Surface action at Lochter

THERE is nothing stirs the heart of an angler when he or she stands on their chosen spot on the bank of their chosen water than to see a nice big fish rise or swirl right in front and within easy casting distance.

A gentle, unhurried presentation right into the area followed by a careful retrieve and the hope or expectation of a confident pull on the line, a bend on the rod followed by a spirited and successful fight .

At Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum, there have been plenty of rising fish to keep the anglers on the alert and keyed up but with plenty of natural food available for the trout, anglers needed skill and guile to tempt them with their artificials.

Very successful in this department was P Broadley who used a CDC Hares Ear to bring no fewer than 21 to his net.

Dry flies were the fly of choice for many, J Greive had 12 on a Shipmans Buzzer, R Donald using a dry Cormorant caught and released 11.

Ernie Mackay had ten all on dries and Ron Wilson had a super day landing nine on Hoppers and CDC’s.

Lures and nymphs also scored well at times.

The ever reliable WSW tempted 14 for A Skene and nine for L Davidson, Steve Walker from Dyce had ten on a Bunny Leech and visiting angler Ken Ross was glad he came when nine nice fish fell for his Damsel Nymphs.

With the Olympics just round the corner the hope for competitors and spectators is that the weather will improve. For anglers this is “nae bad” with the cool conditions suiting their sport just fine.

Lochter is a popular bank fly fishing venue for competitions. It hosts some major events to which anglers travel from all over Scotland.