The weather forecast on Saturday night indicated we could have fine weather for fishing on the Sunday – No rain, a mild southwest wind and cloud cover – you could not ask for more. So we all popped along expecting a good days fishing. We did not get any rain and we did get a southwest wind, but it was not mild, it was strong and blustery; strangely this south westerly had a cold edge.
So we set out on a loch that had white horses streaming towards us – a wet trip up to the plantation for Fraser Gault and myself – a starting point well away from other fishers – when we arrived we set the drogue and cast our dries into the shelter offered by the trees. Fish were moving to these flies – Fraser used black Shipman’s and heather flies, while I went with a daddy on the point and a wee loop-wing above it. We both had a very pleasant day, blethering, sipping some homemade medicine, commenting that no other anglers were daft enough to fish this drift and catching fish that came unexpectedly – Fraser had three and I managed two, we were satisfied with this, as we expected less.
Starting, the air was 15°C and climbed to 16°C – the water was 16°C – not a good combination for dries but we were doing what we both wanted to do. Nothing was hatching and we had no evidence that anything had been.
John Levy and David Bertram fished at lochend and the butts. John used a floater, a slow retrieve, and Diawl Bachs. He had five fish. David had a sinking line, blobs and using a fast retrieve caught two fish.
Trevor Gibson partnered Alan Duncan, this pair also fished at Lochend. Trevor had a midge tip line and nymphs and using a figure of eight retrieve landed four fish. Alan used dries and with a claret hopper, had three fish.
Dougie Goddard was fishing with Derek Kilgour – Dougie when in gate side bay used CDC dries and with a static retrieve landed three good fish. Derek had two fish from stable point, one on a sparkle gnat and one on a cormorant.
John Miller and Alex Ramsay shared a boat and at Lochend, John used a red hopper, size 10, to pull out two – and a yellow-bodied daddy to extract another two. Alex also used a red hopper to get two fish.
Hugh Thomson fishing along the road shore used a slime line and mini lures to land one. As David Tyrie is much bigger than I am, I will not tell you what he had.
The clubs 12 rods landed 31 fish, a rod average of 2.58 – not too bad for a blustery day.