Angling, though a largely gentle sport, is not without its risks.
Obviously “falling in” is one but another is hooking yourself and windy conditions such as were experienced last week are a recipe for a bit of self hooking.
Casting the line across the wind can be very tricky particularly in gusty conditions as many an angler has found to his or her cost. There is nothing more irksome than being hooked behind your own back at a place which you cannot reach without taking off your jacket, particularly on a cold blustery day and getting hooked behind the “lug” can be a nippy experience..
At Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum there were plenty of anglers willing to brave the wind and although the conditions were far from ideal, catches were good with a variety of flies working well.
Delighted with his success in the Troutmasters final was Alan Patterson from Inverurie who will now represent the fishery in the Troutmasters Grand Final at Grafham Water on, September 15.
Also getting among the action was Dave Murray who caught and released nine using Damsels and Buzzers, A Milligan who also had nine on Buzzers, Jim Thomson used a Rob Roy to bring six to the net and A Murdoch who had a fine 6lb specimen in his bag of 14 all attracted by a black and green Tadpole. The most successful flies have been Buzzers, WSW`s, yellow Dancers, Tadpoles and Diawl Bachs.