This was the usual Sunday timing of 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. On arrival, conditions were well nigh perfect, with a temperature of 14 degrees, good cloud cover and only a slight breeze. Unfortunately heavy rain and a strengthening wind were forecast mid afternoon. The wind didn’t arrive, but the heavy rain certainly did.
Despite there being a good number of fish showing throughout the day, they were to prove tricky and when the rain arrived, quite a few anglers “took an early shower”, so to speak.
In total, the 14 anglers managed only 25 fish, which is disappointing for The Lake nowadays, especially in the early good conditions. One or two of our number did find a way round the trickiness however. Dougie Skedd had 3 on a slowly retrieved peach muddler – that was different Dougie!! John Miller and Alan Ramsay had 3 and 2 respectively, with a silver cormorant working for both of them. The top boat was that of Derek Kilgour and Keith Logan, who managed to get dries to work – especially the Ed Green type loop-wing CDC. Keith had 4 fish and Derek was top rod for the day with 5.
The fun and games were not over for the acting secy, who ended up trying to fill in result sheets from pieces of sodden card while the water continued to drip off his own clothing onto all documentation. Three days of drying out were to follow.