International arrivals at Lochter

THIS weekend will see the arrival of some of the competitors for the International Bank Fly Fishing Championships, the final of which will be held at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum on Wednesday, October 23.

These early arrivals will be eager to get a feel for the water prior to the big event. This will be your chance to fish alongside the best Stillwater anglers from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England.

All the lochs are open as usual to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20.

On Monday, 21, and Tuesday, 22, the two lochs in front of the bothy will be used solely for International practice and on Wednesday, October 23, for the International Final itself. The public are welcome to attend to support their team.

However over these three days the Muckle Trout loch will still be open to the public and it is being specially stocked to ensure good sport is had.

We are still looking for Controllers to assist at the final, so if you want to take an active part in the event then please call Stuart at Lochter on (01651) 872787.

During the week some very good catches were recorded as the fish continue to feed on the plentiful supply of fly life in the mild conditions.

Buzzers produced good results with Jeff Geddes netting 10 fish, Jim Legge eight fish, Bill Robertson six and Frank Smith from Inverurie five.

Going through the returns book it could be seen that a wide variety of lures were also doing well.

The WSW was much to the fore with Les Mess getting 11, Robbie Weir seven, Allan Riddell six and Robert Swan four. Robert Reilly had 11 on Damsels, Brian Shand had 11 on a mixture of white lures, Dave Mackay had six on a green pea Blob, Dave Pottinger from Shetland had 11 on olive Damsels, Luke Reilly had five on an old favourite the Ace of Spades and Paul Keir had a splendid day netting 21 fish using a black then olive fritz.

With no indication of any significant colder weather in the coming week the signs are favourable that tight lines will continue.