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Lochter Report - Bittersweet May at Lochter
« on: 07/05/2019 at 13:59 »
Down Lochter way last week the heralding of May brought to mind the saying:-
Queen of months supremely fair, cloth’d with garments rich and rare, none in beauty can compare with thee, sweet May. 

Now sweet may seemed a very long way off as you looked out the bothy to see the hail and sleet battering down on the lush lawns of Lochter encouraged by a bitter and enthusiastic north wind.

This meant that for most of the week it was back to double layers of clothing, hoods up and backs to the wind for our hardy band of Lochter regulars.  Suffice to say that there was very little surface movement due to the conditions and as a result sub surface tactics proved best.

Lloyd Rattray solely used a team of buzzers and had 23 fish to the net.  Rhys West teamed the mop fly and okay dokay together and his reward was 17 fish for his day session.  Another man who mopped up was Albert Trail who used buzzers in tandem with the mop fly.  Paul Reid from Newmachar had his best day ever at Lochter fishing the beetle with a buzzer dropper and he had 11 fish including a 9lb specimen, which lead him a merry dance around the Muckle Troot Loch before it was safety netted.

Colin McDonald, on his two outings, had 10 and 9 fish respectfully on either buzzers and cormorants and one of them weighted 8lb 13oz and was a lovely condition.

Looking through the returns book Steve Prince had 10 fish on bloodworms and buzzers, and so did Peter Young on lures and blobs and Brian Ross on dry flies.

Sandy Carrol had 9 fish on diawl bachs, Greig Littler also landed 9 but on buzzers and Trevor de Almeida did likewise on the same fly.

With the weather forecast for the weeks ahead somewhat kinder lets hope the swallows and house martins can resume their aerial residency over the lochs and some top of the water activity can begin.

To accommodate this, we are now open in the evenings until dusk, so hopefully it will give you the opportunity to enjoy any evening rises that occur.

Tight lines,

S.P. 7/4/19