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Lochter Report - Weather the Storm at Lochter
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:15:14 PM »
Down Lochter way last week there was a gusty blow almost every day with Storm Dennis over the weekend adding an extra blast. As every fly fisherman knows its not exactly conducive to unrestrained and expansive casting techniques but nevertheless we had a steady cohort of determined anglers who either put their backs to the wind or found the elusive bit of shelter.

There is a saying that goes “if you want to see the sunshine you have to weather the storm” and this proved somewhat true, as there was the ‘bright bounty’ of some terrific sport with the fish in great fighting condition.

Graham Smith from Aberdeen on a 3 fish ticket quickly landed his quota on a silver humongous and they weighed in at a healthy 12lb total. He landed a further 12 fish on a hothead damsel and Dawson’s nomad.

Albert Trail from Aberdeen certainly attracted the attention of the fish using an assortment of blobs, which got him 15 fish to the net. Shaun Mac and Neil Smith from Aberdeen both used the stalking bug to good effect enticing 12 and 11 fish respectively with them.

Bryan Ross found the squirmy worm to work well for him as he had 10 fish for his session and Bill Wood from Aberdeen used either the mop fly or diawl bachs to bring him 10 fish to the net.

Ken Gibson and A Proctor both had 9 fish using either the cat’s whisker or damsel, Jim Gilmore had 6 on cormorants and Bill Birnie from Peterhead had 5 nice fish on an assortment of lures.

So all in all if you can put up with a bit of breeze you can be rewarded with a fine bit of Winter Sport. I will leave you with the old saying that says, “To most human beings, wind is an irritation. To most trees wind is a song!”

Tight lines,

S.P 18/2/20.


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