The Spring Singles (The Springles) was a closely contested affair at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum on Sunday. In ideal conditions with a nice breeze and intermittent sunshine and cloud cover anglers had various options to come to terms with the fish. Some chose to try the top water layers while others taking account of the trout’s aversion to bright sunlight went deeper. In the end it was a mix of both which carried the day as Aberdeen angler Peter Wilson netted twelve fish to narrowly squeeze out Less Mess from Ellon who had ten and Peter Rawlinson from Kemnay who also had ten but was beaten on countback. A nice new rod was the winner’s prize and it will be good to see if it works as well as the old one.
During the week conditions were mixed. Wet and windy with temperatures fluctuating widely. There was however some excellent fishing with a variety of methods and flies all working. Andrew Lindsay avoided the cold haar on Tuesday morning and began fishing buzzers as it cleared .He had a terrific afternoon catching and releasing fifteen nice rainbows. On the same day Peter Young stuck to that NE favourite the wsw and ended with fourteen including one at 9lbs,three at 4lbs plus and two lovely brown trout. Damsels worked well for Jock Graham who had a great day with ten to his name while D Mair had eleven on blobs and D Masson eight on a cats whisker .
There were plenty of bags of five and six and other flies that were successful included yellow dancers and black nomads while dries including klinkhammers were effective when conditions were right. The forecast is for the unsettled conditions to continue so anglers will have to take account of the variations and adapt their tactics accordingly. If they do that then there are plenty of fish to catch.
The Spring Singles (The Springles) was a closely contested affair at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum on Sunday