  To make matters worse, Gareth informed us fishing had been really tough recently.  Ah well!  Nothing ventured and all that, Stewart…

Glencorse, 06 August 2017

A reasonable day, conditions-wise – a tad wet at times, but nice breeze out the south-west and good overhead.  It was flat calm, tackling up, which prompted me to start on dries, but before we even got on the water, a breeze had got up.  Nevertheless, I had a look from a fish first cast,…

Black Loch, 22 July, 2017

Another July club outing and another episode of Scotland the Dreich.  Hard to imagine that only two days earlier I was sitting on top of the cairn at the summit of Lamer Law in 26 degrees, with not a cloud in the skies, and having side-stepped a couple of adders on the way up, basking…

Lake of Menteith, 15 July 2017

They say Montana has big skies, well someone should check out the wilds of the Trossachs on a typical July morning.  The big difference in Scotland is that our skies are peppered with lots of dark clouds that hold plenty of water.  It was a dreich morning, make no mistake, but warm and overcast, with…

Frandy, 08 July 2017

Saturday evening up at Frandy was definitely a soup and bacon roll night, rather than strawberries and cream.  A bit cool even for Scotland in early July and there was quite a lot more wind around than we had hoped for.  We could see the day-boats drifting open water and close to the dam wall…

Linlithgow Loch, 02 July 2017

Weather forecast could have been better.  Wind to be from the west, 15mph, reaching 20mph later in the afternoon, although at least some cloud. On the day, it didn’t quite work out as forecast, and the wind didn’t reach these speeds, although it was still quite gusty, lots of cloud cover with some sunny intervals. …