Lochter Trout Fishery, Aberdeenshire

Alistair Hunter,down for the day from the Dingwall area, did really well, bringing 18 fish to the net with many other takes and losses. On a sink-tip line he used either a black Nomad or Dawson’s Olive and was well satisfied after his long journey. Fred McAlley from Aberdeen had one of his best day’s out for a while as he couldn’t go wrong using a Tequila Blob which got him 18 fish. His fishing buddy Neil Garden is also worth a mention as he caught an exceptional “wild” 6lb brownie during the same session. Fishing veterans Bill Bain and Peter Wilson from Aberdeen used all their experience to bring 16 and 14 fish to the bank. Bill used a black Nomad and Peter a black Bunny Leech. Jim Adie, accompanied as always by his exceptionally well-trained dogs, used a fast glass line combined with his own tied sparkly mini cats and this got him 12 fish for his session. Looking through the returns sheets other notable efforts were Colin Macdonald getting 10 fish on Cormorants, one of them being an exceptional specimen of 14lb 3oz. Albert Cowie from the Broch had 10 fish on the WSW and nomad lines, Ernie Mackay from Aberdeen had 9 on nymphs, Bill Reynolds also had 9 using a variety of buzzers including the Dennis the Menace, and Rod Palmer had 8 fish during Saturday’s downpour on either Okey Dokey or black and silver buzzers.

At this time of year Lochter’s resident male swan, known affectionately as Stanley, is tirelessly battling off rival competitors for the obviously popular winter berth at the fishery. There were many occasions when white feathers were seen flying in all directions but we can report that Stanley still rules supreme.