Osprey’s return could herald the arrival of spring at Lochter

Lochter Fiishery at Oldmeldrum.
Lochter Fiishery at Oldmeldrum.

Anglers at Lochter enjoyed fine fishing conditions on Easter Monday.

They also had the bonus of seeing Branson the Osprey on his return from spending the winter in West Africa. His mate Libby is expected to arrive any day.

Pictures of ‘spring cleaning’ and other activities around the nest are being transmitted to the big screens in the Lochter restaurant so that eager osprey watchers can follow them.

During the past week, there have been some notable catches.

James McLean had a terrific bag of thirty seven on nymphs and Fraser Neave caught and released ‘Big Jock’ the 20lb plus fish which has been hooked but never netted since he was stocked last autumn.

Other top scorers included Bill Bain, who returned twenty five using a yellow dancer.

Also using dancers Greg McIntosh had nineteen to his name and Colin McKinnon grassed twelve.

Doug Gray had sixteen using ‘the flee’ and David Potting, from Shetland, had eleven using a special fly the snowdrop.

With luck the arrival of the osprey means the arrival of spring and some warmer weather to enliven both fishers and fish.