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2015 Lake of Menteith Opening.


Saturday the 21st March 2015 started with one of the most glorious spring mornings the year has seen. The Lake of Menteith, rippled only by the birdlife and a few fish occasionally breaking the surface, was in all its full glory ready for the opening of the fishing season.

The gathering of over-wintered anglers preparing to the tune of the pipes created a buzz around the cabin which had lay quiet and ‘almost’ abandoned for 5 months.

Quint Glen – The Fishery Manager, brought everyone in to thank them in attendance and award staff members Douglas for 30 years of service and also Elma for 49 years of service to the Lake. We find out that the fishery will be celebrating a 50 year anniversary next year.

In a break of tradition of a lady connected to the Lake singing-in the opening, Gordon Watson – Chief Executive of the Loch Lomond National Park went on to celebrate the significance of the Lake within the National Park. A pleasant anecdote and genuine appreciation for the significance anglers also have for the National Park was heard by everyone and gratefully appreciated. The lake was declared “Open!”

The caw and spatter of some 30 outboards didn’t take long to drown out even the piper as he played ‘Flower of Scotland’ and the boats headed across the Lake to likely spots in the minds of the knowledgable anglers.

The day finished with a Hog roast on a spit and many happy anglers with stories to tell.

Lake of Menteith Fishery website: http://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk\

Lake of Mentieth Map

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Steven from Angling Active with an opening day fish 2015

Steven from Angling Active with an opening day fish 2015

 

Greys GTS500 Fly Reel Review

Click 'Play' to watch our unique video review on the product page.

Click ‘Play’ to read our thoughts and watch our unique video review on the product page.

 

The GTS500 provides design, performance and a great price point for the fly angler!

The ever popular Greys GX500 and GX700 have now been replaced by the new Greys GTS500 and GTS700. We were unsure of how Greys would better the already fantastic GX series of reels, but they have designed a brilliant resulting GTS range now with large arbour, clear spools, and a more attractive design. We think the rulon disc drag system is more than adequate for the situations these reels will commonly face. The sizes of the GTS reels differ from the GX series in that they now overlap on #7. The two sizes 5/6/7 and the larger 7/8/9 give the angler a choice of two weights and sizes to balance out the outfit they wish to complete with the GTS 500 reel. The GTS500 differs from the GTS700 in that it is black and 100% die-cast, the GTS700 is bronze and the main body of the reel is machined bar-stock and the spool retainer is die-cast. The sizes and capacities remain the same.

This is a reel to watch, and at such a great value for money price point we are very happy to tell you all about it.

Click the image above to watch this video review.

Go to the GTS500 product page: https://www.anglingactive.co.uk/greys-gts500-fly-reel.html

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Carron Valley 2015 Opening.

On Saturday the 14th March, 2015 we headed up to Carron Valley Reservoir in attendance of the opening. Driving up through Carron Valley the cloud was low and the Easterly breeze sharp. The melting snow on the dark side of the Meikle Bin set the backdrop for a cold but welcoming start to Spring and the start of the trout fishing season.

The jetty and car park were bustling with well prepared anglers tackling up for the day. Everyone excited and preparing their boats piper James Miller split the air and led anglers and Jimmy Coyne the fishery manager down to the boats. The boats were off with the caw of the outboards and the fishing started, providing almost immediately.

Sink 7 lines and black lures was the weaponry for the day and as the week has developed the fish have moved up in the water.

18lb Rainbow, Black Cat caught by Billy Dewar

18lb Rainbow, Black Cat caught by Billy Dewar

A fabulous rainbow of 18lb was caught in Bin Bay on Monday on a Black Cat and today we have seen this image of an overwintered fish caught this morning.

Over-wintered rainbow caught by  James Falconer

Over-wintered rainbow caught by James Falconer

 

To book fishing at Carron Valley Fishery call 01324823698, or email fishing@carronvalley.com

See the fantastic website and the unique “Latest News” page to keep up to date. www.carronvalley.com

 

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2015 River Teith Opening in Callander 2nd February.



“You are the eyes, ears, and most importantly the voice of the river.” says Adam Henson.

 

The day started as the weather forecast predicted which was a treat in its self. A snow covered Ben Ledi stood larger than life, imposing its significance over the main street in Callander.
The traditional angler’s gathering at Ancaster Square for 9am with a photo opportunity on the steps of St. Kessog’s Church put a great mix of the community in one place. Pupils from the surrounding schools, many anglers, supporting members of the local constabulary, special guests, Council dignatories and thier staff and of course the good people of Callander, Doune & the surrounds all got together for a cheerful celebratory start to a long awaited morning.

Gathering on the steps.

Gathering on the steps.

With the gurn of the pipes, the parade of some 200+ in attendance headed to the Meadows Car Park and along the waterfront to the sponsor’s tents. The smell of Deanston whisky & Mhor Scotch Pies welcomed us all.

Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins

Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins

…“Without further a’do”, Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins started the proceedings by thanking the pipers and welcoming everyone to the annual event. Awards were presented to those anglers whom deserved particular aknowledgement for salmon conservation on the Council waterways for the 2014 season.

Stewart Carruth Chief Executive Stirling Council.

Stewart Carruth Chief Executive Stirling Council.

Stewart Carruth, Cheif Executive of Stirling Council, spoke very highly of the Council Fisheries Team and their exemplary efforts in his speech. Mr Carruth is a keen angler which made his presence all the more beneficial for the day. He went on to further aknowledge that conservation is key and that we must maintain this focus.

Adam Henson BBC Countryfile Presenter

Adam Henson BBC Countryfile Presenter

Adam Henson, BBC Countryfile Presenter, was the special guest for the event. Mr. Henson is ‘through and through’ a conservation minded individual and told the community that they are “the eyes, ears, and most importantly the voice of the river.” He went on to say that we need to use traditional means of communicating what our goals are for the river, but also to “use modern technology eg. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr etc. to really shout about what we have here.”

Opening the River Teith with Deanston Malt.

Opening the River Teith with Deanston Malt.

The pipers started up again after the school photographic competition winners were presented and they led everyone to the river’s side. A quaich of Deanston 12 year old malt was toasted ‘and tasted’ by Mr. Henson, and then offered to the river to bless the salmon. This announced the very opening of the river and within seconds, lines where flying out across the pool in the background.

The first cast came quick after the opening.

The first cast came quick after the opening.

Reports of hook’ups of a few kelts were flowing through the onlookers satisfied with the complimentary coffees and delicious pies supplied by Mhor, and of course the exquisite Deanston malt.
Stirling Council fisheries are now open; everyone is optimistic for a more successful 2015 season than last, still remembering the record breaker season we had here in 2010. Even although the day did not supply any springers for the Council waters, there were reports of 2 springers caught at Lanricks on the Teith on the opening day on Gold bodied Willie Gunn tubes. 

Adam Henson on the Blairdrummond Beat of the River Teith

Adam Henson on the Blairdrummond Beat of the River Teith

Adam Henson on the water.

Adam Henson on the water.

The Blairdrummond beat of the Teith hosted Adam Henson and his business partner to fishing for the remainder of the opening day. Both anglers were complete novices to the fine art of spey casting, but under the exceptional guidance of Tom Monaghan, they quickly developed the skills and were throwing better lines than we had ever seen from any novices before. To impress a pun, they were hooked!

Sun sets over Angling Active and the Opening Day of the Forth system.

Sun sets over Angling Active and the Opening Day of the Forth system.

The end of the day came under a stunning sunset illuminating the Trossachs in pinks, and the close of the first day of the season.
The resounding theme of the day was “Conservation” and with no spring fish to be killed, the celebrated tagging system, and the best foot forward approach of the anglers, the fishery is on its way to being better, healthier and more productive.
“Here’s to tomorrow”, the Salmon anglers toast.

 

A snowy Ben Ledi to start the season.

A snowy Ben Ledi to start the season.

We recommend these items for Spring fishing. (Click on the images to see the product details) –

Ocean Nova Deluxe Chest Waders

Ocean Nova Deluxe Chest Waders

Simms Waderwick Thermal Pants

Simms Waderwick Thermal Pants

Patagonia River Salt 3 in 1

Patagonia River Salt 3 in 1 H2No Jacket

Payo Aegis 110 Lures

Payo Aegis 110 Lures

Shimano Baitrunner XT RB

Shimano Baitrunner XT RB

Daiwa Whisker Spinning Rod

Daiwa Whisker Spinning Rod

Wychwood Truefly SLA

Wychwood Truefly SLA

Gaelforce Equalizer Triple Density Shooting Head

Gaelforce Equalizer Triple Density Shooting Head

Willie Gunn Gold Bodied Tube

Willie Gunn Gold Bodied Tube

River Forth & Teith 2015 Permit Prices

The excitement of a new season ahead is triggered here at Angling Active by the announcement that permits are now available to purchase in-store for the 2015 season on the River’s Forth & Teith. The river is due to open by Countryfile presenter Adam Henson on the 2nd February, where the traditional piper led parade of anglers and opening ceremony will take place from 9am in Callander.

Fishing 2015 River Forth in Stirling & River Teith in Callander Flyer: Click to view.
Forth & Teith Fishing Flyer 2015 Back
Forth & Teith Fishing Flyer 2015 FRONT

Stirling Council Fisheries have put together a range of fishing permits to suit everyone’s needs. 1, 3 and 5 day permits are suitable for visiting or occasional anglers. Cost effective season permits are available that make excellent financial sense to those who intend to fish frequently. Alternatively, an angler can purchase a roving ticket, which allows the angler to fish both the Forth and the Teith on the same permit and offers further savings.

For adults who wish to fish with their kids, up to three named children under the age of 16 can be added to an adult permit for a single additional fee.

Stirling Council Fisheries have a strong focus on accessibility and they have in place excellent facilities for disabled anglers on both rivers. Disabled Access Platforms have been erected on the Forth at Craigforth and also on the Teith at the Geisher Pool on the outskirts of Callander. Both rivers allow fly fishing, spinning and also bait fishing, so from beginner to the most experienced angler there is a real chance of catching the “king of fish”

Season Dates: 1st February( is a Sunday, therefore opening Monday 2nd February) – 31st October

Please note – when applying for a permit you will need to provide:
-Proof of address is required for ALL Permits.
-Two passport sized photographs are required for both resident and visitor season permits.
-Two proofs of address for resident permits and one proof of address for visitor permits, both will be -required to be supported by photographic evidence eg driving licence or passport
-A completed application form, with documentary proof, will be required for all concession permits.
Council rules state permits cannot not be issued unless this criteria is met. Passport photos are not required for day/week permits but please still bring your ID with you.
To establish if you require a Visitor or Resident permit, your main address is either within or outwith the Stirling Council.

River Forth & River Teith Stirling Council Fishing Map:

River Forth and Teith Fishing Stirling Council Map

Resident Season Permit Prices
(must have a permanent address in Stirling Council area)

Residents Season Permits Roving Permits
Adult £200 £296
Juvenile (12-16yrs) £76 £114
Concession £148 £221
Up to 3 named Children (up to 16yrs) on Adult Ticket £40 £40

Visitor Season Permit Prices
(Not permanently resident in Stirling Council area)

Visitors Season Permits Roving Permits
Adult £289 £429
Juvenile (12-16yrs) £76 £114
Concession £226 £342
Up to 3 named Children (up to 16yrs) on Adult Ticket £40 £40

Day Permit Prices

Day Permits Adult Child
February – May
1 Day Ticket £30 £11 (acc by adult)
3 Day Ticket £69 £29 (acc by adult)
5 Day Ticket £97 £40 (acc by adult)
June – July
1 Day Ticket £40 (1 tag) £11 (acc by adult) 1 tag
3 Day Ticket £97 (2 tags) £29 (acc by adult) 1 tag
5 Day Ticket £142 (2 tags) £40 (acc by adult) 1 tag
August – October
1 Day Ticket £55 (1 tag) £11 (acc by adult) 1 tag
3 Day Ticket £137 (2 tags) £29 (acc by adult) 1 tag
5 Day Ticket £187 (2 tags) £40 (acc by adult) 1 tag

Concession permits are available directly from the council offices and cannot be purchased from Angling Active.

Saving the Forth and Teith Salmon

To promote conservation of salmon and sea trout that run on the Forth and Teith river system, catch and release is strongly encouraged. Stirling Council were one of the first in the UK to introduce carcass tagging in an effort to limit the number of fish removed. Continuing this policy, anglers are required to tag each fish that is kept and the number of tags supplied with each ticket is limited to the following:

Adult Forth season permits – 5 salmon tags
Adult Teith season permits – 5 salmon and 5 sea trout tags
Juvenile season tickets – 2 tags
No additional tags are provided for juveniles added to an adult ticket
A roving season permit will be supplied 5 salmon tags and 5 sea trout tags

Angling Active Ltd, Stirling is working in partnership with Stirling Council to promote conservation of Salmon & Seatrout that run the Forth and Teith River system. Anglers that clearly demonstrate conservation will be rewarded with a fishing cap with the message “Saving Forth & Teith Salmon” thereon. It is hoped this initiative will encourage anglers to consider catch and release, it should always be bourne in mind “dead salmon don’t spawn”.

For a full list of up to date rules and regulations please see the permit.
Also, further information can be found on the Stirling Council page: http://my.stirling.gov.uk/services/business-and-trade/countryside-and-farming/parks-gardens-and-open-spaces-facilities-information-and-events/fishing/fishing-permit-info/what-to-bring?theme=MyStirling