All set for ‘Springles’ at Lochter

Our language is full of wise words and sayings which I hope are being carried on by today’s generation of Tweeters and Facebookers.

“A Stitch In Time Saves Nine”, “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth”, “Many Mickles Mak A Muckle” and “The Early Bird Catches the Worm” are just a few.

The later was clearly demonstrated early one morning at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum when George Pirie out from Aberdeen was first to arrive, he bought his two fish ticket at 8.35am and was back at 09.10am depositing two lovely trout in the fridge to keep cool, between them they weighed just over 10lbs and the Okay Dokey was the fly which they found irresistible. “The Early Angler Catches The Troot”.

The local heat of the Troutmasters Competition was fished on Sunday and was won by Mathew Reilly who is now qualified to represent Lochter in the Troutmasters final at Grafham Water on September 21. Jasmine McPhee won the junior heat and is keen to compete in the junior final scheduled for July 25 and 26 at Stonebridge Fishing Lakes, North Yorkshire

Competition fun and frolics continue at Lochter this Sunday, April 19, at 9am with the ever popular Spring Singles event. Entry fee is £20 which includes lunch. There is a terrific array of prizes to be won and anglers are advised to contact the Fishery with intended entries on (01651) 872787 or (01651) 872000 or by email to

During the past week the water temperature dropped and reduced the fly hatches to virtually nil. Fish deep and fish slow were the tactics to use as demonstrated by Peter Young on the Muckle Troot loch with 12 mainly on Montanas. The Bristow’s Anglers had a nice day out with Joe Campbell putting in a top flight performance with eight, closely followed by Steve Williams with seven and John Robertson on six.

Many different flies worked during the week, these included Bloodworms which brought nine to the net for Bert Reid and seven for Jonathan Perrie and Damsels which tempted 10 for Ian McCrimmon and seven for John Maybury.

The forecast is for the weather to warm up which is good news for Buzzer and Nymph anglers as well as those who suffer from cauld hands!!