IT was not the sight of fair maiden’s at the Fishery this week that was the cause of the delight but the effectiveness of that mainstay fly which most fishers have a variant of: the damsel.
It comes in varying sizes and hues and they were on display on many a rod to good effect this week.
With the colder wind most fish were further down in the water than in previous weeks but it didn’t prevent some pretty decent returns for the conditions.
On the damsel front , Ian Low had 10 fish for his day, Jim Will from Newmachar had nine, Les Harris form Aberdeen had 11, Bill Reid from Ellon had seven and Colin Mutch had nine.
There were plenty other methods being used and a look through the returns book shows that John Maybury from Aberdeen had seven fish on Nomads, T Teil had eight on Buzzers, Mike Frost had seven fish, one a nice brownie of 4lb, all on a yellow Dancer. A Murdoch had eight fish to the net on a black Tadpole, Jamie McHardy had six on a black Bunny Leech and Paul Prockter from Aberdeen tempted seven to his net using a WSW then a Rob Roy lure.
This Sunday, April 6, sees Lochter holding a heat of the SANA Stillwater Competition. This is a chance to qualify for the next stage which are the semi-finals being held at Allandale Tarn and Kingennie Fishery on May 3 and 4, respectively with the final at New Haylie on Sunday May 25. This competition is open to all comers and our heat could be your first stepping stone to gaining a Scotland cap and representing your country later in the year, at the Home Internationals.
Lochter will be holding its Spring Singles Competition on Sunday, April 27, this year. Call the Fishery on (01651) 872787 to book your place.