Down Lochter way last week everything was very much up and down as the fluctuations in temperatures and pressure meant that anglers had to vary their tactics if they were maintain a consistent catch of fish. Those who adapted to fish buzzers, nymphs and floating flies fared best.
As in normal in mid-summer there can be times when there is a feeding frenzy with a great rise of fish and then suddenly they switch off and no matter what surface fly you use the best you will get is a half hearted swirl at your fly by the odd fish before it descends to the depths.
Roy Anderson was a model of consistency by mastering a team of buzzers to bring 18 fish to the net.
Harry Hughes from Kemnay used his decades of knowledge to good use bringing 10 fish to the bank using a selection of traditional wet flies.
Several holidaymakers came on their first outing to Lochter and both did encouragingly well. Kenny Weir from Lanark used a ribbed hares ear and biblo combination to get 8 fish and Tony Delvin from Ayrshire on a hot day went fishing deep in the Muckle Troot Loch and was rewarded with 7 fish all caught using various types of stalking bugs.
Fishing buddies Albert Trail and Bill Wood from Aberdeen patrolled the two front lochs looking for a new ‘favourite spot’ and they both did well with Albert on 7 fish on Shipman’s and Bill with 6 on small lures.
There was a lot of positive feedback from anglers about the quality and strength of the fish they were catching (or lost) which was very gratifying to ‘receive’.
There have been a good number of anglers doing the ‘evening shift’ at Lochter and they report back that there has been some most rewarding top of the water action. Brian Ross from Blackburn was a case in point as he had 11 fish in a 3-hour period and was most delighted with his evening efforts.
We are currently opening to 10pm so why don’t you pop down for an evening and test your favourite dry fly.
Down Lochter way last week everything was very much up and down as the fluctuations in temperatures and pressure meant that anglers had to vary their tactics if they were maintain a consistent catch of fish.